Solicitors with Staffordshire law firm Ansons, Jagdip Bains and Neil Jones hosted a seminar on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at the Ansons Cannock office. The seminar was aimed at local businesses who work in the construction industry.
Jagdip, a solicitor in the dispute resolution team, went through five issues that contractors should look out for in their construction contracts. These comprised:
Jagdip explained the importance of understanding the contractual obligations and payment mechanisms of a contract to ensure that sub-contractors were paid on time. Guidance was given in relation to how to deal with variations to ensure payment is made for variation works.
Neil, a solicitor in the Ansons corporate team, discussed the importance of standard terms and conditions and highlighted 3 major hotspots that contractors should pay particular attention to:
Neil provided guidance to ensure standard terms and conditions were incorporated into the contract. Neil explained how certain terms could assist if payment was withheld or a dispute arose.
Jagdip and Neil both provided practical advice on how to avoid a dispute and to ensure clients were in the strongest position should a dispute arise with regards to payment.
Ansons has hosted a series of seminars in the past all of which have been a success. The breakfast seminars allow local businesses to meet, network and gain a better understanding of the issues that they face in running their businesses.