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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 »

Union launches employment status legal challenge

Union launches employment status legal challenge

18 Apr 2017: Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, has launched a legal appeal case at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in a bid to clarify employment status in the construction industry. more »

When to challenge adjudication decisions

When to challenge adjudication decisions

10 Apr 2017: Dissatisfied with an adjudicator’s decision? It might be best to twice before acting, warns Mike Plews of law firm Irwin Mitchell. more »

Crest Nicholson loses tax avoidance case

Crest Nicholson loses tax avoidance case

13 Mar 2017: A tax tribunal has ruled against a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) avoidance scheme used by Crest Nicholson, one of the UK’s largest house builders, meaning it will have to pay the £1.3m it owes. more »

Boost for developers from business rates rulings

Boost for developers from business rates rulings

2 Mar 2017: Property developers across the UK who have been disputing the level of business rates they pay on buildings undergoing renovation have been boosted by a Supreme Court ruling. 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 »

JCT contract updates in three easy steps

JCT contract updates in three easy steps

20 Apr 2017: There are new clauses in JCT contracts that require careful consideration. Fladgate partner Barry Hembling explains. more »

Safeguarding contracts on the shifting sands of Brexit

Safeguarding contracts on the shifting sands of Brexit

11 Apr 2017: With so many uncertainties surrounding the UK’s departure from the European Union, how can construction companies keep contracts secure? Joseph Bond, managing director of claims consultant Kenzie Group, offers some advice. more »

Advice on payment practice reporting

Advice on payment practice reporting

15 Mar 2017: Payment practice reporting brings legal and reputational risks. John Cleaveley, national head of construction at Weightmans LLP, offers advice. more »

Another ‘smash and grab’ adjudication?

Another ‘smash and grab’ adjudication?

6 Mar 2017: Mike Plews of Irwin Mitchell reports on Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray and Slaughter [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC). more »

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 »

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