Construct.Law - Summer 2018
Welcome to the summer edition of Construct.Law
Welcome to our summer edition of Construct.Law bringing you legal and commercial insight into issues facing the construction industry. Please do get in touch to suggest future topics.
Our sister publication, Infra.Law focuses on the domestic and international infrastructure sector.
A whole new kind of building blocks
In this article, David Savage explains blockchain and explores how blockchain technologies could significantly impact the construction industry.
Robotics in Construction: The Legal Issues
Our construction team discusses the growing use of automation and robotics in the construction industry.
Legal responsibility and 3D printing
In this article, we address 3D printing in relation to the construction industry.
Collapse of Carillion – implications for the private sector
Andrew Keeley discusses the demise of the UK’s second-largest construction company, Carillion and the significant implications for the private sector.
Smash, grab but then return
Kyle Sethi provides an overview on the recent case law, Grove Developments v S&T in respect of a ‘smash and grab’ adjudication.
Timing is everything
Our construction expert, Steve Carey explores a recent judgment which looks at the age-old question of when a cause of action accrues – alter it at your peril.
When all risks insurance doesn't always cover all risks
A case between Leeds Beckett University and Travelers Insurance Company provides a reminder that all-risks insurance does not cover all eventualities.
The Art Net quotes Petra Warrington on how the Charities Act will impact restitution cases
A new law will give national museums significantly more power to deaccession works and make progress on restitution cases.
Swiss/UK secondments – the basics
A short guide to the key requirements to second workers from Switzerland to the UK and from the UK to Switzerland.
The Financial Times quotes Paul Stone on Ofcom's probe into competition and big tech in the cloud market
"The probe may act as a catalyst for a full-blown market investigation..."
Back to the office or quietly quitting?
Quiet quitting is where employees choose to do the minimum amount of work.
Limitation & the worthwhile test
When does time start to run for deliberate concealment claims? An insight into a Court of Appeal ruling which answers this question.
Paul Stone provides comment for City AM on the record fine against Google over Android phones
"This decision is a symbolic victory”
City AM quotes Paul Stone on the lawsuit facing Google re: anticompetitive conduct in the digital advertising market
"the lawsuits are a 'mirror image' of ongoing investigations by the CMA..."
FT Ignites Europe quotes Nick Hurley on quiet quitting in the asset management industry
"I cannot see any employers embracing quiet quitting as a concept. Most companies will see it as something to reduce or eliminate"
London’s role in the growing UK Life Sciences sector
Mark Kildea, Howard de Walden’s Chief Executive and Cara Imrailo discuss Life Sciences opportunities in London
Lesley O'Leary writes for The Law Society Gazette on law firm strategy
‘You need to have a frank discussion about the things that matter to clients’
Melanie Tomlin explains the measure of damages recoverable in defects claims for Building Magazine
Essential law: Defects, part four
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
The aim of the scheme is to help organisations identify energy efficiency savings, to support and increase good energy management.
Megan Paul writes for People Management on how business can help stamp out modern slavery in its supply chains
Stamping out modern slavery: how can HR help?
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Silbury Finance (backed by Oaktree Capital Management) on a £73.8m senior debt facility
Advising Silbury Finance to finance the development of 215 unit residential-for-sale scheme in York known as The Gasworks.
Louise Ward comments for EG on potential planning reforms for the life sciences industry
Life sciences experts back potential planning reforms
The Telegraph quotes Penelope Byatt on the proposed sale of the Trevalga estate
“Many charities do carry on for hundreds of years ... They’re not subjected to this requirement"
The Times quotes Kelvin Tanner on new scale up visas
"It is difficult to see how the scale-up route would be a more attractive option for an employer than the skilled worker route.”
Some key takeaways from the draft legislation for Finance Bill 2022-23
In July 2022, the government published draft legislation ahead of potential inclusion in Finance Bill 2022-23.
Top of the corporate agenda: modern slavery failings and mandatory supply chain disclosures
The Financial Reporting Council Lab has gone live with two new publications, signalling a market shift on supply chain issues.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises the discoverIE Group on its acquisition of the CDT Group
The CDT Group, will be integrated with discoverIE's Contour business cluster within the Sensing & Connectivity division.