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Projects & Construction Quarterly Bulletin (July 2020)

  • Market Insight 21 July 2020 21 July 2020
  • UK & Europe

  • Projects & Construction

The second quarter of 2020 has seen a slow easing of lockdown restrictions and a gradual return to a new sense of normality. With construction activity growing at its fastest pace in June 2020, many of you will be making transitions to COVID-secure ways of working. To aid with this, we have set out some key updates below.

Projects & Construction Quarterly Bulletin (July 2020)

1. Virtual Arbitrations

In this article we provide an insight into the mechanics of how a virtual arbitration works, some practical considerations for parties preparing for and attending a virtual arbitration and some of the benefits associated with them.

2. Public procurement update: a wave of new procurement challenges from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented state intervention in the global economy. One way that Governments have attempted to support business is by encouraging public sector buyers to take full advantage of the flexibilities in the public procurement regime.

3. Navigating the Covid-19 world – Managing Contractor claims under the JCT

Many a legal article has now been written concerning the relief that contractors may be entitled to under the JCT suite of contracts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with the general position being that contractors are entitled to time but not money. Notwithstanding this, there are certain nuances to the JCT contract* that might perhaps best be at the back of a developer's mind when managing its contractor in the shadow of COVID-19.

4. Negotiating contracts in the shadow of COVID-19

We are all, of course, now only too well aware of the sheer scale of the disruption that COVID-19 has brought to every facet of business and industry - not to mention the personal tragedies that lie behind the daily roll call of grim statistics from around the world.

In this briefing, therefore, we will look at how you can address some of the specific risks thrown up by the virus, taking account of experience over recent months. 

P&C COVID-19 Stocktake

In light of the fast moving pace of developments on COVID-19, and the varying degrees to which information is available to our clients in relation to its impact on their operations, we have been releasing  COVID-19 stocktake updates. These updates include key developments and guidance in the UK projects and construction sectors related to COVID-19. 

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Watch our live / on-demand webinars:

  1. Live webinar - Mitigating the workplace risks of a second wave – Wednesday 29 July | 2pm
  2. On-demand webinar - climate change and the built environment – risks, opportunities and solutions
  3.  On-demand webinar - negotiating contracts in the shadow of COVID-19
  4. On-demand webinar - how to maintain a healthy cash flow for your business


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