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This Practice Note identifies some of the key differences between adjudication and litigation, arbitration, mediation and expert...
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Produced in partnership with 4 Pump Court 9th Nov
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Claims by contractors for loss and expense arising from a disturbance to progress of the works are one of the most debated and contentious areas of...
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9th Nov
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What is a letter of intent?Letters of intent are used in construction and engineering projects to allow the employer to mobilise a contractor before...
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9th Nov
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While tort claims are not as common in construction projects as breach of contract claims, they do still arise and it is not uncommon for a claimant...
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9th Nov
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A variation (sometimes referred to as a change) is an alteration to the scope of work originally specified in the contract, whether by way of an...
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9th Nov
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It is standard practice in construction projects for the contractor, key sub-contractors and consultants (referred to in this Practice Note as...
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9th Nov
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A collateral warranty is a contract which is collateral to, or sits alongside, the underlying or primary contract (ie the construction contract or...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at the SBCC (Scottish Building Contract Committee) standard forms of contract and the key differences between them and the...
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Produced in partnership with MacRoberts LLP 9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design Build 1999, commonly known as the FIDIC Yellow Book 1999.FIDIC...
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Produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co 9th Nov
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This Practice Note considers ‘pay when paid’ clauses and ‘pay when certified’ clauses in construction contracts, and the relevant provisions of the...
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Produced in partnership with Womble Bond Dickinson 9th Nov
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Produced in association with 4 Pump CourtPrinciples of natural justiceIf an adjudicator breaches the rules of natural justice during the adjudication...
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9th Nov
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The JCT Pre-Construction Services Agreement was launched in 2008. A revised edition was published in 2011 to incorporate the amendments to the Housing...
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9th Nov
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Scott Schedules are often very useful in construction disputes. They help to identify the key issues between the parties, and to set out for the judge...
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Produced in partnership with James Bowling of 4 Pump Court 9th Nov
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If a party is said to have ‘design liability’, it means that it bears legal responsibility for all or part of the design of a construction/engineering...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note considers the status of the programme in a construction contract, what difference it makes if the programme is a contract document...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note identifies the key parties involved in most construction projects (including the employer, the contractor, the professional team of...
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9th Nov

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This Practice Note highlights key differences between the law in Scotland and England from the perspective of an English lawyer practising in the area...
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Produced in partnership with CMS 26th Nov
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Named sub-contractorA sub-contractor who is named by the employer in the specification or...
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20th Nov
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z W optionsThese are the clauses in NEC3/NEC4 contracts concerning dispute resolution. One of the...
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13th Oct
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This Practice Note considers the status of the programme in a construction contract, what difference it makes if the programme is a contract document...
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9th Oct
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NEC terminologyPractitioners who are new to the NEC contracts may find the below explanations of terms used in the NEC ECC useful, as there are many...
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5th Oct
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Z clausesThese are bespoke clauses, or amendments to the standard form clauses, added to NEC3/NEC4...
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5th Oct
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It is not strictly necessary to include the hard copy of the Joint Contract Tribunal (JCT) contract (or indeed any published construction contract)...
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28th Sep
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What are prelims?‘Preliminaries’ in a construction contract, or ‘prelims’, is typically taken to mean the section in the bills of quantities which...
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28th Sep
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Produced in association with 4 Pump CourtThis Practice Note looks at a party’s entitlement to adjudicate, including how it arises (from a statutory,...
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26th Sep
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This Practice Note provides an introductory guide to construction disputes, aimed at trainee solicitors and others who are new to construction...
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26th Sep
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The need for legislation in the construction industryThroughout the 1980s and the early 1990s, the construction industry was characterised by...
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26th Sep
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This is an introductory guide to construction law. It is aimed at trainee solicitors and others who are new to construction as a practice area.The...
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26th Sep
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The nature of construction projects, the contracts agreed and the law surrounding them, means that claims are commonly made by one or more parties....
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26th Sep
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This Practice Note looks at what a collateral warranty is, which parties will want collateral warranties on a construction project and why. It...
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26th Sep
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y ZFacilities managementFacilities management contracting is essentially a commercial services...
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26th Sep
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In most cases, a construction contract will incorporate a number of documents that all work together to set out the obligations and liabilities of the...
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26th Sep
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y ZD&BSee Design and build below.DBOSee Design, build and operate below.Date for completion/completion...
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26th Sep
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Schedule of amendmentsA set of amendments to a standard form contract whereby the parties set out...
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26th Sep
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Referral NoticeOnce a Notice of Adjudication has been given, and a person has been appointed to...
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26th Sep
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Parent company guarantee (PCG)A contract between a parent company and a beneficiary, by which the...
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26th Sep

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