- October 2, 2012
The return of the alliance
Alliancing seems to be back in vogue. While it has always been in use in the UK over the last fifteen or so years, it has never really made it to the mainstream in quite the same way that it has in other jurisdictions. For example, in Australia, alliancing accounts for one third of public … Continue reading The return of the alliance →
- November 29, 2011
Economic duress: wrestling with the strong-arm tactics
These are tough times for the construction industry. The OECD has just announced that the UK is heading back into recession. Big deal – the construction industry has never got out of one that started in 2008 when Lehman Brothers fell over. The Chancellor’s announcement of an extra £30billion for infrastructure is obviously welcome, but … Continue reading Economic duress: wrestling with the strong-arm tactics →
- March 30, 2011
The “not so great” section 108A debate
Over the last couple of weeks Jonathan Cope has looked at what he dubbed “the great section 108A debate”. In one sense this title is very apt – the substandard drafting in new section 108A of the Construction Act 1996 is certainly generating a great deal of debate in the industry. However, I wonder if we should … Continue reading The “not so great” section 108A debate →
- February 9, 2010
Deeds of novation – or not!
To what extent is a deed of novation necessary in order to novate a contract? Can there be a valid novation without a formal deed of novation?