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Brigade wins reversing alarm patent battle

25 Apr 2013: Brigade Electronics has won its court battle to protect its patented bbs-tek white sound reversing alarms against similar products sold by Amber Valley. more »

Komfort wins gasket patent dispute

24 Apr 2013: Office partitioning specialist Komfort has won a battle to protect one of its patents. more »

Aberdeen site highlights loophole in health & safety laws

4 Apr 2013: Construction union Ucatt is calling to a change in the law after a single site in Aberdeen had four separate interventions from the Health & Safety Executive over a four-year period. more »

Adjudication against a residential occupier: a benefit or a burden?

4 Apr 2013: Kim Teichmann, senior associate of Thomas Eggar LLP, explores the implications of extending the realm of adjudication. more »

Legal defeat for Land Securities tax dodge

28 Mar 2013: Land Securities has lost a court battle with the taxman that could have cost the UK at least £60m. more »

High Court rejects HS2 challenge

15 Mar 2013: The prospect of construction of the £17bn HS2 high speed rail project being stymied by the lawyers of aggrieved homeowners receded today. more »

Most construction fatalities never go to court

4 Mar 2013: Fewer than half of construction’s fatal accidents lead to anyone being prosecuted, it has emerged. more »

Is a consulting engineer to blame for the property crash?

28 Feb 2013: The Court of Appeal has ruled that a developer is entitled to recover from an engineer losses relating to the drop in value of houses brought about by the property crash. Mark Clinton explores the implications of what appears to be a significant judgment. more »

Performance bond or guarantee: spot the difference

4 Feb 2013: The distinction between performance bonds and guarantees is not always clear. Mark Clinton reports. more »

New director for construction law centre

30 Jan 2013: Dr David Mosey, head of projects and construction at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, has been offered a chair of law at King's College London as director of its Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution. more »

Letters of intent have unintended impact

4 Jan 2013: Turner & Townsend has learned the hard way that courts regard letters of intent as no substitute for a contract. Thomas Eggar LLP associate Laura Phoenix reports. more »

Interserve cleared of blacklisting allegation

11 Dec 2012: A new spin on the blacklisting saga has emerged from a court hearing that suggests that trades unions may be as guilty of black arts as construction companies. more »

Harrington case offers progress on adjudication fees issue

27 Nov 2012: Court finds that you are NOT liable for the adjudicator's fees if the decision is unenforceable. Rebecca Evans reports. more »

Deeming provisions can lose their potency over time

28 Oct 2012: Can a contractor ‘deem’ a subcontractor’s property rights away? Laura Phoenix reports. more »

The importance of terms and conditions

19 Sep 2012: Exclusion clauses in your terms and conditions could save your business, reports Thomas Eggar LLP senior associate Kim Teichmann. more »

Court finds for contractor

27 Aug 2012: Rebecca Evans, solicitor with Thomas Eggar LLP, reports on a case that offers good news for contractors in England. more »

How to ensure payment by an overseas client

1 Aug 2012: How can a UK contractor enforce payment from an overseas client? Laura Phoenix explains. more »

Mivan case highlights defects minefield

26 Jun 2012: A dispute between contractor Mivan and its developer client Point West has illustrated the importance of addressing defects in settlement agreements, writes Thomas Eggar's Kim Teichmann. more »

Sweett wins contractual dispute after contractor is liquidated

30 Mar 2012: Construction consultancy Sweett has won a legal dispute with a house-builder client after a contractor went into liquidation. more »

Mulalley case rules in favour of subcontractor

13 Mar 2012: A court has ruled that a subcontract did not contain an implied term requiring a subcontractor to proceed regularly and diligently. Its obligation was limited to completing on time. more »

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