Francis Ho

Francis Ho

Francis Ho is a partner at City of London law firm Penningtons Manches LLP. He has substantial experience in major projects both in the UK and overseas and regularly advises on PPPs, hospitals, sports stadiums, universities, skyscrapers, power projects and infrastructure using a wide range of procurement strategies. He has particular experience in sustainable development and renewable energy. Francis is a seasoned public speaker and co-authored the CIOB Time and Cost Management Contract 2015, as well as its original edition. In his leisure time, he enjoys running, cricket and a good novel.

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    Legal: Full time

    2018-09-21T06:00:00

    A recent case in the High Court puts limitation periods under collateral warranties on the spot

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    Legal: Second time's a charm

    2018-05-11T06:00:00

    Francis Ho concludes that the new edition of the CIC’s BIM Protocol effectively addresses the main concerns about its predecessor

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    Legal - for fools rush in...

    2018-03-01T06:30:00

    While the Carillion disaster highlights the need for action on retentions, says Francis Ho, we must not rush into legislation

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    Legal blog: A false sense of security

    2017-11-02T06:00:00

    Francis Ho warns that legislation permitting the assignment of payment rights could do more harm than good

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    Taking the fifth

    2017-07-07T06:00:00

    This year’s FIDIC White Book shows worthy progress. Here is a look at the latest iteration of the client/consultant model services agreement

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    Taken on trust

    2017-03-09T06:00:00

    Cash is king and nowhere is this truer than construction. Contractors should take steps to guarantee payment or be prepared to face the consequences

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    Interview: Richard Saxon

    2016-08-04T06:00:00

    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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    Contracts: A frame of mind

    2016-03-18T12:37:00

    Francis Ho reviews a new framework contract with a greater focus on alliancing and partnering

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    Subcontractor discounts: An offer you should refuse?

    2015-11-30T15:16:00

    Who should benefit from subcontractor discounts? Or are they past their sell-by date?

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    Insurance: Blown out of the water

    2015-09-02T14:00:00

    Do all-risks policies permit contractors to avoid liability for insured losses? A recent Court of Session case suggests not

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    Caught in a bind

    2015-06-09T06:00:00

    Our columnist examines a homeowners’ dispute where an adjudicator’s decision was held to be finally binding – that is what they asked for

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    Adjudication: Collateral damage

    2015-02-27T11:25:00

    Francis Ho considers a world where parties can adjudicate under collateral warranties and asks what can be done to put the genie back in the bottle

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    RIBA: High noon or the wild bunch?

    2014-12-12T00:01:00

    For short works contracts, there’s a new sheriff in town called RIBA - plain talking, bold and ambitious. But is it going to be able to outgun the competition?

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    For all practical purposes

    2014-09-16T09:46:00

    A case on the familiar topic of a professional’s duties in certifying practical completion

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    CIOB Consultancy Appointment: Appoint in Time

    2014-05-23T06:00:00

    Last year the CIOB ‘s Complex Projects Contract stressed the importance of time and cost management. Now it is to be joined by a consultancy agreement as it transitions to a suite of contracts

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    Low-bidding contractors: Always assume the worst …

    2014-02-21T06:00:00

    Note to developers: if you are aware that a low-bidding contractor has financial issues, it is better for you, and the struggling contractor itself, just to choose another one

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    Is it time to crack the Code for Sustainable Homes?

    2013-11-14T06:00:00

    The government’s Housing Standards Review takes aim at the Code for Sustainable Homes. Our columnist assesses the different options that could replace it

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    JCT in non-UK markets: Going global

    2013-09-17T06:00:00

    The JCT is launching a survey to find out about people’s experiences of using its contracts abroad. Our new columnist weighs up its chances of success in an international market

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    What to do about BIM

    2013-05-30T09:42:00

    The Construction Industry Council has published a new standard protocol for BIM level 2. Will it promote adoption?

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    Guaranteed maximum prices: Berth pangs

    2013-04-05T00:00:00

    Francis Ho dives into the topic of guaranteed maximum price provisions and discovers how the pricing provisions for the navy’s new submarine jetty in Scotland were sunk

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