Surveyor And Valuer Claims: The tip of the iceberg?

With recent news of significant numbers of borrowers breaching their secured loan covenants, should surveyors and valuers be bracing themselves for a further surge of professional negligence claims? Neil Jamieson and Tom White investigate ‘Where firms have had to make redundancies this may lead to fewer people monitoring compliance with risk management procedures.’Surveyors and their …
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Overage: Implied obligations

Michael Smith reports on a recent high court decision concerning the complex issue of triggering events for overage payments ‘Overage agreements continue to present a myriad of traps for the unwary. The importance of a seller ensuring that adequate security protecting the seller’s right to overage is put in place cannot be overstated.’Renewal Leeds Ltd …
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Planning And Environment Focus: Habitats Regulations

Sarah Youren reviews a case that highlights the planning issues raised by protected species, and updates on the Cala Homes saga The Habitats Regulations (the Regulations) can prove somewhat of a headache for all those who get involved with them. The hardest thing is working out what needs to be done when, and by whom. …
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Terminal Dilapidations Claims: Recovery of fees

Rosalind Cullis assesses in what circumstances third party professional fees are recoverable ‘Claims for damages in dilapidations cases are rarely based just on disrepair and extend to other heads of claim such as loss of rent, VAT and third party professional fees.’Particularly in the current economic climate, dilapidations claims can become costly affairs as both …
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Bribery Act: Should you delay compliance?

Ron Reid clarifies the key elements of the Act, and whether the delay in its introduction should mean a delay in compliance for commercial organisations ‘Both individuals and corporate entities can be guilty of active and passive bribery as well as the bribery of foreign officials. However, to prosecute a corporate entity for those offences, …
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Professional Negligence: Limitations on recovery

Are concurrent liabilities a thing of the past for contractors? Alexandra Anderson looks at a recent case dealing with the issue ‘The fact that one party to a contract owes another party a contractual duty of care does not automatically give rise to a concurrent duty of care in tort to prevent economic loss.’Every contractor …
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Construction Contracts: It’s snow joke

Tracy Marshall assesses the impact of adverse weather on construction projects and completed buildings ‘Developers should be aware of any British and European standards that the contractor is obliged to comply with, some of which relate to whether particular operations can be performed in cold weather.’Unusually heavy snowfall has undoubtedly been a source of chaos …
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