What's new?

Spring/summer 2021



A new case summary was added for Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd [2020].


Arbitration was updated with new content on remote hearings, see the page Process of arbitration.

The page on New institutional rules was also updated to reflect recently updated rules from the ICC and the LCIA.

Building information modelling (BIM)

The section on BIM was reviewed throughout.

Construction information

Construction information was given a general update throughout.

Construction insurance

Construction insurance has been updated on the following pages:

Corporate manslaughter

The section on Corporate manslaughter was updated with outcomes of recent cases, see the table under Cases since the implementation of the 2007 Act.

A new case study page has been added about the H&M Engineering case, see Carry out risk assessments before work commences.


Defects was updated with a reference to the recent case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd v Van Elle Ltd (see Importance of clear contract documents).

Defects claims

New content has been added to Defects claims under the heading Retention.

Expert witness

A summary of the recent case A Company v. X, Y and Z [2020] has been added to Expert witness, see Duties of experts.

New content has also been added on Remote and virtual hearings and COVID-19.

Extensions of time

Extensions of time received a update to the FAQ on how COVID-19 affects claims.

FAC-1, TAC-1, PPC2000 and TPC2005

FAC-1, TAC-1, PPC2000 and TPC2005 was updated with more content on the following topics: 


The section on FIDIC received a thorough update, see in particular:

Final certificates

Final certifcates received minor updates throughout.

Health and safety in construction

Health and safety in construction received updates throughout, see in particular the pages on Statistics and News.

Inclusive design

The pages on News and Training and events have been comprehensively updated in Inclusive design.

Insolvency in construction

The section on Insolvency in construction was given a thorough update throughout. See in particular the following pages:

JCT Standard Building Subcontract

JCT Standard Building Subcontract was fully reviewed and received minor changes.

Letters of intent

The document templates for Consent to spend and Recognition of existence of a binding contract were updated in Letters of intent, along with a general review of the main section content.

Measured surveys

In the Measured surveys section, the page Carrying out measured surveys has been updated with information on laser scanning and new content on mobile mapping systems.

Partnering and supply chain management

Information on TAC-1 has been added to Partnering and supply chain management, see the table under the heading Integration.

Party wall disputes

Information on a new case, Maddows v Fernandez (2020), has been added to the Awards section.


Content under the heading PFI in the UK market was updated along with figures 1–5.

Regulated procurement

Regulated procurement and COVID-19 was updated with a comprehensive list of the latest Procurement Policy Notes (PPNs) released in 2020 and 2021.

Scottish construction contracts

Latest news was updated in Scottish construction contracts.

Consultation drafts

See iConsult to review the latest RICS standards and guidance drafts.