Inquiry ordered after Grenfell Tower tragedy

Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire – where at least 79 people were killed – following concerns about the building’s design and construction.

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Successful first year for FAC-1

Construction Law’s latest edition – Vol 28 No 5 – will be arriving on subscribers’ desks this week, containing expert advice and comment from some of the sector’s foremost legal professionals as well as regular features and up to date news.

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Library of work needs cataloguing, says Professor John Uff

Dissertations amassed by the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College, London represent an “astonishing collection of expertise” and efforts should turn to cataloguing each and every piece of work.

This is the view of the Centre’s founding director Professor John Uff of Keating Chambers who delivered a presentation to the Centre’s 30th anniversary conference on 2 June on the impact of three decades of construction law.

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Interim agreement reached over Hinkley Point C bonus dispute

Discussions between employers at Hinkley Point C and trade union Unite have resulted in an interim agreement over the payment of bonuses during the construction of the nuclear power station.

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Unsafe demolition lands contractor suspended prison sentence

A contractor appointed to demolish a building in Ramsgate, Kent, has been handed a suspended prison sentence after an uncontrolled collapse onto the town’s high street in November 2013. The building was owned by Panther AL (VAT) Ltd which has also been fined following the incident.

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Museum scheme to trial IPI

Integrated Project Insurance (IPI) is to be trialled on a £16m redevelopment of the Derby Silk Mill into a working museum.

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Directors jailed after fatal roof fall

Three company directors have been jailed following the death of a man who fell through the roof of an Essex warehouse two years ago.

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News in Brief: June 2017

Growth prospects of construction small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being stalled due to late payments according to research commissioned by Crossflow Payments.

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Contractor fined after man drowned at Fife site

A building contractor has been fined after an elderly man walked onto a construction site in Fife and fell into a flooded trench, where he drowned.

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JCT launches latest complete edition of contracts

The Joint Contracts Tribunal has launched its JCT Contracts 2016 Complete Edition (Volumes 4-6), which is now available to pre-order for despatch at the end of June.

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