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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. ...

Mar
07
2018

Construction Risk Video - Part 1
#Construction

Construction and engineering Partner, Ruth Wilkinson discusses the key risks on a construction project and how to manage those risks. How can different parties manage their risks in the event of worst-case scenarios? What are the most common risks that have to be dealt with?...

Mar
07
2018

It’s the End of the World as We Know It: The Finale of the “Smash & Grab” adjudication Saga?
#Construction

Judge Coulson’s decision in the Technology and Construction Court published last week, his last before moving to the Court of Appeal, concerns the infamous “smash and grab” adjudications. ...

Mar
06
2018

Disputes and Record Keeping – a discussion with Hannah Mycock-Overell
#Construction

What are the most common types of dispute you come across?...

Feb
07
2018

Managing Risk in Construction Projects Seminar – Key Points
#Construction

On 31 January 2018 and 7 February 2018 we hosted a Managing Risk Seminar covering the following topics....

Feb
07
2018

Retention in construction contracts under review
#Construction

The government consultation to review the 2011 changes to the Construction Act 1996 and the practice of cash retentions in construction contracts closed on 19 January 2018. In light of well publicised Main Contractor insolvency, the review of retentions has been thrust into the spotlight....

Jan
17
2018

Your client is insolvent – six practical steps
#Construction

As contractor, subcontractor or consultant, the nightmare scenario of your client/main contractor entering insolvency might be unavoidable. This might happen despite thorough pre-contract checks and risk protection measures. It’s important to remember that the type of insolvency will influence the likely outcome: Whilst the purpose of administration is to rescue the business or achieve a better realisation of assets, the purpose of liquidation is to realise assets for creditors. This article identifies six things to consider....

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