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10/01/20 – How to watch informed webinars

(1) LIVE WEBINARS What? Our webinars are a live presentation by our risk managers and/or external specialists. You will see a Powerpoint presentation, with a video camera insert showing the presenter. In our webinars, you cannot be seen or heard by other attendees or by the presenter. When? Our webinars are designed to be watched […]

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08/01/20 – Landscape Architecture: Your Questions Answered

Our webinars typically generate plenty of good questions and unfortunately we can only pick a few of those to answer as examples “on air”. Our webinar on Liabilities in Landscapes on 28 November 2019 was no exception, but in this case we have decided to follow up on some of the unanswered questions online (in […]

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27/11/19 – Climate Change Considerations in Design

The entire world is talking about climate change and it is unsurprising that many professionals in the construction industry (who are responsible for a large amount of the world’s CO2 emissions) have declared a climate change emergency. Consultants in the construction industry are increasingly being expected to adapt their practices in response to climate change […]

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06/11/19 – Half-time on the Shergold Weir Report

The Shergold-Weir “Building Confidence” Report was delivered in February 2018 and published in April 2018, in response to the fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London, the expensive Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, and a number of high-profile product failures including asbestos contamination in supposedly asbestos-free materials. Commissioned by the Building Ministers Forum, the Report laid out […]

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09/10/19 – How long does my liability last?

We are often asked by consultants working in the construction industry – “how long does my liability last?”. The answer is not always simple and in fact, it is sometimes quite complicated – given the different jurisdictions in which consultants practice, the different types of claims which can be brought and the different triggers for […]

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04/09/19 – Novation: A procurement model in the spotlight

The industry is talking about novation. A ‘design and construct’ procurement model where the consultants are novated to the builder has become commonplace on many commercial construction projects. How this project delivery model may be impacting project outcomes – both positively and negatively – has become a topic of much discussion. Novation was the topic […]

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29/08/19 – Getting a sure footing on slip hazards

It doesn’t take a misplaced banana peel to cause a slip injury. Although personal injury claims aren’t the biggest cause of notifications under consultants’ professional indemnity insurance, they are a regular periodic contributor, and slip resistance is a key factor within those. A ramp in a shopping centre, in a potential wet area exposed to […]

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21/08/19 – ABCs of Professional Indemnity

In the current landscape, architects and other consultants are becoming increasingly exposed to litigation and risk of claims arising from their contractual obligations. There is a general awareness in the construction industry about clients’ ability to commence litigation or make a claim from another party who might have caused them to suffer loss or damage […]

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12/06/19 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

We have all come across ‘Dispute Resolution’ clauses in commercial contracts, also known as ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ (“ADR”). ADR offers alternative methods for resolving disputes without recourse to litigation saving costs, time and stress. It can help resolve a dispute before it goes court or tribunal. This article aims to summarise the different types of […]

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