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Construct Newsletter - April 2017

Issue 92


to our April edition of Prettys’ Construct.

This month we look at:

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

Rebecca Palmer


The Dangers of Letters of Intent

The Technology and Construction Court matter of Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd v AMEC (BSC) Ltd [2016] EWCH 2509 (TCC), is a case which highlights the perils of proceeding without a formal contract in place or an agreement in relation to a cap on ... Read more

NEC 4 Suite of Contracts

The NEC 4 suite of contracts will be published in June 2017, replacing the NEC 3 suite published in 2005. The changes made to the NEC4 suite of contracts have been brought about as a direct result of feedback from industry, to support ... Read more

Slavery in the UK construction industry – a modern problem?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 signifies the UK’s latest step towards eliminating slavery in all its forms. The Act makes it a criminal offence for a person or organisation to engage in any form of “modern slavery” practices, including slavery, servitude, forced or ... Read more

Feedback following a recent training session delivered to the Norfolk Construction Training Group

Earlier this month Prettys’ and Rebecca Palmer and Vanessa Bell delivered training sessions to the Norfolk Construction Training Group on “Key Construction Law Issues” and “Key Employment Issues for Managers”.   Delegates confirmed the sessions to be “very comprehensive”. The session was “very useful”. Among the positive feedback ... Read more

The new Business and Property Courts of England and Wales

In a move designed to protect the UK’s leading position for international business and dispute resolution, the High Court’s specialist courts and lists will be restructured from June 2017, becoming the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales. This new structure together with ... Read more

Design Liability under NEC

The recent case of SSE v Hochtief contained important lessons for employers, contractors and their advisers alike on what effect NEC Option X15 (which limits the contractor’s design liability to reasonable skill and care) has in practice. Whilst this was a Scottish decision, ... Read more



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