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Dispute, what dispute?

Dispute, what dispute?

05/02/2015: Mark Clinton explores the judgment in St Austell Printing Company Ltd v Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd. more »

Law firm poaches ‘rising star’ for construction push

16/01/2015: Law firm Nabarro is targeting construction industry litigation as a key market for growth. more »

Redundant verbiage cut from contract form

Redundant verbiage cut from contract form

09/12/2014: A new version of the Infrastructure Conditions of Contract (ICC) has been published. more »

Tougher fines are coming for health & safety breaches

Tougher fines are coming for health & safety breaches

14/11/2014: Big companies that breach health & safety law are set to face bigger fines of up to £10m under proposals put forward by the Sentencing Council. more »

HPF ruling limits third party rights

HPF ruling limits third party rights

03/11/2014: When is what looks like a third party right not a third party right? Mark Clinton, partner at Thomas Eggar LLP, reports. more »

Scottish government wins winter maintenance action

Scottish government wins winter maintenance action

20/10/2014: A supplier of de-icing salt has failed in its claim for damages from the Scottish government, which it said breached tendering rules. more »

Fifteen months in jail for breaching height safety regs

Fifteen months in jail for breaching height safety regs

05/09/2014: The owner of a Kent scaffolding business has been jailed for 15 months for safety failings after a worker fell 14 metres to his death at a site in London. more »

Florrie's law caps building repair bills for council housing tenants

Florrie's law caps building repair bills for council housing tenants

13/08/2014: A new law comes into force this week to stop council building managers ripping off their tenants. more »

Status of electronic documents explained

Status of electronic documents explained

03/08/2014: Email, text message, Tweet, voicemail: What is their legal status? Solicitor Christopher Coveney explains. more »

Holiday pay ruling could be death knell, warns civils contractor

Holiday pay ruling could be death knell, warns civils contractor

08/07/2014: Businesses are facing the risk of billions of pounds of additional costs from a recent legal ruling relating to holiday pay. more »

Legal lessons of the 2014 floods

Legal lessons of the 2014 floods

21/01/2015: It has been estimated that the total cost to the construction, insurance and transport industries of 2014’s floods was around £2.5bn and the consequences still linger in the form of legal disputes and insurance claims. Jonathan Hyndman looks at what lessons have been learned. more »

Government acts on holiday pay ruling

Government acts on holiday pay ruling

19/12/2014: The government has moved to cap the liability of companies impacted by a recent legal ruling on holiday pay. more »

Adjudication shenanigans backfire again

Adjudication shenanigans backfire again

02/12/2014: How far can you go to secure a perceived advantage in adjudication? Too far in some cases, it seems. Mark Clinton explains. more »

Construction Industry Council fails in bid to amend Consumer Rights Bill

Construction Industry Council fails in bid to amend Consumer Rights Bill

05/11/2014: The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has been defeated in its bid to lobby for amendments the Consumer Rights Bill, currently going through Parliament. more »

Southwark Council challenges super sewer permission

Southwark Council challenges super sewer permission

31/10/2014: Southwark Council has filed an application for a judicial review of the government’s decision to grant development consent to the £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel. more »

Solicitors name new construction chief

Solicitors name new construction chief

08/09/2014: Law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Fraser McMillan as head of its construction practice. more »

Termination at will

Termination at will

02/09/2014: Termination is a risky business, as lawyer Mark Clinton explains. more »

Rogue building boss jailed for fraud

Rogue building boss jailed for fraud

11/08/2014: A bankrupt building boss is serving 27 months in prison for a string of offences including fraud and running four separate building companies despite being disqualified as a director. more »

Victims win first stage of blacklisting suit

Victims win first stage of blacklisting suit

11/07/2014: Legal action to get compensation for blacklisted construction workers opened in the High Court yesterday with a green light for the case to proceed to the next stage. more »

Compensation scheme under fire for being unilateral and inadequate

Compensation scheme under fire for being unilateral and inadequate

07/07/2014: Trades unions have voiced their criticism of the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme for being unilateral, in direct contravention of the recommendations of a committee of MPs. more »

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