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Rintoul, David
Clarkslegal LLP

Mead, Patrick
Carter Newell


Contact: Britta Oltjer and Epp Lumiste; LEADELL Pilv Law Office.

Attorneys-at–law Britta Oltjer and Epp Lumiste wrote in the article in business newspaper Äripäev (published on 1 February 2017) that it is not always possible to avoid (court) disputes in construction procurements.

Even along with very carefully and thoroughly planned construction procurement, the fulfilment of concluded contract can lead to time-consuming and resource-intensive (court) dispute. Unfortunately, one must admit that in the light of current Law on Public Procurement (LPP) and court practice, it is likely not possible to instantly avoid these situations to occur in future.

Read more: Estonia: Do only builders run the risks of unforeseeable construction works?

January is almost behind us and has certainly provided its fair share of interesting developments. Having recently published an article on what key themes we expect to see in 2017, we now highlight some of the significant developments to keep an eye out for over the remaining 11 months.

Read more: UK Construction in 2017 (Part 2): Looking Ahead

With the New Year round the corner, we look ahead to 2017 and pick out four of the key themes we expect to be reading and writing about, with a recap on where we are now.

JCT have just updated their Intermediate suite of building contracts, to include easier payment and more flexible insurance provisions, following on previous updates to their Design and Build and Standard Building Contracts. Please let the specialist construction team at Clarkslegal know if you would like a summary guide on the key changes to these contracts, with further updates to the remaining JCT Contracts expected in 2017.

By: Luke Preston, Partner and Mark Kenney, Special Counsel 

The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 (Cth) (Act) makes important changes to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) which will take effect from 12 November 2016.

The intention of the Act is to extend consumer protection provisions (which previously applied only to individual consumers) to small businesses. The amendments specifically apply to contracts for the supply of goods or services and therefore will impact on smaller construction-related contracts such as purchase orders, minor works, supply agreements, standing order arrangements and some subcontracts.

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