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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Michael Salau

The Environment Agency has highlighted that in November of last year, Wessex Water offered the largest ever enforcement undertaking, amounting to £975,000.

Michael Salau comments on this enforcement undertaking and how water and waste companies appear to be at the forefront of convictions and undertakings.

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Antony Smith & Anna Braden

Two decisions in the Technology and Construction Court (in the cases of A v B [2018] EWHC 3366 (TCC) and Bond v Mackay and Others [2018] EWHC 2475 (TCC)) have provided some useful guidance and clarification on the grounds for challenging an Arbitrator's award.

The cases focus on the Court's discretion to vary an award by a tribunal as to its substantive jurisdiction under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“Act”); and to set aside an award for serious irregularity under section 68 of the Act.

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Nathan Modell & Sophie-Rose Bowen

On 21 December 2018, an outright ban on the use of combustible materials on the exterior of new residential buildings over 18 metres in height came in to force.

In this note, Nathan Modell and Sophie-Rose Bowen explain what is (and is not) included in the amended regulations and possible further developments.

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Tara Cosgrove and Cian O'Gorman

On 17 January 2019 the Irish government announced that it is drafting legislation which would provide a temporary run-off regime allowing UK and Gibraltar based Insurers and brokers to continue to service existing insurance contracts with Irish policyholders in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

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Anna Braden & Kevin Henderson

On 28 December 2018 the UK submitted its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005 to ensure that it will continue to apply in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

In this article, Anna Braden and Kevin Henderson provide an insight into this, and how a no-deal Brexit could impact commercial contracts in the future.

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Sheena Sood

Publication: Building Magazine

Senior Partner Sheena Sood has written a preview of what 2019 will hold for the
construction industry from a legal point of view in Building Magazine.

In it she discusses the skills gap, the ban of ACM cladding, the Building Regulations and modular construction.

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Sarah Conroy & Cian O'Gorman

In a move to respond to some of the shortfalls in the planning process, the Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill, 2017 was published by the legislature and is currently at the Third Stage before Dáil Éireann.

In this article, Sarah Conroy and Cian O'Gorman explain the intended function of the Bill, and how it will facilitate the process for building control and planning administration in the future.

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James Hutchinson

Last year saw significant corporate and M&A activity in the construction sector. There was the negative impact of the collapse of Carillion, but also positive M&A Activity.

2019 looks like it will be a busy year with continuing uncertainty over Brexit, increased interest from overseas buyers and with succession planning an ongoing driver for deal activity.

In this article, James Hutchinson looks back at 2018 and picks five cases which provide useful lessons about avoiding problems on deals.

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