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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....

May
08
2018

Hannah Mycock-Overell writes for Chartered Institute of Building - BIM's Legal Framework is Still Being Formulated
#Construction #Press

Hannah Mycock-Overell, senior solicitor at Clarkslegal, analyses the legal landscape in light of the recent update to the BIM Protocol and the Winfield-Rock report....

May
02
2018

BIM: Opportunities, challenges, and new developments
#Construction

Recently I was asked for my views on the potentials and challenges of BIM in light of the Winfield Rock Report and the new CIC BIM Protocol. This blog summarises some of the key themes....

May
02
2018

Retention Deposit Scheme Bill – an update
#Construction

It is hoped by many that the well-publicised Main Contractor insolvency earlier this year may prove to be a huge catalyst for change in the construction industry. One of the key focus areas is the future of retentions. A private members bill, the Construction (Retention Deposits Scheme) Bill, also known as the “Aldous bill” after Peter Aldous MP, has been picking up traction since its first reading in January 2018. At last count, over 120 MP’s had given the bill their backing. In late April, industry bodies including BESA, representing 355,000 business across the construction industry handed in a petition to 10 Downing St. The petition called for payment and retention reform. Whilst the second reading due on 27 April 2018 was postponed to 15 June 2018, the wording of the bill has now been published. ...

May
02
2018

Construction Risk Video - Part 3
#Construction

In this video, Hannah Mycock-Overell, Senior Solicitor examines issues surrounding record keeping in construction projects. What records should be kept, and how best to prepare records should a delay or other issue arise to minimise later costs if a dispute occurs. ...

Apr
05
2018

Termination: the pitfalls
#Construction

There are many risks in terminating a contract, particularly in construction contracts - get it wrong and you risk being in breach of contract yourself. The two main pitfalls are:...

Apr
05
2018

Building BIM into the contract
#Construction

We are seeing an increased adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in the projects we are advising on across the private sector. Of course, BIM Level 2 became mandatory for use on all UK public sector works in April 2016. The implementation of BIM means that the contract documents for the contractor and through the supply chain and professional consultants will need to consider the specific implications of BIM....

Apr
04
2018

Construction Risk Video - Part 2
#Construction

This video looks at the risks surrounding insolvency in the construction supply chain. ...

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