Ziggurat: the crumbling edifice of surety bonds – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted January 19th, 2018 in construction industry, contracts, insolvency, news, surety by tracey

‘I read the decision in Ziggurat with some incredulity. I hadn’t intended to trespass on Karen Spencer’s territory, and overall I’d agree with her conclusion that the amendments made to the ABI form seem to have confused rather than clarified matters. I’d also agree with Roddy Cormack’s comment that more radical surgery is needed if the employer wishes to secure earlier payment following the contractor’s insolvency. But I did want to offer some thoughts on what the decision tells us about wider issues in the surety bonding market.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 17th January 2018

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BT faces £120m Phones 4u claim after High Court defeat – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 18th, 2018 in contracts, insolvency, news, private equity, telecommunications by tracey

‘Phones 4u has dealt a blow to Britain’s biggest mobile operator from beyond the grave, winning a key battle in a long campaign by its administrators to extract £120m in unpaid commission from EE.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2018

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Final account payments: welcome guidance from the TCC – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted December 21st, 2017 in construction industry, contracting out, contracts, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Nearly 20 years after the Construction Act 1996 was introduced to stamp out bad payment practices, you would be forgiven for thinking there must be a voluminous pile of case law in relation to the all-important final account. But you would be disappointed. While there is plenty of guidance from the TCC on interim payments, the courts have not had much to say about final accounts, particularly post 2011. This is why Systems Pipework Ltd v Rotary Building Services Ltd is so welcome. Coulson J draws together the authorities on interim and final account payments and concludes (in a characteristically clear and to the point judgment) that the same rules apply to both.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 20th December 2017

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Bring it on… bring it all on! The risky strategy of leaving over arguments for another day in serial adjudications – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted December 20th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, damages, dispute resolution, news, time limits by tracey

‘One of the fears relating to adjudication is that a referring party will attempt to achieve success by grinding the responding party down through serial adjudications until it achieves the result it wants or the responding party gives in. In Benfield Construction Ltd v Trudson (Hatton) Ltd, Coulson J issued a clear warning that such an approach would not be condoned, stating.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 20th December 2017

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Genuine Discretion vs Absolute Contractual rights – 4 KBW

Posted December 11th, 2017 in contracts, interpretation, news by sally

‘Business contracts have become the language and form of commercial transactions. Their ubiquity is only surpassed by their functionality. They are useful for establishing one parties rights and obligations towards others as well as available remedies and dispute resolution mechanisms. Contracts can also confer powers upon a party to decide on issues that affect another party.’

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4 KBW, 5th December 2017

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Myths of Brexit – Speech by Lord Justice Hamblen

Myths of Brexit (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Hamblen

Conference organised by the Hong Kong Department of Justice entitled: “Impact of Brexit on the Development of Common Law, Dispute Resolution and Judicial Co-operation in civil and commercial matters”, 2nd December 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Court of Appeal upholds assignments of pre-LASPO CFAs – 4 New Square

Posted December 11th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, assignment, contracts, costs, fees, judgments, law firms, news by sally

‘Today [5 December] the Court of Appeal gave it’s eagerly awaited judgment in Budana v The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 1980. Overturning the decision of DJ Besford in the County Court at Kingston-Upon-Hull, the court ruled that a pre-LASPO CFA could validly be transferred from one firm of solicitors to another, even after 1 April 2013, in such a way as to preserve the right to recover success fees and ATE premiums, provided all three parties (client and both firms) expressly so agreed.’

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4 New Square, 5th December 2017

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Timeshare Contracts & Consumer Regulation – A Brief Introduction by David Partington – Park Square Barristers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in consumer protection, contracts, news, time sharing, unfair contract terms by sally

‘In this article I shall introduce the basics of deploying consumer law to timeshare contracts. Before I do that, I need to recap or explain two matters. One is the central “mischief” of timeshare contracts. The second is the mechanics of such contracts.’

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Park Square Barristers, 29th November 2017

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Pre-LASPO CFA was validly transferred to new firm, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, assignment, contracts, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The transfer of a conditional fee agreement (CFA) from one law firm to another around the time of the Jackson reforms was valid and the success fee can still be recovered from the defendant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2017

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson: Does good faith have any role in construction contracts? – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted December 1st, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Jackson: Does good faith have any role in construction contracts?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 29th November 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Charlotte Davies on Recent Cases on Oral Contracts – Sailing to Victory via the Horse & Groom – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 24th, 2017 in contracts, evidence, news by sally

‘Charlotte Davies looks at two recent decisions of the Commercial Court that provide useful illustrations of the Court’s approach to cases involving alleged oral contracts and demonstrate some of the pitfalls in such claims.’

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Littleton Chambers, 8th November 2017

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It’s all a matter of Interpretation – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, drafting, interpretation, news by sally

‘It is often the case that, when parties negotiate the parties’ rights to terminate a contract on particular terms, one party will often wish to have an opportunity to rectify any potential termination default that they have committed, whereas the other will wish to retain the discretion to determine when a contract will come to an end in the event of a termination event. The issue in the case was essentially about contractual interpretation, and a conflict within a termination clause which meant either the main contractor was entitled to serve a termination notice immediately on its subcontractor, or that there was a requirement that the main contractor provide an opportunity to the subcontractor to remedy the default before serving a termination notice.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 16th November 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Contributory negligence and construction contracts – Hardwicke Chambers

‘A plethora of issues were raised, and disposed of, by Fraser J’s recently handed-down judgment in Riva Properties and others v Foster + Partners Ltd, the most awkwardly entertaining one being the sense of pantomime arising from the court’s clear disapproval of the architect’s behaviour, which was described at various stages as “grubby”, “disingenuous” and “wholly unprofessional”.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th November 2017

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Not with a Whisper but a Bang: the new insurance laws in a Professional Indemnity Context – Hailsham Chambers

‘The changes of last August and the impending Enterprise Act 2016 changes for May of next year will transform the way we have to look at insurance contracts generally and, if our insurer clients’ underwriting departments have not substantially rewritten their proposal forms and policy documents, we can anticipate a few years of ongoing law making.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 3rd November 2017

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Burrows Investments Limited v Ward Homes Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 1577 – Falcon Chambers

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in contracts, damages, housing, news, planning by sally

‘The case concerned a residential development is White Sands, Camber, East Sussex. The land initially belonged to Burrows, which had obtained planning permission to build out a residential housing estate. Part of the land was sold to Ward, a housebuilder, subject to the terms of a contract which included an overage agreement by which 30% of profits above a fixed ceiling were payable to Burrows. That overage agreement was protected by a restriction at the Land Registry against the Ward title. Pursuant to the contract, certain disposals were “Permitted Disposals” under Clause 4.9 of the contract, not caught by the restriction. These included sales of individual units in the open market, and also (under sub-paragraph (c)) “the transfer … of land … for roads, footpaths, public open spaces or other social/community purposes”. Save as permitted, other disposals were caught by the restriction and required the disponee to submit to a deed of overage direct to Burrows.’

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Falcon Chambers, November 2017

Source: www.falcon-chambers.com

Autumn Newsletter – Falcon Chambers

– Prescriptive easements – a glass half-full: out with the negative; in with the positive 10

– Keeping the Title Clean: Unwanted Notices and Restrictions 12

– Estoppel in Pre-Contractual Negotiations 15

– The Curse of the Freebie 17

– Voidable and no Mistake 20

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Falcon Chambers, November 2017

Source: www.falcon-chambers.com

Condition precedents and the rule against redundancy in contract interpretation – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 15th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, interpretation, news, rectification by tracey

‘In Interserve Construction Ltd v Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, the court was asked to interpret the termination provisions of a contract to determine whether there was a condition precedent clause.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 15th November 2017

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How testing the evidence differs in adjudication and court – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 15th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, evidence, negligence, news by tracey

‘When I read Fraser J’s judgment in Riva Properties Ltd v Foster + Partners Ltd, the thing that struck me was how, in adjudication, we don’t always get the benefit of seeing the evidence tested to the same degree as you do in court or arbitration proceedings.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 14th November 2017

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Court of Appeal confirms meaning of section 111 of Construction Act 1996 – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, news by tracey

‘In Adam Architecture Ltd v Halsbury Homes Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1735, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that section 111 of the Construction Act 1996 (and the requirement to serve pay less notices) applies to payments due following completion or termination of a contract, as well as interim payments.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 2nd November 2017

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Chudley v Clydesdale: identifying the body – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in banking, contracts, fraud, news, third parties by sally

‘A recent Commercial Court case, Chudley v Clydesdale Bank plc has provided a rare comment on the application of the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the 1999 Act) and, in particular, on how you decide whether the contract adequately identifies the third party so as to allow them to enforce the contract.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 20th October 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk