Webinar: 2021 in Construction Law – the year in review

On Thursday 10 February, 10.30am GMT (6.30pm HK time), The Society of Construction Law Hong Kong is hosting a morning webinar looking back over 2021 in construction law. Join the 4PC panel of silks as they review key decisions, their consequences for construction and legal professionals, and consider issues to watch in 2022. The panel consists of Sean Brannigan […]

Construction Newsletter – Case note on the Court of Appeal’s decision in Building Design Partnership Ltd v Standard Life Assurance Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1793

Guidance on pleading and proving sampled or extrapolated claims Summary 1. Construction lawyers will be familiar with the use of sampling and extrapolation in presenting evidence to prove claims. They are commonly used, for example, in defects cases. The question for the Court of Appeal in this case, however, was whether a party could, in […]

28th January 2022

Nominations for the Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that 4 Pump Court has been shortlisted for five awards at the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 both as a set and individual members. Our nominations are: Construction Set of the Year Construction Silk of the Year – Jessica Stephens QC IT/ IP Silk of the Year – Alex Charlton QC Professional […]

26th August 2021

Demand Bonds and International Arbitration: The Autonomy Principle Stands Tall

In April of this year, the High Court gave judgment in the case of Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Ltd v Yumn Ltd & Standard Chartered Bank [2021] EWHC 862 (Comm). This was an important decision on the operation of demand bonds, in the broader context of international arbitration. Simon Hale of 4 Pump Court appeared […]

25th August 2021

Who’s Who Legal Rankings 2021

We are delighted to have been ranked in the Who’s Who Legal 2021 Guides. Those below have been recognised for their expertise in the following areas: Arbitration Nicholas Vineall QC – National Guide Rachel Ansell QC – National Guide Civil Fraud Nigel Tozzi QC – National Leader Construction Sean Brannigan QC – Global Guide and […]

4th June 2021

Case Note on Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Limited: Interpretation of alleged inconsistencies between bespoke terms and standard forms

Introduction 1. On 18 May 2021 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 718.  While the case does not change the law, it provides a helpful outline as to the approach to be taken to interpreting alleged inconsistencies between bespoke terms […]

27th May 2021

Construction claims, building and site safety, and more

Jessica Stephens QC recently joined the construction disputes team at Womble Bond Dickinson for a conference discussing current trends in the construction industry. Hot topics at the moment are legal developments affecting claims, time and cost claims, loss and expense claims, building safety, and health and safety. An article reviewing the content covered, as well […]

25th March 2021

Construction Newsletter – How far can you go? Anti-suit injunctions, interim relief and ICC Arbitration Rules: SRS v Chemie Tech

Introduction and background The ICC Arbitration Rules permit parties to seek interim relief before courts in support of an arbitration. But it is a breach of any exclusive arbitration clause to seek a substantive ruling from a court on issues which should be referred to an arbitration. Where, then, is the dividing line between interim […]

12th November 2020

Webinar: Common NEC issues explained

Jessica Stephens QC will join Driver Trett on 10th November for their second autumn webinar. The webinar will take the form of a mock adjudication and focus on explaining common NEC issues including defective work, key dates, late changes to Works Information and delay damages. This webinar will be of interest to all those who […]

2nd November 2020

Society of Construction Law Hong Kong – Online Annual Conference

We are delighted to be sponsoring the SCL Hong Kong Annual Conference again this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online by way of a series of four webinars. James Leabeater QC and Jessica Stephens QC of 4 Pump Court will be speaking at sessions 3 and 2 respectively. The […]

Jessica Stephens QC examines the recent TCC judgment in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC)

Judgment was issued yesterday in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited 2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC) following a six week trial heard last year before Mr Justice Pepperall in the TCC. Daniel Churcher of 4 Pump Court appeared as junior counsel for Essex, instructed by Slaughter and May alongside Marcus Taverner QC, Piers Stansfield […]

19th June 2020

Construction Newsletter – Important Decision from the Qatar Financial Centre Court of Appeal

Demand guarantees, strict compliance, and preclusion: Qatar Financial Centre Court of Appeal upholds enforcement of guarantees and provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the URDG. Key points The Court of Appeal of the Qatar Financial Centre (part of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre) has decided its first case relating to […]

13th May 2020

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