If not private finance, then what?
The consultation is still underway for a replacement for the UK’s discredited private financing of infrastructure model. Editor Nick Barrett says news from the health service might confirm that PFI is finished, but warns that it might have to reappear in a new form.
Our latest news roundup features new statistics showing a drop in prosecutions for health and safety offences, details of a dispute over the late completion of a dual carriageway upgrade in Cornwall and concern that the government’s new Construction Framework will not address late payment.
Legal terms explained
Michael Sharpof Herbert Smith Freehills LLP explains the key features of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts.
Infrastructure isn’t just for Christmas – or elections
Guest editor Cecily Davis of Fieldfisher looks at the current upsurge in political promises to boost infrastructure investment. The construction industry may be up to the challenge of delivering the projects, but can the politicians deliver on their promises?
Legislation state of play table
Our regular update of the progress of legislation of interest to construction passing through the UK and EC legislative systems comes from Dentons UK and Middle East LLP. Tracey Summerell discusses the Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase 1 recommendations.
Reports from the courts
Our latest round up of the court cases of most interest to construction from Andrew Croft and Ben Spannuth of Beale & Company Solicitors LLP includes one that highlights the need for joint ventures to consider when and how pain/gain share related payments are made; and one concerning whether supply of materials is covered by the Construction Act’s adjudication regime.
Algorithms tackling cartels
Competition authorities have their eyes firmly fixed on construction, which looks to them like an easy as well as an obvious target. Things look like heating up for the lawbreakers, with new technology making cartel and other anti-competitive behaviours easier to spot, as Editor Nick Barrett reports.
NEC4 Suite of Contracts
The latest article in our Guides to Construction Law series comes from Naithan McBride of DLA Piper who examines the ‘upgraded’ NEC4 contracts suite. The stress is on increased flexibility, collaboration and ease of use, he explains.
IChemE’s Arbitration Rules: the new Pink Book fifth edition
Barrister Paul Buckingham, Chairman of the IChemE Disputes Resolution Panel, explains the changes to the Institution’s Arbitration Rules, contained in the fifth edition of The Pink Book.
Blockchain boost for ‘smart’ contracts
Lampros Stougiannos of Dentons Canada LLP warns that the rapidly developing uptake of digital technologies across industries, including BIM in construction, allied to a more collaborative approach to project execution, will force changes to contracts. Throw blockchain into the mix, and ‘smart contracts’ are not far off.
The perennial problem of pure economic loss
Not being able to recover economic loss is an issue constantly bedevilling construction. Barristers Chris Bryden and Georgia Whiting of the Chambers of Timothy Raggatt QC, 4 King’s Bench Walk, analyse why it is a particular problem for large multi-party projects.
Cyber risks – are you secure?
With the risk from mischievous hackers and other cyber criminals growing worldwide, insurance expert John D Wright of JD Risk Associates explains the sort of cover companies should be contemplating.
Limited legal support hampers solar growth
Legal writer and former law lecturer Anastasia Barich-Chivikova analyses a recent court ruling that offers little encouragement to solar energy market companies seeking compensation for changes in government funded subsidy regimes. Is there a warning here for those relying on other subsidies?
Alternative dispute resolution
Engage emotional intelligence
In the first of two articles about preparing for mediation, Tracey Summerell of Dentons UK and Middle East LLP considers how settlement prospects can be improved by the early use of our emotional intelligence/quotient (EQ).