Clients urged to protect supply chains as market downturn forecasted

Construction clients must ‘remain alive’ to the risk of supplier insolvency, contract liabilities and material shortages as the industry prepares for an easing of lockdown restrictions, consultant Turner & Townsend has said.

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Call for attitude shift on nuclear procurement

Perceptions of procurement need to change in the construction industry away from being seen as a barrier to progress and towards becoming the ‘enabler’ of productivity, a new report from Constructing Excellence says.

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Coronavirus challenges explored in May issue of CL

Covid-19 and how the industry can cope with it features in several of the in-depth articles in this month’s issue of the Construction Law print journal, which will be arriving exclusively on subscriber’s desks around now.

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Market outlook poor as contract awards put on hold

Construction firms awarded contracts worth a total value of £1.2 billion in March have since had these awards put on hold due to the impact of Covid-19, according to new market analysis.

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Unions slam ‘dangerous’ health and safety guidance as sites start back

Construction sites are continuing to reopen across England and Wales and several major housebuilders are expected to resume work next month, according to Build UK. But the increase in activity has sparked concern from workers' union Unite over the implementation of social distancing rules.

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Scottish cash flow crisis bites

Scotland’s Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has set out a series of recommendations for the Scottish Government and clients to ease the cash flow crisis facing the country’s construction sector during the current pandemic. Efforts to resolve disputes consensually are needed, lawyers emphasise.

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Performance Bonds hit by Brexit and pandemic double whammy

Construction companies are reporting difficulties obtaining Performance Bonds from specialist insurers for public and private sector projects following project delays due to Brexit and now the Coronavirus crisis. Employers may have no choice but to start taking other forms of security, one lawyer says.

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Judges warn of post pandemic litigation deluge

Courts and arbitral tribunals could face a wave of commercial cases due to the Covid-19 crisis, with businesses invoking their inability to meet contractual obligations, a group of senior judges and legal academics has warned.

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Leadership council supports conflict avoidance initiative

A Conflict Avoidance Pledge designed to promote collaborative working and the use of early intervention techniques to resolve issues before they escalate into disputes has been endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council. 

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New regulations allow Damages Based Agreements in Scotland

New regulations relating to success fee arrangements in Scotland took effect on 27 April, which open the way for the use of Damages Based Agreements between businesses and solicitors in the country. DBAs could be an attractive option for cash short businesses pursuing litigation, according to legal experts.

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