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Construction and conflict

Tuesday, 22nd February 2017

"As construction booms in the Asian region, so do construction-related disputes. ALB speaks to experts about how these can be avoided or mitigated, at the very least. 

In Asia’s fast-developing countries, construction projects are carried out at an astonishing speed, with buildings appearing seemingly overnight. At the same time, however, construction disputes are becoming prevalent almost as quickly.

One important reason behind this occurrence is that construction projects are often hastily conceptualised and approved with misleading or ambiguous documents. As such, the errors and omissions in contracts and ill-drafted claims can become the main causes of lengthy and costly construction disputes in Asia. 

And even though these could be spotted in advance, companies tend to come to lawyers almost always after the problems surface, instead of before, says Paul Starr, head of infrastructure and dispute resolution at King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong."

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