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Latest Construction articles

  • Materials Shortage and Fluctuations Provisions in SBCC Contracts

    Materials Shortage and Fluctuations Provisions in SBCC Contracts

    The recent report that Construction activity in the UK has hit a seven-year high was welcome news to an industry hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the increase in demand, combined with Brexit related delays has led to a materials shortage and a surge in prices for essential materials, with timber, steel and cement amongst the key materials affected.

  • What happens when you fall out with your builder, but don't have a contract?

    What happens when you fall out with your builder, but don't have a contract?

    One of the most common types of legal dispute that can arise is where people engage a builder directly to build them a house. The complexities, costs and potential for things to go badly wrong mean that it’s fertile ground for disputes.  The conversation often starts a little like this: "I have fallen out with my builder but I don’t have a contract."

  • Getting to the point of liquidated damages clauses

    Getting to the point of liquidated damages clauses

    Many in the construction sector are waiting with baited breath for a key judgment to be issued by the UK Supreme Court following its hearing at the end of 2020. The case is that of Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd. The judgment will consider the decision of Sir Rupert Jackson in the English Court of Appeal.

  • Facilities management the NEC way

    Facilities management the NEC way

    The launch of a brand new suite of contract documentation for FM agreements from NEC is therefore most welcome; particularly for public sector projects where users have become accustomed to NEC's underlying principles and partnering approach.