Hot Topics in Construction Arbitration

The past year has been a turbulent time for the global construction industry, with many construction projects around the world having been affected in some form or another by delays, disruption and cost overruns arising directly or indirectly from the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst there have been indications of a recent uptick in the global construction … Read more

Triple Point: All The Points You Need To Know

In the long-awaited decision of Triple Point Technology, Inc. v PTT Public Company Ltd [2021] UKSC 29, the Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s “radical re-interpretation of the case law on liquidated damages clauses” and has restored the orthodox interpretation of liquidated damages (“LDs”) clauses in the event that a contract is terminated … Read more

HSF CONTRIBUTES TO GAR’S ‘THE ASIA PACIFIC ARBITRATION REVIEW 2022’

Tokyo Partner Craig Shepherd, together with Singapore Of Counsel Daniel Waldek and Associate Mitchell Dearness, have contributed to GAR’s ‘The Asia Pacific Arbitration Review 2022′ with a section on construction and infrastructure arbitration in Asia Pacific. The authors consider the potential impacts of Covid-19 disruption and the transition to green energy on construction disputes in … Read more

Launch of our New Malaysia Notes Blog

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a new Malaysia blog, which you can find at https://hsfnotes.com/malaysia/ or via the “More blogs” link above.   “Malaysia Notes” is where you’ll find news on the latest legal developments in Malaysia.   You can subscribe to the blog by entering your e-mail address on the site in order to receive updates … Read more

Owner’s termination of oral contract falls away in absence of a repudiatory breach

Significant construction projects often have contracts running to thousands of pages, yet still there is room for the parties to argue that other promises have been made orally, often in meetings on site. Important lessons concerning oral agreements can be learned from smaller construction projects where parties will sometimes agree all of the terms orally … Read more

Warranted Trends in Design Standards

Design-related obligations are at the core of any construction contract. Naturally, therefore, they tend to be the cause of much contention during negotiations. In this article, we consider significant recent developments concerning design-related obligations and their impact on the procurement of construction projects. Read more

The Professional Indemnity Insurance Crisis: Not Just a Supply Chain Issue

In March 2021, the Construction Leadership Council published its findings of a recent pan-industry survey of over 1,000 firms, which confirmed a widespread problem experienced by many construction and architecture firms in obtaining professional indemnity insurance (“PII”) cover.[1] The survey found that companies were being prevented from taking on projects, and even having to change … Read more

English High Court holds that there should be no presumptions when construing clauses purporting to exclude or limit liability in the context of allegedly deliberate or repudiatory breach

Mott MacDonald Ltd v Trant Engineering Ltd [2021] EWHC 754 (TCC) concerned an application for summary judgment by Mott MacDonald Ltd (“Mott”) on whether the fundamental, deliberate and wilful breaches of contract alleged by Trant Engineering Ltd (“Trant”) fell within scope of the clauses limiting and restricting Mott’s liability. Trant took the position that the counterclaim … Read more