Dispute Avoidance

by Richard K. Allen, Lawyer; Gadsby & Hannah, Boston, MA,

Part of: Dispute Avoidance and Resolution for Consulting Engineers


Dispute avoidance is not something that begins at ground breaking. Dispute avoidance is not a technique that helps you resolve the inevitable problems that arise during construction. Dispute avoidance is not extra special contract language disclaimers strategically located in your professional services agreements and special conditions of the construction contract. Dispute avoidance is the necessary consequence of the responsible practice of the business of consulting engineering. Dispute avoidance occurs when the consulting engineer accepts and addresses professional responsibility, not disclaims or limits potential liability. Dispute avoidance should be practiced from business and personnel development through contract preparation, quality control and performance.

Subject Headings: Dispute resolution | Contracts | Consulting services | Professional practice | Construction methods | Agreements and treaties | Engineering firms | Liability


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