Annual Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Day Conference

Marriages of convenience: being “stuck in the middle with you” in an EPCM project Sean Brannigan QC and Rachel Ansell QC will be speaking at the Hogan Lovells Annual Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Day on 7th January 2021. The event will focus on major construction projects, giving you the chance to ask your questions to […]

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

Grenfell and the Stretch to Pennsylvania for Punitive Damages

Introduction In Kristen Behrens, Esq., as Administratrix, et al. v. Arconic, Inc., et al [1] a US federal district court in Pennsylvania has dismissed on grounds of forum non conveniens claims brought by victims of the Grenfell Tower fire against: The US manufacturer of the combustible cladding tiles; and The US parent company of the […]

23rd November 2020

Awarded Professional Negligence Junior of the Year and Construction Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that Kate Livesey was awarded Professional Negligence Junior of the Year and Thomas Crangle was awarded Construction Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020. 4 Pump Court was also nominated for Construction Set of the Year, Fiona Sinclair QC for Construction Silk of the Year and […]

20th November 2020

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

Reasons to Issue a Claim Form in UK–EU/EFTA Disputes in 2020, while the Going is Good

With the Brexit transition period set to end on 31 December 2020, this article looks at the implications for jurisdiction and the recognition & enforcement of judgments in cross-border litigation involving parties split between the UK and EU/EFTA member states, with a particular focus on litigation before the courts of England and Wales. It concludes […]

4th 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 […]

Nominations for the Chambers Bar Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that 4 Pump Court has been shortlisted for five awards at the Chambers Bar Awards 2020 both as a set and individual members. Our nominations are: Construction Set of the Year Construction Silk of the Year – Fiona Sinclair QC Construction Junior of the Year – Thomas Crangle Professional Negligence […]

28th September 2020

Webinar: Insolvency & Payment with Limeslade

Join James Bowling and other industry experts from Opus Restructuring and Womble Bond Dickinson to discuss how to manage the risk and deal with insolvency in the construction industry. What warning signs should you look for, what are the causes and risks? What options are available to firms facing or dealing with insolvency, and how […]

23rd September 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

Andrew Stevens to speak on prevention principle and shipbuilding case at LMAA-SMU webinar

Andrew Stevens will be speaking at the first of three LMAA-Shanghai Maritime University webinars on 15 September 2020.  The first webinar is on current shipbuilding topics.  Andrew will be speaking on the recent major decision of Butcher J on the prevention principle and the SAJ form in Jiangsu Guoxin v Precious Shipping [2020] EWHC 1030 […]

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