Carillion carnage masks PFI malaise
Editor Nick Barrett says the collapse of Carillion may have taken attention away from a highly critical report on the Private Finance Initiative from the National Audit Office that could have even greater long-term implications for construction procurement.
Our regular news round up focusses on the launch of updated versions of FIDIC’s ‘Rainbow Suite’ of contracts; an attack on the government’s Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter; and the launch of investigations into the collapse of Carillion.
Legal terms explained
Ibaad Hakim and Michael Mendelblat of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP explain what is meant by knock-for-knock indemnities.
Rise in corruption and bribery prosecutions
Guest editor Laura Lintott of Beale & Company Solicitors LLP discusses the increasing number of prosecutions related to bribery and corruption. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is becoming increasingly focussed on such cases, and construction companies should take great care to comply with anti-corruption legislation, she warns.
Legislation state of play table
Our regular round up of the progress of legislation affecting construction as it passes through the UK and EC legislative systems comes from Clyde & Co. Ana Bonnington comments on the Autumn 2017 Budget.
Reports from the courts
In our latest review of the court decisions of most interest to construction Andrew Croft and Simii Sivapalan of Beale & Company Solicitors LLP look at one that highlights the danger of conflicting and complicated drafting in contracts; and another that confirms the need to serve a pay less notice under the HGCRA applies to final or termination accounts as well as to interim payments.
An essential read for tendering
Contracts monitor Michael Phipps, Principal of Thurston Consultants, continues his review of JCT’s Practice Note on Tendering. A glance at even a summary of its contents might prompt reconsideration of tendering procedures, he says.
Guide to Brexit: Article 50 and withdrawal from the EU
Rachel Chaplin of DLA Piper looks at the potential impact of Brexit related changes in the latest in DLA Piper’s series of Construction Guides. Contractors look more at risk from a change in circumstances as a result of Brexit than employers, she warns.
Construction Act changes loom in 2018
In this review of the main events of 2017 James Doe and Emma Kurtovich of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP focus on key developments in issues such as extensions of time and concurrent delay. Looking ahead, as well as litigation arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster, they expect a continued emphasis on increasing transparency and news of possible HGCRA 1996 changes.
Review of 2017 in Scotland
Shona Frame and Siân McNiff of CMS review the highlights in Scotland of 2017, an eventful year with developments that will be felt in 2018 and beyond. Key events included legislation that revolutionised third party rights.
No absolute rights governing certificates
Jennifer Jones of Atkin Chambers examines the law surrounding conclusive evidence clauses, which often pass unnoticed – until it is too late. Make careful note of any obligatory time periods that might expire, she advises.
Latent disease in employers’ liability claims
Insurance expert John D Wright of JD Risk Associates explains how latent disease is treated in employers’ liability policies. The basis on which policies is written is ‘cause arising’ which has created long-standing problems.
Serial adjudications – who bears the cost?
Vijay Bange of Trowers & Hamlins LLP predicts a growing number of challenges to adjudications following recent court decisions, especially where there is evidence of ‘adjudication shopping’ or adjudications being abandoned for no good reason.
Alternative dispute resolution
Adjudication enforcement decisions
In the latest article of our regular alternative dispute resolution series article Richard Kniveton of Clyde & Co examines the implications of two recent adjudication enforcement decisions.