Architect fined for providing inaccurate certificate
An architect has been fined £2,500 by the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee after he entered the wrong dates on a certificate.
Construction businesses can now apply to top up their Bounce Back Loan (BBL) if they originally borrowed less than the maximum amount they are entitled to, it has been confirmed.
A new judgment at the High Court has clarified that policyholders denied business interruption (BI) insurance claims due to COVID-19 may be due compensation.
A failure to follow redundancy rules could cost construction and engineering firms dearly
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – which had paid furloughed workers 80 per cent of their salary, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month – comes to an end on 31 October.
Businesses operating in the construction and engineering sector are awaiting the outcome of a Government consultation, which is proposing stricter payment rules.
Companies House resumes strike off process
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.
Government increases fines for failing to self-isolate and reinstates work from home advice
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.
Tender prices predicted to fall in 2021
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.
The lack of a valid order for payment does not prevent the enforcement of an adjudication decision by the TCC.
Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (In Liquidation) (Appellant/Cross-Respondent) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd (Respondent/Cross-Appellant)  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.