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  • Tuesday 3rd January 2017

    Social media and the workplace

    What would you do if an employee posted on her Facebook site that it would make them happy to ‘hit customers on the back of the head with a pickaxe’? That question fell to one large supermarket chain when their employee made this very comment. They, thinking that they were not prepared ...

  • Thursday 15th December 2016

    Contractor health & safety- are you in control?

    As a client or a main contractor, would you expect to be liable for an accident to one of your contractor’s employees when they have disobeyed a clear instruction? That is what happened when historic firm Josiah Wedgwood employed contractors at their warehouse in Stoke. They worked on ...

  • Thursday 15th December 2016

    New health and safety sentencing guidelines; The view from Kent

    Courts up and down the land have been applying the new sentencing guidelines since 1st February and in this article we look at how three Kent employers have been dealt with under the new regime. Highway Care Ltd was fined £660,000 after a welder was left blind by an exploding oil drum. ...

  • Thursday 15th December 2016

    An Eventful year - Gullands Health & Safety and Regulatory Events during 2015-16

    Late 2015- Anticipating the Sentencing Guidelines With the new sentencing guidelines on the horizon, Gullands’ John Roberts and Andrew Clarke gave presentations on what to expect, first at IIRSM South East Branch then at the Construction Safety (SE) Ltd annual seminar and awards event in ...

  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    Second adjudication valuation allowed for final account

    It is long established that a party’s failure to issue a payless notice means that the sum applied for becomes the ‘notified sum’, (see section 111 Construction Act and the case of ISG Construction Limited v Seevic College). An adjudication where the party seeking the payment ...

  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    Key changes to JCT Design and Build Contract

    The Design and Build 2016 is the second arrival in the 2016 edition of JCT contracts, following the release of the Minor Works family in June 2016. New features as part of the update include: Incorporation of the provisions of the JCT Public Sector supplement 2011 that relate to fair payment, ...

  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    Gullands ranked as leading law firm in legal directories

    Gullands has once again been commended for its consistently high levels of service by The Legal 500. Gullands has been ranked as a leading firm in five separate legal sectors Crime Charities Family Tax, trust and probate Construction Heading the criminal department, John Roberts and ...

  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    Impact of health and safety sentencing guidelines on the construction sector

    There have reportedly been as many £1 million plus fines since 1st February 2016, as there were in the previous 20 years. Balfour Beatty have set aside a £25 million “reassessment of potential liabilities on historical health and safety breaches”. All this follows new ...

  • Thursday 1st December 2016

    Interim Payments

    A recent Court of Appeal decision in Balfour Beatty v Grove Developments, has upheld the decision of the TCC and concluded that the contractor had no right to receive interim payments after the planned date of practical completion. In the case the parties were using a JCT Design Build Contract 2011 ...

  • Thursday 17th November 2016

    Fundamental cases employers need to watch

    2016 is a year that has seen a number of important employment rulings, including the recent Uber Employment Tribunal decision. There are however still a couple of further judgments expected before the end of this year, that could also have a significant impact on employers and should be watched ...

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