Publications

Publications

Our lawyers contribute regularly to industry and legal journals including Building, Post Magazine and Solicitors Journal. In addition we write legal briefings, newsletters and case reports on our main practice areas.

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Scott Lambert and Jeremy Russell

A Royal Order has been issued which seeks to limit government departments and agencies from awarding contracts to foreign consultancy and advisory companies where a Saudi firm or research centre, with sufficient experience, is able to provide the required consultancy services.

In our article Scott Lambert and Jeremy Russell discuss the potential impact on the construction industry and what this means for Consultants.

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Andrew Croft

Publication: Construction Law

Construction has lagged in the digital revolution and the industry's contracts still generally do not reflect Building Information Modelling, which sits at the revolution's heart. Andrew Croft of Beale & Co and May Winfield of Buro Happold examine efforts being made to help the industry catch up.

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Andrew Croft & Ben Spannuth

Publication: Construction Law

Andrew Croft and Ben Spannuth present our regular round up of court cases of most interest to construction. One decision confirms that the courts will enforce time bars to adjudication under NEC contracts in circumstances where the Construction Act 1996 does not apply; another emphasises the importance of clarity as to what is being agreed in relation to selection of adjudicators.

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Antony Smith

News of the Government’s review of HS2 has sent shock waves through the industry and contractors and consultants working on the project are urgently reviewing their appointments. In this article Antony Smith summarises the review’s objectives and the key implications to be considered.

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Nathan Modell, Michael O'Brien and Priya Thakrar

The Industry Response Group Steering Group ('CSG') has released its interim report on Competence for Building a Safer Future, in response to Dame Judith Hackitt's report 'Raising the Bar'.

In this article, Nathan Modell, Michael O'Brien and Priya Thakrar summarise the details of this report and its possible implications.

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Nathan Modell, Joanna Lewis and David Murphy

The Court of Appeal's decision in The Lessees and Management Company of Heron's Court v NHBC Building Control Services Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 1423 ("Heron's Road") reaffirms that Approved Inspectors do not owe a duty under Section 1 of Defective Premises Act 1972.

In this article, Nathan Modell, Joanna Lewis and David Murphy discuss the Court of Appeal's decision handed down yesterday (14 August) in Lessees and Management Company of Heron's Court v NHBC Building Control Services Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 1423 ("Heron's Court") reaffirms that Approved Inspectors do not owe a duty under Section 1 of Defective Premises Act 1972.

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Joanna Lewis

The HSE's business plan for 2019/2020 sets out a clear agenda to investigate Principal Designers. Since the introduction of the Principal Designer stakeholder under the CDM Regs 2015 there have been few successful prosecutions of Principal Designers, however the scrutiny of Principal Designers and their compliance with their duties is about to get a lot closer.

In this article, Joanna Lewis provides an outline of the HSE's business plan, and how this will impact Principal Designers and their duties going forward.

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David McArdle & Thomas Adamson

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that properly drafted standstill agreements can be used, resolving concerns raised by the High Court decision in Cowan v Foreman & Ors [2019] EWHC ("the case") earlier this year.

David McArdle and Thomas Adamson discuss this decision and how it will impact the use of standstill agreements in the future.

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