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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Adjudication proves no panacea

8 Sep 2016: Just how cost effective is adjudication? Mark Clinton reports more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Most successful construction lawyers revealed

16 Jun 2016: A legal analytics firm has studied three years of court cases in the Technology & Construction Court and named the barristers and solicitors’ firms with the best win ratio. more »

Less than final settlement

2 Jun 2016: Settlement agreements are themselves prone to generating disputes. Solicitors Digby Hebbard and Christian Charles report. more »

Understanding vicarious liability

18 May 2016: Employees and others behaving badly – when are you liable for their misdeeds? Solicitor Mark Clinton reports. more »

Termination and construction contracts

2 May 2016: Queries about terminating contracts in the construction sector have been on the increase. Solicitors Digby Hebbard and Christian Charles report. more »

Are my payment terms fit for purpose?

6 Apr 2016: A party making any amendments to or agreeing terms without consideration of the possible consequences may take a hit to its cash flow, the lifeblood of a company’s operations. Solicitor Adam Hiscox reports. more »

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