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

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  • Wednesday, 12th October 2022
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
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Answers to 10 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 QCs, Senior Juniors and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair'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.

  3. Liquidated damages

    How enforceable are liquidated damages following the spate of legal cases?

    What makes a difference?

    Answered by: Steven Walker QC of Atkin Chambers

    Steven is "a brilliant advocate, superb at strategy and difficult to beat." He acted for the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts over the redevelopment of a Grade II listed building.

  4. Inflation risks

    How do you control - and overcome - inflation risks under JCT, NEC and FIDIC contracts?

    What is the legal impact of changeable prices?

    Answered by: Jessica Stephens QC of 4 Pump Court

    Jessica acted in Premier Inn v McAleer over the cladding on a hotel at Gatwick. "She cuts to the chase, appreciates the commercial factors and provides direct, clear advice."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Conditions precedent

    Where is the legal wriggle room over conditions precedent, e.g. being timed out, late submissions, claims for EoT and loss and expense?

    Answered by: Marion Smith QC of 39 Essex Chambers

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

  7. Building Safety Act

    How vulnerable are clients to defective building litigation, e.g. remediation contribution orders, building liability orders, limitation periods?

    Answered by: Sian Mirchandani QC of 4 New Square

    Sian is "ferociously bright, unerringly logical and utterly tenacious in fighting for her client." "She looks beyond the pure legal points and achieves outstanding results.”

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Force Majeure

    How far can you push the court with force majeure arguments, e.g. war, lockdowns, labour shortages, pandemics?

    Answered by: Richard Wilmot-Smith QC of 39 Essex Chambers

    Richard is "an absolute star - unequivocal in his advice - one of the great doyens of construction." He is the Editor of Wilmot-Smith on Construction Contracts OUP 2021.

  11. Adjudication

    Given the problems with adjudications, how useful are they?

    What are the alternatives, and when should you use them?

    Answered by: David Pliener of Gatehouse Chambers

    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."

  12. Ambiguous clauses

    How can you expect the judges to interpret ambiguous clauses - supported by case law and practical examples?

    Answered by: Isabel Hitching QC of Crown Office Chambers

    Isabel is "a standout QC at the construction bar - industrious, meticulous and convincing - a pleasure to work with." She is the Joint Editor of Emden's Construction Law.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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