Ashley Pigott

  • Ashley Pigott

    Duty of care: Just desserts?


    When the sign above a London cafe collapsed, causing serious injury, the finger was pointed at the shopfitter and building owner’s surveyor. But how far does the duty of care extend?

  • Comment

    Mr Jackson's justice


    Up until now, PFI contracts have contained clauses intended to separate contractors from their statutory rights. This is not lawful

  • News

    A poisoned chalice


    If a contractor offers to ‘accelerate’ work on a delayed job the employer should be aware that it may involve giving away a lot of money and legal protections

  • Comment

    No quick fix


    Reports that Lafarge may have supplied faulty cement raise a host of problems for suppliers and contractors that face legal claims – or want to pass them on

  • Comment

    It’s so unfair


    A court will overrule an adjudicator who has breached the rules of natural justice. An engineer acting under an ICE contract is under no such restrictions …

  • Comment

    He knew he was right


    Construction management has failed several Arts Council projects and now the Scottish parliament. Of course, if those clients had just listened in the first place …

  • Comment

    The accidental jurist


    If a party makes a mistake about what it is agreeing to, what are its chances of wriggling out? The Appeal Court has just made a controversial ruling on this point

  • Comment

    Last lessons from the Harmon affair


    The audit office has delivered its verdict on a parliamentary farce – and it make very uncomfortable reading.

  • Comment

    Silence isn't golden


    You might not be in agreement with someone, but are you in dispute? It's an old issue, and the precedents are confusing – just make sure you speak up

  • Comment

    To D&B or not to D&B?


    The Arts Council persists in using construction management as its preferred procurement route for theatre projects despite its time and cost uncertainties. Why?

  • Features

    The case for the plaintiff


    Harmon knew something was fishy about the job, but it needed a lot of courage and money to take on the House of Commons. Here, Harmon's solicitor explains what happened.