Immediate Payment Obligation under Section 111 is Paramount

The important recent decision of the TCC in Bexheat Limited -v- Essex Services Group Limited [2022] serves to clarify further the paramountcy of the immediate payment obligation under s.111 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the “Act”). […]

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Government ditches the role of Building Safety Manager in latest shake-up of the Building Safety Bill

In a further change to the Building Safety Bill put forward following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, the Government has now scrapped the requirement to appoint a Building Safety Manager during the occupation phase of a construction project. Background […]

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A More Nuanced Approach: HMRC’s Revised Policy on VAT Treatment for Early Termination Fees and Compensation Payments

Effective from 1 April 2022, HMRC has issued revised guidance on the treatment of VAT for termination and compensation payments. Read on for details of this more nuanced approach to VAT treatment. Background Guidance issued by HMRC in late 2020 […]

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Government gives industry deadline of early March 2022 to agree to a plan of action to remediate unsafe cladding

Since the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, the Government has taken a number of steps aimed at addressing the building safety and cladding crisis. Those steps have included provision for financial contributions to remedying unsafe cladding through the ACM cladding […]

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Terms and Conditions: Formation, Incorporation and Invalidity

In Blu-Sky Solutions Limited -v- Be Caring Limited [2021], the Commercial Court considered contract formation, incorporation of terms and conditions, and invalidity of onerous provisions. Contractual Background: Blu-Sky Solutions Limited (the “Claimant”), a supplier of telecommunication services, claimed c£180,000 from […]

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Employer Entitled to Full Liquidated Damages Despite Having Taken Possession of Majority of Works

In the recent case of Eco World – Ballymore Embassy Gardens Company Ltd v Dobler UK Ltd [2021] EWHC 2207 (TCC), the TCC considered the construction and enforceability of a liquidated damages clause where the employer had taken partial possession […]

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Supreme Court Decide That Liquidated Damages Accrue Up Until Termination of the Contract Whereby Works Never Completed

On Friday, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Triple Point Technology, Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd [2021] UKSC 29, unanimously overturning the Court of Appeal’s earlier decision relating to liquidated damages (“LADs”) where a contract has been […]

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Materials Shortage at ‘Crisis Level’ – How Can Companies Protect Themselves?

In March 2021, the Construction Leadership Council issued a warning to the UK construction industry that the ensuing months would see a significant and widespread shortage in key building materials. That prediction is now very much a reality, and its […]

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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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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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