Lessons from the Court of Appeal: How not to go about enforcing a judgment on behalf of a company in liquidation

In John Doyle Construction Limited v Erith Contractors Limited [2021], the Court of Appeal (“CoA”) discussed the principles which apply when enforcing an adjudicator’s decision in favour of an insolvent company. Background In 2010, Erith Contractors Limited (“Erith”) engaged John […]

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Validity of Payment Notices and Severability of Adjudication Decisions

In the recent case of Downs Road Development LLP -v- Laxmanbhai Construction (UK) Limited [2021], the TCC considered issues concerning the validity of payment notices, as well as questions of natural justice and the severability of adjudication decisions.  Background Downs […]

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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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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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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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Appointing an Adjudicator Before Serving a Notice of Adjudication – a Fatal Mistake

In the recent case of Lane End Developments Construction Limited v Kingstone Civil Engineering Limited the court considered a claim for a declaration that an adjudicator’s decision should be set aside and/or not enforced as well as a cross claim […]

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Adjudication Enforcement and Stays of Execution

In the case of WRW Construction Limited v Datblygau Davies Developments Limited, the Technology and Construction Court (QBD) (the “TCC”) considered the issue of enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision on a final account valuation and the appropriateness of a stay […]

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Clarity on S&T v Grove Development – True Value Adjudications

In the case of Kew Holdings Limited v Donald Insall Associates Limited, the Technology and Construction Court (the “TCC”) considered the relevance of true value adjudications in circumstances where the outstanding adjudication award has already been enforced by summary judgment. […]

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“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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