I have run several claims for contractors on large government jobs, and if you think you have any additional security or assurance that the head contractor will be better behaved because it is a government job, then think again.

In fact you are likely to come across even more ruthless and lawless payment behaviour precisely because it is a government job. This is because you will not find a more disinterested and disconnected principal than a government department. The only concern for them is to make the payment to…