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Tougher fines are coming for health & safety breaches

14/11/2014: Big companies that breach health & safety law are set to face bigger fines of up to £10m under proposals put forward by the Sentencing Council. more »

Construction Industry Council fails in bid to amend Consumer Rights Bill

05/11/2014: The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has been defeated in its bid to lobby for amendments the Consumer Rights Bill, currently going through Parliament. more »

HPF ruling limits third party rights

03/11/2014: When is what looks like a third party right not a third party right? Mark Clinton, partner at Thomas Eggar LLP, reports. more »

Southwark Council challenges super sewer permission

31/10/2014: Southwark Council has filed an application for a judicial review of the government’s decision to grant development consent to the £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel. more »

Scottish government wins winter maintenance action

20/10/2014: A supplier of de-icing salt has failed in its claim for damages from the Scottish government, which it said breached tendering rules. more »

Solicitors name new construction chief

08/09/2014: Law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Fraser McMillan as head of its construction practice. more »

Fifteen months in jail for breaching height safety regs

05/09/2014: The owner of a Kent scaffolding business has been jailed for 15 months for safety failings after a worker fell 14 metres to his death at a site in London. more »

Termination at will

02/09/2014: Termination is a risky business, as lawyer Mark Clinton explains. more »

Florrie's law caps building repair bills for council housing tenants

13/08/2014: A new law comes into force this week to stop council building managers ripping off their tenants. more »

Rogue building boss jailed for fraud

11/08/2014: A bankrupt building boss is serving 27 months in prison for a string of offences including fraud and running four separate building companies despite being disqualified as a director. more »

Status of electronic documents explained

03/08/2014: Email, text message, Tweet, voicemail: What is their legal status? Solicitor Christopher Coveney explains. more »

Victims win first stage of blacklisting suit

11/07/2014: Legal action to get compensation for blacklisted construction workers opened in the High Court yesterday with a green light for the case to proceed to the next stage. more »

Holiday pay ruling could be death knell, warns civils contractor

08/07/2014: Businesses are facing the risk of billions of pounds of additional costs from a recent legal ruling relating to holiday pay. more »

Compensation scheme under fire for being unilateral and inadequate

07/07/2014: Trades unions have voiced their criticism of the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme for being unilateral, in direct contravention of the recommendations of a committee of MPs. more »

Blacklist compensation scheme now open

04/07/2014: The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) has opened to today to applications from the 3,213 people whose names were on the blacklist that major contractors operated until 2008. more »

The appropriateness of sums

20/06/2014: How do you decide what deductions are appropriate for defective work? Sarah E Philips reports more »

A cold wind blows for designers

27/05/2014: A rare old storm blew up in the usually calm area of offshore wind turbine design in 2009. Mark Clinton reports. more »

A third of JVs end in dispute

27/05/2014: British contractors are getting worse at joint ventures, new research suggests. more »

Two jailed for construction waste crimes

19/05/2014: Two Doncaster men have been jailed for running illegal waste dumping operations on an industrial scale, with construction waste being dumped including asbestos. more »

'Not my fault so why should I have to pay?'

30/04/2014: Sarah E Philips, solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP, mulls the virtues of net contribution clauses. more »

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