Construction disputes on the rise

Guest editor Mike Allen of EC Harris analyses the findings of his company’s recent report showing that disputes are rising globally. Failing to properly adminster the contract was the most common cause of disputes.

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Legal terms explained: Bonds and how they operate

Bonds and guarantees have been used in connection with construction work for centuries, but in the current economic circumstances they are becoming ever increasingly common as security on projects.

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News in brief: October 2011

Construction is to be included in a government review of how European Union procurement legislation is applied which aims to give UK bidders an advantage on public sector contracts. A £1,000 million contract for rolling stock and construction of a depot on the Crossrail project has been delayed as a result of the review. Local economic factors may be taken into account when awarding such contracts in future.

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FIDIC goes for Gold

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC, has published the latest in its series of contract guides, a guide to its ‘Gold Book’ called Contract Guide for the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Design, Build and Operate Projects (DBO projects).

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JCT on track

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has published a 2011 edition of its standard building contracts to reflect the amendments to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

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New civil contracts

A new suite of contracts based on the ICE Conditions of Contract which has been dropped by the ICE has been launched by consultants’ body ACE and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).

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PFI must make its case

The government appears to have accepted that the UK needs a continuing investment in its transport, education, healthcare and other infrastructure if it is to be in a position to thrive as a modern economy. Yet the economic background is unfavourable in what looks like being at least a few more years of austerity as deficit reducing policies are followed.

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Track to the future

Our contracts monitor Michael Phipps, Principal of Thurston Consultants, welcomes the issue of new documents from the JCT which he says represent a big step forward in making standard contracts more plain and useful.

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Mediation – at home and abroad

In the latest in our series on alternative dispute resolution, Rachel Chaplin of Clyde & Co examines the EU Mediation Directive whose deadline for implementation has just passed.

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Insurance claims – know the rules

Insurance expert John D Wright of JD Risk Associates warns that if you want your claim settled amicably, it is useful to have a working knowledge of the rules and principles that govern insurance contracts.

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