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Covid-19 holds the key to quicker and cheaper construction disputes

Lockdown has seen courts adopt virtual platforms such as Zoom to hear cases – with an uptick in hearings and decisions. Bill Barton, director of Barton Legal, says there is no reason why virtual hearings cannot become the norm for resolving...

Choose Your Options Wisely: Top 10 Tips for NEC

Core, main and secondary. This sounds like a menu, well for new engineering contracts (NEC) at least. But how do you decide which clauses are necessary, and which clauses are simply there to take up space? We have compiled our very own crib sheet of points...

NEC 4 To C or not to C? - Bill Barton

I f you have any questions about NEC and/or any other construction matters, please contact our Construction Director, Bill Barton at billbarton@bartonlegal.com Webinar Recording:  ...

Big Night In Together

  Our founder William Barton is director of Breast Cancer Haven in Yorkshire, which provides crucial support to anyone affected by breast cancer, and we are proud to support this fantastic charity.   On Friday 21st August, @Breast Cancer...

Welcome aboard Kathryn Collington and Farrer Kane

Barton Legal expands marketing and PR capability   It’s all systems go at Barton Legal as Kathryn Collington joins the team as a Marketing Consultant and we start to work with London-based communications agency Farrer Kane . Both ...

What we are doing to make the office safe

We want to let you know what we have put in place as a response to the social distancing and health and hygiene guidelines as staff and clients return to our office following the Coronavirus pandemic: Hand sanitiser is available in multiple locations...

Carter Jonas

We are really grateful to Richard Love, who in conjunction with his colleagues and research experts, have produced a short video outlining how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the construction industry going forward.   While recognising the importance...

Adjudication - common questions

We are often asked “can I adjudicate?”; “I did not serve any notice but do I still have to pay?”; “can I recover my costs?”. The answer to these questions is not as straightforward as you may think.  Adjudication is...

Break clauses: both sides of the story

What are they? A break clause for the purposes of this article is a clause in a commercial lease giving the tenant the right to bring the lease to an end early, subject to compliance with certain conditions. There are a number of reasons why the parties...

MW High Tech Projects Limited v Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick Limited [2020] 1413 (TCC)

Serving a delay report, the crystallisation of a dispute, the adjudicator’s jurisdiction and the reimbursement of the adjudicator’s fees?   The Court recently rejected a Part 8 claim from the claimant, seeking a declaration that the...

VACANCY - Senior Construction Solicitor

Barton Legal Limited is a leading construction and commercial property law firm , with offices in Leeds and London, offering clear and high-quality advice to national and international clients. We are recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers as experts...

Adjudication - Something for Everyone! - Bill Barton

Please see below links to the notes, substantive handout and other documents we have produced which accompanied our webinar on adjudication , and which we hope will be of assistance. Webinar Supporting Notes: Adjudication Notes Adjudication...

Technology Takes to the Stand - An Audience with Paul Darling OBE QC

Technology Takes to the Stand - An Audience with Paul Darling OBE QC Barton Legal's webinar 'An Audience with Paul Darling OBE QC ' took place on Thursday 28 May 2020, covering what a remote trial really is, the do's and...

Leases during Lockdown - the Sudden Appeal of Turnover Rents

There has been much in the press recently about the impact of Covid-19 and specifically the enforced lockdown in relation to tenants’ ability to pay rent, but this has mostly revolved around the negotiation of rent deferments and holidays, and the...

Did you hear the one about a council, a leaking pipe and a Zoom trial?

I was instructed as a quantum expert by Bill Barton back in 2019, in what would become the first fully remote trial held in the TCC. I recall being told at the outset that this case was unlikely to get to trial but to everyone’s surprise there we were,...

Remote Trials - Your time has come

A few months ago, I thought that Zoom meant to go more quickly. Now as with many thousands of others I can spend vast parts of my day on Zoom calls. However, even further from my mind was the prospect of conducting an entire trial remotely via Zoom. How did...

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th - 24th May 2020

You may already be aware that it is Mental Health Awareness Week 18 th- 24 th May 2020.  To that end, we thought we would share the article we have received on ‘ Stress in Construction ’.  Please note, all copyrights belong to Green...

Force Majeure- Bill Barton

Webinar Recording: Barton Legal Webinar - Force Majeure.mp4 Supporting Documentation: Barton Legal Force Majeure Webinar Notes Part 1 Barton Legal Force Majeure Webinar Notes Part 2 ...

Restrictive Covenants - What might they mean for Land Owners?

Put simply, in terms of the way in which they affect land, restrictive covenants are provisions which restrict or limit the use of land in some way for the benefit of another’s land. Although a restrictive covenant can be personal to a particular...

Discrepancies and Divergences - What are they?

“To me, to you” – you’re probably used to hearing this phrase from the Chuckle brothers, but they’re not the only ones who use this. Ask Employers and Contractors, especially where liability for discrepancies and divergences is...
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