Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
“The one red leaf, the last of its clan, that dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high, on the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.”
The last of the autumn leaves are falling and winter is well and truly here. It seems that it isn’t only the birds that have migrated and wildlife that is heading into hibernation; at the time of writing, we have had only one judgment from the TCC this month. That is not to say that all the courts have been quiet. We have reported on the new exception to the without prejudice rule; estoppel and mistake; incorporating terms into a contract; and the Scottish court’s judgments on reasonable endeavours and reasons in an adjudicator’s decision (and clause 38 of the TeCSA rules).
Here at 19 Hatfields, this month much of our focus has been on readying ourselves (and you) for the changes to the Construction Act 1996 (on adjudication and payment under a construction contract), which may take effect from spring 2011. We have written a number of materials that not only explain the changes, but also focus on the similarities between the two regimes. These include a comparison table, a slideshow and FAQs for adjudication and payment.
- The IGT has reported on the low carbon challenge facing the construction industry.
- In employment news, gangmasters, blacklisted workers and the mesothelioma trigger litigation have been making the headlines.
- On the environment, details of the green investment bank have emerged; the code for sustainable homes has been updated; there has been a statement on the future of nuclear power; the Equator Principles are under review; and there is a consultation on national policy statements for energy infrastructure.
- For businesses, the Cabinet Office is consulting on the time limits in public procurement; the UKCG has reported on the “big society”; the OCG has published a procurement notice for SMEs; there has been a bribery anti-corruption briefing; and BIS has announced help for SMEs.