What you need to know about the Construction Act

In the absence of a formally signed document, a contractor may presume that he is on the back foot if any contentious issues arise. However, they could have a safety net to fall back on

Retentions in construction contracts – the end in sight?

The second reading of the Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill has been given a revised date of 15th June, when the construction industry’s existing retentions system will be reviewed in light of lessons learned in the collapse of Carilli

Consequential loss: Who picks up the pieces?

A situation that comes up over and over again is that of liability for consequential loss, or in plain English,who has to foot the bill for a customer’s losses when equipment, supplied by an installer from a supplier, fails within its warranty period

Tricked in the trade: Email scams and what to watch

We have noticed a significant increase in members asking us about offers of work they have received via email, and especially schemes where they are asked to pay an up-front fee in order to be added to a potential customer’s panel of tradesmen.

A lot of unnecessary prolix: Why you should avoid amending performance bond wording

Just because you can amend it, doesn't necessarily mean that you should, as this case might indicate... Or as Catherine Gritt puts it, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Ziggurat (Claremont Place) LLP v HCC International Insurance Company plc

Carillion - Subcontractors and Insolvency

What are the lessons? Carillion employs 20,000 people in the UK, and has taken on a number of Government projects. Now in £1.5bn of debt, Richard Brackenbury discusses the legal implications, and what subcontractors can take away from this instance

Warranty Woes

Richard Brackenbury from the Construction Law department at Fraser Brown advises on problems with faulty goods under warranty or guarantee.

New Electrical Safety Course for Letting Agents Launched

A new free online course has been launched to help letting agents understand the importance of regular electrical safety checks.

How to ensure that your customers pay their invoices on time?

Richard Brackenbury advises on how to ensure that your customers pay their invoices on time.

Retention of Title contracts

We explain in more detail the area of law called “Retention of Title” (or keeping ownership of materials and equipment, when delivered, until they are paid for).

New Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015

The new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 are due to come into force on 6 April this year, subject to Parliamentary approval.

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