Podcast: On Design life claims, COVID, and empty hotels – Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel reflect on the trial in Blackpool BC v VolkerFitzpatrick

Following the launch of our 4PC Podcast last week, in the second episode of the series, Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel who appeared on opposite sides in Blackpool BC v VolkerFitzpatrick, sit down to chat about the law on design life claims and the evidence needed to prove them. For those that do not have a Spotify account, our podcast […]

24th August 2020

Depots, Design Life and Donkeys

Simon Hale has co-written a short article with Richard Moody and Beth Jenkinson of Clyde & Co on the recent decision in Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Limited which addresses a range of important issues, including: (i) design life; (ii) contribution claims; and (iii) the instruction of experts. The full article is available on Clyde […]

30th June 2020

Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel Succeed for Main Contractor and Steelworks Subcontractor in the TCC

Following a 5-week trial in February, March and April 2020, 4 Pump Court’s Simon Hale and Sanjay Patel have successfully obtained judgment in the case of Blackpool Borough Council v Volkerfitzpatrick Limited and ors [2020] EWHC 1523 (TCC). The case concerned the Starr Gate Tram Depot in Blackpool. Blackpool brought wide-ranging claims that various key […]

18th 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

Nominations for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that 4 Pump Court has been nominated for nine awards at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020 both as a set and individual members. Our nominations are: Construction & Energy: Set of the Year IP, IT & Media: Set of the Year Shipping: Set of the Year International Arbitration: Silk […]

27th November 2019

Simon Hale joins 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court are delighted to announce that Simon Hale will join Chambers with effect from 22nd October. Simon is a highly regarded junior with a thriving commercial practice both in litigation and international arbitration across his areas of expertise. Recognised by clients as “exceptionally talented” and “excellent, sharp-witted and pragmatic”, his work mainly focuses […]

16th October 2019

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