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  • Pensions Green Paper: a conversation about DB schemes

    The Government has published a Green Paper on the key challenges facing defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.

    Increasing pension fund deficits in recent years together with several high profile cases during 2016 have led commentators and the Work and Pensions Select Committee to question whether there is a fundamental problem with the funding and regulation of DB schemes.

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  • Subject access requests: Court of Appeal confirms that a requester's motive does not justify a refusal to comply

    The case of Dawson-Damer and Others v Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74 addresses the questions of whether an organisation can refuse to comply with a data subject access request because compliance will involve disproportionate effort or because the requester intends to use the requested data in litigation.

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  • Pay less notice or pay up: the courts confirm again that fortune favours the timely in interim applications

    This is the latest case in the TCC to consider interim payments in construction contracts under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the Construction Act), in particular the validity of payment notices. The case also provides a reminder of the court's principles when it considers whether to stay enforcement of an adjudicator's decision.

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  • Statutory adjudication of construction contracts in the UK

    Adjudica­tion is a form of dispute resolution procedure which is now very familiar to the UK's construction industry. It can be described as a “pay now, argue later” mechanism which seeks to maintain cash‐flow during construction projects by providing a cost effective and speedy means of determining disputes on a binding, but not final basis. In practice an adjudica­tion award is very often the final resolution of a dispute.

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  • The IChemE Silver Book Professional Services Contract

    The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) launched its “Silver Book” at Keating Chambers on Thursday 9th February 2017. This is the first completely new edition to the IChemE suite since 2003. The Silver Book is a “Professional Services” for contract engineering, project management, contract management and other professional services. It fills a key gap in the IChemE’s current range. The availability of a standard form consultants’ appointment contract to sit alongside the Red, Green and Burgundy books is very welcome.

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