Month: May 2020

The Dotted Line: Is it fair?

Will the ‘new normal’ involve a greater commitment to fairness? A recent IACCM study says that 88% of businesses think so, but will we see an increase trust and transparency, and a decrease in jargon? Read the full edition here Why am I wearing sunglasses indoors and what barriers do you intentionally

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The Ideal Subcontract

The scandal of construction, according to the Huxtable Report (1983) is: the persistent and continuing imposition as a matter of deliberate policy… of onerous and unfair subcontract conditions. An ideal subcontract, said the Report, was which set out the rights and obligations of the subcontractor as clearly as possible, was

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The Dotted Line: Oh!

According to Boris (the voice of the UK government), construction is on the naughty step! He has implied that we should have been at work all along and – accompanied by table thumping and finger wagging – we’ve been told to get off the step and go back to work. 

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Speed of digital change

The 2020 pandemic is increasing the speed of digital change in construction. At a LetsBuild webinar two-thirds of respondents said that the pandemic would accelerate increased digitalisation and investment in technology. As ‘Digital by Default: Construction After Covid-19‘ notes: …rapid change is the reality of the current COVID-19 crisis –

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Responsible and fair

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, parties have been burrowing into the depths of their small print like never before. I am not convinced this is the answer. For once, I am NOT alone! The UK government has issued guidance for parties to public sector contracts (PPN 02/2020) and

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