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12 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Business, Construction, Opinion

The construction industry and Coronavirus – what’s next?

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Although the construction sector is amongst those for which the UK Government has this week released return to work guidelines, it is an industry where the concept of social distancing and lockdown was ambiguously applied. So what do the new guidelines actually mean, and will they change anything?

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27 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Science to the rescue as the University of Bath steps in to help city hospitals

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University of Bath coronavirus imnitiatives

Co-operation is the name of the game in crisis times. Here’s a story of how businesses and organisations have teamed up to help NHS staff.

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The elephant in the (marginally smaller) room

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Mears Limited v Costplan Services (South East) Limited & Others [2019] EWCA Civ 502

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7 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Construction, Opinion

S&T (UK) Limited v Grove Developments Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2448 – Court of Appeal upholds Coulson J’s first instance decision – “Smash and grabs” – but there’s still life in the old dog yet

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Construction & Engineering

The Court of Appeal has today handed down its decision on the appeal by Grove Developments Limited against the first instance decision by Coulson J, in which he decided that a party who had failed to issue an effective payment or pay less notice against a contractor’s application for interim payment could refer a dispute as to the true value of the Contractor’s works to adjudication.

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Customer become insolvent? Here’s how you can get your goods back

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In a competitive market, offering your goods on credit is often a commercial necessity. But what if your customer becomes insolvent before they have paid for the goods? In this scenario, you will want your goods back – and to have a realistic chance of getting them back, you need to consider your contract before supply takes place.

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5 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Construction, Opinion

“Don’t wind me up – no guarantee that a judgment debt based on an adjudicator’s decision will be enforced”

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Construction & Engineering

Victory House General Partner Limited, Re A Company [2018] EWHC 1143 (Ch) is a stark reminder of the limitations of the effectiveness of obtaining judgment based on an Adjudicator’s decision where the respondent company may have a separate and bona fide cross claim.

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1 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Construction, Opinion

Spotlight on Grove Developments Limited v S&T (UK) Limited: is this really the end for ‘smash and grab’ adjudications?

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Construction & Engineering

This week (27 February 2018), in a judgment of the Technology and Construction Court, the Honourable Mr Justice Coulson confirmed that a party who fails to issue an effective payment or pay less notice in response to a contractor’s application for interim payment still has the right to seek in adjudication a proper valuation of the works included in the contractor’s application.

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5 February 2018 0 Comments Posted in Construction, Opinion

Payment Notices – the difference between assessments and sums due

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Construction & Engineering

We are all well aware by now of the draconian effect of failing to issue a timely payment notice and/or pay less notice, in accordance with the contract, in response to interim payment applications (see for example: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust v Logan Construction (South East) Limited [2017] EWHC 17 (TCC)). Failure to do so can lead to losing the right to dispute the amount claimed (at least until the next interim payment application or final account).

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16 January 2018 0 Comments Posted in Construction

Tips for construction sub-contractors affected by the compulsory liquidation of Carillion

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Construction & Engineering

Following the compulsory liquidation of Carillion yesterday and their appointment as special managers to support the Official Receiver, PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) website advises Carillion’s suppliers that they will be reviewing their contracts over the coming days and will be in touch “with further instructions” soon.

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24 November 2016 0 Comments Posted in Construction

Farmer Review warning for the Construction Industry

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The Farmer Review of the UK construction industry commissioned by the government provides shocking revelations of the current dire state of the industry and recommendations of how to save its future.

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28 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Construction

Construction contractors: lessons learned from recent Balfour Beatty case

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Construction & Engineering

When construction contracts are drafted and you are agreeing a schedule for interim payment application dates, it is critical that a provision is made for any delays. In the case of Grove Developments Limited v Balfour Beatty Construction Limited, we take a look at the consequences where stage payment is not implied.

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24 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Construction

Brexit: The effects of leaving the EU on the UK construction industry

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Leaving the EU will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the construction sector in Britain, certainly in the short term. The UK construction industry has already hit uncertainty, the housebuilders’ share price falling through the floor being a clear indication of what is to come.

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