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Nov
07
2018

Grove Developments v S&T – the Court of Appeal weighs in on ‘smash and grab’ adjudications
#Construction

One of the final acts of Coulson J before his elevation to the Court of Appeal was to sound the death knell for smash and grab adjudications. We report here on his first instance decision in Grove v S&T. ...

Nov
06
2018

Letters of Intent and Caps on Liability
#Construction

Sometimes commercial pressures will require works to start on site before a properly drafted contract can be negotiated and signed. A Letter of Intent might be used as a stop gap in such circumstances so there is at least something to govern the relationship between the parties. The recent Court of Appeal decision in Amec v Arcadis shows the problems that this can cause....

Nov
02
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by Chambers and Partners 2019
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Dispute Resolution #Real Estate #Construction #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate....

Oct
30
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by UK Legal 500 2018  
#Clarkslegal #Complex Contracts #Employment #UK Immigration #Construction #Real Estate #Education #Public Sector #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Legal 500 has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Commercial Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Education, Employment, Immigration and Local Government....

Oct
05
2018

Assessing Costs – What does proportionality really mean?
#Construction #Dispute Resolution

In civil litigation the presumption is that the losing party pays the winner’s costs. However, unless agreed, such costs must be assessed by the Court. This process is of crucial importance because the winning party must pick up the shortfall itself, eating into the proceeds of claim....

Oct
04
2018

Can off-site manufacturing improve productivity in the construction industry?
#Construction

The Government recently published a report into off-site manufacturing for construction, exploring how construction industry productivity can be improved through the use of off-site manufacturing. The report is available here. ...

Oct
04
2018

Overview of our recent seminar on JCT and NEC forms
#Construction

On 26 September 2018 and 4 October 2018, we hosted a seminar ‘JCT and NEC: Standard Forms Compared’ which covered the following topics:...

Sep
05
2018

Drones – developing law
#Information Technology #Construction

A drone is an unmanned flying aircraft used to collect data. Drones are closely associated with innovation in digital technology and are already used by a wide range of industries and the public sector. As we identified in our article in June 2018, Drones have begun to change the way the construction industry operates. They are used to survey sites, both at the start of planning to produce baseline models and during construction to track progress. They can also be used to monitor security and health and safety. ...

Aug
31
2018

Case law update
#Construction

This article highlights three recent court cases of importance to the wider construction industry....

Aug
29
2018

An overview of the new NEC4 Alliance Contract
#Construction

The NEC launched its new NEC4 Alliance Contract (“ALC”) in June 2018, a contract which incentivises parties to collaborate more closely. ...

Aug
01
2018

The six-month review: Construction adjudication case law update 2018
#Construction

Now we are into the second half of 2018, it is time to look back in overview at the key court decisions that have changed the shape of the adjudication legal landscape....

Jul
31
2018

Contracting out of concurrent delay
#Construction #Dispute Resolution

Many construction disputes involve delay claims. The ‘prevention principle’ operates so that an employer cannot hold a contractor to an agreed completion date if the employer prevented contractor from achieving the date. In such circumstances time becomes at large and the contractor is instead obliged to complete within a reasonable time....

Jul
19
2018

The Construction Sector Deal – investment in “bytes and mortar”
#Construction #Information Technology

On 5 July 2018, the Government announced its Construction Sector Deal worth £420 million to transform the UK construction industry by improving productivity through greater investment in innovation and skills....

Jul
04
2018

Retention and Payment – Know Your Rights Seminar on 20 June 2018
#Construction

In case you missed our seminar on 20 June 2018 in Reading with BESA (The Building Engineering Services Association), here is our summary of what was said, and the key take-away points from the event. ...

Jul
03
2018

Hannah Mycock-Overell writes for Building Magazine - Legal: Broken records can be expensive
#Construction #Press

Hannah Mycock-Overell explains how good record-keeping practices will help if disputes later arise...

Jul
02
2018

Hannah Mycock-Overell writes for Construction Manager - Hackitt: a ‘golden thread’ for construction?
#Construction #Press

The proposal for a ‘golden thread’ should be extended to all buildings, argues Hannah Mycock-Overell....

Jun
25
2018

Can use of technology avoid payment disputes in construction?
#Construction #Dispute Resolution #Information Technology

In the UK construction industry, payment is usually made at intervals during a project, often by way of a monthly application by the party seeking payment....

Jun
06
2018

Construction: on the brink of a digital revolution?
#Information Technology #Construction

For many people, “construction” conjures images of scaffolding, bricklaying, and piledriving. But there’s always been more to it than that, and new technologies are increasingly disrupting established practices and processes....

Jun
05
2018

The Hackitt report: a “golden thread” to guide the construction industry?
#Construction

Dame Judith Hackitt recently published her report, Building a Safer Future. The report was commissioned by the Government as an independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire last year. ...

Jun
05
2018

Construction Risk- Video Part 4
#Construction

In the final of our interview videos from the seminar earlier in the year, Partner and head of the construction team, David Rintoul discusses with Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein of BSRIA the benefits and advantages of working with the ‘soft landings’ framework, along with some of the contractual and commercial risks to consider....

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