All articles by Rudi Klein – Page 6

  • Comment

    C'mon everybody


    Here are 10 steps to making the world a better place to do business in – and all can be adopted without converting to Buddhism, becoming celibate or giving up alcohol

  • Comment

    Who's for excellence?


    The government has just updated its guidance to its own staff who are involved in procuring buildings. Here's what it says about risk allocation and project team integration

  • Comment

    Defective thinking


    What do defects have to do with retentions? Nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Sweet Fanny Adams. But just you try telling the government that …

  • Comment

    Who's holding back?


    Using adjudication to recover outstanding retentions is likely to lead to a positive result. So it's odd that so few of these disputes end up in the adjudicator's hands

  • Comment

    Being sat on by a hippo


    Memo to Nigel Griffiths: More and more small, solvent firms are being squashed by large, insolvent ones. At present they have almost no protection. Time to step in?

  • Comment

    The simple seven


    Tinkering with construction's outdated payment practices is not good enough. So here are a few straightforward steps to radically improve the situation

  • Comment

    Roads to freedom


    Insurers have the construction industry by the short and curlies, but we can loosen their grip by doing more to manage our risks so we don't have to rely on them

  • Comment

    Dumb or what?


    The drive to deliver high-value, high-quality design is being hampered by a class system that prevents architects and engineers from talking to specialists as equals

  • Comment

    Back to basics


    What is a construction contract? Oddly enough, we're still struggling with that one – and as for agreeing what constitutes reasonable remuneration for work, well …

  • Comment

    Give them their due


    The Construction Act's payment provisions are there to promote certainty of payment: nothing should stop the payee from knowing where it stands on pay day

  • Comment

    Pass master


    Accelerating Change is a clarion call for risk-sharing. Some hope, when Jarvis and others are busy amending the standard form of subcontract to pass the risk downstream

  • Comment

    What a relief!


    Insolvency law in the UK has always been very kind to banks and the crown, and very cruel to unsecured creditors. Now parliament is about redress the balance …

  • Comment

    Time to let go


    Retentions are part of the old-school, adversarial industry culture. They're anachronistic, poor value and bound up with all sorts of shady practices. Let's get rid of them

  • Comment

    Back-to-back basics


    No apologies for bringing up a fundamental problem with construction contracts: they don't work very well. In fact, the answer may be to radically change them …

  • Comment

    The Top Scam Awards


    OK, they're not the most prestigious accolades, but the prize ceremony for concocting those ways to wriggle out of the Construction Act can still reduce you to tears

  • Comment

    Protect and survive


    Small businesses suffer most from the 'domino effect' of insolvency in the construction industry. Missed opportunities to put things right mean the task is now urgent

  • Comment

    The impossible job


    Planning supervisors were supposed to ensure that safety was designed into the construction process. But the regulations that created the role simply don't work

  • Comment

    Follow that kiwi


    New Zealand has just published a Construction Contracts Bill that is much like our own Construction Act … but better. Here's how it's going to work

  • Comment

    The cost of winning


    Allowing the winning party in an adjudication to recover its costs from the loser is utterly inappropriate in adjudication. Worse, it could deter people from using it

  • Comment

    Cough-up medicine


    The Construction Act is really all about making sure people are paid. If money is owed and no withholding notices issued, you'd better pay up first and litigate later