The following articles are part of Michael Gerard’s monthly column in the Leicestershire Builder magazine.

Customer refusing access to complete the works

Can a customer refuse to allow my fitter to complete a job? Problem:  Hi. I hope you can advise me...
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Email hacking in the construction industry – who is liable?

Slightly different to my usual column – I have decided to write an article on email fraud as over the...
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What is the best standard form of building contract to use?

Identifying the best standard form of building contract to use for a project  Problem:  It is not so much of...
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How can you guard against insolvency post COVID-19?

With tough economic times ahead across our region and beyond, it’s crucial that businesses protect themselves against insolvency. Leicestershire Builder’s...
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How do I suspend operations during the Covid-19 pandemic without being in breach of contract?

Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on construction contracts Problem:  I have a situation that is no doubt going to be...
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Delayed work given to another contractor – can I claim damages?

Sub-contract order given to another contractor Problem:  Your view on an issue we have would be appreciated.  We have a...
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What can I do about a non-paying customer who is making false damage claims?

Non-paying customer now claiming damage Problem:  I run a small building company and most of my work is for the...
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I am at my wits end with a customer, and just don’t know what to do

Wits end with a customer Problem: Firstly, a bit of background information.  I am a builder, sole trader, with no...
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Can you please explain how the JCT Minor Works 2016 actually works?

JCT Minor Works 2016 – Please Explain! Problem: My building company specialises in refurbishment and our client base is a...
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How do I minimise risk when taking on larger civil engineering projects?

Minimising risk Problem:  I run a smallish civil engineering contractor.  I started up the company in 2009, although I had...
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