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Construction newsletter - February 2015

Gillian Birkby |

Updates for construction professionals.


CDM 2015 – Implications for developers

Gillian Birkby |

The CDM regulations govern the management of health and safety during both the design and construction phases of a project. Currently the CDM coordinator assists the developer in its role as client under the regulations, to carry out its health and safety duties. On replacing CDM 2007 with CDM 2015, the CDM coordinator functions will […]


Companions to formal meetings

Mike Tremeer |

An employee has asked to be accompanied to a grievance meeting by a disruptive colleague. Can we refuse? Not without breaching the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures (ACAS Code). The Employment Relations Act 1999 confirms that employees are entitled to be accompanied to certain formal meetings by a work colleague, a […]


Government proposes to relax affordable housing requirements on smaller developments

Mark Harnett |

When the concept of a Community Infrastructure Levy to be paid on the grant of a planning permission was introduced by the Government in April 2013, the Government made it clear that the levy was largely intended to replace the practice of securing contributions to infrastructure from developers through planning agreements (section 106 obligations). It […]


A matter of conflict?

Janet Keeley |

The case of Eurocom Limited v Siemens PLC has been widely reported in construction circles but could also have implications for the appointment of third parties on rent review or in other alternative dispute resolution procedures. The case concerned a construction industry adjudication arising out of the installation of communication systems at Charing Cross and […]


Depression as a disability

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Is an employee who suffers from depression “disabled”, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and therefore subject to protection from disability discrimination? Depression can, in principle, amount to a legally recognised disability. This question was considered recently in the case of Saad v University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust & anor. The tribunal noted that […]