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The Berwin Leighton Paisner engineering, construction and procurement group give their views on current developments and share their practical experience.

Archive for August, 2010

Taking the plunge of early take-over

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Michelle Metham, associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

What do you do when your contractor is in delay, but a key part  of the works is substantially complete and could be used? You don’t have all the technical documents, such as your as-built programmes and operating manuals, and the tests haven’t been fully completed yet. Despite this, the needs of your business are pressurising you to use what is, after all, a substantially ready asset. (more…)

Construction management: the start of a trend?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Hannah Peters, associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

As the City of London office market gradually picks up, we are involved in a number of projects that are following the construction management (CM) route. Are these isolated examples of the use of CM, or is this the start of a trend? And should other developers think about joining the CM bandwagon? (more…)

Third party rights – ten years on and the initial nervousness is thawing!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Rebecca Palmer, associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the Act) has applied (unless specifically excluded) to contracts entered into since 11 May 2000. Ten years on, it seemed timely for us to take stock of receptiveness to third party rights among the industry’s key players. The outcome was encouraging. (more…)