Category: Europe

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K&L Gates Named a “Go-To Construction Law Firm”
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What’s in a Name? Recent Case Determines Using a Trading Name Does Not Invalidate a Notice of Adjudication
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PRACTICAL COMPLETION: CLARIFYING A “TRIFLING” TOPIC
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NEC4 Update – May 2019
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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

K&L Gates Named a “Go-To Construction Law Firm”

K&L Gates is pleased to have been named the “Best Firm to Handle the Construction Project of the Future” by Above the Law.

“The construction industry has been around for centuries, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t adapted to the changing times. The Construction and Infrastructure Group at K&L Gates draws from vast past experience to focus on ensuring that construction projects are sustainable for the next generation. The firm’s lawyers specialize in niche areas like integrating technology and IP into construction projects and incorporating clean energy and green initiatives. When you’re planning a construction project for a better tomorrow, K&L Gates is thinking ahead.”

For the full article, please click here.

What’s in a Name? Recent Case Determines Using a Trading Name Does Not Invalidate a Notice of Adjudication

By Nita Mistry and Victoire Courtenay

Recently, in the case of MG Scaffolding (Oxford) Ltd v Palmloch Ltd [2019] EWHC 1787 (TCC), the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) held that the adjudicator did not lack jurisdiction and the notice of adjudication was valid, in circumstances where the adjudication was commenced and pursued against the responding party’s trading name.

The adjudication was commenced by MG Scaffolding (Oxford) Limited (“MGS”) against “MCR Property Group” (“MCRPG”). This was in fact a trading name for the correct contractual counterparty called Palmloch Ltd (“Palmloch”).

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PRACTICAL COMPLETION: CLARIFYING A “TRIFLING” TOPIC

By: Kevin Greene and Kirin Giblin

In the recent case of Mears v Costplan [2019] EWCA Civ 502, the Court of Appeal provided significant clarity as to how courts should interpret the widely used but seldom defined term, “practical completion” in the context of construction contracts. In essence, it was held that practical completion should only be prevented by patent defects (i.e. those that can be discovered by reasonable inspection) where such defects are considered “more than trifling.”

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NEC4 Update – May 2019

By: Nicola J. Ellis and Charles D. Oliver

On 1 March 2019 the NEC published a revision to the NEC4 suite of contracts, first published in June 2017. Whilst generally focused on addressing typographical errors and/or terminology corrections, a more significant amendment has been made to clause 63.5 – a new clause introduced in NEC4 but subsequently critiqued for a lack of clarity.

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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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