Posts from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Thoughts for the new decade: smart contracts, blockchain and construction dispute resolution

At the start of a new decade where automated, self-executing smart contracts are likely to become more commonplace, perhaps also in the construction sector, it is interesting to consider how such a development might impact construction dispute resolution processes. A smart contract is simply a computer protocol intended to facilitate, verify and enforce performance of … Continue reading Thoughts for the new decade: smart contracts, blockchain and construction dispute resolution

Taxation of personal service companies and the construction sector: what is changing and who will be affected?

2020 is looking to be a year in which the tax burden of companies operating in the UK construction sector is likely to increase. This is due, first, to the delayed implementation of the VAT reverse charge (now 1 October 2020) and secondly, to major changes in the UK tax treatment of off-payroll workers. In … Continue reading Taxation of personal service companies and the construction sector: what is changing and who will be affected?

Contract administration and notice provisions: mere procedure or condition precedent

Recent decisions considering time bars and notification provisions have generated considerable commentary and discussion over the last few months. One of these is Boskalis Offshore Marine Contractive BV v Atlantic Marine and Aviation LLP (the “Atlantic Tonjer”) which concerned notification provisions in a payment clause and the timely challenge of disputed invoices before they were … Continue reading Contract administration and notice provisions: mere procedure or condition precedent

Sharing the pain: considerations for joint venture participants

Both contractors and developers often enter into joint ventures to carry out a specific project. It enables parties to bid on larger projects, pool their resources, including specialised knowledge, and spread risk across the participants. The recent decision in Doosan Enpure Ltd v Interserve Construction Ltd serves as a reminder to participants in construction joint … Continue reading Sharing the pain: considerations for joint venture participants

Considering crystallisation: what dispute should (or can) you refer to adjudication?

It’s a scenario we see all too often. Employer meets contractor. Employer and contractor enter into a contract and, for a while, everything seems rosy. Then, as the project progresses, unresolved claims start escalating and the relationship deteriorates. Inevitably, the parties’ minds turn to adjudication, and the potential recourse that they may find there.

Collateral warranties – how far can they go?

Our client, an employer, recently approached us for advice on a building contract and associated collateral warranties entered into a few months before. One of the collateral warranties, entered into between our client and a sub-contractor, seemed to impose unlimited liability on the sub-contractor. The collateral warranty included none of the express exclusions of liability … Continue reading Collateral warranties – how far can they go?