Working for equitable contracts and fair payment terms

Specialist Sub-contractors – Use Fluctuation Clauses!

Noble Francis (Economics Director of the CPA) noted that the construction Industry is having to deal with rapid price inflation, increasing labour costs and cash flow issues. UK construction has lost 3,611 firms in the past year despite strong construction demand. Unsurprisingly, it is the specialist sub-contractor that is suffering more than most. Out of […]

PI Insurance – Not working for UK Construction

Massive hikes in Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance premiums and in excesses, coupled with changes to insurance terms – including additional exclusions from cover, the removal of existing extensions – such as fitness for purpose coverage, and the increasing of onerous conditions in P I Insurance is forcing sub-contractors to turn work down or even in […]

Collateral Warranties – Not To Be Signed At the Beginning

I am assisting a specialist niche area sub-contractor which during the honeymoon period of entering a substantial sub-contract signed every possible warranty for its work including a collateral warranty with the Employer stating that its design and installation work would be perfect. However, following completion of the sub-contractor’s work and prior to the main contract […]

Build UK Contract Terms Recommendation

Build UK has recommended that, as a minimum, its members do not use a number of contract terms (see below). The Confederation of Construction Specialists welcomes this small step towards contractual fairness. However, as this is a non-binding recommendation and that members of Build UK must consider on an individual basis whether they wish to […]

Confederation Press Release:  View Point – Build UK Contract Terms Recommendation

CCS Viewpoint – Build UK Contract Terms Recommendation Build UK has recommended that, as a minimum, its members do not use a number of contract terms (see below). The Confederation of Construction Specialists welcomes this small step towards contractual fairness. However, as this is a non-binding recommendation and that members of Build UK must consider […]

Is Construction a sector to Visit or Avoid?

The construction industry reminds me of that old argument about aliens from another planet, it goes something like this – there can’t be any advanced aliens on other planets because they would have visited us by now. Ah, a reasonable hypothesis you may think. However, it can also be argued that being enlightened aliens they have listened […]

Avoid Making Contractual Mistakes – Invest in Training!

Gerald Kelly – General Manager Confederation of Construction Specialists The ARCADIS Global Construction Disputes Reports are always an interesting read. The 2018 report was no exception, and rather depressingly, it finds that the UK’s top three causes of disputes are as follows: A failure to properly administer the contract Employer/Contractor/Subcontractor failing to understand and/or comply […]

Time to Recognise the Worth of Specialist Contractors

As specialist contractors carry out the vast majority of construction work in the UK, isn’t it time the construction industry acknowledged their role. Specialist contractors and suppliers will together produce the bulk of the detailed design work and will manufacture, fabricate, supply, install, commission and maintain the components which make up the finished building or structure. […]

Support for the ‘Aldous’ Bill

Aldous Bill (June 2018) The Confederation of Construction Specialists has noted Build UK’s, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), supported by the Construction Products Association (CPA) response to Andrew Griffiths MP enquiry about their support for the ‘Aldous’ Bill. Surprisingly, considering twenty-two of Build UK’s Trade Association members have supported the Bill, all three have decided […]

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