Addendum (to my masterwork “SP on Contract Notices”)

I spend a significant amount of time, on the phone, “counselling” clients about Contract Notices. They are usually both angry and worried – often sweary too! I reassure them about the totally devalued nature of these unappealable affronts to common sense (you’ve heard the full advice before but if you need to have this conversation pick up the phone for a curse).

I have just however seen an audit report which goes beyond even the usual stupidity. The CM proposes a tiny recoupment, to which the firm reasonably object and suggest a cost appeal to resolve the dispute. The CM retorts; give me the money and we will say no more about it save this is a warning, take it to the ICA and I will give you a Contract Notice.

Criminal practitioners will know a legal phrase to describe this.

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