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HS2 Woodesford

Mace set for more crunch talks on HS2 award complaint

9 Mar 17 | By Dave Rogers

Failed bidder for £170m role on rail megaproject in second meeting over controversial decision to appoint CH2M

High speed train

Mace mulls legal challenge to CH2M's £170m HS2 win

16 Feb 17 | By Iain Withers

Sources suggest Mace could launch High Court challenge “within days”

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Hill sells construction claims arm to Pret owner

21 Dec 16 | By Yoosof Farah

The firm’s construction claims business snapped up by huge European investor which owns Pret a Manger

Ted Lowery

Case in focus: Rectification of a contract

16 Mar 17

Could a contract that included an incomplete tender stage document be rectified?

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Alejandro López Ortiz

Chile: Turning challenges into opportunities

19 Mar 15 | Updated: 19 Mar 15

Since the 1990s, Chile has been developing its infrastructure, but, as in many other Latin American countries, much is still lacking

Kwadwo Sardokie

Ethiopia: It's not about the oil

14 Jul 14

Political stability and solid investment in infrastructure and renewable energy make Ethiopia an attractive proposition, but new entrants to the market should proceed with care

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Brazilian flair

1 Sep 14

Infrastructure development in the recent World Cup’s host country offers opportunities for UK firms

Nate Galer and Juan Pablo Moreno

Colombia: Latin America’s newcomer

9 Jun 14

Colombia looks to finally be living up to its full potential, with enormous opportunities for the infrastructure and construction sectors

Hinkley

Online poll: Nuclear power

22 Mar 17

Should the government invest in the construction of the next generation of nuclear power plants? Vote here

ANALYSIS

Richard Saxon

Interview: Richard Saxon

By Francis Ho

Richard Saxon, chair of the Joint Contracts Tribunal, speaks to Building legal columnist Francis Ho about new kinds of contracts, the competition, and where he thinks the industry is heading

Rolls Building

Pre-action protocol: Room for improvement?

By Simon Tolson, Dominic Helps

The TCC pre-action protocol is due for review – but do solicitors working in construction law think it needs major change?

Immigration 3

Crossing the line

By Roxane McMeeken

With the Calais crisis still a hot media topic, the government is on the warpath against construction companies employing illegal workers. But is the sector doing enough to make sure it doesn’t get caught out?

Rolls Building

Legal 500 2014: Building columnists in this year’s top lawyer list

By James Clegg

See which of our regular columnists featured in this year’s list of the great and the good in the UK legal trade

Procurement on trial

Procurement on trial

By Joey Gardiner

Construction firms are increasingly emboldened to take the government to court over its procurement decisions, but who’s to blame?

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E-disclosure: A clearer path?

By Steven Williams, Dominic Helps

As electronic communication and documents become increasingly ubiquitous, procedures around disclosure have to be updated to keep up

Brentford stadium

Planning for stadiums: A sporting chance

By Alistair Watson

Applying to build a sports stadium in an urban area can lead to a number of planning issues. But developers and contractors should point out the benefits it can bring to the community

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Legal 500 2013: Building columnists make top-lawyer list

By James Clegg

See which of the writers in our legal section appeared in this year’s Legal 500

COMMUNITY OPINION

Robert-Akenhead

Debts in paradise

23 Mar 17 | By Robert Akenhead

A Caribbean case - marked by carelessness and potential illegality - highlights how horribly wrong a construction project can go. It also shows the specialist expertise of the TCC

Akin Akinbode

By implication

23 Mar 17 | By Akin Akinbode

If contracting parties fail to agree a key term, making the contract unenforceable, can the courts imply a term to make their incomplete bargain into a binding contract?

Liz Jenkins

Public procurement: Not quite the end of the line

17 Mar 17 | By Liz Jenkins

Procurement processes leave losers as well as winners. What happens if a firm chooses to challenge the decision?

Sheena Sood

Play nicely – or else

16 Mar 17 | By Sheena Sood

Collaboration is the watchword under new forms of professional services contract- in fact, it’s now obligatory

Lucie Briggs and Stephen Homer

Stop playing games

10 Mar 17 | By Lucie Briggs, Stephen Homer

Does an adjudication enforcement trump an insolvency moratorium? A recent case in the TCC has provided clear guidance on the issue

Francis Ho

Taken on trust

9 Mar 17 | By Francis Ho

Cash is king and nowhere is this truer than construction. Contractors should take steps to guarantee payment or be prepared to face the consequences

Stephanie Canham

A cap in liability: The absolute limit

8 Mar 17 | By Stephanie Canham

Contractual limitation of liability and whether such clauses say what they are intended to mean is an issue regularly aired in court

Tony Bingham

Who gets the bill?

2 Mar 17 | By Tony Bingham

A collapsed tunnel on a hydroelectric scheme left the contractor and employer in dispute about who should pay to have it rectified. So where does liability lie?