Compete don’t cheat – make sure you’re on the right side of competition law

On 26th February 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) launched its ‘Cheating or Competing Campaign’, which targets a multitude of sectors, placing particular emphasis on construction companies, which are no strangers to action by the CMA. The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of anti-competitive practices amongst businesses in addition to highlighting…

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Money, money, money: a look at payment issues in construction contracts

The final in our series of January refreshers looks at payment, specifically at the terms of the Construction Act, payment disputes, and what happens in the event of insolvency. The Construction Act The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 as amended by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 – better known…

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Time after Time: Amey LG Ltd v Aggregate Industries UK Ltd [2019] EWHC 3488 (TCC)

Amey, the main contractor in relation to refurbishment works of Sheffield’s road network, engaged Aggregate as subcontractor to undertake surfacing, planning and civil engineering works. The court granted two declarations concerning the deadline for submitting a final statement under a subcontract and Aggregate’s right to refer interim payment disputes to adjudication. The subcontract provided that…

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Everwarm Ltd v BN Rendering Ltd [2019] EWHC 3060 (TCC)

The Scottish Government launched the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Area Based Scheme in 2014, aiming to increase funding of external wall insulation and consequently reduce fuel poverty in Scotland. Everwarm, a provider of energy efficiency advice, secured a great deal of work under the scheme and, in order to keep up with demand, outsourced a…

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