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Contractors Legal Group

The Contractors Legal Group was set up at the end of 2009. Current  members  are the National Federation of Builders, the UK Contractors Group, The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation and the Scottish Building Federation, all of whom recognised that there was a need for a unified voice representing the interests of main contractors in the supply chain and that CLG was best placed to provide that service.

The purpose of CLG is to consider, discuss and debate contractual and legal matters of concern to main contractors within the construction industry and to represent their interests in dialogue with government and construction industry bodies. In particular the CLG represents main contractors on the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) through participation in council meetings and drafting sub committees. It also assesses the wider impact of legislation and other legal and contractual issues affecting main contractors taking steps to make its views known where appropriate with the aim of influencing outcomes..

The CLG is committed to fair risk allocation and payment throughout the supply chain and will work with other organisations, whether within JCT or otherwise, to achieve that. Examples of the workload undertaken by CLG, apart from its regular input into JCT, include representing main contractors on:-

  • Changes to the Scheme for Construction Contracts;
  • The ongoing development of the OGC Fair Payment Charter; and
  • Discussions with the RICS on the New Rules of Measurement.
  • Drafting and publication of contracts considered to fill gaps within standard forms currently available

There  executive members of the CLG  meet  four times per year (although its members also contribute significantly to other industry bodies). Members are either appointed by the four Trade Associations or co-opted for their specialist knowledge and experience. The CLG has appointed officers and a Director (who services and advises the Group), as follows:-

 

Chairman: Nick Walden (NFB), Walden & Son (Henley) Ltd

Vice Chairman: Keith Waddington (UKCG), G & J Seddon Ltd

Director: John Bradley, Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP

 

The CLG also welcomes applications for membership by other organisations with similar aims.

Contact: John Bradley 
Direct line: 0207 220 4730

 

      CLG Chairman Nick Walden

      Nick Walden was born into a Construction family and has, since spending his school summer holiday (aged 8) as a lorry driver’s ‘assistant’, spent most of his life in or around construction.

      After studying law at St. John’s College, Oxford, Nick qualified as a solicitor and practiced as a Company/Commercial lawyer for 2 years with law firm Rowe & Maw (now part of Mayer Brown).  In 1984 Nick returned to his roots and for over 25 years managed NFB member Walden & Son (Henley) Limited, which comprises a family group of companies that has carried out both main contracting (with redevelopment of listed buildings a specialism) and the manufacture and installation of high quality joinery.

      During this period Nick retained his interest in construction law and served for many years as a representative on the Construction Confederation Contracts Committee, representing SME Contractors on behalf of the NFB.  He has served on a number of JCT Working Parties and, in 2004, he was one of the Construction Confederation’s representatives on Sir Michael Latham’s review of the Construction Act.  For several years subsequently he represented the Construction Confederation and Contractors Legal Group in negotiations with government on amendments to the Act. 

      He was elected Chair of the CLG on its formation in 2009.

      More recently Nick has also applied his legal knowledge and his understanding of the industry to dispute resolution and has undertaken several CIArb courses to become an accredited construction adjudicator.

      Outside construction and law, Nick has a great interest in education and has been Chair of Governors of a successful comprehensive school for a number of years.