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This Practice Note examines agreements entered into under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980, considering the obligations they impose and,...
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9th Nov
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What is a target cost contract?A target cost contract is a type of cost reimbursable contract under which the contractor is paid the ‘actual cost’...
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9th Nov
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It is common in construction projects for defects to manifest or appear in the works. Most construction contracts require the contractor to return to...
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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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This Practice Note looks at Employer’s Requirements (also referred to as ERs) within a building contract. It explains what Employer’s Requirements are...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note examines the purpose and content of the schedule of services that will usually be appended to a consultant’s appointment entered...
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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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This Practice Note examines some of the key areas where the NEC3 and NEC4 standard form construction contracts take a different approach to the JCT...
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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 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 12th Jan
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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 12th Jan
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This Practice Note provides an overview of what interim payments are, how the right to be paid (usually by monthly or stage/milestone payments) arises...
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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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Produced in association with 4 Pump CourtParties to a 'construction contract' have the right to refer any dispute that has crystallised to...
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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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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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18th Jan
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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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18th Jan
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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 ZGC WorksA family of construction contracts issued by the government (by what was then the...
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18th Jan
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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 ZABI Model Form of Guarantee BondForm of performance guarantee bond produced by the Association of...
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18th Jan
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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 ZICCThis can refer to the Infrastructure Conditions of Contract (see below) or the International...
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18th Jan
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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 M&EMechanical and electrical.Main contractorOn a project where some of the work is sub-contracted,...
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18th Jan
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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 ZQuantity surveyor (QS)Person/firm appointed by the employer, also known as a cost consultant. The...
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18th Jan
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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 ZBack endContentious/disputes-focussed legal work, for example acting for a party in litigation...
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18th Jan
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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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18th Jan
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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 Taking-Over CertificateThe certificate issued by the Engineer under a FIDIC contract (by the...
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18th Jan
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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 ZEarly neutral evaluationEarly neutral evaluation is a form of alternative dispute resolution...
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18th Jan
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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 ZJCT contractsThe most popular standard form o...
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18th Jan
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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 Call-offThe practice, under a framework agreement, of instructing specific works to be carried...
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18th Jan
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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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18th Jan
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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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18th Jan
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IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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24th Dec
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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 ZUnforeseen ground conditionsGround conditions which may affect the works (in terms of cost or time)...
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6th Dec
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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 LADsSee Liquidated and ascertained damages (LADs or LDs).Late Payment of Commercial Debts...
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6th Dec
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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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6th Dec
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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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6th Dec

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