Indemnity Costs Orders – Guidance from the Court of Appeal

In the case of Lejonvarn v Burgess & Anr the Court of Appeal considered whether a claimant’s conduct during litigation, including its “haphazard and spray gun” case, justified an award for indemnity costs to the defendant. Background The defendant, an […]

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What Amounts to ‘Reasonable Endeavours’?

In contrast to a ‘best endeavours’ obligation, a contractual obligation to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ will generally only require a party to take one of a number of reasonable courses of action in order to discharge the obligation. In addition, a […]

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Will the TCC Interfere in Ongoing Adjudications?

In the case of Billingford Holdings Ltd & BFL Trade Ltd v SMC Building Solutions Ltd and another [2019], the court rejected an urgent application for injunctive relief attempting to prevent an adjudicator and the other party to an adjudication […]

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Extension of Time Applications for Unless Orders

In Everwarm Limited v BN Rendering Limited (Rev 2) [2019], the court considered which CPR rule should apply when deciding whether to grant a last-minute application for an extension of time in which to comply with an ‘unless order’. Background […]

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Fraud, Duress and Undue Influence – Guidance from the TCC

A recent TCC decision considered the hurdles to overcome in order to prove whether agreements are executed in circumstances of fraud, duress and/or undue influence. In the recent case of Nua Facades Limited; Nua Interiors Limited; Silk Property Developments Limited […]

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Notices of Adjudication: What’s in a Name?

Earlier this month, Palmloch Limited (“Palmloch”) sought to resist enforcement of an adjudication decision based upon the fact that the claimant, MG Scaffolding (Oxford) Limited (“MGS”) had commenced the adjudication against Palmloch’s trading name; MCR Property Group (“MCRPG”). The TCC […]

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Too Late to Adjudicate Under NEC Contracts?

Can a party to a non-Construction Act contract lose its right to adjudicate if it does not commence proceedings within a contractual time limit? In the recent case of Sitol Limited (“Sitol”) v Finegold the court considered the application of […]

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Challenging Disallowed Cost

Subtle differences in the interpretation of a contract can have a significant impact on the rights and obligations of the parties. In the recent case of Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (“Network Rail”) v ABC Electrification Limited (“ABC”), over £13million potentially […]

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Adjudication Enforcement – Fraud and Stays of Execution

In the most recent instalment of proceedings between Grandlane Developments Limited (“Grandlane”) and Skymist Holdings Limited (“Skymist”), following its unsuccessful challenge as to the validity of the adjudicator’s appointment, Skymist sought to resist enforcement of the adjudicator’s decision on the […]

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Resisting Enforcement of an Adjudicator’s Decision – The Fraud Defence

Attempts to resist enforcement of adjudication decisions by alleging they were procured by fraud are becoming more common, PBS Energo A.S v Bester Generacion UK Limited [2019] was “one of those rare adjudication cases” whereby the defence was successful and […]

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