Construction and engineering

Stamp Duty Land Tax 3% surcharge ‘Replacement of only or main residence’ and the three-year rules

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The higher rates of SDLT are intended to apply to purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy to let properties. More …

Another contaminated land liability stream for developers to contend with

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Developers are geared up to carry out necessary remediation of brownfield sites through the planning process, but what happens if there is historical contamination on land that they have sold to homeowners years before? More …

New Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes launched

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As you may be aware, the new Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes comes into force on 9 November 2016. More …

Recovering adjudication costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998

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Rachel Gwilliam, Partner, explores the possibility of recovering adjudication costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (LPCD(I)A 1998) and looks at how the recently-published judgment in Lulu Construction v Mulalley impacts the position. More …

CDM 2015 – What claims might be made?

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The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 ("CDM 2015") came into force on 6 April 2015, replacing CDM 2007. CDM 2015 applies to nearly every construction, engineering or development project, including small and domestic projects. More …

Compensation for construction workers

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On 18 November 2013, the Financial Times reported that over 3,000 workers named on a secret construction industry ‘blacklist’ could receive compensation of up to £100,000 each under a Construction Workers Compensation Scheme. More …

Drafting target cost clauses with precision (AMEC Group Ltd v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] 110 (TCC))

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The construction industry has recently seen an increase in the use of target cost contracts, with employers seeking to incentivise contractors to bring in construction projects within cost budgets. More …

Serving the adjudicator's decision within time limits and whether the decision is in breach of natural justice

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Richard Wade considers a recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court regarding the appropriate time limits for serving an adjudicator's decision. More …

When can a collateral warranty amount to a construction contract

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The Technology and Construction Court has recently found that a collateral warranty can amount to a construction contract within the meaning of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 ('HGCRA'). More …