Construction Law International December 2011

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Conflicts in construction law – acting for insurer and insured (FEATURE)
David Levin and Megan Fitzgerald

Lawyers are familiar with conflicts – not just those battles being fought by clients and their opponents, but legal conflicts between our duties to our clients and our other professional duties. Representing both insurer and insured may create professional conflicts. The size and complexity of modern construction litigation bring the risk into focus, perhaps more than any other area, yet construction lawyers sometimes lose sight of issues outside their comfort zone. While there are no easy answers to the multitude of conflicts that may arise, there are a number of steps that lawyers can take to minimise the conflict risk.

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Who owns the float? (FEATURE)
Shona Frame

‘Ownership of float is an intrinsically problematic concept.’ (Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts, Keith Pickavance) The issue regarding float comes down to the question of whether, if the contractor has built float into his programme, the employer should get the benefit of it even if any employer-related delay occurs (such as variations/ additional work being instructed).
 

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Top 10 features to understand about construction project delivery in China (FEATURE)
Tom Porter

Construction project delivery in China raises issues that may be unfamiliar to many in the West. This article helps demystify the process by identifying 10 distinctive features of doing construction work in China that the newcomer should appreciate in order to avoid misunderstandings and frustrated expectations.
 

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Updates from around the world 

New developments in construction law across jurisdictions.

 

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David Thomas QC: Statutory reform in UK construction contracts

Regular column by David Thomas QC.

 

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Special Report: IBA Annual Conference, Dubai 2011
Matthew Bell

Towering visions in the Middle East: ICP at Dubai 2011.

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From the Construction Law Campus: Vienna
Manfred Straube

Best experts in international construction law – a new postgraduate study programme in Vienna, Austria.
 

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An Expert Writes...Mapping strategies for a successful mediation
Dr Kris R Nielsen and Dr Patricia D Galloway

In this our inaugural feature, Kris Nielsen and Patricia Galloway discuss strategies for a successful mediation.


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Book reviews

Reviews of important construction law books.

 

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