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Hanson Bridgett LLP | August 2022

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has remained active in enforcing state housing laws through its Accountability and Enforcement unit. Notably, HCD has focused its attention on larger, coastal cities – most recently, the cities of San Diego and San Francisco ...

The SBA has published a notice of “Tribal Consultation for Ownership and Control and Contractual Assistance; Requirements for the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program and other Planned 8(a) BD Program Regulatory Proposals.” The notice states that SBA is “planning to issue a proposed rule concerning the 8(a) BD program regulations . . ...

On Thursday, August 19, 2022, as mandated by Executive Order 14063, issued by President Biden February 4, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council proposed a rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) to require that federal contractors and their subcontractors enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) with unions as a condition to receiving federal construction contracts worth $35 million or more ...

On Thursday, August 19, 2022, as mandated by Executive Order 14063, issued by President Biden February 4, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council proposed a rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) to require that federal contractors and their subcontractors enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) with unions as a condition to receiving federal construction contracts worth $35 million or more ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | August 2022

At the end of July, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a roofing contractor’s complaint against another roofing contractor for allegedly interfering with its contract with a condominium association for roof repairs relating to Hurricane Irma. The case illustrates the importance of timing and advancing work related to insurance claims and should serve as a warning to those that regularly wait on insurance payments before beginning work ...

Shoosmiths LLP | August 2022

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 (the Act) came into force on 30 June 2022. Headlined as one of the ‘most significant changes to property law in a generation’, the Act restricts ground rents on newly created long residential leases. Ground rents have been replaced by a token one peppercorn per year – effectively zero in monetary value. By restricting ground rent, the government is aiming to make leasehold ownership more affordable ...

Last month the Scottish Government published “Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation”, a consultation paper on a new Land Reform Bill. The paper sets out the proposals for the bill and seeks views on various related issues, including measures aimed at “large-scale holdings”, changes to subsidies, the introduction of a new type of agricultural tenancy, and transparency of land ownership ...

Makarim & Taira S. | August 2022

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (“MPW”) has issued the Circular Letter No. 21/SE/M/2021 on The Procedures for Fulfillment of the Business License Requirements, the Implementation of Construction Work Competence Certification, and the Implementation of Business Entity Certificates and Construction Work Competence Certificates (“Circular Letter”) ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2022

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by commercial tenants against the High Court’s summary judgment rulings ordering them to pay rent arrears notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Asbestos was used extensively in UK commercial and residential buildings in the 20th century, primarily for insulation, flooring and roofing, as well as being sprayed on ceilings and walls. On health grounds, the UK banned the use and import of all asbestos in November 1999.   The House of Commons DWP Select Committee recently conducted an inquiry into the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) approach to asbestos management ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2022

Switch2 Energy, Shoosmiths and HermeticaBlack came together to discuss procurement and delivery of new, low cost, low carbon heat networks ...

PLMJ | July 2022

The list of extensions for the adaptation of municipal and inter-municipal plans to the (new) rules on land classification and  ualification contained in the Legal Framework for Territorial Management Instruments (Regime Jurídico dos Instrumentos de  estão Territorial - “RGJIT”) 1 has been joined  by a new one, with the publication of Decree-Law 45/2022 of 8 July ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2022

More than two years on from the first work-from-home order of the Covid-19 pandemic, business leaders are still grappling with changes to working practices that one executive says could lead to a two-lane economy in which swathes of workers never return to the office ...

Carey Olsen | July 2022

What is a JCT contract? A JCT contract is a standard form of building contract produced by a UK body known as the Joint Contracts Tribunal. The JCT is comprised of seven members who represent a wide range of interests in the building sector from contractors, architects, and surveyors. The documents produced by the JCT are intended to standardise construction contracts with a view to reducing the time taken to negotiate the documentation ...

Much has been written about the recent introduction of a right on the part of secure agricultural tenants to sell back their tenancies for value to the landlord. I want to have a look at another means by which some secure tenants can sell on the tenancy without involving the landlord at all. That the tenant’s interest in a secure traditional agricultural tenancy has a considerable value is now well established and the reasons easy to understand ...

In Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Ltd v Simply Construct (UK) LLP, the Court of Appeal recently determined that a collateral warranty, signed four years after completion, was a construction contract that applied retrospectively, therefore an adjudication award applied to the dispute under the warranty and was enforceable. The court’s decision provides clarity that a collateral warranty can be sufficient evidence of contractual obligations to seek enforcement of an adjudication award ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2022

Welcome to the third and final part in our series of articles on the Building Safety Act 2022. In Part 1 of our series of articles on the Building Safety Act 2022 we discussed the greater exposure to claims due to extensions in limitation periods and the measures aimed at addressing failures to remedy historical safety defects. In Part 2, we discussed the dutyholder regime and, in this final part, we look at the new gateway regime for higher risk buildings ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2022

Switch2 Energy, Shoosmiths and BEIS have come together to provide an update on how regulation, rising energy prices and decarbonisation targets are impacting heat network operators and customers. This second webinar, in a series of three, looks at what to do with existing buildings in relation to heat networks ...

Shoosmiths LLP | July 2022

Welcome to the second part in our series of articles on the Building Safety Act 2022. In Part 1 of our series of articles on the Building Safety Act 2022 we discussed the greater exposure to claims due to extensions in limitation periods and the measures aimed at addressing failures to remedy historical safety defects. In Part 2, we discuss the dutyholder regime and look at the steps developers can take now to prepare ...

Morgan & Morgan | June 2022

Throughout my career as a banker and as an attorney, as well as through experiences with friends and their families, I have noticed that there is no topic more taboo than talking to someone about their death and how they intend to distribute their accumulated assets during their lifetime. It is incredible that, for many, this topic is so difficult to face with an objective mind to leave their estate affairs in order, no matter how small it may be ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | June 2022

One of the most basic questions under the False Claims Act—what facts a relator must plead to state a claim—is also one of the most difficult to answer. The Supreme Court is considering multiple certiorari petitions seeking to resolve a circuit split in the application of Rule 9(b)’s heightened pleading standard to the FCA ...

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