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Construct December 2019

Issue 120

“Welcome to our December 2019 edition of Prettys’ Construct bulletin

This month we look at:

If there are any topics that you would like to see featured in a future edition of our construction team’s newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

Peter Blake

Contents

Points for Consideration when using Letters of intent in Construction Projects

Common reasons for using letters of intent include enabling:  construction works to commence while contract terms are finalised; and orders for materials that may have long lead in times to be placed; and early preparation. What happens if the contract is never formalised ... Read more

Reverse VAT – all change in 2020

From 1 October 2020, there will be a significant change in the way that VAT is collected in the construction industry. Customers receiving a service will have to pay VAT to HMRC rather than the supplier of the service. It will only apply ... Read more

Concrete provisions – should the HGCRA be extended to “supply only” contracts?

In Universal Sealants (UK) Ltd (t/a USL Bridgecare) v Sanders Plant and Waste Management Ltd, the TCC predictably held that the supply of concrete on a construction project was not caught by the HGCRA and fell within the exclusion in s 105(2)(d). The facts ... Read more

Milestone Payments

Bennett (Construction) Limited v CIMC MBS Limited The Court of Appeal recently considered milestone payments in to the context of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 Section 110(1)(a) of the Construction Act states that  "every construction contract shall provide an adequate mechanism ... Read more

Meet the Team

Peter Blake Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991.  He is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, who has helped clients resolve disputes in a variety of fora, including the courts, arbitration and international dispute resolution. Peter has acted for clients involved in ... Read more

Peter Blake

Partner, Head of Construction & development

e pblake@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298206

Graham Mead

Partner

e gmead@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298234

Michael Booth

Solicitor

e mbooth@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298214

Daniel Collett

Paralegal

e dcollett@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298362

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