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19/03/19 – Implications of the Lacrosse Judgment – Part 2

In Part 1, we explained the liability findings in the judgment on the Lacrosse building fire delivered on 28 February 2019. This Part 2 looks at some more detailed aspects. Does it matter that the Builder substituted an alternative cladding (Alucobest) in place of the originally specified product (Alucobond)? Not in this case. The court […]

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06/03/19 – How to use our Course Credits to help your team earn CPD points

Our online CPD library has about 25 hours of material created specifically for professionals in the construction industry. This includes recordings of our webinars as well as custom-made online courses. Delivered by specialist guests as well as our legally qualified risk managers, our courses cover topics from partial services and copyright, to defective building products […]

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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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