Welcome to Tony Bingham's Web Site.
Building construction is one of the most exciting commercial
activities in the land. It is fast moving, full of change, full of
personalities and characters. The focal point is the customer and
what he wants from his building. That’s why things get changed
during the construction works. If the customer changes his mind,
let him have what he wants. Managing that change invariably means
managing cost and time; managing too the differences of opinion
which inevitably flow from a changed plan of campaign.
Professional teams will reach different conclusions about impact
on time and cost and require independent decision making to avoid
differences undermining the team relationships on site.
This Web site helps explain the variety of management
techniques, which the modern manager can turn to for effective
machinery to dispose of differences of opinion. For example it is
no longer necessary (or even right) to rush into
litigation. There are several far
more effective ways of controlling a dispute. Construction in the
UK for example will invariably opt for a super fast 28-day dispute
management system called Adjudication.
It has now found favour in the International Standard Form
Contract documents. Mediation is world wide too. It is remarkable
for its effect, especially in preserving relationships. Look too
at the modern arbitrator. The
emphasis now is on efficient and economic but thorough forensic
inquiry. As to litigation, the English lawyers on 26 April 1999
completely altered its procedural rules to fundamentally improve
civil litigation, and its working.
On the left of this page is a row of yellow buttons. They will
take you to additional information on ‘dispute management’. At
“The Column” button you will find
the weekly page in ‘Building’ magazine, which I have written since
1987. The ‘Links’ button takes you to
other helpful Web sites.
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London EC4Y 7EU
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055
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