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Unfortunately, no matter how well a project is run, building disputes can still arise. Have you had an issue with any building work in the past?
Having a subcontractor agreement in place can help prevent various disputes and conflicts in construction and trade projects.
Are you an SME who uses subcontractors for your construction projects?
Sub-contractors may not realise that their agreement / contract with the main contractor constitutes a construction contract for the purposes of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the “Construction Act”). A majority of sub-contracts will constitute such a contract with the main exceptions being contracts for residential occupiers and contracts lasting less than 45 days.
From corporate disputes, to contractual and shareholder disputes. Our specialist team can advise on resolution methods such as commercial litigation and mediation to resolve your business dispute.
From time-to-time contractors may allege that there are defects present in the sub-contract works. The legal principle often brought to the fore in these circumstances is the contractor’s duty to mitigate their loss.
Changes to the Defective Premises Act 1972 and the Building Act 1984. The Building Safety Act 2022 is the Government’s response to the tragic Grenfell fire, and the first parts of the Act came into force on 28 June 2022.
Contractors are being warned to clarify the status of ‘self-employed’ following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that saw Gary Smith a Pimlico Plumbers worker, win a claim for £74,000 in holiday back pay.
It is not uncommon for roofing companies working as sub-contractors to a main contract to have problems obtaining the release of retention money from the main contractor. The retention amount should be specified within the sub-contract document and is usually set at 3% or 5% of the total work value.
Payment in the construction industry has been a hot-topic for many years. Whether it’s payment between employer and main contractor, or among main contractors and subcontractors, the chance of a dispute remains higher in construction than it does in most industries.