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Jeffrey Brown is a partner in the London office of Veale Wasbrough Vizards
Jeffrey Brown considers building owners’ potential liability claims against architects and contractors for replacing high-rise cladding
NEC4 contains subtle changes to clause 61.3 that relate to compensation events and which await judicial clarification
A recent case that revolved around a party’s liability in relation to asbestos has highlighted once again the importance of clear contract drafting
Disclosure of correspondence will be sought by subcontractors in litigation with main contractors. But can they withhold details of settlement agreements?
Where a contract insists all changes must be in writing, what effect should there be when changes are introduced following an oral agreement? A recent Court of Appeal case provides guidance
Expert reports are not ‘expected or required’ in the new edition of the pre-action protocol for construction disputes. But construction claims have less chance of settling without them
The new NEC3 contract features mechanisms to change contract prices and completion dates, under certain circumstances. We look at compensation events
Last winter’s storms and flooding caused damage to existing buildings and those in the process of being constructed. But who bears the liability for delays to ongoing building projects?
BIM is supposed to help eliminate design risk but the different parties on a project must make sure that their responsibilities and liabilities are clearly defined
The Insurance Bill should put an end to ‘basis of contract’ clauses that allow an insurer to avoid liability if a statement in the proposal form is incorrect
The judge’s comments in a judgment around extensions of time provide future guidance
A recent case shows how contractors wishing to insure against liabilities need to be clear about the meaning of key words
Unless the employer serves its payment or pay less notices, it should expect to pay the amount applied for - irrespective of the true value of the work actually carried out
A recent decision shows the consequences of failing to disclose material facts to insurers - dangers the Insurance Act 2015 should help alleviate
The appeal court's ruling in Henry Boot vs Alstom has clarified the way variations should be valued and now, the ICE 7th Edition is making it easier to identify valuation problems at the outset.
Jeffrey Brown presents the results of the Lee Crowder adjudication survey. It found that too many main contractors are dissatisfied with the dispute resolution process …
Design-and-build contractors often have to remedy design flaws quickly to prevent third-party claims down the line. But will their insurer pay their costs?
Two recent cases mean that concealed defects can still come back to haunt builders, even if they are found many years after the building is completed
The NEC suite of contracts, as used by the London Olympics, contain some highly specific requirements concerning compensation events. It’s worthwhile paying attention to them now
The wrangles between Multiplex and Honeywell at Wembley have thrown up an interesting problem about whether information in a negotiated settlement can be disclosed in court
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