Musings of a busy mind

LawTalk, the NZLS magazine, has published a more detailed article of mine on how to resolve the issues currently plaguing the construction industry. With prior experience of the UK and Australia, it is baffling that in a booming construction sector (not just building and housing), we have contractor's failing, margins falling and prices escalating.

Any solution must address:

(1) the procurement process
(2) sensible allocation of risk
(3) appropriate contract terms which recognise the roles of the parties, and properly protect subcontractors
(4) prompt, fair and cost effective dispute resolution

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Congratulations to Stuart Robertson and the Committee of the NZ branch of the Society of Construction Law on winning the right to host the International SCL Conference in Auckland in 2020.

Register your interest at constructionlaw2020.com

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The central problem is one of managing uncertainty, and for most projects the best solution is for clients to engage with contractors to understand and to reduce, as far as possible, those uncertainties. This will not necessarily result in a cheaper price, but it will result in a more certain price and more certain delivery.

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