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RICS to publish global construction standard

24 Mar 17 | By Louise Dransfield

Standard already being rolled out by some firms, including Arup

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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

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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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Case in focus: Part 8 application

20 Apr 17

In what circumstances can a Part 8 application be used to oppose enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision?

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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

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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

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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

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Online poll: New-build homes

12 Apr 17

Are housebuilders doing enough to ensure the quality of new-build homes? Vote here

ANALYSIS

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

Stephanie Canham

Payless notices: Don’t take any chances

28 Apr 17

A string of High Court cases have underlined the importance of issuing payless notices correctly

Gurbinder Grewal and Frances Gordon-Weeks

Reporting payment practices: Line of duty

27 Apr 17 | By Gurbinder Grewal

Regulations have come into effect to make large firms report on their payment practices. Can the duty to report bring about a culture change in construction?

Tony Bingham

Still beating the drum

21 Apr 17 | By Tony Bingham

In his first column, in April 1987, our legal columnist, criticised the CITB levy. As a new training charge looms, he assesses the 30 years since: ‘disputomania’, adjudication, and what happens next

Simon Lewis

Wheels within wheels

20 Apr 17 | By Simon Lewis

Framework agreements with complex linked subcontracts can lead to cases centred on how the contracts work, rather than the substance of the dispute itself

Hamish Lal

But is it any good?

13 Apr 17 | By Hamish Lal

The Society of Construction Law released the second edition of its Delay and Disruption Protocol in early March. Progress has been made but perhaps not enough

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A matter of timing

11 Apr 17 | By Rebecca Williams and David Wright

A TCC decision has provided valuable guidance regarding the payment regime in the JCT DAB contract, as well as clarification on substantiation of interim applications

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Constructing a team

7 Apr 17 | By John Woolley, Robert Turner

The concept of collaborative working has gained popularity since 1994’s Latham report but alliancing on big projects can be complex. New guidance is now available

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‘Oops, sorry, I didn’t notice …’

4 Apr 17 | By Laurence Cobb

Getting notices right under the contract can be critical to the success of your project. Pleading ignorance, or hoping things will be sorted out later, can lead to disaster