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Low Value Disputes and Adjudication

Low Value Disputes and Adjudication. Much has been written about low value disputes and the challenge they pose in terms of achieving costs effective dispute resolution mechanisms. The government has

NEC4 Programming

NEC4 Programming. This is the link to the NEC users conference June 2021 where I presented with Manoj Bahl on programming in the NEC4 ECC contract. The ECC deals with delay

Building Safety – The Golden Thread

Building Safety. Over the past few months the BRAC golden thread working group have worked closely with MHCLG and HSE to develop and agree the definition and principles, posted by

NEC Contracts Online Conference 22/06/21

NEC Contracts Online Conference 22/06/21. As a long standing NEC tutor and consultant, I am very pleased to be co-presenting with Manoj Bahl the NEC Contracts Online Conference – NEC4: Programming Workshop.

The CIOB planning protocol 2021

The CIOB planning protocol 2021 – could it be used with NEC contracts? The CIOB has published a Planning Protocol 2021 which aims to be a guide to assist good

Spring Budget key announcements

Spring Budget key announcements. LNB News 03/03/2021 96 In the Spring Budget 2021, on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, announced a

Subcontracting under the NEC4 family

Subcontracting under the NEC4 family. The purpose of this note is to consider the way in which the NEC4 family of contracts manage and transfer the allocation of risk in typical project structures

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to a question of jurisdiction.

Be careful what you wish for when it comes to a question of jurisdiction. Whether an adjudicator correctly identifies an issue as something which he or she has jurisdiction to

BREXIT – Five Tips for preparing for the end of transition

BREXIT – Five Tips for preparing for the end of transition Building Magazine reports that “The government has drawn up a list of the top five things construction needs to know

Adjudication resources

Adjudication resources. For more information about adjudication the CIC has a guide to adjudication and the Adjudication Society has many resources. The statutory right to adjudicate is contained within the

Clarity sought on COVID 19 lockdown

Clarity sought on COVID 19 lockdown. The Chair of the CLC, Andy Mitchell, has been in dialogue with the Cabinet Office since the Prime Minister’s announcement at 8-30pm this evening. 

COVID-19 Payment and Adjudication

COVID-19 Payment and Adjudication. As government guidance continues to be issued daily there is considerable uncertainty as to how contracts will be performed. Further guidance on the operational considerations is

Adjudicating Low Value Disputes

Adjudicating Low Value Disputes. On the 4th of June 2019 the CIC’s ADR and Management Board issued a consultation on a Low Value Disputes Model Adjudication Procedure (“CIC LVD MAP”). The

Lost in Politics 2019 – still in transition and that political uncertainty

Lost in Politics 2019 – still in transition and that political uncertainty. It is ironic that, on the day the elected government suffered the greatest defeat in modern times, creating

RIP – Cash Flow ?

RIP – Cash Flow? The recent decision of Grove Developments Ltd v S&T (UK) Ltd [2018] EWHC 123 (TCC)  The case is of interest in that the court considered some

New Year – new Industry ?

New Year – new Industry? Since the New Year began we have seen a number of events and announcements that suggest that the existing supply structures for the construction industry

Nobbling the nomination (or the abuse of the adjudicator appointment process) – time for statutory intervention or guidance?

Nobbling the nomination (or the abuse of the adjudicator appointment process) – time for statutory intervention or guidance? Getting an adjudicator In order to have an adjudication you have to have

Unlocking Payment Disputes – Payment Notices and Adjudication

Unlocking Payment Disputes – Payment Notices and Adjudication. The construction sector has been notorious for late payment and non-payment for many years. So much so, that the government has intervened

NEC4 Managing the programme

NEC4 Managing the programme. The NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) contract issued in June this year makes some important changes to the procedure for managing the programme under the

Reinforcing the message – “pay now, argue later”

Reinforcing the message – “pay now, argue later”. The construction industry has become used to the mantra repeated in a number of cases, that the intention behind the Housing Grants

BIM Disputes – What are they and how will we resolve them?

BIM Disputes – What are they and how will we resolve them? This is the first of a series of articles in which I will explore the challenges that will

Common Data Environments

Common Data Environments. How much information should we share?One aspect of BIM level 2 is to provide a common data environment. Common data environments are not the exclusive preserve of

BIM NBS Toolkit – the right tool for the job?

BIM NBS Toolkit – the right tool for the job? What is the NBS Toolkit?The NBS Toolkit is a software tool through which users can draft the contents of the

CDM – beware the domestic project

CDM – beware the domestic project. The new CDM regulations came into force on the 6th of April 2015. One area of concern to both contractors and designers is the