Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown is a partner in the London office of Veale Wasbrough Vizards

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    Is it fair to share the pain? Rectifying defects on a project

    2019-10-28T10:16:00

    Jeffrey Brown considers who should pay for the rectification of defects discovered during the work under a target cost contract

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    Hackitt consultation: Taking a hard line on risk

    2019-07-02T05:00:00

    The insurance market for contractors is increasingly tough, and not just on cladding-related work

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    Lost profits? Then prove it

    2019-01-31T06:00:00

    A damages claim for delay can include head office overheads and lost profit if certain conditions are met

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    Legal: The right to exclude

    2018-09-13T06:00:00

    Terms limiting liability must not only be fair but must also correspond with a service provider’s standard terms of business

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    Legal: Have you got it covered?

    2018-05-24T14:33:00

    Subcontractors should beware of disqualifying themselves from being covered by the contractor’s project insurance

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    Legal blog: Who pays the bill for Grenfell?

    2018-01-11T07:00:00

    Jeffrey Brown considers building owners’ potential liability claims against architects and contractors for replacing high-rise cladding

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    NEC4: Events, dear boy, events

    2017-07-27T07:00:00

    NEC4 contains subtle changes to clause 61.3 that relate to compensation events and which await judicial clarification

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    Had enough of experts?

    2017-02-17T06:00:00

    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

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    Oral agreement: Power of the spoken word

    2016-09-29T11:39:00

    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

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    Disclosure of correspondence in litigation

    2016-08-09T09:40:00

    Disclosure of correspondence will be sought by subcontractors in litigation with main contractors. But can they withhold details of settlement agreements?

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    Clarity begins at home

    2016-03-02T13:00:00

    A recent case that revolved around a party’s liability in relation to asbestos has highlighted once again the importance of clear contract drafting

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    Touching the void

    2015-11-23T14:30:00

    A recent decision shows the consequences of failing to disclose material facts to insurers - dangers the Insurance Act 2015 should help alleviate

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    Are you being served?

    2015-07-13T07:00:00

    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

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    Battle of the dictionaries

    2015-04-28T06:00:00

    A recent case shows how contractors wishing to insure against liabilities need to be clear about the meaning of key words

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    Extensions of time: After the event

    2015-02-05T06:00:00

    The judge’s comments in a judgment around extensions of time provide future guidance

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    Insurance Bill: Devil in the detail

    2014-11-05T08:29:00

    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

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    Sharing out the risks

    2014-08-01T06:00:00

    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

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    Storm damage: Under the weather

    2014-06-11T07:25:00

    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?

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    NEC3 : Compensation culture

    2014-02-28T06:00:00

    The new NEC3 contract features mechanisms to change contract prices and completion dates, under certain circumstances. We look at compensation events

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    No stay of execution

    2013-09-20T00:00:00

    A contractor tries to delay paying its subcontractor, arguing that it cannot reclaim the money later if the other firm goes into administration. What did Mr Justice Ramsey think?

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