Construction Unit Update – May 2024 top five

May 2024 top five

Here are our top five for this month:

1. May saw the publication of the annual report of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC). This specialist court is an excellent forum for high value construction disputes and adjudication decision enforcement and challenges and from our experience does not suffer from the sort of delays complained of in connection with some of the other courts. TCC users will know that last year was the TCC’s 150th anniversary. Last week we gave a short presentation about the court to a London firm specialising in energy. For the report, use this link

2. May also saw the PM call a general election and Trading Standards have issued a manifesto calling for more funding for their important work. Trading Standards can be an important source of help in dealing with defective dwellings and help protect the public from rogue traders. Link

3. Building Regulations about the smallest room in the house (but not in fact applicable to houses!) were published on 15 May. The regulations set out requirements about provision of single-sex and universal toilets. The changes come into force in October 2024. Link

4. In the TCC, Adrian Williamson KC considered whether an adjudicator had successfully used the slip rule provided by paragraph 22A (1) of the Scheme for Construction Contracts 1998 (as amended in 2011). This paragraph allows a short window for correction of typographical or clerical errors in an adjudicator’s decision. The case is well worth a read if consideration is being given to using the rule. Link

5. The Arbitration Bill did not make the statute books before the PM announced the general election. It is to be hoped it will not fall by the wayside. For a summary of the changes proposed: Link

If you have any questions about these or other construction matters, please contact Jan Grimshaw on 07702 846850 or jan.grimshaw@daviesandpartners.com

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