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Rintoul, David
Clarkslegal LLP

Mead, Patrick
Carter Newell


The Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2017, which was signed into law on 19 October 2017, fixes statutory minimum pay, unsocial hours’ payments, pension entitlements, sick-pay entitlements and dispute resolution procedures for various categories of workers in Building Firms and Civil Engineering Firms. What constitutes a Building Firm or a Civil Engineering Firm is defined in the Order.

Read more: New Legally Binding Terms of Employment for Workers in the Irish Construction Sector

Author: Patrick Mead, Partner

It is not uncommon on major building projects for scratching to glass panes or panels to be observed pre-practical completion (or during the defects liability period), and a question can thus arise as to whether contract works policies are likely to respond to indemnify the project participants with respect to damage of this nature.

This damage is often caused by one or more combinations of the following:

  • Scratching during installation;
  • Scratching post installation;
  • Weld splatter; and/or
  • Cleaning of the glass.

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The Government published its much-anticipated Housing White Paper on 7 February 2017. The White Paper contains no silver bullet, as addressing the housing crisis will require tweaks throughout the complex web of intersecting policy areas involved. We have picked through the White Paper with a fine tooth comb and identify these five key planning points for developers:

Read more: Housing White Paper: Five key planning points for developers in the UK

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