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Does a Sub-Contractor’s Design Consultant Owe a Duty of Care to the Main Contractor?

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The Technology and Construction Court decided in a recent case that a consultant engaged by a subcontractor to perform design checks did not owe a duty of care to the main contractor.

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Spring Budget 2021: What it means for construction, infrastructure and energy

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In what may be the most significant budget of modern times, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, set out the Government’s aims to “build our future economy”, by way of protecting, creating and supporting jobs.

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Bat boxes and boreholes – how a wildlife survey blocked a housing development

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In a case keenly watched by the agricultural sector, a planned housing development on a farm in south Wales may not be able to proceed due to the developer being unable to undertake wildlife surveys. A ruling that has significant implications for both landowners and agricultural tenants.

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The Government’s plan to rebuild post-coronavirus: a highway to recovery?

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Is the Government’s announcement of support for infrastructure a boon for the construction sector, or does it have the potential to create a two-tier industry?

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Adjudication and insolvency – has the landscape just shifted?

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In a recent decision (Bresco Services Limited v Michael J Lonsdale [2020] UKSC 25) the Supreme Court has held that an insolvent company retains the right to refer a dispute to adjudication, and only in ‘very exceptional circumstances’ should the court restrain the exercise of that right.

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How the construction industry can plot a road to recovery: Restart, Reset and Reinvent

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Contributing authors: Elizabeth Painter

The UK construction industry has shown its metal in a time of crisis over the last few months by pulling together and working cohesively to achieve common goals.

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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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Budget uncertainty paves the way for construction investment delay

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At this stage before a budget, we normally have a fair idea of what might be in store. Bearing in mind the unexpected recent resignation of the Chancellor just weeks beforehand, the impact of the Heathrow ruling on the government publishing the National Infrastructure Strategy, and the unpredictable economic outlook following fears of the spread of coronavirus, this is not an ordinary time for a budget.

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What’s best for landowners? A promotion or option agreement – it’s just like apples and pears

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A question frequently asked by landowners is what is the difference between an option agreement and a promotion agreement? And which should they enter into?

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Election 2019: Key outtakes for the construction industry

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Contributing authors: Andrew Kuemmerle

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With the outcome of yesterday’s general election now resoundingly clear, the incoming government needs to recognise the crucial role the construction and energy sectors will have to play in driving the UK’s economic growth, and in improving standards of living in the years ahead. Issues such as housing, infrastructure and climate change will need to feature highly on the list of the government’s priorities.

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Construction cost certainty: the elusive mythical beast?

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EDF announced this week that the estimated completion costs for the Hinkley Point C project have now spiralled again to between £21.5 billion and £22.5 billion.

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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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