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Perdeep Grewal
 

Minimising the spread of COVID-19 in the construction industry

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What can the construction industry do to minimise the spread of Covid-19? The Government has recently told the construction industry to continue with its “critical contribution” to the UK economy. This means construction...

Coronavirus: what do landlords need to know?

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Parliament has now enacted the Coronavirus Act 2020. There are temporary changes affecting landlords and tenants: Landlords cannot waive the right to forfeit for non-payment of rent; Landlords must give 3...

Adverse weather and construction contracts

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Strong winds, storms and even snow! This just sums up the adverse weather for the past fortnight. Many projects could be hindered or, at worst, even terminated. Considering the adverse weather, what should contractors do to ensure they do not fall behind on...

Can your email footer amount to a signature?

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The world’s oldest known signature, from Sumeria (in modern-day Iraq), was added to the back of a clay tablet in circa 3100 BC. Fast forward to the 21st century, electronic signatures are now used as a popular and quick way to execute documents. Do...

The introduction of a construction licensing task force

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The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has announced the introduction of a mandatory licensing scheme for UK construction companies. The aim is to transform the sector into a high quality and professional industry. Liz Peace, the Chair of the Construction...

Gentlemen's agreements: forming a contract with a handshake

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As a solicitor specialising in dispute resolution and construction law, I have come across various businesses who have relied on so-called “gentlemen’s agreements”. These are based on nothing more than a handshake. In the absence of any...

Sandcastle competition

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On 14 June 2019, Keith Songhurst, David Feakins, Lisa Cox and I dusted off our tools and trainers and took part in the annual Daniel Connal Partnership Sandcastle Competition on Frinton Beach. The task was to design and build a landmark for Frinton,...

What lies ahead for the construction industry this year?

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As we head into the second quarter, 2019 will certainly be an eventful year. Here are some of my thoughts on what to look out for this year in building and construction. Brexit I recently blogged on the impact of Brexit in the construction industry. ...

Alternative Dispute Resolution - I'll see you in mediation!

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While Brexit continues to make the headlines, there have been major developments in the field of alternative dispute resolution, also known as ADR. The Civil Justice Council published its ADR and Civil Justice Final Report which outlined the ways ADR is...

Oil be the judge of that!

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Can directors be held personally liable for representations they make on behalf of a company? In the case of Inter Export LLC v Jonathan Townley and Yaroslavna Lasytsya [2018] EWCA, the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision...

A right to refer a dispute to adjudication at any time?

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A right to refer a dispute to adjudication at any time? Not if you are in liquidation... The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (Construction Act 1996) gives a party to a construction contract...

A case of no interest on a loan

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You decide to loan money to someone under an oral agreement, but you did not consider whether they should pay you added interest. Should interest be implied? Should you be entitled to interest? This was a significant issue discussed in the case...