Construction Act Seminar

North East businesses involved in the building industry are being urged to get clued-up on changes to the 1996 Construction Act to avoid costly claims.

The new Construction Act, which comes into effect this month, will introduce new payment provisions and it will now cover oral construction contracts, which are not included in the current act.

Those involved in the sector could find themselves in a sticky legal situation if they fall short of the requirements of the Act. In addition, construction professionals such as surveyors, project managers and architects could find themselves in trouble if they fail to advise their clients correctly on how the provisions of the Act may affect them.

To help find a way through the minefield of changes and highlight those areas to be wary of, Crutes Law Firm has joined forces with Constructing Excellence North East to host a specialist seminar on the subject.

The seminar will be held at Crutes’ Newcastle office, near the Civic Centre, on Wednesday 5 October from 8am to 10am and provides an overview of the key changes.

Speakers include Helen Ager from Crutes – one of the North’s leading professional negligence solicitors, Kevin Drysdale from Drysdale Construction Consultants, Peter Tighe from the Geneva Group and Rod Searl and David Summerhayes from Crutes Law Firm.

Helen Ager, managing partner at Crutes Law Firm, said: “The Construction Act is one of the key pieces of legislation for the sector. It really hasn’t altered for the past 12 years so these amendments mark a significant change.”

David Summerhayes added: “As well as now introducing statutory adjudication for oral contracts, the new act introduces new provisions for dealing with payments and extends the rights for statutory suspension for non-payment.

“It really is worth getting to grips with the new legislation as simply ignoring it could have far reaching consequences.” 

To register for a place please visit www.cene.org.uk/events or contact Helen Gray at Crutes on 0191 2339700 to find out more.

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Venue Crutes’ Newcastle
Cost Free
URL http://www.cene.org.uk/eventscalendar/arch/0/up/0/ev/609/Construction-Act-2009.htm
Phone 0191 233 9700

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