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

COVID-2019: Insurance and Construction Projects Podcast

In our latest podcast, James Doe (Partner, UK Head of Construction & Infrastructure Disputes), Emma Schaafsma (Partner, Construction & Infrastructure Disputes) & Sarah McNally (Partner, Insurance Disputes) look at how construction contracts are currently being affected by COVID-2019 and the extent to which insurance cover might protect against losses.   This episode can be found … Read more

Managing Contractor Insolvency: Part 2 – legal, commercial and other practical considerations for mitigating the impact of contractor insolvency

This is part 2 of our 3-part blog series. In part 1, we discussed the key signs and implications of contractor insolvency, as well as the further consequences of insolvency involving a joint venture contractor. In this part 2, we discuss the legal, commercial and other practical considerations for mitigating the impact of contractor insolvency.  … Read more

Construction Case Law Digest 2018/2019

Over the last 12 months, there have been a number of notable cases with significant implications for construction law and practice. As well as several adjudication cases, such as the widely discussed Grove Developments, which untangled the conflicting authorities around true value adjudications, there were a number of cases that considered fundamental issues of contract … Read more

The unintended consequences of insurance

On 10 May 2017, the UK’s Supreme Court gave a decision by the closest of margins (3 to 2) which will have significant implications for construction projects where the parties have agreed a common approach to insurance. The Court held that, even where one party is in breach of a clear warranty, if the parties … Read more