Construction: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for your Clients

  • On-demand until Fri 30th April 2021
  • On-demand, United Kingdom
  • 5 hrs CPD

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So you know what to expect, here is a clip here is a clip of Marion Smith QC. Marion considers how to claim an extension of time and loss and expense for reasons of COVID.

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  1. Chairman's introduction

    Construction: Shaping new law into solution-focused advice for your clients

    Chaired by: Jonathan Hosie of Mayer Brown

    Jonathan is "one of the UK's pre-eminent construction lawyers: his expertise rivals anyone." He chaired working groups for Constructing Excellence and JCT.

  2. Conditions precedent

    Where is the contractual wriggle room over conditions precedents, e.g. being timed out of adjudications, late submissions of final accounts, claims for EoT?

    Answered by: Steven Walker QC

    Steven represented the contractors in a £10m claim over remedial works to Bridgewater Place in Leeds. "He is a brilliant advocate, superb at strategy and difficult to beat."

  3. Ambiguous clauses

    To what extent have the winds shifted over contract interpretation since Wood v Capita?

    How - right now - can you expect the judges to react to ambiguous clauses?

    Answered by: Sean Wilken QC

    Sean acted in Yuanda v Multiplex on the interpretation of performance bonds. "His strategic thinking and advice is often many steps ahead of his opposing parties."

  4. NEC, JCT, Covid

    Under NEC and JCT, how can a contractor claim an extension of time and loss and expense for reasons of COVID, given stringent health & safety and site operating requirements?

    Answered by: Marion Smith QC

    Marion "distils complex themes and extensive documentation into something that is unfailingly understandable." She is fully versed in all the standard form contracts.

  5. Fitness for purpose

    How far can you push the boundaries of design obligations, implied terms of fitness for purpose and causation, and with what implications for insurance cover?

    Answered by: David Pliener

    David acted in a £20 million claim over defective redevelopment works to a prestigious London development. "He is a case winner, a problem solver and a silk in the making."

  6. Adjudications

    What are the unresolved issues - both legal and practical - over insolvency and construction adjudications following Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale (2020)?

    Answered by: Tom Crangle

    Tom was successful in the Court of Appeal in Bresco v Lonsdale and appeared in the Supreme Court. "He is exceptional; extremely savvy and a pleasure to work with."

  7. Indirect loss

    How has current thinking changed on indirect and consequential loss clauses following 2E v Sony (2020)? Is it merely a matter of drafting?

    Answered by: Ben Quiney QC

    Ben has "a razor-sharp intellect combined with the ability to present his point in a user-friendly format." He acted in the 2E v Sony litigation on indirect and consequential loss.

  8. Variations

    Supported by case-law and practical examples, how do you control - and overcome - difficulties with variations omissions clauses? What can you push the court to do?

    Answered by: David Sears QC

    David is "an absolute star" - "superb" - "his grasp of the law is phenomenal. He appeared in Primus Construction v Cannon, over the construction of a new hotel.

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Ben Quiney QC

Steven Walker QC

David Pliener

Tom Crangle

David Sears QC