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Construct Newsletter - July 2016

Issue 83


to our July 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 me.

Rebecca Palmer


Inefficacy of anti-oral variation clauses

In MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd [2016], the Court of Appeal held that clauses requiring all variations be in writing and signed by the parties does not in fact prevent a valid variation by an oral agreement. Provided sufficient ... Read more

Prettys to provide legal training for NCTG members

In response to the requests of its membership, Norfolk Construction Training Group (NCTG) is considering the provision of a one day training session in September 2017, to be provided by specialist solicitors from Prettys, providing an opportunity to participate in interactive ‘workshop style’ ... Read more

Comment from a Contact - Helen Carey, Constable VAT Consultancy LLP

VAT concerns with Property Development When a property development is undertaken there are three main areas of concern in relation to VAT: What VAT rate should be applied to the construction work? Can VAT on expenditure be recovered? Will VAT be due on the income that the ... Read more

Lump sum JCT contract variations can be valued using contract bills

In Mascareignes Sterling Co Ltd v Chang Cheng Esquares Co Ltd (Mauritius) [2016], the Privy Council upheld the quantity surveyor’s approach to valuing substantial variations under a lump sum JCT contract. Chang Cheng Esquares (‘CCE’) was contracted by Mascareignes to construct an office building ... Read more

Seminar - The Changing Face of Property Development

Regentsmead are hosting a seminar on 13 September 2016 at RIBA Headquarters in London which will discuss important changes that are happening to Property Development. Key note speakers include Jane Duncan, President of RIBA, and Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master ... Read more

Prettys plant first of 110 trees to mark anniversary

Staff from our Ipswich office gathered at the Arboretum in Christchurch Park to plant the first of 110 trees to mark our law firm's 110th anniversary. The tree, a rare Montezuma Pine, was planted with support from the Friends of Christchurch Park, and is ... Read more

UCS students’ art showcased at Prettys 2016 summer exhibition

We have unveiled our 10th exhibition; “Artist rooms” exclusively featuring work from students of University Campus Suffolk (UCS), at a launch event on Thursday 14th July. Our staff welcomed the Mayor of Ipswich; Cllr Roger Fern and UCS students to their Ipswich headquarters to ... Read more





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