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Public Sector Bulletin - 15 April 2016

Construction

BIM Level 2 goes live

As of 4 April 2016, all centrally procured public sector construction contracts are required to incorporate Building Information Modelling ("BIM"). The target date has inspired much comment and analysis, with mixed reactions and a variety of predictions for the future of BIM and the impact the requirement will have.

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Data Protection

Mobile Apps

App development is big business. Recent studies show that smartphone users spend 89% of their mobile media time using mobile apps. Further, it is estimated that there are potentially more smartphones now in existence than there are people on Earth.

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Personal Injury

Breaking out of fixed costs - Part 36 loophole for Claimants

Claimant lawyers have been given a boost recently by the Court of Appeal in Broadhurst v Tan and Smith v Taylor 2016 EWCA Civ 94. The issue before the Court related to costs in cases operating in the fixed costs regime and where a Defendant fails to beat a Claimant's offer to settle.

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Procurement

Contracting authorities - don't forget to publish your payment statistics

Pay your suppliers within 30 days of invoice or risk being named and shamed by your own statistics! This is the underlying capability of Regulation 113(7) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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