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Court rules on defects notification clause

11 Feb 2016: If you put your own standard terms and conditions into a contract, can you be sure that they will stand up under legal scrutiny ? Solicitor Mark Clinton reports on lessons learned from a recent case. more »

Blacklist victims finally start to see compensation

9 Feb 2016: Construction workers who were systematically blacklisted by major contractors, often just for airing safety concerns, have begun to receive compensation. more »

Lessons of Persimmon versus Arup dispute

10 Jan 2016: With January traditionally a month for detox, Sarah Evans suggests it is time to bring clarity to your contracts. more »

£1m pollution fine designed to send signal

6 Jan 2016: A record £1m fine for Thames Water for polluting a canal has been handed down as a signal that big companies must improve their environmental performance, the judge said. more »

NEC adds ECI clauses

8 Dec 2015: The Institution of Civil Engineers has added early contractor involvement (ECI) clauses to its New Engineering Contract (NEC) suite. more »

Bad vibrations: Navigating nuisance construction claims

20 Nov 2015: What rights do neighbours have when construction gets noisy and troublesome? Jonathan Pawlowski, construction litigation partner at Brecher Solicitors reports. more »

Ucatt claims umbrella company tribunal victory

12 Nov 2015: Construction union Ucatt is claiming what it calls ‘a highly significant victory’ against an umbrella company that was ruled to have deducted wages of a client unlawfully. more »

Supreme Court ruling impacts on penalty clauses

6 Nov 2015: A recent ruling holds implications for liquidated damages clauses. Chris Bridges reports. more »

New sentencing guide for safety breaches means higher fines for bigger firms

3 Nov 2015: New sentencing guidelines have been published in a bid to provide more consistency and fairness to courts handing down sentences for corporate manslaughter and workplace health & safety offences. more »

Buckingham sues on stalled stadium project

20 Oct 2015: Buckingham Group is pursuing a winding up order to get the £4.8m it is owed for the stalled East Stand project at Northampton Town Football Club. more »

Arbitration drives out litigation in construction disputes

12 Oct 2015: The construction industry is increasingly favouring arbitration over other methods of resolving cross-border disputes, according to a new survey. more »

Are you ready for the end of CDM’s transitional provisions?

2 Oct 2015: It is six months since the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force and the transition period is now over. Kasia Dickson, legal assistant at Thomas Eggar, reports. more »

Payment provisions: Be clear and not late

3 Sep 2015: In June the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) delivered a simple message to contractors, says solicitor Sarah Evans. If you want the benefit of draconian payment provisions, spell out your payment applications clearly. more »

Judge nixes affordable housing exemptions

4 Aug 2015: A bid to exempt small developments from having to make affordable housing contributions has been quashed by the High Court. more »

Without prejudice correspondence is often misunderstood

3 Aug 2015: You think it's a good idea to label legal correspondence 'without prejudice'...? Well think again, warns Christopher Coveney, a solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP. more »

Cautionary tale on payment pitfalls

3 Aug 2015: Jonathan Pawlowski, partner at Brecher Solicitors, reviews the lessons of Leeds City Council v Waco UK Ltd. more »

Live by the sword, die by the sword

29 Jun 2015: The case of Leeds City Council v Waco UK Ltd provides a lesson for those engaged in exploiting loopholes, warns Sarah E Phillips. more »

Safety fine given straight to victim

10 Jun 2015: A judge has directed that a £60,000 fine imposed on a construction company for safety offences should go directly to the employee whom it caused to be paralysed. more »

Thames Water £250k sewage spill fine upheld

5 Jun 2015: Thames Water has failed in its appeal to get a £250,000 fine for environmental offences reduced. more »

Union success in final Connaught battle

5 Jun 2015: Nearly five years after workers employed by Connaught were made redundant when the company collapsed, former employees have finally been compensated. more »

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