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Termination - The need to prove a Contractor is in default in a long-term contract

Terminating a long-term contract is far from straightforward, and in particular, proving a Contractor’s default is very difficult, given the risk of allegations as to repudiatory breach. In long-term contracts, Contractor default can be triggered: ...

Seminar: How to reduce disputes in construction projects

On 30th September, our Construction and Engineering Director, Bill Barton, is returning to Korea for a busy week of meetings with leading law firms and contractors to discuss projects that could benefit from our expert support. Whilst in Seoul, Bill will...

Team Social - Pen-Y-Ghent

At the end of August, the Barton Legal team came together for a team-building day in the countryside! The day involved a big old walk up one of Yorkshire's Three Peaks - Pen-Y-Ghent 🗻 Pen-Y-Ghent walking distance is around 6 miles and is...

A Crash Course on Scheduling, Floats and Critical Path

John Adjokatse A very common question amongst project controllers, construction dispute resolvers, and many other construction professionals is “Who owns the float?”. Unfortunately, this article will not be answering this question. Rather, it...

Pros and Cons of Adjudication and Debunking Misconceptions About Dispute Boards

Dispute Boards typically involve a 3-person panel of neutral individuals who follow a case through and work to prevent and resolve disputes from the outset .  Adjudication differs in that Adjudicators are brought in to deal with formal disputes...

Case Law Updates - August 2022

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd v Broadway Malyan Ltd [2022] EWHC 2022 (TCC) (29 July 2022) Application for early specific disclosure This was an application before Mrs Justice Jefford, for early specific disclosure from the Defendant; Broadway...

Keep your options open...at least with NEC

Before entering into contracts, most parties focus on identifying the “perfect” form of contract for their project, whether that is the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC), Professional Services Contract (PSC), or the Term Service...

Case Law Updates - July 2022

The Metropolitan Borough Council of Sefton v Allenbuild Limited HT-2022-MAN-000013 Background The parties engaged in an adjudication, in which the adjudicator found the Claimant was owed around £2,204,217.13 (on 17 January 2022).  The Claimant...

No contractual definition of "Force Majeure" means no Extension of Time (EoT)...not quite.

The times this phrase has headlined the construction industry, you would have thought there is an understanding of what it is and a standard definition incorporated in the main forms of construction contracts (JCT, NEC and FIDIC). In an ideal world this...

Case Law Updates - June 2022

Nicholas James Care Homes Ltd v Liberty Homes (Kent) Ltd [2022] EWHC 1203 (TCC) (19 May 2022) This was an application without notice brought by the applicant “Nicholas James Care Homes Limited” (“NJCH”) to continue the interim...

Appointment of Engineer - a breach of Contract?

High staff turnover on construction projects? Replacing Project Managers? Not a problem…correction, it has more risks and financial consequences than you think. Given the duration of large projects, it is to be expected that project personnel such as...

Arbitration - a Law unto itself

Geoffrey M. Beresford Hartwell As I said in a paper of 2016 , “Fortunately there is no copyright in titles, as I would like to take as a text the title of the 30th Annual Lecture organised by The School of International Arbitration and Freshfields...

Introducing Harry Parker

We recently welcomed Harry Parker as a new addition to the Barton Legal team. Harry is a paralegal, with experience in a variety of client-facing areas of the law. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool, Harry has spent the first 11 months of...

Barton Legal Dales 50 - 20 May 2022

On Friday 20 May 2022 we held our first annual Dales 50 cycling event in collaboration with North Brewing Co and Chevin Cycles to support Mind in Bradford. We all had so much fun touring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, whilst raising money for the...

Case Law Updates - May 2022

Gama Aviation (UK) Ltd v MWWMMWM Ltd [2022] 4 WLUK 364  Facts of the case The defendant entered into an Aircraft Support Services Agreement (ASSA) with Claimant 2 for the claimant to provide operational and maintenance services for the...

Mental Health Awareness Week 9 May - 15 May 2022

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual event created by the Mental Health Foundation to promote a focus on good mental health. At Barton Legal, we’re using this week as an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health difficulties...

What is a JCT Contract?

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (‘JCT’) suite of contracts are one of the most popular forms of construction contract in England and Wales. The JCT produces standard forms of construction contracts, as well as guidance notes and additional...

Case Law Updates - April 2022

IBM United Kingdom Ltd v Lzlabs GmbH & Ors [2022] EWHC 884 (TCC)  The Claimant and Second Defendant entered into an agreement in 2013 (“the Agreement”), by which the Second Defendant was licensed to use aspects of the...

Ukraine Crisis

The ongoing events in Ukraine are shocking and tragic and at Barton Legal we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. This is a crisis that will have long lasting effects, beyond even the humanitarian implications. This month our Construction...

Arbitration Around the World

Arbitration is a popular type of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), which resolves disputes without Court involvement. What makes arbitration different is the decision is legally binding, rather than just a recommendation and is...
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