Covid-19 Updates

Claims and Disputes in Construction

The Construction Leadership Council reports in its advice of 11 January 2021 fears that this year may bring the "perfect storm" of a negative economic environment, EU Exit, reduced construction market activity, the end of Government business support schemes, the introduction of reverse charge VAT and a significant increase in the number of claims across the supply chain.

Now, more than ever, it is essential that business gear up to identify and avoid disputes. Our conciliation service can help you do this.

CLC Site Operating Procedures v7

The Site Operating Procedures have been updated to reflect the latest Government guidance in England to reflect the latest Government guidance in England. The changes in Version 7 are minor, including updated guidance on self-isolation and shielding and the removal of the requirement to display a QR code in site canteens.

LCAM Protocol

LCAM have published a Protocol for Facilitated Contract Renegotiation. This Protocol has been prepared to help parties who wish to conduct a Facilitated Contract Renegotiation (FCR) to prepare for and conduct that negotiation in good faith and in a spirit of cooperation.

The Protocol can be downloaded from the link on our Resources page.

CLC Site Operating Procedures v6 (superseded by v7)

The Site Operating Procedures have been updated to reflect recent changes in Government guidance. Whilst there are no significant changes to social distancing requirements on sites, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has taken the opportunity to streamline the Site Operating Procedures whilst maintaining the familiar format.

SOP 6 can be downloaded directly from the CLC website or from the link on our Resources page.

Face Coverings in Construction

In response to coronavirus, the use of face coverings has become mandatory in more public places, and construction employers have asked the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) for guidance to help provide a consistent approach across the industry.

Covid-19 Cost Assessment Toolkit

The Professional Practice Task Group for the Construction Leadership Council Covid-19 Task Force has published a methodology for assessing and reporting the cost implications of disruption due to the pandemic.

Construction clients and contractors rely on accurate cost prediction as the basis of business plans, financial contracts, and commercial control.

The Toolkit acts as a guide to enable better cost forecasting to assist the industry in making informed investment decisions on viability, improving robustness of pipeline and driving long term economic growth.

The Cost Assessment Toolkit canb be downloaded from the CLC web site or from the link on our Resources page.

Future Proofing Contracts

The Disputes and Collaboration group for the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) COVID-19 Task Force has published guidance on futureproofing contract amendments in the light of COVID-19.

Building upon the Contractual Best Practice Guidance published by the group earlier in the year, it includes options for amending many of the JCT and NEC contracts to cater for impacts of the pandemic on delivery of the works/services.

The output cannot tell parties what to do, but can help them identify the issues and distil their negotiated position into the drafting of the contract.

It is intended that this advice will provide a starting point for all parties involved as to how they will deal with the COVID-19 pandemic going forward.

The Contractual Best Practice Guide can be downloaded from the CLC website or from the link on our Resources page.

CLC Site Operating Procedure v5 (Superseded by v6)

The Site Operating Procedures have been updated by the Construction Leadership Council to reflect the latest Government guidance following the easing of lockdown measures in England from Saturday 4 July. The ‘one metre plus’ social distancing guidelines require workers to stay two metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation where two metres is not viable, and it is expected that sites will maintain the social distancing measures in place.

SOP5 can de downloaded directly from the CLC web site or from the link on our Resources page.

This information is now superseded by version6 of the Protocol but has been retained as a record.