Philip Harris

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    Legal: All together now


    It’s time to draw together the scattered pieces of construction law to form a uniform construction code, say Rudi Klein and Philip Harris

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    Biting back


    The Latham review into payment provisions under the Construction Act recommends removing the need for a payer’s notice. In fact, what it really needs is more teeth

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    Rethinking arbitration


    The unmitigated success of adjudication leads us logically to reassess the potential of a streamlined version of arbitration to deal with more complex cases

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    Now you're talking


    The CDM health and safety regulations are unpopular and ineffective. Well, what if they came in the form of contractual terms and the right to compensation?

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    Some very bad news


    The Court of Appeal tells us contractual terms must be in writing for a dispute to be adjudicated – which doesn't take any notice of how business is actually done

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    Do your groundwork


    Contractors must be sure at tender stage of the terrain they are expected to work on – or they could find themselves in a legal minefield later on

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    On shaky grounds


    Few neighbour disputes can match those that begin when shared foundations need work. The Party Wall Act is there to help resolve such disputes – but does it?

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    Why we've legalised theft


    The courts will enforce an adjudicator's award, even if everyone knows it's wrong and the claimant is committing daylight robbery. But surely they have an absolute obligation to dispense justice?