Welcome to the first edition of our new construction sector publication, Construct.Law.
Through this publication we aim to keep you informed of legal developments affecting the UK construction sector. This edition includes a detailed summary of the changes we anticipate in the new JCT 2016 suite of contracts, comments on an important TCC decision on interim payment, and alerts you to legal issues around the use of drones on construction projects. We have also written about the impact that digital technology is having on the economics of commercial real estate, and my procurement and competition partner colleague Paul Henty has written about some of the possible sector impacts of the Brexit vote.
We hope you enjoy reading Construct.Law. Please do give us your feedback, and suggest topics for future editions. In addition we’ll also be publishing a sister publication called Infra.Law in the autumn, focusing on the UK and international infrastructure sector.
Building a better Britain? Brexit and the Construction Sector
On 24 June, the UK awoke to discover it had voted to leave the European Union. Within hours the Prime Minister had resigned and the effects of the uncertainty were being felt within the currency exchange and stock markets. Read the full article here.
Standard Form Update: the new JCT Suite of Contracts
Earlier this year, the JCT announced they are publishing new 2016 editions of their suite of contracts. Read the full article here.
Case law update: Grove Developments v Balfour Beatty - Beware the 'End of Time'..
Employers and contractors frequently agree interim payments schedules under construction contracts. In the recent case of Grove Developments Limited v Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited, the Court considered whether the contractor could apply for further interim payments if the works extended beyond the dates set out in such a schedule. Read the full article here.
Innovation Focus: Unlocking new gains through smart buildings
Long-established real estate business models are at an early stage of being disrupted by digital technologies. We have barely scratched the surface in realising the economic and environmental gains that will be possible in the smart era, but, in time, digital advances will redefine the routes securing profitable growth. Read the full article here.
Innovation Focus: Using drones in construction - some legal issues to consider
The use of drones is increasing on construction sites - but contractors should be careful when deploying them, particularly when using them to monitor progress on sites. Read the full article here.
For further information or to discuss any of the items raised here, we invite you to contact David Savage