Month: December 2017

The Dotted Line: What did you agree to…?

Instead of tips for Christmas or reviews of 2018, I am giving you the equivalent of contract cracker jokes and a selection of Heinz Wolff style ideas. Read the full edition here » Based on my belief that a contract should be primarily a tool to help you do business

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The Swing of the Payment Pendulum

Getting paid is a perennial problem in construction. The Construction Acts 1996 and 2009 were meant to help. They were meant to prevent employers and main contractors withholding monies due without any/good reasons. But do they? The evidence In 2018, the Federation of Master Builders lambasted employers and main contractors 

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Top Tips from 2017

In my column for Construction Manager Magazine, I have provided a series of tips for anyone reading, writing or reviewing construction contracts. What should you do? Use your contracts as tools to help you complete the project, not as an expensive paper-weight [never shove your contracts in a drawer, October

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Trust in the Supply Chain

In his Forbes article (the Most Valuable Business Commodity: Trust), David Williams proposed that trust within an organisation existed when 9 behaviours or actions were evident. Six of these apply as much to a construction supply chain as to any member of that supply chain. The behaviours are signs of

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