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06/02/19 – ‘No oral modification’ clauses: what is their effect?

During the course of a project, you may find yourself in a position where the work needs altering in some way, requiring a contract variation.  You and your client might enter into a further agreement (usually in writing) to modify the contract, allowing the contractual variation.  On occasion, you and your client might agree orally […]

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23/01/19 – Seeing the invisible: the power of templates

The hardest thing to see is always the one thing that is missing. A college wanting to achieve early commencement of work engaged a contractor using a short form letter of intent, instead of a building contract. When delays occurred, the college found that it could not deduct liquidated damages, because the letter of intent […]

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23/11/18 – Fitness for Purpose: what’s all the fuss about?

As construction projects have become more complex, the roles of consultants and contractors have become less distinct.  Increasingly, consultants are expected to provide undertakings relating to design suitability and Fitness for Purpose (FFP) which have been traditionally regarded as inappropriate for the provision of professional services. FFP clauses can include any of the following obligations […]

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08/11/18 – Cladding Update: Victorian Cladding Taskforce

In October, the Victorian Cladding Taskforce released its updated findings from its audit of 1369 buildings and planning permits. These results have been keenly awaited, in order to reassure the industry that the number of high-risk buildings of the magnitude of Lacrosse or Grenfell Tower was nowhere near 1369. Consultants who came to our seminar […]

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26/10/18 – The Move to Multidisciplinary Practices: What to consider from an insurance perspective

In today’s highly competitive environment, innovation is often the key to survival for professional practices. Increasingly, consultancy firms working in the construction industry are looking to gain an edge on their competitors by offering clients a diverse range of services, spanning professions from engineering to architecture, as multi-disciplinary businesses. Multi-disciplinary practices allow for collaborative working […]

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