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CDM 2015 is client focussed—the client is ultimately responsible for managing the health and safety of the construction site (CDM 2015, reg 4) as they are responsible for ensuring the principal designer prepares the health and safety file. They
are also responsible for ensuring the maintenance and review of this obligation through the lifetime of the project.
Client duties under CDM 2015 in relation to managing projects are similar to 2007 duties (CDM 2007, regs 9 - 10) with the additions that the client must take reasonable steps to ensure the principal designer and contractor are compliant with their duties
(CDM 2015, reg 4(6)). Election by clients is also included in client duties under regulation 4 in the 2015 Regulations.
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Sarah specialises in non-contentious construction law. She has extensive experience advising contractors, public- and private-sector employers, consultants, developers and banks on construction projects and in relation to construction contracts and their associated documents. Sarah also has experience advising project companies and construction contractors on PFI projects in various sectors. She qualified at CMS Cameron McKenna before joining Trowers & Hamlins. She subsequently spent nearly five years in the construction & engineering team at Pinsent Masons. For three years prior to joining LexisNexis, Sarah was Commercial Legal Adviser at Wates Group Limited, a major contractor, where she provided legal advice to the business units in relation to pre- and post-contractual commercial activities.
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