Category: Europe

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Take Care When Drafting Definitions of “Practical Completion”
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FPSO Europe Congress 2019
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“If it isn’t broken…”: A practical guide to the effective use of standard forms of contract
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Pay First, Ask Questions Later: Court of Appeal Ruling on “Smash and Grab” Adjudications in S&T (UK) Limited vs. Grove Developments Limited
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Collateral Warranties: A Reminder of Their Importance
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Nominated or not – basic rules of subcontracting in Poland
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A New (Sort of) Class Action in Protection of European Consumers
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In Site – Spring 2018 Edition
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Sub-clause 20.1 of the FIDIC Under Polish Law – Is It an Enforceable Time Bar?
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K&L Gates Presents at the 3rd Annual Global EPC Contract & Risk Management Conference

Take Care When Drafting Definitions of “Practical Completion”

By Kevin Greene and Daniel R. Cartmell, K&L Gates, London

The December 2018 decision in University of Warwick v Balfour Beatty Group Ltd [2018] EWHC 3230 (TCC) provides valuable insight into how courts could interpret “Practical Completion” – a central concept in most construction contracts, but one that often lacks clarity and/or definitional precision.

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FPSO Europe Congress 2019

K&L Gates was delighted to participate in the FPSO Europe Congress 2019 in London 19-20 February, 2019.  K&L Gates partner Jeremy Farr chaired roundtable discussions on developing strategies for successful construction or conversion projects and spoke in plenary on the lessons the industry can learn to protect budgets based on his many years’ of experience of FPSO construction/conversion disputes.

Click here to access Jeremy’s presentation, “Experiences of FPSO/Construction Disputes: Learning the Lessons to Protect Budgets”

Click here to see a sneak peek into into Day 1 of the conference!

“If it isn’t broken…”: A practical guide to the effective use of standard forms of contract

By Kiran Giblin and Inga Hall

Standard form building contracts play an important role in many construction and engineering projects. There are various advantages to using standard form contracts (as further detailed below), with a wide array of standard forms available to suit the particular types of parties, works and procurement routes involved in virtually all construction and engineering projects.

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Pay First, Ask Questions Later: Court of Appeal Ruling on “Smash and Grab” Adjudications in S&T (UK) Limited vs. Grove Developments Limited

By Kevin Greene and Saya Lee

In an eagerly awaited judgment, the Court of Appeal upheld the TCC’s judgment in Grove Developments Limited v S&T (UK) Limited, confirming that the employer may adjudicate to establish the “true value of the sum due” in a second adjudication.

Background

In March 2015, Grove Developments Limited (“Grove”) engaged S&T (UK) Limited (“S&T”) to design and build a new hotel at Heathrow Airport under the JCT Design and Build Contract 2011 with amendments, for a contract value of £26.4m. Following a delay of over 5 months, practical completion was achieved in March 2017. The parties subsequently conducted an adjudication to decide if Grove’s pay less notice dated 18 April 2017 was invalid on the basis that it was served late.The adjudicator decided, in S&T’s favour, that the pay less notice was invalid. 

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Collateral Warranties: A Reminder of Their Importance

By Kevin Greene and Daniel Cartmell

The judgment of O’Farrell J in Swansea Stadium Management Co. Ltd v Swansea City and County Council ([2018] EWHC 2192 (TCC)) provides guidance on collateral warranties and acts as a warning for any potential claimants to be mindful of any limitations of time in which to commence proceedings under them.

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Nominated or not – basic rules of subcontracting in Poland

By Dominika Jędrzejczyk

It is difficult to imagine a complex infrastructure project without the participation of subcontractors. In Poland, where large projects are often contracted to foreign companies, local subcontractors play an important role. This was also the case prior to the EURO 2012 football championships, when subcontractors were heavily engaged in the construction of roads and railways necessary to secure access to the newly built football stadiums. However, the EURO 2012 also resulted in a wave of bankruptcies and liquidations of Polish subcontractors, who suffered due to payment withholding, warranty deposits, contractors’ bankruptcies and lack of financial liquidity along the supply chain.

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A New (Sort of) Class Action in Protection of European Consumers

By Ignasi Guardans

Background
The European Commission (“Commission”) presented this initiative in the context of a proposed revision of the EU framework on consumer protection. The “Package” (as the name goes when several independent legal texts are intended to be negotiated together)  called “New Deal for Consumers,” builds on the Commission review of consumer law rules that was conducted as part of the so called Regulatory Fitness and Performance Program (REFIT). This is a policy program intended to keep EU law simple, removing unnecessary burdens and adapting existing legislation without compromising on policy objectives.

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In Site – Spring 2018 Edition

By Kevin Greene, Inga K. Hall, Nicola J. Ellis, Camilla de Moraes, and Sarah A. Drinkwater, K&L Gates, London

Welcome to the Spring edition of “In Site”. This edition provides an update on the new 2017 FIDIC suite of contracts as well as brief case notes on recent interesting and important cases dealing with:

  • entitlement to an extension of time in circumstances of concurrent delay (in North Midland Building Ltd v Cyden Homes Ltd);
  • payment notices and pay less notices (in Grove Developments Ltd v S&T (UK) Ltd);
  • payment for pre-construction services (in Almacantar (Centre Point) Limited v Sir Robert McAlpine Limited);
  • limitation of liability (in Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust v ATOS IT Services UK Limited); and
  • termination provisions (in Interserve Construction Ltd v Hitachi Zosen Inova AG).

To view the full Spring 2018 Edition of In Site on K&L Gates HUB, click here.

Sub-clause 20.1 of the FIDIC Under Polish Law – Is It an Enforceable Time Bar?

By Dominika Jędrzejczyk

Whether the lapse of the 28-day notification period under sub-clause 20.1 of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Red and Yellow Books renders the contractor’s claim time-barred has been a point of interest for courts in civil law jurisdictions for years. Polish courts have also not shied away from commenting upon the legal nature of sub-clause 20.1. The legal landscape seemed relatively settled in this regard until March 2017, when the Supreme Court took an unequivocally pro-employer perspective on the matter.

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K&L Gates Presents at the 3rd Annual Global EPC Contract & Risk Management Conference

Please Join Us at the Conference and use our Sponsor Discount Code for 20% Savings

We will be sponsoring and presenting at this year’s Global EPC Contract & Risk Management Conference on October 12-13, 2017 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London. We have negotiated a special discount for our clients and contacts on the conference fee.

London partner, Matthew E. Smith will be speaking on the role of insurance and cost reduction in EPC contracts and also moderating the panel on Understanding Contract Compliance with Procurement Strategies and Policies.

Seattle partner, David P. Hattery will be speaking at the panel on Ensuring Subcontractor Buy-In When Preparing and Entering Contracts.

Click here to access the conference brochure. When registering, please enter VIP code: EPC2017

 

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