Chairman given terms of reference for Grenfell inquiry

Adequacy of building regulations and the actions of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are to be examined as part of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, it has been announced.

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Construction director jailed for £350,000 tax fraud

An accountant and construction boss who admitted to tax fraud after pocketing the VAT he charged his clients has been jailed.

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NEC4 signals new era of collaboration

The latest issue of Construction Law – Vol 28 No 7 – arrives on subscribers’ desks this week, with highlights including analysis of the new NEC4 contract from former NEC Drafting Panel adviser Tony Blackler and Stephen Woodward of Resolex.

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Crossrail contractor penalised over worker death

Fines totalling more than £1M have been handed to Crossrail tunnelling contractor Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) after safety failings on the project led to a series of incidents including the death of a worker.

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Procurement case guidance published

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has produced a new guidance note on public procurement cases which aims to encourage parties to settle disputes without having to issue proceedings.

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News in Brief: August/September 2017

Government should rethink its approach to public sector procurement to deliver greater social value for local economies and drive innovation according to procurement specialist Scape.

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Companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos

Three companies including construction contractor Balfour Beatty has been fined a total of more than £1M after workers were exposed to asbestos while refurbishing a school in Waltham Forest.

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People’s audit uncovers tender irregularities in Lambeth

A team of ‘citizen auditors’ has discovered evidence of extensive financial mismanagement at the London Borough of Lambeth, including overpaying building contractors for work on council estates.

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Improvement ordered at Hinkley Point B after fall from height

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has served improvement notices on EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and Doosan Babcock requiring better management of work at height at Hinkley Point B.

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Fine for Lendlease in falling glass case

Construction contractor Lendlease has been ordered to pay £14.8M by the High Court following a series of plate glass window failures on a tower it had redeveloped in the City of London.

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