Planning Houses

Countryside admits it sold houses with ‘doubling’ clauses

19 May 17 | By Joey Gardiner, Iain Withers

News comes after Taylor Wimpey’s £130m writedown related to controversial leasehold contracts

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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

Ted Lowery

Case in focus: Compensation events

14 Jun 17

Had a PFI project company given proper notice of a claim for compensation? Ted Lowery considers a High Court case in Northern Ireland




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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

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


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Brexit and construction law: Changing times

By Al Watson, Jill Carey, Clare Harman-Clark

One year on from the EU referendum, nobody knows how a post-Brexit world will look

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

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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

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


Ted Lowery

Case in focus: Compensation events

14 Jun 17 | By Ted Lowery

Had a PFI project company given proper notice of a claim for compensation? Ted Lowery considers a High Court case in Northern Ireland

Stephanie Canham

Holding back

13 Jun 17 | By Stephanie Canham

Withholding retention money is one of the most controversial practices in the construction industry today. But with reform delayed, what can subcontractors do to protect themselves?


Persuasive percussion

7 Jun 17 | By David S Christie

In response to Tony Bingham’s April column on how we must better engage with dispute avoidance, a legal academic gives their view on how firms must try to understand each others’ positions


Temporary workers filling skills gap

5 Jun 17 | By Ed Goodwyn

Construction is becoming reliant on temporary workers as employers attempt to fill the skills gap

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Al Watson and Jill Carey

No newts is good newts

1 Jun 17 | By Al Watson, Jill Carey

Finding great crested newts on site can cause delays. But plans to streamline the process must play out in the context of changes (or not) to environmental legislation post-Brexit

Peter Hibberd

Infrastructure: What’s in a name?

31 May 17 | By Peter Hibberd

‘Infrastructure’ is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment, but how do you define it for contract purposes? For the most part, it might be best not to

Paul Lowe

Lessons to be learnt

25 May 17 | By Paul Lowe

PPP agreements have been successful in getting public facilities built but there must be controls so that flaws - like the ones that caused a brick wall to collapse in an Edinburgh school - are prevented

Laurence Cobb

Promise to be good

24 May 17 | By Laurence Cobb

Recent years have seen the use of ‘good faith’ provisions in construction contracts. But what does an expression of good faith mean in practice?