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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 »

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 think twice before acting, warns Mike Plews of law firm Irwin Mitchell. 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 »

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 »

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