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

Contract transferred to the main contractor

Main contractor has approached operatives and asked them to work directly for them Problem: I started my business earlier this year,...
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Can I sell goods that do not belong to me?

Main contractor refusing to make payment Problem: My company had a contract with a main contractor, which I terminated myself because...
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Building company’s entitlement to interim payments

Problem with construction delays and interim payments: My building company was approached by a local business in 2017 and asked...
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How do I get my retention money back from a client?

Construction business having trouble claiming retention money back: We are a small business in the construction industry and have worked...
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Customer gives work to other cheaper contractor after agreeing quotation

Problem: Is client breaching contract when they terminate construction work I am a carpentry contractor.  Earlier this year I emailed...
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Customer threatening to take me to court for garden building damages

Building dispute over damage to a garden feature In July last year, a client asked me to build a garden...
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Construction client doesn’t pay invoice and then folds – have I been scammed?

After not being paid for electrical work, the company folds I may have been scammed!  I carried out some electrical...
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Housing association not giving building contractor work  

Exceeded housing associations financial year orders We run a small repair and maintenance company and have worked for a large...
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Court summons from recruitment agency for hiring construction professionals

Recruitment agency suing for hiring fixers after a construction project was completed I am the commercial director of a large...
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Application issue date changed by developer but not made in writing

'No oral variation' clause in a construction contract problem I have a contractual issue with a developer that my building...
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