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Fiona Mckay

On October 6th, Beale & Company hosted a reception and seminar for Chapter members at their new City office.  The purpose of the event was to introduce members to Beale's new Legal Telephone Helpline and to make attendees aware of the onerous new rules of CDM 2015.  We had a good turnout for the event with many familiar faces and a few new members in attendance.  

An introduction was made to the exciting new member benefit that is being provided by Beale & Company - the free Legal Helpline!  An experienced team of solicitors is a phone call away and happy to provide members with guidance in respect of issues arising in connection with their practices in relation to:

  • Appointments and collateral warranties
  • Assignment and novation
  • Non-payment
  • Disputes
  • Intellectual property rights
  • IT
  • Employment
  • Corporate and commercial matters

To get in touch simply telephone +44 (0) 20 7469 0400 (please quote "AIA UK Helpline"!After an enjoyable drinks and canapé reception, attendees earned 1.5 LUs by participating in a discussion about the new CDM 2015 requirements.  These now applies to all construction projects in the UK.

Solicitors Andrew Croft and James Vernon gave an overview of the regulations and spoke specificallyabout the new role of the so called Principal Designer.  The new regulations came into effect on the first of October and expand the responsibilities of the architect.  The regulations apply to every construction project in the UK, no matter how small, if more than one contractor or subcontractor is involved.

There was certainly a great deal of uncertainty among the attendees about the architect's responsibilities and liabilities with the new regulations.  This was reflected in the questions asked by the audience.  Beale & Company have several resources available to help Chapter members better understand CDM 2015.  These include a "white paper" and a pre-recorded webinar.  For those needing additional guidance, please contact Beale & Company on the Chapter's new Helpline.Beale & Company is a commercial law firm with a long history of acting for consultants and architects, with specialist experience in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors, both in the UK and internationally.  We are pleased to welcome Beale & Company to the AIA UK!

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