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No oral modifications - worth the paper they're written on?

18 Sep, 2019
Commercial contracts will often contain provisions relating to variations and amendments.  Typically such provisions require all variations to be in writing and signed by both...
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Beep beep: VAT reverse charge reversing

10 Sep, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Further to our previous blog published on 5 September, please note that the government has, over the weekend, pushed back its decision to bring its new VAT reverse charge...
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New VAT reverse charge mechanism for construction services coming into force on 1 October

5 Sep, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
The UK government loses around £100m a year from construction companies failing to account to HMRC with accurate VAT revenues.  As a result, it has decided to combat this type of...
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ConTech - a short lived fad or the future?

8 May, 2019
It is undeniable that society is undergoing a digital transformation in a bid to be more innovative, sustainable and cost efficient, and the construction industry is no...
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What does "practical completion" mean?

3 May, 2019
In most standard form building contracts, "practical completion" is not defined or not defined precisely.  It is left to the contract administrator to certify it, using their...
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Interpreting contracts in the digital age

3 May, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
The way of doing things has been transformed by the digital economy.  So much is now done online, from ordering food, buying goods, submitting tax returns, reading the news - the...
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Availability of liquidated damages - an update from the Court of Appeal

22 Mar, 2019
Most construction contracts contain liquidated damages clauses that provide the employer with a defined rate of compensation if a project is delivered late.  But what happens if...
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Collateral warranties - just when you thought it was safe to go in the water again ...

1 Mar, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Let us imagine a pretty typical development project.  The scheme is a retail unit.  The developer engages a main contractor.  The unit is pre-let to a tenant on full repairing...
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SCL Kent Construction Seminar - 5 February 2019

17 Jan, 2019
Cripps Pemberton Greenish is delighted to be hosting the first of the SCL Kent Region’s 2019 seminars on 5 February. The speaker will be Ebony Alleyne, construction specialist at...
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Latest on Liquidated Damages

16 Jan, 2019
The recent case of GPP Big Field LLP v Solar EPC Solutions SL (formerly Prosolia Siglio XXI) [2018] EWHC 2866 (Comm) discusses some interesting issues affecting the application of...
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Public procurement and development agreements

30 Nov, 2018
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
he public procurement rules are complex.  A Local Authority in particular has to find its way through a myriad of regulations to ensure that what it is doing is lawful.  First of...
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Cripps Pemberton Greenish Annual Construction Seminar 2018

22 Nov, 2018
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Unfortunately, the threat of insolvency has once again raised its head in the construction industry. The industry saw 2,633 company insolvencies in 2017. The number of construction...
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Kent Construction Expo, 4 October 2018

11 Oct, 2018
James Lee and I made our annual trip to the Kent Construction Expo last week and enjoyed it as much as ever.  It was good to see the Event Centre busy and lively, with delegates...
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Contractor claims for delay and disruption against third parties

25 Sep, 2018
The topic of delay and disruption has often featured in this blog.  Problem areas include both neutral events, eg bad weather, and interaction between the parties such as where...
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Opportunity or threat for construction after Brexit?

24 Sep, 2018
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Apologies if you are tired of the Brexit debate.  But, leaver or remainer, dealer or no dealer, you cannot ignore it if you are involved in the construction industry. Whatever the...
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'Plugging the gap': Letters of intent

18 Sep, 2018
What are they and why are they necessary? Whilst a 'letter of intent' can have an ambiguous and varied meaning across other legal practice areas, typically in construction, it is a...
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Professional negligence update

11 Sep, 2018
The pre-action rules governing professional negligence disputes have changed On 1 May 2018, the law relating to negligence claims against non-medical and non-construction...
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Potential Issues with NHBC and Collateral Warranties/Third Party Rights

21 Aug, 2018
In my last blog, I began a ‘compare and contrast’ of the NHBC (and other insurance backed structural warranties) and collateral warranties/third party rights. We previously...
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NHBC versus collateral warranties/third party rights

13 Aug, 2018
To the uninitiated, there seems to be a lot of confusion in the marketplace as to whether or not an employer should be procuring NHBC cover or collateral warranties on a...
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Adjudication: What happens if a party is unhappy with the adjudicator’s decision?

8 Aug, 2018
As many readers will be aware the parties to a construction contract  have a statutory right to refer a dispute to adjudication. By its nature adjudication is a swift process...
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