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Defects in new buildings

United Kingdom - March 31 2011 Generally when we purchase cars, home entertainment systems and other high value or complex goods, we do not expect there to be any faults in them, and in the unlikely event that problems do occur, we usually have a robust guarantee to call upon in order to get the problem resolved.

Andrew Philip

Likely LADs - a third way for penalty clauses?

United Kingdom - November 30 2010 The majority of construction contracts for commercial developments will include a provision for liquidated and ascertained damages (LADs).

Tackling the issues of embodied energy in buildings

United Kingdom - July 29 2010 Why is embodied energy important?

Practical issues for practical completion

United Kingdom - April 30 2010 Over the last 12 months, we have experienced a surge in disputes about whether practical completion of a new development has occurred, and it is often nothing to do with whether the building is complete - it is more about parties seeking to escape the consequences of practical completion.

Lauren Thomson

A leap of faith for developers?

United Kingdom - October 29 2009 The latest revisions of the JCT standard form building contracts, issued in May 2009, have introduced an obligation on the parties to "work with each other and with other project members in a co-operative and collaborative manner, in good faith and in a spirit of trust and respect."

Lauren Thomson