Tip of the MonthStandard Form Construction Contracts – using standard form contracts is an efficient and cost-effective option, but should be considered a starting point rather than the end product when contracting for engineering and construction related services. Be sure to review payment, insurance, indemnity, and other key provisions to ensure they reflect current objective. Consider the use of supplementary conditions to amend standard form agreements accordingly. Without such scrutiny, a local government may be unwittingly assuming contractual obligations that were never anticipated or bargained for. Lastly, use supplementary conditions from previous projects and from jurisdictions outside of British Columbia with caution, as these may not reflect the needs of your current project or the statutory regime in this province.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
CASE COMMENT Catalyst Paper Corporation v. North Cowichan (District) 2012 SCC 2 The Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) has, in its decision of January 20, 2012 affirmed the findings of the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal in … Continue reading
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION? Conflict of Interest under the Community Charter and Common Law Given the recent civic elections this past November, conflict of interest rules may be a topic on the radar of many local government elected officials. As such, … Continue reading
IP for LGs – If you don’t think intellectual property law affects local governments, think again. The term “intellectual property” usually brings to mind stories about big pharmaceutical companies, cutting-edge tech firms, or powerful Hollywood studios battling to prevent unauthorized … Continue reading