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ARB publishes updated guidance on PII
On 1 November 2022, the ARB published some updated draft guidance on PII policies, setting out the insurance arrangements architects need in order to remain compliant with the Architect Code of Conduct. The guidance was updated to address the issues currently being faced by the UK’s architects in securing the insurance they need to protect… Read More >
Financial advisory firms steel themselves as pension redress scheme to come into effect
Firms which advised members to transfer out of the British Steel Pension Scheme (‘BSPS’) will soon have to undertake a review of the advice provided and offer redress where appropriate when the FCA’s new redress scheme is implemented early next year. At the end of November, the FCA issued Policy Statement PS22/144 ‘Consumer redress scheme… Read More >
REPORTS FROM THE COURTS
Our regular round up of court decisions of most interest to construction from Andrew Croft and Ben Spannuth include a rare example of NHBC’s arrangements with its approved contractors being tested in the courts; another case stands as a reminder to ensure that contracts are clear and unambiguous, especially when the works are divided into… Read More >
Publication of NEC/CLC Guidance on Retentions
On 15 November 2022, the Construction Leadership Council (“CLC”) and New Engineering Contract (“NEC”) published joint guidance to the construction industry (“the Guidance”) on how to minimise the use of retention funds in NEC works contracts. Beale & Co’s Andrew Croft was happy to contribute and be involved in developing the Guidance, which can be… Read More >
Legal Ombudsman reform: What changes are being made?
In February 2022, the Legal Ombudsman (“LeO”) undertook a thorough review of its Scheme Rules with the aim of improving the customer experience and tackling a vast backlog of complaints. On 28 October 2022, the LeO confirmed that its review had concluded with amended rules due to come into force on 1 April 2023. The… Read More >
Fraud – how to deal with a rogue partner or employee
A firm’s worst nightmare – an employee informs you that they think someone within the firm has been stealing from the firm and/or its clients by making unauthorised payments. An immediate response is required. But what is the best response to this situation, how should your firm investigate and what can you do to protect… Read More >
UK State Aid control and the Subsidy Advice Unit: A duty to ask but not to listen?
Introduction On 11 November, the UK Competition and Markets Association released its guidance note on how it will operate its functions under the Subsidy Control Act 2022 (“SCA”). The SCA received royal assent on 28 April 2022. The operative parts of the statute will take effect on 4 January 2023. The SCA is a critically… Read More >
A ray of light cast over the ‘dark art’: Considerations regarding delay analysis arising from Thomas Barnes & Sons plc v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
On 17 October 2022, the High Court handed down its decision in Thomas Barnes & Sons plc v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council  EWHC 2598 (TCC), which related to the construction of a bus station in Blackburn. The claimant, Thomas Barnes & Sons plc (in administration) (‘Thomas Barnes’) was the contractor employed by a… Read More >
What happens next if the UK government cancels or curtails HS2?
(This article was first published by IG – Infrastructure Global 2022.) As the UK government prepares big spending cuts to deal with its economic crisis, Beale and Co chairman Antony Smith considers what might happen if HS2 is cancelled or scaled back. Whilst none of us want to believe that the UK’s major rail project… Read More >
The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration opens ‘SCCA Dubai’
In line with its goals to establish KSA as a global arbitration hub, and more broadly, to further the efforts of KSA to appeal to international parties conducting business in the Kingdom in line with the Vision 2030 initiative, the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (“SCCA”) has opened an office offering integrated arbitration facilities, including… Read More >