Author: Juli Lau and Alexandra Bellis

Following the appeal of the Rock Advertising Limited decision from the Court of Appeal in 2016, we analyse the judgment handed down on 16 May by the Supreme Court. This case is good news for employers and clients who are party to construction contracts – it provides protection against contracts being amended by contractors and consultants without written approval.

PPP contracts – how to avoid bringing long-term contracts from the boardroom into the courtroom

The jury is once again out on whether PFI contracts are worth entering into or whether the government should put an end to such arrangements. This unfavourable attention comes hot on the heels of construction giant Carillion’s insolvency in January 2018.

Following the last update of PAS 91 in 2013, at the end of 2017, the British Standards Institute published the long-awaited amendment to the PAS 91 Prequalification Questionnaire used by many public sector construction clients.  The amendments have been made to ensure that PAS aligns with new legislation, in particular the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (‘CDM’).

Author: Justin Mendelle and Tola Odedoyin
It is common for parties to a construction contract to apportion risk and limit liability by specifying the damages that one party will be obliged to pay to the other in the event of a breach.  However, it is by no means straightforward to always capture commercial intentions with precise legal drafting, as demonstrated by the fact that the Court of Appeal took a different view to the High Court.

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