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Claire Miller and Scott Lambert

Last week KSA’s Finance Ministry announced the Government had approved a new government tenders and procurement law.

The law will regulate Government tenders and procurements and will provide greater flexibility in the procurement process and is part of the reforms being implemented in the Saudi Vision 2030 to diversify the economy and encourage more foreign investment.

The full details of the law and how it will operate are not yet available and will be supplemented by regulations, which are yet to be issued.

However in this article we outline some of the key known changes. We will keep monitoring developments regarding the implementation of this law and the issue of supporting regulations.

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Beale & Co

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (“HCLGC”) published yesterday the responses to the Government’s June 2019 consultation in relation to the reform of the building safety regulatory system. The Government also set out its views on building safety work being undertaken in the UK and the progress of remedial works to high-rise developments featuring combustible cladding.

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Antony Smith and Ahmed Mian

The decision in Network Rail Infrastructure Limited v ABC Electrification Limited [2019] in the Technology and Construction Court is a clear example of the Court’s overarching principle of giving effect to the “ordinary and natural” meaning of contractual provisions.

In this article Antony Smith and Ahmed Mian discuss the case in more detail.

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Antony Smith & Anna Braden

Security for costs is an interim measure sought by a party (usually the Respondent) to protect against the potential scenario that it is eventually successful in the arbitration and is awarded its costs to be paid by the claiming party but the claiming party has insufficient money to pay the adverse costs order made against it.

In this article, Antony Smith and Anna Braden outline why a party may want to seek security for costs, what arbitration rules provide for security for costs, the common grounds for seeking security for costs and the potential difficulties in obtaining an order for security for costs in arbitration proceedings.

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Sheena Sood

Publication: Building Magazine

In Sheena Sood’s latest article for Building Magazine, she examines how the NEC4 Alliancing Contract approaches project risks, liabilities, insurance and disputes.

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James Hutchinson

Jame Hutchinson comments on the ICO's recent announcement of its intention to issue British Airways with a massive penalty notice for £183.39m concerning infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Will Buckby and Andrew Croft

Publication: Transportation Professional (CIHT)

There has been talk in the industry about ‘alliancing’ for some time. It seems to be here to stay and is a popular procurement mechanism with many benefits for major infrastructure projects and improvement schemes. Among those using alliancing are National Grid, Network Rail, the water industry, local authorities and Highways England.

But what does alliancing mean from a legal and contractual perspective? Will Buckby and Andrew Croft explain.

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Andrew Croft & Ben Spannuth

Publication: Construction Law

Andrew Croft & Ben Spannuth provide our regular round up of cases of most interest toconstruction, focusing on a rare example of a court refusing to enforce an adjudication due to fraud; and a decision that might result in an increase in collateral warranties being sought by house purchasers.

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