The Society of Construction Law Annual Spring Conference 2023

The Society of Construction Law Conference is an annual industry event, which is attended every year by Construction Lawyers, Surveyors, Claims Consultants, Project Managers and other construction professionals involved in the construction industry. This year, Lynne McCafferty KC and Luke Wygas will be on the panel session “Construction Law Update: A review of key recent […]

Legal 500 Awards Nominations 2022

We are delighted to share that 4 Pump Court has been shortlisted in 10 categories at The Legal 500 2022 Awards. Junior of the year – Luke WygasConstruction and Energy junior of the year – James BowlingConstruction and Energy set of the yearConstruction and Energy silk of the year – Sean Brannigan KCFinancial Services and Insurance junior of the year […]

6th July 2022

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 KC – National Guide Rachel Ansell KC – National Guide Civil Fraud Nigel Tozzi KC – National Leader Construction Sean Brannigan KC – 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 KC has been included in the commercial rankings, whilst leading silks ranked in the construction guide include Sean Brannigan KC, Lord Marks KC, 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 KC, Lord Marks KC, Duncan McCall KC, Rachel Ansell KC, Ben Pilling KC, Alexander Hickey KC, Lynne McCafferty KC and James Leabeater KC. 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 KC Lord Marks KC Duncan McCall KC Rachel Ansell KC Ben Pilling KC Alexander Hickey KC 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 KC, Alexander Hickey KC 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 […]

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

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