“No Crystallised Dispute” Jurisdictional Challenges

In the case of MW High Tech Projects UK Limited v Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick Limited, the Technology and Construction Court (the “TCC”) considered the operation of a “no crystallised dispute” challenge to the Adjudicator’s jurisdiction in the context of an […]

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Insolvency and Adjudication: Clarity from the UK Supreme Court

In the case of Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (In Liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd, the UK Supreme Court (the “UKSC”) considered important questions about the operation of two statutory regimes; namely, adjudication and insolvency set-off. In particular, the […]

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TCC Considers Design Obligations, Implied Terms of Fitness for Purpose and Causation

In the recent case of DBE Energy Ltd v Biogas Products Ltd, the Court considered a claim by DBE Energy Limited (“DBE”) for breach of contract and negligence against Biogas Products Limited (“Biogas”) in relation to the design, manufacture and […]

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True Value Adjudications and Stays of Execution

In the case of Broseley London Limited v Prime Asset Management Limited (Trustee of the Mashel Family Trust), the Technology and Construction Court (the “TCC”) considered the applicability of true value adjudications as well as applications for stays of execution. […]

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Does Payment of an Adjudicator’s Fees Amount to a Waiver of the Right to Challenge their Decision?

In the recent case of Platform Interior Solutions Limited v ISG Construction Limited, the TCC considered a number of challenges to an adjudicator’s decision and also whether payment of the adjudicator’s fees constituted a waiver of the right to challenge […]

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Interpreting Indirect and Consequential Loss Exclusion Clauses

Traditionally, the English courts have applied a very narrow interpretation to indirect loss and expense exclusion clauses. In the recent case of 2 Entertain Video Ltd (“2E”) v Sony DADC Europe Ltd (“Sony”), the TCC has considered whether a more […]

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COVID-19 – Construction Contract Providers JCT, NEC and FIDIC Publish User Guidance

Since the COVD-19 outbreak began, we at Hawkswell Kilvington have endeavoured to alleviate pressure on our clients by providing written updates in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on construction contracts, providing free webinars on issues we believe are key […]

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Ascertaining Damages under an ABI-Type Performance Guarantees

In the recent case of Yuanda (UK) Company Ltd v Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd and another, the TCC considered the operation of ABI-type performance guarantees and the requirements for making valid demands under such instruments. Background In July 2014, the […]

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Can Works be Omitted from a Construction Contract?

There is no common law right for an employer to omit work from a contractor’s scope of works, yet an “omissions clause” is a common feature of many construction contracts. In this bulletin, we consider the key principles underlying such […]

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Can an employer be liable for an employees’ data protection breach? Guidance from the UK Supreme Court

Can an employer be held to be vicariously liable for unauthorised breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “DPA 1998”) committed by an employee? The UK Supreme Court sets the record straight in a case where Wm Morrison Supermarkets […]

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