Construction and Engineering News

Companies House resumes strike off process
September 2020

Companies House has resumed the voluntary strike off process, meaning that any construction or engineering business which had applied to be struck off prior to the Covid-19 pandemic will be removed from the official company register, starting this month.

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Government increases fines for failing to self-isolate and reinstates work from home advice
September 2020

The Prime Minister has reinstated the advice for people to work from home if they can, following an increase in the incidence of Coronavirus in recent weeks.

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Tender prices predicted to fall in 2021
September 2020

A global consultancy and construction firm has said it expects tender prices to fall in the next 12 months, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Latest ruling demonstrates effectiveness of adjudications in preserving cashflow
July 2020

The lack of a valid order for payment does not prevent the enforcement of an adjudication decision by the TCC.

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Ground-breaking decision from the Supreme Court: Liquidators can adjudicate
June 2020

Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (In Liquidation) (Appellant/Cross-Respondent) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd (Respondent/Cross-Appellant) [2020] UKSC 25 allowed Bresco’s appeal against the Court of Appeal decision. It is a major breakthrough in that it will allow administrators and liquidators to recover debts owed to insolvent companies by adjudication and resolved the ‘incompatible’ relationship between two statutory regimes, the adjudication regime for construction disputes and a rule of insolvency law called insolvency set-off. This decision could not have come at a better time, since the recent Covid-19 impact on the construction industry may cause many more insolvencies in the future.

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Adjudicating during the Covid-19 pandemic
April 2020

The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (Construction Act 1996) introduced a statutory right for parties to a construction contract to refer their disputes to adjudication.

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COVID-19: Impact from the Government lockdown on Construction Projects and the Industry: – Force Majeur or Frustration?
March 2020

By Suryen Nullatamby – Associate Solicitor

Boris Johnson has placed the country in lockdown and the government’s instructions not to travel unless your journey is absolutely essential are part of new measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus by staying at home. However, despite the minister for Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, saying that it was fine for construction sites to remain open, we saw that one of the major contractors, Multiplex has shut down its sites immediately. It is a matter of time before other contractors would follow suit and this will have a major impact for all stakeholders in supply chains. So, what impact will this have on parties to building and construction contracts?

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Price fixing laws widely misunderstood within construction sector
February 2020

New research suggests that three out of ten construction companies believe there is nothing wrong with price fixing.

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Construction contracts show healthy increase at the start of 2020
February 2020

Latest figures suggest that the construction industry is experiencing a healthy upturn in contracts in recent weeks.

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Changes to holiday pay rules – how will they affect your construction business?
February 2020

The rules on how employers calculate holiday pay for some construction workers is set to change, with new regulations coming into effect in April 2020.

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