Regulations and box-ticking forms are no substitute for properly trained and competent people. Computers, QM systems and intranets have not always helped. It is all too easy for non-practical people to write procedures, and when someone makes a mistake say, "Didn't you read this or check that?" We are expected to read too much material, much of it irrelevant to us.
But over-regulation must benefit someone, and not just lawyers. There are European Union commissioners, whose job it is to produce it. Then there are those who create cottage industries on the back of them. Is it a co-incidence that we seem to have a government full of legal weasels?
I also believe in consistency. Like John, I have never understood why the Construction Act did not impose a mandatory scheme. The act has been around long enough and we now have enough experience of adjudication and its faults to implement one.
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