Post-Brexit Procurement Reforms to Take Shape in 2022

Blog Author: Graeme Young, Partner and Kirsti McKenzie, Associate – CMS On 6 December 2021, the Cabinet Office published its plans for transforming public procurement rules post-Brexit. The plans involve introducing primary legislation to Parliament in the form of the Procurement Bill, which will be further implemented through secondary legislation together with ‘a detailed package of published resources (statutory and non-statutory guidance on the key elements of the regulatory framework, templates, model procedures and case studies)’. These reforms were consulted on over a year ago (the Green Paper was…

Grenfell and the Draft Building Safety Bill

Blog Author: Michael Haste – Director, Pascall+Watson  Since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 we have within the construction industry started to see a number of important developments that will ultimately re-shape our industry for many years to come. These will have far-reaching consequences on many of us but may have limited impact on others, but all should expect to see change of one form or another. Grenfell should never have happened and the fact that it did will remain for many years…

JCT Contracts Meeting the Objectives of the Construction Playbook

The Construction Playbook HM Government published The Construction Playbook, Government Guidance (Guidance) on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes in December 2020. That guidance, although developed through a collaboration of the public and private sectors, is principally concerned with the public sector building and infrastructure programmes. Nevertheless, it also can be applied, in part, to the private sector. The public sector is defined as central government, including arm’s length bodies, which must either comply or explain any divergence from the Guidance. The wider…

Assessing the Draft Building Safety Bill

Blog Author: Michael O’Connor – Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Taken with various accompanying measures relating to building safety – such as the Fire Safety Bill currently passing through Parliament, various changes to the Building Regulations and the establishment of funds for the replacement of both ACM and Non-ACM cladding and the cost of waking watches, worth £1.6bn – there is no doubt that the measures comprise the most wide-ranging reforms in building safety for 40 years. Building Safety Regulator Initially confirmed by the Government…

Construction’s New Playbook

Blog Author: Richard Saxon CBE – JCT Chair You may not know that I have been a long-time fan of American Football. The game is sometimes called ‘violent chess’ as it’s based on pre-planned ‘plays’ by one side’s offence team and the other’s defence team. The plays are radioed into the quarterback, the leader of the offence, by a coach on the side-line and the whole team must remember the moves implied by the coded name of the play, then execute it flawlessly. All the…