Working for equitable contracts and fair payment terms

Previewing the upcoming Joints Contracts Tribunal (JCT) 2024 suite of contracts

Topical Issue 601 The Joints Contracts Tribunal (JCT) is set to publish a new suite of contracts, JCT 2024, which will launch with the Design and Build 2024 Contracts on 17 April 2024. It is anticipated the new 2024 form of contracts will incorporate the following changes: New contract family  The JCT 2024 will introduce […]

Fraud: can an exclusion clause exclude or limit liability?

Topical Issue 597 There is an old legal rule that “fraud unravels all“. Once fraud is proved, “it vitiates judgments, contracts and all transactions whatsoever“. But what about an exclusion clause? Could that exclude, or limit, liability for fraud? In Innovate Pharmaceuticals Ltd v University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation the court had to consider this question. […]

What to look out for in construction in 2024

Topical Issue 589 Building Safety Reform Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA) Following the introduction of the BSA we have yet to see a court judgment that deals with a Building Liability Order or Information Order, which were introduced under sections 130 and 132 of the Act. The orders enable the courts to extend a relevant […]

Pay now, argue later! How far does that concept go under the Construction Act?

Topical Issue 590 ‘Pay now, argue later’.  It is often said that is the nature of the payment and adjudication procedures in the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (often known as the Construction Act).  Over the years parties have probed and the courts have considered how far that concept goes.  They have taken […]

Letters of Intent-how to tame the beast—Construction Law

TOPICAL ISSUE 584 8/12/23 Letters of intent can be tricky beasts. They ought not to be, but judging by the number that come across our desks, the industry often appears to be behind the curve of the best practice. My most memorable letter was prepared on a Christmas Eve when the parties were understandably in […]

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