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Building safety regulation - what is in the pipeline for construction professionals?
In the past six months, we have seen the launch of over 15 consultations and countless new guidelines on building safety in England and Wales. Such a high level of regulatory activity on one topic in a relatively short period of time is rather unusual. In this article, we provide an overview of the potential key changes for construction professions and highlight some of the potential implications for our clients.
Construction Brief: latest decisions March 2023
This update includes a round-up of recent court decisions and a CMA ruling dealing with breach of competition law, dispute resolution clauses and limitation, enforcement of an adjudication decision by a dormant company, terms and conditions of purchase orders and remediation compensation orders.
SuDs – the long wait for implementation is over
After a delay of 13 years, mandatory sustainable drainage systems (SuDs) in new developments will be implemented via Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Schedule 3) in 2024.
Arbitration trumps: Bermuda court confirms pro-arbitration approach
If litigation proceedings are commenced in breach of a valid and enforceable agreement to arbitrate, how soon in the proceedings does a defendant need to seek a stay of the litigation?
The Supreme Court of Bermuda recently considered this question in Shelly Hall Properties v Warren  SC (Bda) 101.
The future of construction adjudication
More than 25 years after the introduction of mandatory construction adjudication, we consider its future in light of a recent report by King’s College London.
Insurance forecast 2023: claims trends and future risks
Drawing on our experience across various risks, this 2023 insurance forecast report highlights some of the key trends that we anticipate will shape the insurance agenda for 2023 and beyond.
Construction and building claims in Australia and beyond - a year in review
The legislative regime for construction and building legislation in New South Wales is currently undergoing a major overhaul with the proposed introduction of three new Bills designed to improve the regulatory framework and create end-to-end accountability for those who participate in the building and construction industry. In this article, we look at the proposed changes in conjunction with the key trends and issues in construction and building claims emerging across the Australian States and overseas.
Personal Injury Brief: latest decisions December 2022
A roundup of recent court decisions raising issues relating to limitation defences in Scotland, the role of experts, the application of the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978, and contracting out of fixed costs.
Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill: briefing note
The Levelling up and Regeneration Bill aims to reverse geographical disparities between different parts of the UK by spreading opportunity more equally.
Not in this town: The days of the “hired gun” are over
The Irish Court of Appeal has voiced strong criticism of the “hired gun” expert who takes on the role of advocate, and has signalled much tighter control and greater enforcement of the rules relating to expert evidence (Duffy v McGee Insulation Services). The Court also warned that lawyers who call experts who do not comply with their duties to the Court may face adverse consequences in respect of legal costs.