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What you need to know about the National Living Wage

What you need to know about the National Living Wage

24 Feb 2017: In April 2017 the government’s National Living Wage rises from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour for those aged 25 and over – but it is not as straightforward as it might seem. Richard Piper, head of construction at law firm Gordons, explains. more »

Defining fit for purpose

Defining fit for purpose

12 Dec 2016: Lawyer Mark Clinton ruminates on the implications of Fluor's victory over ZPMC in the case of the cracked monopiles. more »

Construction litigation costs continue to rise despite reforms

Construction litigation costs continue to rise despite reforms

11 Oct 2016: An analysis of the insurance claims of big contractors reveals that insurance claims within the construction industry continue to rise. more »

Adjudication proves no panacea

Adjudication proves no panacea

8 Sep 2016: Just how cost effective is adjudication? Mark Clinton reports more »

Limitation and court fees – an unexpected consequence

Limitation and court fees – an unexpected consequence

10 Aug 2016: A recent case suggests the value of claims can be amended after limitations have expired. Digby Hebbard and Douglas Simpson explain. more »

Murphy v Maher adjudication lesson

Murphy v Maher adjudication lesson

22 Jun 2016: A recent dispute between Murphy and a muckaway subcontractor throws up a lesson in drafting dispute resolution clauses. Theresa Mohammed reports. more »

Less than final settlement

Less than final settlement

2 Jun 2016: Settlement agreements are themselves prone to generating disputes. Solicitors Digby Hebbard and Christian Charles report. more »

Termination and construction contracts

 Termination and construction contracts

2 May 2016: Queries about terminating contracts in the construction sector have been on the increase. Solicitors Digby Hebbard and Christian Charles report. more »

Case highlights care needed in amending standard forms

Case highlights care needed in amending standard forms

1 Apr 2016: A steady stream of cases has come through the courts since the payment provisions in the Construction Act were overhauled. Mark Clinton looks at the most recent. more »

Declining conviction rates and legal delays let down families of killed construction workers

Declining conviction rates and legal delays let down families of killed construction workers

18 Feb 2016: New figures have emerged indicating that justice for construction workers killed on site is becoming harder to secure. more »

Pimlico Plumbers loses employment status appeal

Pimlico Plumbers loses employment status appeal

10 Feb 2017: Pimlico Plumbers has lost its appeal about the working rights of an employee that was technically self-employed. more »

Costs recoverability under the Construction Act

Costs recoverability under the Construction Act

15 Nov 2016: Are adjudication costs now recoverable under the late payment legislation? It might be safer to assume they are not, advises Michael Frisby, partner at Stevens & Bolton LLP more »

Requirements of a valid payment application

Requirements of a valid payment application

6 Oct 2016: Pamela Chan reports on the recent case of Jawaby Property Investment Limited v The Interiors Group Limited [2016] EWHC 577 (TCC). more »

New guidance on electronic signatures on commercial contracts

New guidance on electronic signatures on commercial contracts

11 Aug 2016: The Law Society and the City of London Law Society company law teams have published updated guidance* on the execution of legal documents using electronic signatures. Sarah Phillips, real estate associate with law firm of Irwin Mitchell LLP, reports. more »

Jail becomes standard for Gas Safe breaches

Jail becomes standard for Gas Safe breaches

23 Jun 2016: Another plumber has been given a suspended prison sentence for carrying out gas fitting work while not on the Gas Safe Register. more »

Most successful construction lawyers revealed

Most successful construction lawyers revealed

16 Jun 2016: A legal analytics firm has studied three years of court cases in the Technology & Construction Court and named the barristers and solicitors’ firms with the best win ratio. more »

Understanding vicarious liability

Understanding vicarious liability

18 May 2016: Employees and others behaving badly – when are you liable for their misdeeds? Solicitor Mark Clinton reports. more »

Are my payment terms fit for purpose?

Are my payment terms fit for purpose?

6 Apr 2016: A party making any amendments to or agreeing terms without consideration of the possible consequences may take a hit to its cash flow, the lifeblood of a company’s operations. Solicitor Adam Hiscox reports. more »

Does the construction industry need an ACOP?

Does the construction industry need an ACOP?

7 Mar 2016: Christian McCale reviews the debate over the need for a new approved code of practice for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. more »

Contractors warned about RIBA contract risks

Contractors warned about RIBA contract risks

16 Feb 2016: Build UK is warning contractors to make sure they know what they are getting into when using the two forms of contract published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). more »

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