Month: September 2020

WFH: the rise of virtual signatures

The technology to allow parties to a contract to sign, execute, witness and complete contracts without leaving their home office is not new. However, with nearly 50% of the UK working from home, the time for electronic or digital signatures is ripe. Rather than considering the relative merits of the

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Retention as leverage

What is the retention? Is it, as I have suggested, the contractor’s money which the employer is holding to ransom? Is it security for any defects discovered during the defects period which the contractor fails to put right? Is it a form of commercial leverage? In Yeovil v The Stepping

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The Dotted Line: Shocking

Ever woken up from a faint or in a hotel bedroom and experienced the shock of not knowing where you were? You are puzzled and confused until your brain solves the riddle of where you are versus where you thought you were. Read the full edition here How can you avoid missing

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Design life: duty or desire?

Any construction project (or product) can be stated to have a specific design life – normally listed in calendar years. Recent cases have reviewed if a design life is a promise ie an actionably duty or a mere statement of intent or desire: sinking wind turbines: a requirement for these

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The Dotted Line: A life-changing experience

A holiday can be a life-changing experience – and two events this summer illustrate that being stubborn and ferociously independent are not the only ingredients for success. Occasionally, we all need some people who ‘have our back’. Read the full edition here Do you hold two inherently contradictory views –

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