All Contracts and procurement articles – Page 4

  • Tracey Wood
    Comment

    Legal panels: The best panel game in town

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Obtaining better value for money from your law firm by setting up a panel is one way to ease the effects of the downturn

  • Tony Bingham
    Comment

    RICS consultancy form: On surprisingly good form

    2008-06-13T00:00:00Z

    The new crop of RICS standard contract are about to make quantity surveyors’ lives a lot easier

  • Ann Minogue
    Comment

    Exclusion clauses: A chink of light

    2008-05-09T00:00:00Z

    Are exclusion clauses enforceable? Hitherto, the courts have shed little light on the matter, but a recent Court of Appeal decision makes things much clearer

  • John Redmond
    Comment

    NEC: Smooth operator

    2008-05-02T00:00:00Z

    The Olympic Delivery Authority has chosen the NEC contract in the hope that it will keep the job moving efficiently. But it will only work if it’s well enough resourced

  • Melinda Parisotti
    Comment

    Collateral warranties: Lost and found

    2008-03-28T00:00:00Z

     The use of the word ‘costs’ instead of ‘losses’ in collateral warranties can cause much confusion as to what exactly is being referred to and who is liable for what

  • Ian Yule
    Comment

    JCT Building Management contract

    2008-03-14T00:00:00Z

    The concept of the management contract has come in for a lot of flak from a lot of critics in the past but the new JCT model is certainly the best in class

  • Comment

    JCT consultation: A sustainable strategy

    2008-02-15T00:00:00Z

    We all agree that sustainability, like apple pie, is a good thing, but we’re not sure how we should tackle it. The big stick of legislation, some gentle guidance, or a mixture of the two?

  • Melinda Parisotti
    Comment

    Beware what you wish for

    2008-02-15T00:00:00Z

    An entire agreement clause proclaims that everything the parties have agreed is in the contract in front of them. But don’t forget that essential legal rule …

  • Tony Bingham
    Comment

    JCT Framework Agreement: Umbrellas? Who needs ’em

    2008-02-15T00:00:00Z

    A framework agreement is like an umbrella that sits above a contractual dinghy in which the elements of the Egan partnership await their fate like good little girls and boys. Until, of course, it starts getting wet

  • Comment

    IChemE international contracts: international A chemical solution

    2008-01-18T00:00:00Z

    Contract update — Cecily Davis guides us through the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ suite of contracts for international projects. Not only are they as clear and as simple as their domestic forms, but they also come in pretty colours

  • Rachel Barnes
    Comment

    CIC's consultants agreement: You stand here and hold this

    2008-01-11T00:00:00Z

    The Construction Industry Council’s full agreement for appointing consultants has done the industry, and its clients, a great service by explaining just who is supposed to do what, when

  • Comment

    JCT Framework Agreement: Same again? Try the 2007 vintage

    2008-01-11T00:00:00Z

    Many looked forward to the birth of the JCT Framework Agreement 2005 but were disappointed by the reality, says Hillary Cohen. The 2007 version is an altogether better bet

  • Rachel Barnes
    Comment

    Not much agreement here …

    2007-12-07T00:00:00Z

    Rachel Barnes Ian Yule was less than enthusiastic about the revised RIBA agreement for the appointment of an architect, claiming it was biased in favour of the profession. Well, guess what? Architects aren’t happy about it either …

  • Comment

    Ann is in cloud-cuckoo-land

    2007-11-30T00:00:00Z

     Ann Minogue wrote here that my criticism of Network Rail was unfair. But she is living in a fantasy world where there are still adversarial tools and penalties rather than teamworking and shared risk

  • Ian Yule
    Comment

    That’s better – but not by much

    2007-11-23T00:00:00Z

    The RIBA standard form has been revised and two particularly irksome clauses have been amended. But don’t go overboard. It is still biased in favour of architects. ‘Go bespoke’ seems to be the message

  • Comment

    More DIY disasters

    2007-11-02T00:00:00Z

    Show me a bespoke contract and I’ll show you a powerful client throwing its weight around. But having said that, are they better than standard fare? The short answer is ‘no’

  • State your case
    Comment

    Loitering with intent

    2007-10-05T00:00:00Z

    Contractors might come under pressure to start work under a letter of intent while the proper contracts are being drawn up. But anyone that does is taking a big risk

  • Rudi Klein
    Comment

    Know who your friends are

    2007-10-05T00:00:00Z

    Partnering is either about trust and transparency or it’s about two parties shafting each other. Rudi Klein offers a handy quiz that should help you find out which one you’re dealing with

  • Mike Spencer, EC Harris
    Comment

    ‘It’s like partnering with teeth’

    2006-12-08T00:00:00Z

    BRIEF ENCOUNTER — A new form of project mediation was launched this week to nip problems in the bud. We brought together its inventors and industry experts to discuss the pros and cons

  • Rudi Klein
    Comment

    An offer you can't accept

    2006-12-01T00:00:00Z

    Rudi Klein Main contractors are increasingly insisting that specialists use materials supplied by a specified manufacturer – which can put them in a difficult and dangerous position. Here’s why