Most people would think the answer to this question is “no”. Me too. However, I saw an interesting case report by McGrigors LLP recently, which suggests not everyone thinks the answer is “no”. Continue reading →
The adoption of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) is one of the key elements in the Office of Government Commerce’s (OGC) drive to promote fair payment practices in the construction industry. So, with the draftsmen of the JCT, NEC and PPC2000 contracts vying for the prize of most OGC-compliant standard form, it comes as no surprise that they have all issued specimen PBA clauses for use with their respective contracts.
This post is the first of two examining the PBA documentation issued by the JCT. This week, I consider the format and purpose of the JCT PBA, together with the trust provisions that are intended to protect sub-contractors in the event of contractor insolvency. Continue reading →
At the time of issuing proceedings, the parties may or may not have complied with the Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes (Protocol). Limitation issues, for example, may have prevented compliance. Alternatively, the parties may just not have entered into the spirit of the Protocol. Continue reading →
At the beginning of the year I wrote about some of the things I’d like to see in 2009. Just over half way through the year, I thought it was time to review that list, to see where we are. Continue reading →
We have continuously been told that if you fail to issue a valid withholding notice, you have to pay the sum which is due and you have lost your right to set-off and generally argue anything to the contrary.
Adjudication can be a very flexible process, despite the prescriptive nature of the Construction Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts 1998. Provided both parties agree, the timetable can be adapted to suit the parties and, in some instances, the adjudicator. This flexibility can apply to any aspect of the process, including the conduct of the adjudication. It can even extend to how the adjudicator delivers his decision. Continue reading →
Current market conditions mean there may be valid commercial reasons why a developer may not want to build out a development. Equally, there may be valid commercial reasons why a purchaser may not want to continue with its purchase of a completed development. This issue was the focus of a recent case, Menolly Investments 3 SARL v (1) Cerep SARL (2) Menolly Homes.