Senior lawyer Kjersti Lerkerod joins us in episode 11 of the 'Changing Construction' podcast to chat about the impact coronavirus is having on projects and disputes, and her top tips for managing contract disputes through these uncertain times.
Recap our previous episodes here:
- Episode 1 with Vicki Reynolds about Women in BIM and digital strategies here.
- Episode 2 with Sarah Fox about Construction contracts and avoiding disputes here.
- Episode 3 with Rob Charlton on the business case for Digital Twins here.
- Episode 4 with Paul Wilkinson on the digitisation of Construction here.
- Episode 5 with Dan Rossiter on the 'Digital Fluency' challenges here.
- Episode 6 with Ben Channon on mental wellbeing in the industry here.
- Episode 7 with Jacob Wardrop on getting rid of your document management system when nobody uses it here.
- Episode 8 with Paul Shillcock on ISO 19650 and information management processes here.
- Episode 9 with Dame Judith Hackitt on safer buildings and the golden thread of information here.
- Episode 10 with Jo Dodds on employee engagement and personal productivity here.
Episode 11: Kjersti Lerkerod
Oslo-based senior lawyer Kjersti Lerkerod joins our very own Mario Christophides to discuss the challenges with handling disputes in these uncertain times, as well as her best tips for managing contract disputes in general and the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the industry.
Here are Kjersti's five top tips for handling dispute challenges relating to coronavirus in a construction project:
- Make sure to notify claims according to the contract
- Take reasonable efforts to try to overcome the obstacles
- Produce and transmit documentation identifying the negative impact of the coronavirus, for example, daily or weekly reports
- Initiate a constructive dialogue with your contract parties
- Be careful to distinguish between corona related challenges and other obstacles in a project. The latter should be notified and documented separately
Kjersti is an Oslo-based senior lawyer in law firm Kluge Advokatfirma. She has more than 7 years’ experience within construction law and litigation, and advises both contractors and construction clients. Kjersti is currently seconded as general counsel in Kruse Smith entreprenør, a large Norwegian construction company.
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