Monthly Archives: September 2009

REUTERS | Brian Snyder

A mere technicality?

The TCC takes a robust approach to enforcing adjudicators’ decisions and a dim view of parties “simply scrabbling around to find some argument, however tenuous, to resist payment” (Chadwick LJ, Carillion Construction Ltd v Devonport Royal Dockyard). However, a technical breach by one of the parties can result in the court declining to enforce an adjudicator’s decision. Often, the “technicality” is raised at a late stage and can sometimes appear to be the result of a “scrabbling around” exercise.

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REUTERS | Brian Snyder

John Keats, Ode to Autumn:

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun”

September marks the end of summer and the start of autumn; and while it has been warm (and mostly dry) after our wet and cool summer, it has nevertheless brought a chill wind to the leading contractors fined by the OFT. Continue reading

REUTERS | Alexander Demianchuk

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has published its report on blacklisting in the construction industry, Ruined lives – blacklisting in the construction industry.

Unsurprisingly, the report criticises the Government and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for their handling of the scandal. It also raises several concerns about the Government’s proposed blacklisting regulations. Continue reading

REUTERS | Ilya Naymushin

Earlier this year I wrote about what “at any time” means, in the context of a Scottish decision, but do you ever wonder what it actually means?

I think its ordinary meaning is self-explanatory but I put the phrase into Wikipedia to see what would come up. I was surprised that I didn’t get any exact results, so I Googled it, and the first return was an artistic piece, along with items on education, aliens and slaves, but nothing in the first few of the 550 million hits really defined it. Continue reading

REUTERS | Jason Lee

Last week, those participating in TeCSA’s technical training course, “Building Stadia: from the start to the finishing line!” were extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to tour the Olympic Park. This included being taken into the bowl of stadium itself and driving up the 100 metre “track”!

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