Building safety doubts explored in CL’s July issue

Doubts over whether the new post-Grenfell regulatory regime will deliver safer buildings are set out by Guest Editor Philip Bambagiotti of 3PB Barristers in the latest printed issue of Construction Law, which will arrive with subscribers shortly.

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Sector lacks critical emissions data, warns climate report

Poor availability of emissions data is holding back the ability to measure the impact of decarbonisation efforts in the construction sector, the independent Climate Change Committee has warned in its latest annual progress report.

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TCC report shows further increase in claims

Claims brought to the Technology & Construction Court rose again last year in England and Wales, while some 62% of cases started were settled before judgement, sometimes very shortly before trial.

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RIBA launches study into industry’s PII crisis

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched a review of market conditions for Professional Indemnity Insurance in light of concerns that firms are experiencing difficulty obtaining affordable and comprehensive cover.

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Leaseholder protections from fire safety costs come into force

New laws protecting leaseholders living in buildings above 11 metres from having to foot the bill for work to fix critical fire safety defects – including the removal of dangerous cladding – came into force this week under the Building Safety Act.

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Disputes soar as poor information management plagues firms

Legal disputes have been experienced by more than three quarters of businesses in architecture, engineering and construction over the past 12 months, according to new research which found that poor information management is impacting on firms’ ability to defend themselves.

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Balfour Beatty faces court challenge over defective cladding

Balfour Beatty faces a legal claim for the costs of remediation to a residential development in Dorset, where rainscreen cladding defects are alleged, following a High Court ruling.

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Funders aim to divert capital away from polluting schemes

Diverting capital away from environmental polluters is considered critical to tackling the climate crisis by an overwhelming majority of senior bankers, DLA Piper has reported. This could have implications for the funding of construction projects.

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News in Brief July 2022

PwC and one of its former partners have been fined after admitting breaches in relation to its statutory audits of Kier Group for 2017 and Galliford Try for 2018 and 2019.

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Demolition contractors named in cartel investigation

The Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally found that 10 construction firms illegally colluded on prices to rig bids for demolition and asbestos removal contracts, following an investigation.

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