2022 has seen some important legislative and case law developments which will impact the construction industry. The Building Safety Act 2022, currently being brought into force in stages, will introduce sweeping changes to the development process and significantly extends liabilities and limitation periods. The courts have furnished us with some important and interesting judgments, including a decision on fire safety defects in Martlet v Mulalley and the Court of Appeal’s ruling regarding the application of the Construction Act to collateral warranties. A selection of our articles is below.
In this article, we consider the recent judgment in the case of Martlet Homes Limited v Mulalley & Co. Limited, being the first decision made by the TCC regarding fire safety defects since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The case provides useful guidance on the court’s approach to fire safety and cladding claims.
The Court of Appeal has recently held that a collateral warranty constituted a construction contract for the purposes of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. The decision is likely to have major implications for parties providing, and receiving, collateral warranties. In this article we discuss what this decision means for the construction industry.
The Building Safety Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 28 April 2022. The Act introduces significant changes to the construction industry in an aim to dramatically improve building safety, following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.
This article focuses on some of the first provisions of the Act that come into force on 28 June 2022.
Concurrent delay occurs where an Employer risk event and a Contractor risk event both cause delay to the construction project at the same time. In this artice, we look at the definition of "true concurrency" and consider extensions of time in relation to Covid-19.
Last year saw the launch of the new NEC4 Facilities Management (“FM”) contract, together with an accompanying Subcontract, Short Contract, and Short Subcontract. The latest additions to the NEC contract family have been welcomed by those seeking a tailored contract solution for the governance of facilities management services.
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