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Optilan submitted an intermediate payment request, including for long lead positions under vesting certificates. The VRL payment certificate, issued in response, contained a value for these items, but certified Optilan`s net payment as “nil.” VRL then issued a wage classification system that increased the value of long positions, but nevertheless led Optilan to pay a zero payment. As part of the subcontracting, Optilan had to procure some high-level items. In order to ensure payment for these items, the sub-contract contained a provision that the goods must be converted to LRVs before being delivered to the website, “in order to guarantee payment under item 60.1 above” (point 60.1 for interim payments). The situation is somewhat different with respect to contracts that provide goods and services. The Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 provides that, as noted above, the payment cannot receive the employer`s title if there is a property reserve scheme further down the chain, if the contract is not a mere commodity contract. The JCT design and construction contract provides in the same way that ownership of materials and goods flows when their value is included in an interim payment (for on-site goods).13 For off-site goods, the title flows on all items mentioned as soon as their value has been included in an interim payment. Only after answering the property question will it be possible to answer the following questions: “Can I get it back?”, “Am I just an unsecured creditor?” and/or “How can I be paid for it?” It is from this perspective that we consider the most important considerations that the parties must consider when they are unhappy enough to face a Carillion situation and need an answer to the question “who owns these goods”? The parties should also ensure that the wording of the vesting certificates is clear and consistent with the underlying contract and take into account the payment certification procedure required in the construction contracts by the Construction Act 1996. To this end, courts are generally prepared to intervene and interpret any ambiguity in favour of the common sense of economic interpretation. In these circumstances, a “free movement certificate” or “vesting certificate” certifying that ownership of the goods, facilities or materials listed in a calendar is transferred from one party to another at the time of payment may be required from the supplier (or subcontractor or supplier) and certifies that they are properly identified, stored separately, insured and free of any charge (e.g. B, the property reserve).

The implementation clauses in the construction contracts provide for the transfer of ownership of the facilities, equipment and/or non-fixed materials from a contractor from the supplier to the owner. One of the main purposes of these clauses is to specify to the parties who owns-what and when exactly the title is transferred from a party (for example. B.dem contracting) to another (for example. B employer). “Vesting” clauses sometimes use a complementary device in the form of “vesting certificates” issued by a contractor or supplier, which refer to the transfer of ownership to identified goods. While a vesting certificate may be suitable for contracts that do not contain such provisions, the status of such certificates cannot be clear in relation to other provisions of the main contract (ref Olswang, Contractor Vesting Certificates – what legal protection do they offer?). As such, the Court held that the seduction of long lead stations does not depend on the remittance of a sum of money.

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