Laura Riddeck

Laura Riddeck

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Fixing Your Mistakes: Henia Investments v Beck Interiors

Since 2011, Employer and Contractors have been living with the payment regime prescribed by the updated Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. This regime amounts to strict liability for the payer – if...more

10/5/2015 - Clawbacks Construction Contracts Construction Industry Contractors Employer Liability Issues Overpayment Payment Terms UK

CDM Regulations 2015: Have you appointed your principal designer yet?

In April 2015, the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (the Regulations) came into force and the transition period is about to come to an end. Are you ready?...more

10/1/2015 - Architects Construction Industry Construction Project Contractors Criminal Sanctions Design Professionals Design-Build Health and Safety Land Developers New Regulations Required Documentation UK

Prepare the ground for effective contract administration: the UK’s Privy Council looks at termination risks and the employer’s...

Introductory remarks - The UK’s Privy Council recently considered the interpretation of two clauses in the FIDIC Red Book 1999, concerning the obligations of an employer to evidence financial arrangements and to notify...more

8/28/2015 - Appeals Arbitration Compliance Construction Industry Engineering FIDIC Contracts Government Contractors Hospitals

CDM Regulations 2015

The Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015 Regulations) have now been laid before Parliament and are due to come into force on 6 April 2015, ushering in several significant changes to health and safety...more

2/18/2015 - Construction Industry Employer Liability Issues Health and Safety Pending Legislation UK

A Rare Judicial Look at the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act

The recent Part 8 decision in Hurley Palmer Flatt v Barclays Bank Plc considered the application of the Contract (Rights of Third Parties Act) 1999 (the Act) and whether a third party could rely on the contractual right to...more

10/21/2014 - Commercial Contracts Privity of Contract Third-Party Relationships UK

Shale Gas in the UK: a year in review (a regulatory and policy update)

Introduction - Shale gas exploration is now featuring in the news headlines in the UK on an almost daily basis. The positions of those for and against extraction of unconventional gas through hydraulic fracturing...more

2/18/2014 - Fracking Shale Gas UK

The Engineering and Construction Contract (NEC3): A Comparative Analysis – Part 2

Introduction - In our last Alert, we assessed the philosophy of the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (“NEC3”) against the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects (“FIDIC Silver”), with a view to...more


The NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract: A Comparative Analysis – Part 1

The Engineering and Construction Contract (NEC3) and FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects (FIDIC Silver) are both popular standard forms of engineering and construction contract, used on a variety of projects...more

4/25/2013 - Construction Contracts Contract Drafting EU FIDIC Contracts

UK Shale Gas – A Regulatory Update

Key discussion points - ..Energy crisis and new “dash for gas” set to ignite UK shale market ..Moratorium on exploration lifted ..New industry guidance issued, UK and EU shale-specific legislation under...more

3/19/2013 - EU Fracking Shale Gas

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