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Construction update

Chris Holwell offers a crash course in contracts

3 June 2014

Property lawyers, commercial lawyers and others sometimes look at issues relating to building contracts. You don’t need to fully understand or advise on them if you’re not a construction lawyer, but a bit of background understanding and a few definitions will help.

Adjudication: a quick (28-day) dispute resolution procedure imposed on a variety of construction related contracts by the Construction Act. Decisions are binding and can be enforced immediately but can be overturned later if the dispute is taken to court or to arbitration.

Bill of quantities: a list of the materials and types of labour and the quantities of them that are expected to be used in constructing a building.
The contractor will put prices against each item. If the building design changes, it can be used to calcu...

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