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.
Charity Training: Digital Transformation in the Charity Sector (Session 2)
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The UK’s New Skilled Worker & Intra-Company Visa Routes: a closer look
Taking a closer look at the UK’s new visas to assist UK businesses.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Duke Royalty on increasing and extending its revolving credit facility agreement
London listed Duke Royalty was founded in 2015 and is the leading provider of royalty finance to companies in the UK and Europe.
Explore your Options: Top 10 Tips with Option Agreements
Providing you with the top ten tips with option agreements - what should you know?
Patrick Gearon FCIArb
Insolvency Legislation in the GCC
The interesting times of the last 14 months were preceded by the interesting times of the financial crisis of 2008/2009.
EWS1 Forms - the latest episode
RICS have now published their highly anticipated guidance on when EWS1 forms will be required.
Q&A: Am I insured for COVID-19?
Laura Bushaway writes for Estates Gazette on a recent claim under the “disease clause” of business interruption policy.
The Purpose Podcast: Corporate purpose
Simon Ridpath discusses corporate purpose and the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in “The Purpose Podcast”
Client alert: Construction under competition law spotlight
We outline the three investigations which have either recently concluded or are ongoing together with what this means for businesses.
Looking beyond the benefitted land: confirmation that an objector’s wider property may be considered in applications to discharge/modify restrictive covenants
Read our recent case study on applicants who were prevented from developing a new house due to a restrictive covenant covering their land.
Further extension of coronavirus restrictions affecting residential properties: Where are we now?
The extension will be implemented from and including 31 March 2021 by the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Knight Frank Wealth Report: The Global Perspective on Prime Property & Investment
Knight Frank partners joined Charles Russell Speechlys for a virtual panel-led discussion on the Knight Frank Wealth Report
Case Study: One Blackfriars Limited
An informative and positive judgment for administrators selling high-value property in distressed and complex scenarios.
Keeping Up With Construction: Handover at Practical Completion - Practical Pointers
Practical tips for the handover of a successful project.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises on Trident Royalties’ US$28m Placing
Trident Royalties plc is a growth-focused mining royalty and streaming company.
Temporary restrictions on winding-up petitions extended until 30 June 2021
As the restrictions are extended, read what it means for you here.
Steven Carey writes for Building on whether a company can provide expert services in claims for and against the same party
A recent appeal case looked at whether a company can provide expert services in claims for and against the same party.
InvestAfrica: Checking in or Checking out? Financing Africa’s Hotels in 2021
The discussion examined the strategies investors and financial institutions can implement to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
Commercial rent arrears: what are the latest restrictions on landlords’ remedies this quarter day?
What you need to know for this Quarter Day.