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 – 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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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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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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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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Expert Determination Clauses: Take Care in Defining Your Dispute

In the recent case of Empyreal Energy Ltd v Daylighting Power Ltd, the court considered proceedings relating to a clause allowing for expert determination as a form of dispute resolution in very specific circumstances. Background On 19 November 2015, Empyreal […]

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