Construction remains cartel target
Editor Nick Barrett warns that competition authorities have clearly demonstrated that they regard construction as a prime target for their cartel and other anti competitive behaviour investigations.
Latest news this month includes a new consultation on the government’s approach to supporting private investment in infrastructure and a call for high value contracts to no longer be let to outsourcers, following the failure of Interserve.
Legal terms explained
Rebecca Scanlon of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP explains what the recently launched Disclosure Pilot Scheme aims to achieve.
Managing currency fluctuation risk
Currency movements can always have unwelcome impacts on construction projects, especially at times of uncertainty such as that induced by Brexit. Guest editor Chris Philpot of HFW warns that the trend towards larger single package contracts makes managing the risk ever more crucial.
Legislation state of play table
Our regular update on legislative proposals and guidance from government comes from Dentons UK and Middle East LLP. Mark Macaulay and Tracey Summerell provide a commentary on an updated Supplier Code of Conduct from the Government Commercial Function.
Reports from the courts
Our latest round up of court cases of most interest to construction from Andrew Croft and Ben Spannuth of Beale & Company Solicitors LLP focus on one that highlights the importance of considering contracts in their entirety; and another affecting adjudication and insolvency.
Copyright demands careful reading of text
Our contracts monitor Michael Phipps, Principal of Thurston Consultants, continues his analysis of the JCT’s Design and Build contract. Contractors are not obliged to search for discrepancies in design documents supplied to them, but must immediately give notice of any that are spotted.
Naithan McBride and Joanna Logie of DLA Piper explain issues surrounding concurrent delay in the latest article in our series of guides to the fundamental principles of construction law.
Safe as houses?
In the first instalment of a two part article Chris Bryden and Georgia Whiting, Barristers of Chambers of Timothy Raggatt QC, 4 King’s Bench Walk, analyse the legislative regime relating to fire safety. Is it fit for purpose in the modern age, they ask?
Project bank accounts
Project bank accounts – can you bank on them?
Vijay Bange and Manpreet Kandola of Trowers & Hamlins LLP examine the impact that project bank accounts (PBAs) can have on maintaining cash flow along the supply chain. Two contractors add comments on how they view PBAs.
This house believes adjudication is better than court
Anne Wright of Lawrence Stephens Solicitors and Kings College Construction Law Association reports from a debate at Kings College on whether adjudication was preferable to litigation for resolving disputes. The voting revealed a significant preference, but recognition that both had their place.
Adjudication and insolvency
Claire Martin and Nick Pinder of Eversheds explain the implications of a recent appeal court ruling on whether adjudicators can have jurisdiction when an adjudication is commenced by an insolvent party.
Brokers’ professional negligence
Insurance expert John D Wright of JD Risk Associates examines the case law and the complex issues involved in the all too common event of an insurance broker being negligent in advising clients. A key case might yet be appealed.
Alternative dispute resolution
No ‘right’ way to arbitrate
In our latest alternative dispute resolution series article Tracey Summerell of Dentons UK and Middle East LLP examines the recent ICC construction industry arbitrations report, aimed at arbitrators with little experience of ICC rules.