Nuclear safety boost

Following the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima, on 24 March 2011 the European Council requested European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) to review the safety of the nuclear plants in the EU. It combines 17 national reports from countries with nuclear power.

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Complex projects consultation

Consultation ends on 30 July on the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Complex Projects Contract, the first standard contract published by the Institute in 140 years.

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Disputes values falling

Project managers and engineers being too partial to the employers’ interests and failing to understand the procedural aspects of contracts are among the major causes of the rising number of construction disputes worldwide reported by EC Harris in its latest Global Construction Disputes report.

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Route maps demand

Research into the impact of the growing use of framework contracts by public sector clients on small and medium sized (SME) contractors and other suppliers confirms anecdotal evidence that frameworks are creating competitive barriers.

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News in Brief: July 2012

The Confederation of British Industry has thrown its weight behind industry calls for action to break the logjam in attracting private finance including pension funds into new infrastructure investment.

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Declaratory awards in arbitration

In this article, part of our regular alternative dispute resolution series, David Owen of Clyde & Co says there may be a rise in the use of arbitration now it is clear that that arbitrators’ declaratory awards will be enforced by the courts.

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Project insurance not for the small projects

Project insurance is being held up as one way to cut costs on public sector contracts. Insurance expert John D Wright of JD Risk Associates explains the use of project insurance and highlights some difficulties to be overcome.

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Experts in professional negligence claims

The need for expert evidence in professional negligence claims has been clarified in a recent case. Kayleigh Rhodes of Berrymans Lace Mawer discusses this and another related decision.

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