Case Digest: The importance of the written word – delays in moving (Heaven) and Earth

In Lucas Earthmovers Pty Limited v Anglogold Ashanti Australia Limited [2019] FCA 1049, the Federal Court of Australia considered several issues that typically arise in large-scale resources projects. In so doing, it reinforced the sanctity of the agreed bargain between the parties and highlighted the inherent difficulties in proving the oft-claimed, but rarely successful, misleading … 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

Design liability under the NEC form of contract

In SSE Generation Limited v Hochtief Solutions AG and another decided on 21st December 2016, the Court of Session in Scotland considered a contractor’s potential design liability under the NEC Form of Contract. It concluded that the contractor was not obliged to guarantee the performance of the works where Option M (X15) was adopted so … Read more