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Latest articles from Michael Conroy

  • The meaning of Practical Completion – some definition by the courts

    The meaning of Practical Completion – some definition by the courts

    If the trigger for the sale or lease of a newly constructed development is its 'practical completion', just how complete does it actually have to be? A decision of the Technology and Construction Court, recently upheld by the English Court of Appeal, provides some helpful definition of a key but generally undefined term used in construction contracts.

  • Who bears the final price risk in a lump sum contract?

    Who bears the final price risk in a lump sum contract?

    The recent court case demonstrates why the cost certainty for employers of lump sum prices should be balanced with certainty and/or a proper pricing of any risk in the scope for the contractor, particularly where the scope of works is widely drawn and its content uncertain.

  • Development Leases - the role of the Client in terms of the CDM Regulations

    Development Leases - the role of the Client in terms of the CDM Regulations

    The poor health and safety record of the UK construction industry has long been an issue for government. The latest attempt to regulate the industry is the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) which identify and impose responsibilities and duties on the various parties involved in the delivery of projects. Here we examine how the Regulations deal with the situation where there is more than one party that can be regarded as 'the Client' for the purposes of the Regulations.