Infra.law - Autumn 2020
Welcome to the Autumn edition of our construction and infrastructure publication, Infra.Law.
Whilst COVID-19 continues to impact our personal and professional lives and the news cycles are dominated by COVID-19 stories, the UK courts have handed down a number of recent judgments which are not related to COVID-19 but may well have a significant impact on the construction and infrastructure industry. Our Summer edition of Construct.law considered the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Bresco case, whilst this edition of Infra.Law looks at the courts’ decisions on the meaning of “design life” in construction contracts, the interpretation of indemnity provisions in sale and purchase agreements and the importance of clear and unambiguous wording in vesting certificates.
Paul Henty considers the implications of the Boohoo scandal and the Modern Slavery Act on the construction industry, whilst Niel Coertse and Glenn Bull consider the implications of termination for convenience clauses in Qatar and decennial liability in the Middle East respectively. Finally, the publication considers issues around apparent bias in arbitrations where arbitrators, experts and counsel have acted previously for the same clients and the need to disclose potential conflicts of interest.
We hope you enjoy reading this edition of Infra.Law. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the topics detailed within, or if there are any topics that you would like to read about in future editions.
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Andrew Keeley writes for Construction News on the Supreme Court's decision in Triple Point Technology, Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd
The Supreme Court recently delivered its highly anticipated judgement in Triple Point Technology, Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd.
The Oath reports on the recruitment of Peter Smith as a Senior Associate in the firm’s Dubai office
Peter Smith is a barrister with experience in a wide range of civil and commercial disputes across the GCC,
Pandemic Clauses: sharing (risk) is not (necessarily) caring
A County Court decision has refused to include a clause in a renewal lease to reduce the rent by 50% in the event of future lockdowns
Service charge demands: a reminder of key principles
What are the key principles, implications and key takeaways?
Steven Carey quoted by Construction Law on the risk of an increase in disputes over the materials shortage in the construction sector
Shortages of materials will likely lead to an increase in disputes as projects suffer ensuing disruption.
Record success for Charles Russell Speechlys’ Private Wealth practice in Chambers HNW 2021 directory
We are delighted to have once again been recognised as a leader in our field in the Chambers High Net Worth 2021 Guide.
Untangling the UK/Swiss Knot: Dealing with a cross border estate
What do the family need to think about following the death of a Swiss person with some UK connections?
Finance Bill 21/22: the implications for corporate taxpayers
The Finance Bill 2021-2022 was published yesterday. What impact will this have on corporate tax payers?
Barclay v Barclay: A Stark Reminder for Badly Behaved High-Profile Litigants
David considers the Barclay v Barclay case and if the judgment should be published, given it's severe criticism of Lord Barclay's conduct
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Duke Royalty on royalty financing agreement with Fairmed Healthcare AG
Duke Royalty is the leading provider of royalty finance to companies in the UK and Europe.
Charles Russell Speechlys shortlisted for Best EIS/SEIS Legal/Regulatory Adviser at 2021 EISA Awards
The Awards denote excellence and recognise the achievements of EIS/SEIS practitioners over the past year.
COVID-19 Vaccination – can an employer make it compulsory for employees?
We review what legal issues to take into account when considering to make vaccination compulsory as an employer.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises on the sale of No.1 Lounges Ltd to SwissportALD
SwissportALD will run nine No.1 Lounge properties at the UK’s London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Birmingham airports.
Charles Russell Speechlys releases H1 2021 deal highlights
Our deal highlights from the past 6 months are now available.
Housing-with-care considered in first ever parliamentary debate
The first ever formal parliamentary debate into housing-with-care focussed on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on retirement communities
Chris Hadnutt writes for Building on whether liquidated damages clauses survive termination of contract
Chris Hadnutt considers whether liquidated damages clauses survive termination of contract.
Q&A: Duval and consent for alterations
Q&A from a landlord and tenant on consent to carry out works in the light of the Supreme Court ruling in Duval.
Dispensation from consultation and major works
The Court of Appeal upheld the FTT judgement in Aster Communities v Chapman & Others, but what does this mean for landlords and tenants?
Property Patter: the whys and wherefores of receivership
What is a fixed charge receiver?