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Payroll reform in the pipeline

Payroll reform in the pipeline

27 Nov 2017: Planned reform of tax rules for off-payroll workers is set to have a substantial impact on the construction industry, a firm of tax accountants is warning. more »

Supreme Court rules against Aberdeen’s planning gain demands

Supreme Court rules against Aberdeen’s planning gain demands

26 Oct 2017: The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a developer in its suit against a Scottish local authority demanding money in exchange for planning permission. more »

Government seeks views on retentions reform

Government seeks views on retentions reform

25 Oct 2017: Having published solid evidence of subcontractor abuse in the construction industry through the practice of cash retention, the government is holding a consultation process on the issue. more »

Adjudication – when taking part counts

Adjudication – when taking part counts

12 Sep 2017: A defendant can find itself unintentionally bound by an adjudicator’s agreement and responsible for fees, interest and other costs. Sarah Evans, senior associate in the construction team at Irwin Mitchell LLP, explains. more »

Disputes and digital construction: share your views

Disputes and digital construction: share your views

23 Aug 2017: Building specification service NBS is conducting another survey into the legal problems that parties have with construction contracts. more »

Lend Lease glazing litigation: implications explained

Lend Lease glazing litigation: implications explained

9 Aug 2017: A recent £14m judgment against Lend Lease shows that it may not always be enough simply to follow the spec, says Mike Plews of Irwin Mitchell LLP. more »

Tax tribunal overturns VAT policy on student accommodation

Tax tribunal overturns VAT policy on student accommodation

20 Jul 2017: HM Revenue & Customs’ VAT policy on new-build student accommodation has been successfully challenged in a case taken to the Tax Tribunal. more »

Site managers who fail on safety must now expect heavier jail sentences

Site managers who fail on safety must now expect heavier jail sentences

4 Jul 2017: Bosses whose disregard for worker safety results in a death can expect longer jail sentences under proposals from the Sentencing Council. more »

Property developers warned to prioritise compliance with copyright law

Property developers warned to prioritise compliance with copyright law

24 May 2017: Jonathan Hyndman, partner at solicitors Rosling King, reviews the findings in the case of Signature Realty Ltd v Fortis Developments Ltd and proposes some steps that property developers can take to avoid infringing copyright law. more »

Designers still liable for free services

Designers still liable for free services

5 May 2017: Mark Clinton reports on the recent case of an architect found liable for services provided to friends for free. more »

Interserve wins waste plant sacking dispute

Interserve wins waste plant sacking dispute

3 Nov 2017: A judge has ruled in Interserve’s favour in a dispute over its sacking from a waste to energy plant project in 2015. more »

No common law escape

No common law escape

25 Oct 2017: When claiming an extension of time, can a contractor use common law doctrines to avoid its contractual agreements? Abiola Aderibigbe reports. more »

Liability issues after Grenfell

Liability issues after Grenfell

27 Sep 2017: Solicitor Barry Hembling provides some updated guidance on flammable cladding risks and liability issues. more »

Scottish prompt payment rules are not working yet

Scottish prompt payment rules are not working yet

5 Sep 2017: Construction subcontractors in Scotland are calling for the creation of a Construction Regulator to act as an ombudsman for late payment disputes. more »

Managing design-related risks – lessons from the MT Højgaard case

Managing design-related risks – lessons from the MT Højgaard case

15 Aug 2017: In the wake of a recent supreme court ruling, solicitor Colette Morgan-Ford offers guidance on managing design-related risk during contract drafting. more »

E.On wins MTH wind farm dispute

E.On wins MTH wind farm dispute

4 Aug 2017: The Supreme Court has found in favour of E.On in its long-running dispute with Danish contractor MT Højgaard (MTH). more »

Ignorance may not always be bliss

Ignorance may not always be bliss

13 Jul 2017: A recent judgment, though unsurprising, shows that it is wise to keep an eye on your mail. Sarah Evans reports. more »

Prepare for new data protection rules

Prepare for new data protection rules

13 Jun 2017: The next monster in the room is the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Sarah Phillips reports. more »

M&E subbie in landmark case under the Legal Services Act 2007

M&E subbie in landmark case under the Legal Services Act 2007

22 May 2017: A judgment has been passed in the High Court of Justice that provides the first review of what constitutes “a reserved legal activity” for the purposes of the Legal Services Act 2007. more »

Union pushes for speedier justice after site fatalities

Union pushes for speedier justice after site fatalities

26 Apr 2017: The wheels of justice grind slowly. It takes an average of three years and four months for any sentence to be handed down after a workplace fatality. Campaigners are calling for action. more »

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