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Pay-when-paid clause can be defeated

Written byAntonios Dimitracopoulosfor MEP Middle East

The often-dreaded pay-when-paid clause in subcontracts has deterred many from pursuing what is an otherwise legitimate claim.

The common concern has always been that a defence would almost certainly be raised by the main contractor that no corresponding payment has been made by the employer and, as such, the subcontractor’s claim is premature. However, it has been recently demonstrated that pay-when-paid clauses are not undefeatable, provided a strategic approach is adopted.

In the past, attempts by subcontractors to claim amounts due to them, have been dismissed mainly because of the way they were pleaded.

If the subcontractor’s payment is dependent on payment to the main contractor by the employer, it may not be sufficient for the subcontractor to simply claim that the main contractor has not made payment.

This is because a contactor may plead non-payment by a party further up the contractual chain and avoid any further liability.

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