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Construction Act 2009 – What You Need To Know – Part 2 – Adjudication

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 finally came into force on the 1st October 2011; so, by now, it should be on the radar of everybody contracting…Read More

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) - legislation in construction

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, were introduced in 1994 and were revised in 2007. The original aim of the CDM was to reduce injuries and fatalities in the…Read More

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Construction Claims, Employers and Contractors Beware!

ORJ Solicitors’ construction claims partner, Michael Smyth, warns that employers and contractors must take great care to ensure they have properly substantiated and mitigated their position, before asking a Court…Read More

Involving a Solicitor in a Construction Dispute Shouldn’t be a Matter of Last Resort

Nobody waits for a leaking pipe to cause a flood before calling a plumber.  Exactly the same principle applies to legal advice and disputes.  The longer you leave it before…Read More

UK takes the lead in Construction Dispute Resolution

The annual report into Global Construction Disputes by EC Harris draws a number of interesting and, potentially surprising, conclusions. In the UK, the amounts disputed and the time taken to…Read More

A guide to The Party Wall Act

Do you own a building? Yes Do you know what the Party Wall Act is? No If you or your neighbours plan to undertake future building works (including repairs), please…Read More

ORJ scores substantial construction adjudication success

ORJ construction partner Michael Smyth has led a substantial UK ground works contractor to a major success in two recent construction adjudications (conducted simultaneously). ORJ successfully argued its client was…Read More

Tenants: Your Commercial Property Leasing Guide

Whether starting afresh in business or moving to a new business site, if leasing commercial property is your requirement, you do need to consider more than just the cost of…Read More

A guide to Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

Landlords need to be careful with the collection of rent arrears from commercial tenants now that the landlords self help remedy of distraint – where the landlord was entitled to…Read More


Many large leases are now coming to an end without renewal, and the prospect of significant disputes relating to dilapidations between landlords and tenants is increasing.  Dealing with dilapidations is…Read More