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Peter Hibberd is past chair of the Joint Contracts Tribunal
Peter Hibberd cautions that BIM’s effectiveness in preventing disputes depends on good practice in tackling known issues
The contractor’s liability for design faults depends on not just the main contract form but also its associated documents: if they contradict each other, you could end up in court
The value of bills of quantities continues to be questioned, thanks to advances in technology and measuring methods. But quantification remains important, however it is done
After Brexit, the UK is to go its own way regarding procurement and contracts but it will still have to work within parameters set by others if it is to trade internationally
Understanding contractual provisions can be complicated but a solid legal framework that also reflects fair payment guidance is essential
‘Infrastructure’ is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment, but how do you define it for contract purposes? For the most part, it might be best not to
Whether further legislation can improve construction’s payment culture is debatable. It’s more about knowing your responsibilities and properly understanding the risks
Can we learn from earlier arrangements to reduce disputes later?
Are communications protocols necessary to support the payment process?
There have been problems with retentions ever since they were introduced to ensure builders finished a job to a good standard. But finding an alternative has proved elusive
It should be difficult to overpay on an interim payment but when it does occur, should there be an express term providing for repayment?
Insolvency during the course of a building project is one of the sector’s grim realities. What contract provisions are there to provide protection from another party’s insolvency?
What happens when making amendments to a standard contract causes things to go wrong?
With inflation levels low, construction contracts are now less likely to offer fluctuation provisions. But the question as to where the risk of price changes should lie has not gone away
Keeping an eye on sustainability during the credit crunch shouldn't be too hard, with the help of the JCT's new guidance note
Let’s not write off conventional contracting just yet, as some would have us do. Used in the right place at the right time, it is just as robust as any other procurement method
Construction projects notoriously run over time, but when you are building a venue for an international sports event, time is of the essence. Here’s a few things to bear in mind
The Joint Contracts Tribunal has provided building contracts for 80 years. Today, the challenge is to respond to a changing industry – but keep costs low
New standard form JCT contracts are on their way, in line with the government’s construction strategy. But don’t worry, help is at hand to understand the changes
Should life cycle considerations be built into building contracts and project planning? The JCT is launching an industry consultation with this in mind, so start thinking
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