Excluding Liability for Deliberate Breach – Is Special Wording Required?

In the recent case of Mott Macdonald Ltd v Trant Engineering Ltd [2021] EWHC 754 the TCC considered whether an exclusion clause required exceptional wording in order to exclude liability for fundamental, deliberate and wilful breaches. Background Trant Engineering Limited […]

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The TCC consider the circumstances in which an independent Category 3 design checker may owe a duty of care to a main contractor

In the recent case of Multiplex Construction Europe Limited v (1) Bathgate Realisations Civil Engineering Limited (in administration) (2) BRM Construction LLC (3) Argo Global Syndicate 1200 the TCC considered the scope of a professional design checker’s duty of care […]

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Contract Interpretation and Repudiatory Breach

In the recent case of Optimus Build Ltd v Southall & McManus, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) considered a dispute in which the contractor believed the contract was a fixed price contract and the employer believed it to be […]

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Adjudication Enforcement – “Subject to Contract” and Determination by Agreement

In the recent case of Aqua Leisure International Limited v Benchmark Leisure Limited, the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) considered an application for summary judgment to enforce an adjudicator’s decision in circumstances where there was an alleged determination “by agreement” […]

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The Brexit Trade Deal and its Impact on the Construction Industry

On 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU reached a trade and co-operation agreement (the “Trade Deal”) addressing the arrangements that now apply between them. This bulletin highlights a number of the key elements of the Trade Deal which […]

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Letters of Intent and Incorporation of Standard Form Contracts

In the case of OD Developments v Oak Dry Lining Ltd, the TCC considered the operation and effect of a letter of intent (“LOI”) in the context of whether a JCT standard form sub-contract was incorporated. Background Oak Dry Lining […]

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Payment Applications – The Devil’s in the Detail

In the recent case of RGB Plastering Ltd v TAWE Drylining and Plastering Ltd, the TCC considered an application by RGB Plastering Limited (“RGB”) for a declaration that an application for payment submitted by TAWE Drylining and Plastering Limited (“TAWE”) […]

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Insolvent Company Successfully Enforces an Adjudicator’s Decision

The recent case of Styles & Wood Limited (in administration) v GE CIF Trustees Limited is one of the first reported decisions where an insolvent party has successfully enforced an adjudication decision using the principles laid down in the recent […]

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Assignment and Contribution Claims

In the case of Energy Works (Hull) Ltd -v- MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd and Outotec (USA) Inc, the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) considered the legal effect of an assignment and a contribution claim. Background In November 2015, […]

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Insolvent Company Enforcing an Adjudicator’s Decision – Applying the Principles

The recent case of John Doyle Construction Limited v Erith Contractors Limited is the first reported judgment that applies the decision in Bresco. In this case Fraser J in the Technology and Construction Court set out the principles that the […]

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