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News & Events: April 2017



Members of Chambers recognised in Who’s Who Legal UK Bar: Construction 2017

News | 28th Apr 2017

Crown Office Chambers is delighted with the praise received in Who’s Who Legal UK Bar: Construction 2017. Andrew Bartlett QC and Roger ter Haar QC are highlighted as some of the most regarded Arbitrators and Chambers received plaudits for its “number of high-profile senior construction silks among its members”. Andrew Rigney QC is regularly involved […]

‘Love thy neighbour? Not!’

News | 27th Apr 2017

Lejonvarn v Mr & Mrs Burgess [2017]EWCA 254 The Court of Appeal has recently upheld a decision that an architect, who had provided her services gratuitously to her friends by project managing the landscaping of their garden, had assumed an obligation to exercise reasonable skill and care in the provision of those services. Summary Mr […]

Julian Field successful in recent TCC decision

News | 25th Apr 2017

On 11 April 2017, Coulson J handed down judgment in Leeds Beckett University v Travelers Insurance Company Ltd. The University had claimed against Travelers under an “all risks” property damage policy in respect of damage to student halls of residence that had been built only 15 years earlier. Serious cracks had appeared in the building […]

Mek Mesfin is successful in Adjudication enforcement in the TCC

News | 20th Apr 2017

In Willmott Partnership Homes Ltd v Bethel Retirement Villages – Herne Bay Court Ltd (2017) TCC, Mr Justice Fraser reiterated the well-known principle that absent a valid complaint regarding an adjudicator’s jurisdiction or the occurrence of a material breach of natural justice, an adjudicator’s decision will be enforced. The Claimant (WPHL) had been contracted by […]

Mark Balysz secures back to back acquittals

News | 11th Apr 2017

On 11th April, Mr Jason King was found not guilty by a jury of failing to take reasonable care for his fellow construction workers. It had been alleged that Mr King, an excavator driver, had used his excavator in a dangerous manner during work relating to the Crossrail project. As a result a road plate […]

Charles Pimlott acts in adjudication enforcement

News | 10th Apr 2017

In AECOM v Staptina [2017] EWHC 723 (TCC), Mr Justice Fraser held that an adjudicator had not acted outside of her jurisdiction or in breach of the rules of natural justice by deciding how deductions for alleged defects should be assessed under the NEC Engineering and Construction Short Subcontract June 2005, with amendments September 2011. […]


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