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Fiona Edmond quoted in Building Magazine on the potential legal impact to contractors following the Ukraine conflict

Building Magazine reports that construction lawyers expect to see the impact of the conflict in Ukraine become more common in legal wrangles between clients and contractors this year.

Fiona Edmond, a construction partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said: "Discussions around cost increases are [currently] largely centred around the vast hike in energy costs along with the lengthening lead in times, exacerbated by the war, but not the war itself.

"In new contracts we are seeing contractors pushing for clauses where the employer takes the risk of price fluctuations, something not really seen since the 1970s.

She continues to say:

"The potential unavailability of transport to deliver materials from countries neighbouring Ukraine is also a key area of concern. We have heard of instances where trucks large enough to transport materials to the UK are not available as they are, understandably, transporting aid to Ukraine. There will be more arguments to come on this all eventually."

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