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

Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale – The Supreme Court Judgment

Analysis written by George Woods. The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale [2020] UKSC 25. It has returned the law to where it was before the first instance judgment and has made a firm statement that there is jurisdiction for insolvent construction companies to refer […]

22nd June 2020

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

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

Triple Point Technology, Inc. v PTT Public Company Limited

In a case note written for the Society of Computers and Law (SCL), Quentin Tannock and Jonathan Schaffer-Goddard summarise and analyse the recent judgment in Triple Point and the correct approach towards liquidated damages for delay clauses. Quentin and Jonathan’s case note is now available on the SCL website.

15th March 2019

Construction Newsletter – Important Decsion 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

UK Government’s “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour” – toothless for now, but laying foundations for further measures

On 7 May 2020, the Government published a document entitled “Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the COVID-19 emergency” (the “guidance”). In this short article, Sean Brannigan QC and Kajetan Wandowicz summarise the guidance, and discuss its potential implications for commercial parties. It was prepared jointly by the Cabinet Office and […]

12th May 2020

New Construction and Shipbuilding Case Update: Prevention Principle and Delay Notices

Construction and Shipbuilding Case Alert: prevention principle; delay and extension of time notices – Jiangsu Guoxin Corp v Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd [2020] EWHC 1030 (Comm) A noteworthy judgment considering (1) the prevention principle, and (2) notice requirements for extensions of time under amended SAJ form shipbuilding contracts was handed down by Butcher J on 30 April 2020. 4 […]

30th April 2020

Insolvency in the Construction Industry Webinar

**THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED** 4 Pump Court invite you to the first in our series of webinars. This session will launch our essential guide to insolvency within the construction industry, featuring a guest panelist from Grant Thornton. Tuesday 28 April, 15.00-16.00 Chair: Sean Brannigan QC, 4 Pump Court Panelists: Jonathan Lewis, James Bowling, Peter Oliver, Simon Goldstone and Daniel Goodkin, […]

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

Construction Newsletter – The TCC throws a spanner in the works of expert witness firms

Summary In what is likely to be a significant blow to firms providing expert witness services, the TCC has recently issued a judgment that may heavily curtail their activities. In a decision issued last week in A Company v X, Y, Z [2020] EWHC 809 (TCC) the claimant succeeded in continuing an injunction restraining the […]

9th April 2020

Chambers Global Rankings 2020

4 Pump Court is delighted to be recognised in the latest edition of Chambers Global 2020. Our barristers have been described as ‘truly excellent’ and as ‘phenomenal advocates’, supported by an ‘incredibly commercial’ clerking team. Our barristers have been ranked in the following areas: Commercial Dispute Resolution Construction Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates Energy & […]

18th February 2020

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