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Michael Gerard presents to the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

This year, Michael was pleased to be invited to present at the Wales & North West Conference of CABE, the professional body for the building engineering industry.  The event, originally scheduled for March, was postponed until September, but when it became clear that date could not go ahead either because of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, organisers moved it to March 2021. Michael is very much looking forward to presenting at CABE in 2021 “Michael Gerard presents to the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)”

Insolvency and the construction industry in the wake of COVID-19 – PBC Today

The closure of sites, manufacturers, logistical and supplier issues and difficulties implementing social distancing obligations meant that no construction project in the UK escaped being impacted when the lockdown was imposed back in March. Every recession leads to an upsurge in the number of insolvency cases in the construction industry and unfortunately this is already happening as the sector begins the process of attempting to emerge from COVID-19. The positive news is that there are “Insolvency and the construction industry in the wake of COVID-19 – PBC Today”

Michael Gerard delivers webinar at CIOB

On Tuesday 9th June 2020, Michael Gerard presented to the Norwich and Cambridge branch of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Les Carter, chairman of the Cambridge Hub of the CIOB said, “Michael delivered a talk on the thorny topic of dispute resolution and the variety of methods in a concise, precise and informative way. He also took the time to fully address the questions attendees raised. This left all attendees far better informed than “Michael Gerard delivers webinar at CIOB”

Michael Gerard to present at the Norwich & Cambridge CIOB

Michael Gerard is delivering  a webinar to the Norwich & Cambridge branch of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) on Tuesday 9th June 2020. The presentation, entitled ‘Introducing Adjudication and Mediation as Part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Family’ explores the various kinds of ADR processes that are regularly used within the construction industry. The important role of adjudication and mediation in dispute resolution Although most construction professionals are aware of the difference between litigation “Michael Gerard to present at the Norwich & Cambridge CIOB”

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Michael Gerard appointed vice chair of local branch of Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators

Michael Gerard has added another prestigious role to his long list of construction law credentials with his appointment as vice chair of the East Midlands branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). CIArb is a multinational professional body for members working in the areas of dispute avoidance and dispute management. With over 16,000 members globally, the East Midlands group is part of an international network offering support and training across a range of dispute “Michael Gerard appointed vice chair of local branch of Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators”

Michael Gerard Solicitors recruiting now

Although Coronavirus has presented challenges to businesses globally, at Michael Gerard Solicitors we are not only continuing to support our clients as usual, but also growing as a company. As a result, we are delighted to announce that we’re recruiting! We are currently seeking new team members and specialist consultants to join our well-respected firm. The construction industry has been hit particularly hard by the crisis, with specific challenges around the shutdown of building projects “Michael Gerard Solicitors recruiting now”

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 of huge interest to other contractors and companies allied to the construction industry (and indeed, all other sectors of the economy) – it is to do with the current coronavirus pandemic and the effect it is having on my building contracts. My construction company turns over in excess of £10 million, mainly new build with “How do I suspend operations during the Covid-19 pandemic without being in breach of contract?”

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 sub-contract order for just over £18,000 to undertake roof repairs.  The work should have commenced on 20th January 2020, but this start date was initially put back a week.  A few days before the revised start date, we were again advised that the start date had been put back by another week.  On the Thursday “Delayed work given to another contractor – can I claim damages?”

Email hacking in the construction industry: Who is liable? – Planning and Building Control Today, Issue 26

Technology may have revolutionised many areas of the construction industry but is has also created a whole new set of problems around cyber crime such as email fraud. Construction companies are particularly vulnerable to scams such as phishing due to the number and value of invoices involved in paying for subcontractors and labour, as well as materials and equipment. In the Feb issue of Planning & Building Control Today,  Michael Gerard of construction and engineering “Email hacking in the construction industry: Who is liable? – Planning and Building Control Today, Issue 26”

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 domestic market – extensions, alterations, improvements etc.  A few months back I completed an extension for a customer who has yet to settle the final account. I have chased payment on quite a few occasions without success.  So, on the recommendation of a friend, I wrote a stern letter giving the customer 7 days to “What can I do about a non-paying customer who is making false damage claims?”