Construct.Law - Summer 2020
We’re delighted to share our Summer edition of Construct.law, our bi-annual Construction, Engineering and Projects publication.
Inevitably the impact of COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines and affect our daily lives, both personally and professionally. This edition considers the impact of the crisis on both global supply chains and local site-level health and safety issues.
Aside from COVID-19, the Supreme Court’s decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (In Liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd has generated much interest from the industry. With insolvencies sadly expected to increase in the coming months, it is perhaps timely that liquidators have now been permitted to commence adjudications (although challenges remain at the enforcement stage).
This edition also includes interesting and wide-ranging articles on issues such the HMRC’s crackdown on personal service companies, the use of drones to collect data and the exclusion of indirect and consequential losses. There is an update on the Government’s reforms to the building safety regime in response to the Grenfell tragedy. Finally, we get back to basics and look at the law relating to variations.
Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the issues covered by Construct.Law or if there are any topics which you would like us to cover in future editions.
IBA Annual Conference
The IBA heads to Miami for its 2022 Annual Conference bringing together thousands hundreds of lawyers from around the world.
Charles Russell Speechlys acts for Maitland Medical Services Ltd on its acquisition of Soma Health Limited
We have advised Maitland Medical Services Ltd on its acquisition of Soma Health Limited.
Dominic Lawrance and Catrin Harrison write for Tax Journal on the statutory residence test
The statutory residence test: an exceptionally useful case on ‘exceptional circumstances’
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Zenzero on the acquisition of OnTech
Zenzero is one of the fastest growing service providers in the UK, supporting over 10,000 users across a variety of industries.
Mind your business: Safeguarding your business against loss of mental capacity
Practical considerations to safeguard your business against loss of mental capacity.
PART 36— A move towards greater flexibility?
Discussing the possibility of the Part 36 regime opening up with recent developments.
FT Wealth quotes Sarah Anticoni on forum shopping
"Being the first to file for divorce is not a foolproof way of securing an English hearing"
What can UK investors interested in Life Sciences learn from their more experienced, including US, counterparts?
The recent tie-up between Canary Wharf and Kadans demonstrates the enthusiasm to access the lucrative UK life sciences market.
The hurdles in establishing retrospective validation of post-petition dispositions
A discussion on the key takeaways from ICC Judge Barbers recent case ruling.
Helen Coward writes for Tax Journal on the main purpose test for SDLT group relief
Mainly ignored? The main purpose test for SDLT group relief
The Ayes have it - Collateral Warranties can be a ‘Construction Contract’
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited v Simply Construct (UK) LLP
Charles Russell Speechlys advising Battery Ventures on the sale of SPT Labtech for £650 million.
Battery Ventures has raised over $9 billion to invest in software and services, enterprise infrastructure, and much more around the world.
Windrush Day 2022 – supporting access to justice
Charles Russell Speechlys is proud to continue supporting survivors of the Windrush scandal in their fight for justice.
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022: Landlords and developers beware serious sanctions for non-compliance
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 8 February 2022 and will come into force on 30 June 2022.
EG quotes Emma Preece on the Picturehouse and BNY Mellon rent arrears cases
“The case is being closely watched by landlords and tenants alike as the impact of the pandemic lives on in the commercial property sector”
Charles Russell Speechlys has advised long-standing client Stonegate on a series A investment into Peckwater Brands
Stonegate is one of the largest pub companies in the UK with a rich portfolio that covers over 4,500 sites.
Pro bono support for major office premises move for charity in Stoke-on-Trent
Emmaus entities provide safe homes, community support and meaningful work to formerly homeless people across the UK.
Financier Worldwide quotes Rachel Warren on the UK’s Economic Crime Act
Evaluating the UK’s Economic Crime Act
Julia Cox and Felicity Chapman write for International Adviser on the rise of pre-nups in the UK
Julia Cox and Felicity Chapman write for International Adviser on the rise of pre-nups
Property Patter: Reasonable Endeavours
What does it mean to use ‘best’, ‘all’ or ‘reasonable’ endeavours?