A warning for adjudicators

A recent decision by the Technology and Construction Court (‘TCC’) in the UK poses a warning to adjudicators acting on multiple disputes within the same project. In Beumer Group UK Ltd v Vinci Construction UK Ltd [2016] EWHC 2283 (TCC) a subcontractor, Beumer, brought concurrent adjudications against: the Head Contractor, Vinci, for a declaration that three…

Just be honest mate and pay your tax

This blog post was written by James McMillan, a partner at Kensington Swan specialising in commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring. This was one of the comments from over 400 tradespeople surveyed last year after the IRD ran a campaign with the message that tradespeople needed to declare all their income ‘or risk everything.’ The IRD reported…

Smarter transport pricing on its way

This blog post was written by Paul Buetow, a partner at Kensington Swan specialising in  construction and infrastructure law. Late last week the ATAP (Auckland Transport Alignment Project) final report was released. The ATAP process has focused on central and local government working together to assess Auckland’s transport issues and how to respond to them.…

Construction company fined after fall

A worker at a South Canterbury building company, Rickie Shore Building Limited, suffered a fall on site in October last year. The company plead guilty to a Health and Safety Act charge of failing to take steps to ensure the safety of the employee. The fall occurred after the worker had incorrectly installed a floor…

Taking the BIM by the horns

While BIM is still a relatively new concept in the NZ construction landscape it is important that we catch up with this important technology pretty quickly. The UK provides an interesting model for BIM adoption and it would be good to see it implemented in NZ. For those who are a little unsure what BIM…

Consultation opens on new earthquake-prone buildings framework

MBIE has opened public consultation on the new earthquake-prone building (EPB) regulations and methodology. This is to inform the Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act, which will come into effect in 2017. Consultation will run until 15 December 2016. Submissions have been requested on both the proposed EPB methodology, and regulations relating to: The definition of…

The saga continues…

Just when you thought it was over, the infamous fencegate returns to headlines. This time the ‘neighbours at war’ feud is going to the High Court after the Wellington City Council decided to appeal the Environment Court decision. As a brief recap, the Aitchisons’ neighbour constructed a fence-esque structure along the border between the two…