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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Introducing New Claims – An Unnecessary Risk?

In the recent case of Martlet Homes Ltd v Mulalley & Co. Ltd, the court considered two different methods via which a claimant can seek to introduce additional submissions and arguments into its claim against another party. Background Martlet Homes […]

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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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Guidance from the TCC – No Final Account Provisions in the Contract?

In the case of JSM Construction Limited v Western Power Distribution (West Midlands) Plc, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) considered whether the absence of a final account provision rendered a contractual payment mechanism inadequate. Background Western Power Distribution (West […]

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Adjudication Enforcement – Guidance on Natural Justice and Jurisdiction

In the case of Global Switch Estates 1 Limited -v- Sudlows Limited, the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) dismissed an application for summary judgment to enforce an adjudicator’s decision due to material breaches of the rules of natural justice. Background […]

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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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The Second Set of NEC4 Amendments – What Do You Need to Know?

Following publication of the NEC4 suite of contracts in June 2017, there has been substantial feedback from users and industry experts suggesting how the contracts could be further enhanced. In light of this feedback, NEC has recently published the second […]

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