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FIDIC Rainbow Suite: Second Editions unveiled

Published on 12 December 2017. By Christina Cheriyan, Associate and Sarah Newby, Trainee Solicitor

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18 years after the publication of the original editions, FIDIC released its Second Edition Red (Construction), Yellow (Plant and Design Build) and Silver Books (EPC / Turnkey Projects) at the FIDIC Users' Conference in London last week. The philosophy behind the revised contracts is greater clarity and transparency with an emphasis on avoiding disputes and quickly resolving them when they do arise. We highlight some of the key changes within this note.

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7 Swans-a-Swimming: new regulations are there to protect them

Published on 11 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It's day seven of our festive blog series: The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 have come into effect. What do they say for the likes of our swimming swans?

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6 Geese A-Laying: The Significance of laying the Golden Brick

Published on 08 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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What does the term "Golden Brick" mean, who uses it and why? In this article we explore the usefulness of the golden brick, the formalities which determine whether it applies and alternative approaches.

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5 gold rings: a sensible way of paying for your Christmas shopping?

Published on 07 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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It's day five of our festive blog series: Gold is rare as a payment form these days, and cash is becoming increasingly so. Whilst retailers and consumers are embracing cashless payments, they are not without their risks.

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4 Calling Birds – it's good to talk…

Published on 06 December 2017. By Rhiannon Saunders, Senior Associate

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How will the new electronic communications code affect telecoms providers?

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3 French hens: are too many of our house-building eggs in their baskets?

Published on 05 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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We couldn't pass up the opportunity to mention Brexit – its potential impact on the rate at which we are building out new homes has been in the news a lot recently, with fears over the loss of foreign workers and slowdown across the economy.

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2 Turtle Doves

Published on 04 December 2017. By Rhiannon Saunders, Senior Associate

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Most leases of both commercial and residential premises include an express quiet enjoyment covenant, but what does this actually mean, and how can you ensure peace is retained.

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Published on 01 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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This is the first of a series of blogs we shall be posting in the run up to Christmas based upon The Twelve Days of Christmas carol with a property theme. We hope you enjoy reading them and have a very merry Christmas.

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Payment and Payless Notices – the Basis of Calculation – Judicial Guidance at last

Published on 13 November 2017. By Sarah Shafiq, Associate and Dan Preston, Partner

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Whilst the Scottish case of Muir Construction Limited v Kapital Residential Limited is not binding on the English courts, the judgment is not only perfectly sensible but also provides useful guidance on the requirements for a payless notice under the amended Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (the Act) - an area which has not had much judicial attention since the change from the withholding notice regime. In a bumper month for payment notice disputes, we also had guidance from the Court of Appeal on the need for payment notices following termination – both decisions coming just as the Government announced its consultation on the 2011 amendments to the Act.

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Sinking and Reserve Funds – how best to save for a rainy day

Published on 08 November 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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Most managing agents will know that it is best practice to keep funds aside for a rainy day but how many are aware of the formalities necessary to properly account for such funds?

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