The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Sutton Housing Partnership v Rydon Maintenance Ltd has the quality that I value most in any judgment: it is a triumph of common sense.
Commercial and construction contracts can be complex and fairly voluminous and the documents forming the contract can often run to a number of files, or more. During the tendering process, various documents often pass backwards and forwards between the negotiating parties and it is very common for multiple versions of the same document to be … Continue reading Oops! Sent out the wrong attachments to the contract? A helpful reminder of when you can claim rectification
The recent decision in Zvi Construction Co LLC v Notre Dame University (USA) in England has been commented on in terms of its decision on expert determination. However, there is more to that case. A key issue turned on the reliance that could be placed on a clause that prevented any variation (or waiver) of the … Continue reading Are oral variations worth the paper they aren’t written on?
Despite the relatively short timetables applied in adjudications, adjudication costs can still be substantial. Significantly, in the absence of an effective agreement to the contrary, the Construction Act 1996 is silent on the issue and makes no provision for the recovery of adjudication costs. Unsurprisingly, and perhaps because adjudication costs bills can become rather huge, over … Continue reading But what about my adjudication costs?
“Preliminary Issues” can be such a useful way of resolving disputes that the TCC Guide specifically deals with them in section 8. Further, there are plenty of TCC cases in which preliminary issues have been ordered. Therefore, there is a good deal of guidance as to the correct test to apply in deciding whether it … Continue reading Preliminary issues: test and testiness in the TCC