Severability of adjudicators’ decisions, and genuine belief in sum stated as due in payment notices

Construction analysis: In Downs Road v Laxmanbhai, the Technology and Construction Court provided important guidance on when an adjudicator’s decision may and may not be severed, so as to preserve the enforceable parts of an award which has been found to be unenforceable in part. The case also provides an example of an adjudicator’s decision […]

13th September 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

Rankings in The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2021

4 Pump Court are delighted that Members of Chambers have been recognised for their commercial and construction work in the Middle East by the Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2021. Stephen Cogley QC has been included in the commercial rankings, whilst leading silks ranked in the construction guide include Sean Brannigan QC, Lord Marks QC, Duncan […]

19th April 2021

If at first you don’t succeed…

Luke Wygas has co-authored an article with Mark Manning, Partner at Ashfords LLP, exploring the implications for construction managers of Rochford v Kilhan. In August 2018 Rochford Construction awarded a subcontract to Kilhan Construction for a reinforced concrete frame on a project at Richmond upon Thames College. A payment dispute arose, which centred on the validity of […]

16th December 2020

John Doyle v Erith Contractors Limited [2020] EWHC 2451 (TCC): Insolvency and Construction – The Construction Act strikes back

Case summary written by Luke Wygas. The case of Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd (Bresco) saw the TCC and the Court of Appeal agree that insolvent referring parties should not reap the rewards of adjudication.  In fact, the TCC said that a referring party facing an adjudication brought by an […]

22nd September 2020

Rankings in The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2020

4 Pump Court are delighted that Members of Chambers have been recognised for their construction work in the Middle East by the Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2020. Leading silks ranked in the guide include Sean Brannigan QC, Lord Marks QC, Duncan McCall QC, Rachel Ansell QC, Ben Pilling QC, Alexander Hickey QC, Lynne McCafferty QC and James Leabeater QC. Leading juniors in the rankings […]

17th April 2020

Rankings in Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2019

4 Pump Court are delighted that Members of Chambers have been recognised for their construction work in the Middle East by the Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2019. Barristers ranked in the guide include: Leading Silks Sean Brannigan QC Lord Marks QC Duncan McCall QC Rachel Ansell QC Ben Pilling QC Alexander Hickey QC James Leabeater […]

10th April 2019

PFI Contracts breakfast seminar

On March 13th we hosted the second session in our two part series of seminars focusing on the consequences of Carillon’s collapse. Chaired by Sean Brannigan QC, Alexander Hickey QC and Luke Wygas, experts in disputes arising from PFI contracts, discussed the likely consequences of the Carillion collapse on PFI contracts going forward. Alexander Hickey […]

23rd March 2018

Equitix ESI CHP (Wrexham) Limited v Bester Generacion UK Limited

Luke Wygas represented the successful claimant in this enforcement decision. The adjudicator’s decision was for approximately £11,000,000 plus interest. The Defendant resisted enforcement for a number of reasons, the two most interesting were that the operations were excluded operations under Section 105 (2) of the Act and secondly that there was a reservation of rights. […]

22nd February 2018

Carillion: The Immediate Effect and Next Steps

Every now and again things happen which have far reaching consequences. Brexit is one, but as far as the UK construction industry is concerned, the fact that the Carillon group has been placed into compulsory liquidation is another. Clearly these are very worrying times for anyone who was expecting to get paid by one of […]

16th January 2018

Legal 500 UK Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Construction and Energy Set of the Year and Clerking Team of the Year at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2018. 4 Pump Court were also shortlisted in the following areas, making us the most nominated chambers this year: Chambers of the Year: Commercial Litigation Junior […]

Lexis Nexis Adjudication update

A team from 4 Pump Court are delighted to have worked in association with LexisNexis to refresh the Adjudication content on LexisPSL Dispute Resolution, since writing the first edition back in 2008. The team led by Alexander Hickey QC, James Bowling and Luke Wygas have redrafted the Adjudication section in LexisPSL Dispute Resolution to help […]

19th July 2016

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