COVID 19 – Construction Sites: First Step of Phase Two

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 11 May 2020, the Government published “Our Plan to Rebuild: the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy” (the “Recovery Strategy”) which sets out the next two phases of the Government’s response to COVID-19 following the Stay at Home guidance (Phase One). The next two phases are Smarter … Read more

Kept in suspense? Some thoughts on termination under JCT

Current events are stress-testing construction contracts, in ways which their authors could never have foreseen. Unsurprisingly, that includes termination provisions – including those in the JCT forms. One recent client query certainly gave me pause for thought: if the client issued an instruction to suspend the works because of Covid-19, could the contractor eventually become … Read more

English court restrains expert from acting in arbitration due to breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty – A Company v X, Y and Z [2020] EWHC 809 (TCC).

English court restrains expert from acting in arbitration due to breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty – A Company v X, Y and Z [2020] EWHC 809 (TCC).   Summary Earlier this month, the English High Court extended an interim injunction restraining a global expert consultancy firm from acting as independent experts in separate, although … Read more

Client Health and Safety Duties in Respect of Covid-19

This blog note provides an overview of the health and safety responsibilities of a client in respect of works being carried out pursuant to a building contract, during the implementation of UK government's social distancing rules to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more