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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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