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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Antony Smith

Infrastructure projects are often criticised for their impact on the natural environment and local communities. The Equator Principles (EPs) provide financial institutions with a risk management framework for determining, assessing and managing the environmental and social risk of projects.

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Ian Masser and Sophie Bryant

In recent years, the safety of cladding on high-rise buildings has received much attention. In particular, aluminium composite (‘ACM’) cladding has been the subject of significant press attention and government regulation.

However, recent fire safety tests on High Pressure Laminate (“HPL’) cladding suggest that this is likely to receive similar levels of scrutiny as the now infamous ACM cladding.

In this article, we consider the nature of HPL cladding, previous government advice as regards its use and the outcome and consequences of recent fire safety tests.

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Stephen Reilly and Kiran Gill

In a move that will be welcomed by both directors, officers and their D&O insurers, the Government has recently announced a series of new measures designed to give companies and directors some much-needed breathing space in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this article, Stephen Reilly and Kiran Gill discuss these new measures and highlight actions Directors and Officers should now be taking to protect their own legal position.

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Niamh Loughran, Sarah Conroy and Emmy Marshall

The ongoing effects of Covid 19 have caused unforeseen disruption and uncertainty for many industries. The construction industry has unfortunately not been spared by the virus’s continuing spread.

This article sets out the implications that the new measures will have on employers in the construction industry, how these measures should be adopted and the options available to employers during this time.

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Simon Mathews and Zakariya Mehmood

In this article, Simon Mathews and Zakariyah Mehmood discuss the recent decision in Endurance Corporate Capital Limited v Sartex Quilts & Textiles Limited. The dispute between the two parties centred on whether Sartex (the insured party) was in fact, entitled to an indemnity under its property insurance policy on a reinstatement basis.

The decision both on Appeal and at Trial provides for an interesting insight into the relevant legal tests which apply when assessing the sum payable under a policy of insurance against property damage - when there is no express term in the policy itself, fixing the measure of loss.

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Michael Archer and Emily Hunt

In this guidance note, our Corporate Services team highlight what assistance the UK Government has announced (so far as the details are known) to help employers through these difficult times.

We start with the most eye-catching of those measures announced so far – the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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James Hutchinson

The Government has announced they will be relaxing the law for companies undergoing a rescue or restructure process, giving them breathing space that could help avoid insolvency.

James Hutchinson, Corporate Partner, outlines the changes here.

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Scott Lambert

Yesterday (25 March 2020) the Dubai Government issued a directive that all private sector companies and commercial establishments (excluding pharmacies, cooperative societies, grocery stores and supermarkets) implement a remote work system for 80% of employees to 9 April 2020. Construction, contracting and building materials is a critical industry that is excluded from the directive but should take necessary precautionary measures with due regard to the guidelines on sanitisation and social distancing.

If a further directive is given which removes this exclusion it will cause a cessation or significant impairment to work progressing on site with any project. Therefore both Employers and Contractors should immediately review their contracts to plan on how to respond should this occur. This review should include the programme, change of law, force majeure and notice of claim clauses.

For more information or assistance on any of this, please contact Scott Lambert, Partner in our Dubai office.

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