Averting project delays in Qatar
The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) developed the recently unveiled Q-Construct entity, designed to assist construction projects in maintaining a strict time frame, Robert Musgrove, CEO of QICDRC, told The Edge exclusively.
The delivery schedule of the projects related to the 2022 World Cup are not flexible, explained Musgrove, “These projects cannot afford to fail, must not be late, and therefore need a specialist fast-track construction dispute resolution scheme to enable projects to progress quickly, without getting bogged down in legal disputes.”
Musgrove also noted that as many as 85 percent of major construction projects have some form of dispute. “In the absence of a scheme such as Q-Construct, it is an inevitability the parties involved resort to litigation or arbitration, given the complexity and sums involved,” he said.
“85 percent of major construction projects have some form of dispute.” - Robert Musgrove, CEO, QICDRC.
Q-Construct’s role is to resolve disputes as they arise, avoiding usually lengthy and expensive litigation or arbitration claims, Musgrove added. “The QICDRC also believes that Qatari disputes should be resolved in Qatar rather than in London, Paris, New York or elsewhere.”
The system is at the final stage of development and the QICDRC is waiting for a soon-expected change in the law by the Council of Ministers to become fully operational. Q-Construct is aligned with global best practice and was designed by a committee established by the QICDRC consisting of 11 leading construction law firms, said Musgrove.