Publications

Publications

Our lawyers contribute regularly to industry and legal journals including Building, Post Magazine and Solicitors Journal. In addition we write legal briefings, newsletters and case reports on our main practice areas.

Published and other articles are free and may be downloaded in PDF format.

See our most recent articles below or use the search function to find publications by Sector, Service and/or keyword. Articles over 1 year old are stored in our Publications Archive.

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Andrew Croft & Ben Spannuth

Publication: Construction Law

Our regular review of the court decisions of most relevance to construction comes from Andrew Croft and Ben Spannuth, focusing on a case which serves as a reminder of the courts’ approach to strike-out and summary judgment applications; and another that highlights the courts’ robust support of the ‘pay now, argue later’ principle of the Construction Act.

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Joe Bryant

The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the case of Stoffel & Co v Grondona, in which it considers the much-debated defence of illegality and, in particular, the Court of Appeal’s application of the judgment in Patel v Mirza [2016].

In this article, Joe Bryant discusses the decisionband explains why the defence of illegality remains highly case- and fact- specific.

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Willis Towers Watson and Joe Bryant

Publication: Willis Towers Watson

The annual 1 October PII renewal process for solicitors is always frenetic. But this year’s renewal season was particularly challenging for a whole host of reasons. This article, published by Willis Towers Watson and co-authored by Joanne Cracknell of WTW and Beale & Co’s Joe Bryant, looks at what happened and some lessons that can be learned in a market that is showing no sign of softening.

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Michael Salau & Jade Archer

In an article earlier this year here we referred to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC)’s guidance on site operating procedures and, in particular, the revision of on-site distancing rules. Some months on, the CLC has published an updated version (6) of the Site Operating Procedures.

In this article, Michael Salau and Jade Archer provide an update on recent Covid-related developments and consider the H&S issues that arise.

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James Vernon

The recent case of Lane End Developments v Kingstone Civil Engineering Ltd reinforces the important of complying with the relevant adjudication rules.

In this article James Vernon summarises the case and its significance to parties referring future construction disputes to adjudication.

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James Vernon and Andrew Croft

The recent case of Rochford Construction Ltd v Kihan Construction Ltd reinforces the importance of clear payment dates and suggests that fixing the final date for payment by reference to an invoice (as is the case in the NEC4 PSC) is inconsistent with the Construction Act.

In this article James Vernon and Andrew Croft considers the judgment of the TCC and how it may affect construction contract payment provisions going forwards.

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Andrew Croft & Ben Spannuth

Publication: Construction Law

Our regular round up of cases of most interest to construction comes from Andrew Croft and Ben Spannuth, focusing on one that highlights the importance of defining design life requirements within contracts; and a Supreme Court ruling that means insolvency practitioners can use adjudication to pursue claims.

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Joe Bryant and Melissa Evans

Many law firms renewing their professional indemnity insurance (PII) on 1 October this year were faced with higher premiums and a reduced choice of insurer. This would have been unwelcome news given that the profitability of many of these firms would have declined over the past seven months or so due to the current pandemic. However, the solicitors’ PII market was hardening well before the emergence of Covid-19.

In this article Joe Bryant and Melissa Evans examine:

1) The causes of the hardening market over the past couple of years; and
2) What law firms and insurers are doing to keep premiums down

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