Project Bank Accounts revolution

The Cabinet Office has announced that 20% of total government spending on construction will go through Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) within three years, ensuring that suppliers are paid within fi ve days of due dates.

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Small site safety crackdown

The construction sector is still the most dangerous sector of industry in which to work with more deaths than any other industrial sector, according to Health and Safety Executive figures.

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MPs slam PFI again

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has come under further attack from the influential Treasury Select Committee as the government concludes a review of the controversial procurement method.

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New ICC Rules of Arbitration

In our latest alternative dispute resolution series article Edward Freeman of Clyde & Co analyses the new ICC arbitration rules that come into force in January.

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A stitch in time

Jane Hughes of Collyer Bristow analyses some recent cases from the Technology and Construction Court that show the problems that can arise when contractual details are not hammered out at the outset of projects.

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Policy might not mean what it says

All risks might not mean what you hope in the event of an insurance claim. Insurance expert John D Wright of JD Risk Associates warns against taking the meaning of this and other well established terms for granted.

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The cross-border mediation Directive

Vijay Bange of Trowers & Hamlins looks at the new cross-border mediation Directive, which has been made effective under UK law by legislation introduced this summer. It will have a far reaching impact on UK mediation law, he predicts.

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Expert determination or arbitration?

Jane Fender-Allison of Dundas & Wilson analyses the case law related to whether a dispute is to be settled by an expert or an arbitrator – the roles of each are very different, as are the grounds for challenging their decisions.

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The Peak effect – issues

In the second part of their consideration of the prevention principle James Pickavance and Michael Mendelblat of Herbert Smith identify and analyse key points of contention arising from relevant cases.

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