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July 2016 digest: sporting moments and judgments abound

JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring:

“‘So my plan is spoilt!’ said Frodo. ‘It is no good trying to escape you. But I’m glad, Sam. I cannot tell you how glad. Come along! It is plain that we were meant to go together. We will go, and may the others find a safe road! Strider will look after them. I don’t suppose we shall see them again.’ ‘Yet we may, Mr Frodo. We may,’ said Sam.”

The aftermath of the Brexit vote dominated the news again this month. We still don’t know when the Article 50 notice will be given (which triggers the two-year period for exit negotiations under the Lisbon Treaty), but we now know that Theresa May will lead the country during those negotiations. Francis Ho looked at some of the potential consequences for construction.

The end of July marks the end of the Trinity term, which has resulted in a plethora of cases from all divisions, with the:

On the non-contentious front, the Law Society and CLLS published guidance on executing documents using an electronic signature, we published a note on FIDIC’s Yellow Book and the JCT released the 2016 editions of  its Sub-Contract suite.

July saw a broad range of topics under discussion, with:

Development news this month included a Parliamentary report on house building, a briefing paper on planning for NSIPs, a new BSI standard for carbon emissionsan updated VAT notice and James Audsley’s introduction to party wall issues.

In public procurement, Simon Taylor considered whether damages are an adequate remedy, Rebecca Haynes looked at abnormally low tenders, the ECJ ruled on requiring a contractor to directly perform a specified percentage of works and excluding bidders, and we published June’s case digest.

On a sporting note, Andy Murray won Wimbledon again, Portugal became European Champions for the first time, in the Tour de France, Chris Froome became the first English man to win three times and Mark Cavendish reached 30 stage wins (putting him second on the all-time stage winners list). England also continued to battle Pakistan in the cricket.

and finally…

Twenty years ago this month the Construction Act 1996 received Royal Assent. It was the same month that Dolly the sheep was born in Scotland. However, the changes the Construction Act 1996 introduced to payment and adjudication did not apply to construction contracts entered into before 1 May 1998, when the payment and adjudication provisions of the Scheme for Construction Contracts 1998 came into force. Dolly lived until February 2003, whereas the Construction Act 1996 and the Scheme are still going strong.

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