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Equitix ESI CHP (Wrexham) Limited v Bester Generacion UK Limited: Judicial guidance on the applicability of the HGCRA to a dispute under a power generation contract

Published on 19 February 2018. By Sarah Shafiq, Associate and Dan Preston, Partner

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Equitix ESI CHP (Wrexham) Limited (Equitix), a special purpose vehicle, entered into a design and build contract with Bester Generacion UK Limited (Bester) for the construction of the Wrexham Biomass Fired Energy Generating Plant (the Project).

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RICS Conflict Avoidance Pledge

Published on 12 February 2018. By Rebecca May, Associate

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It is a well-known fact that the costs of resolving disputes can quickly escalate, and that it is often not cost and time effective to pursue even mid-sized claims through arbitration or litigation. In an attempt to circumvent the need for this sort of dispute resolution, by avoiding disagreements developing into disputes, the Conflict Avoidance Coalition has formed and introduced a "Conflict Avoidance Pledge".

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Retrospective and prospective delay analyses – do they provide the same results?

Published on 26 January 2018. By Dan Preston, Partner and Rebecca May, Associate

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The recent case of Fluor v Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co considered the difference between prospective and retrospective approaches to delay analysis and whether they lead to the same results.

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Incorrect Ownership Certificates: A Cautionary Tale

Published on 19 January 2018. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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In a case which the judge deemed to be "a cautionary tale about how not to submit a planning application and its consequences", the High Court has recently tackled the question of the effect of incorrect ownership certificates submitted with planning applications. In considering the issue, the Court has given us a helpful reminder of when such an error might lead to the quashing of a planning permission.

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Notification under a specific clause must be clear

Published on 12 January 2018. By Rebecca Taylor, Trainee solicitor

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Systems Pipework Limited (SPL) v Rotary Building Services Limited (RBSL) determines that where a clause may have a draconian effect it is necessary for notification of this clause to include reference to the clause and clearly comply with the clause's purpose and requirements.

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12 Drummers Drumming: Pa rum pum pum pum

Published on 18 December 2017. By Rhiannon Saunders, Senior Associate

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Whilst we all like to get into the festive spirit it's not much fun if you're living next door to those drummers. In this final instalment of the festive blog series we consider what action can be taken against noisy neighbours.

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11 pipers piping: How does MEES differ in Scotland?

Published on 15 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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It's day eleven of our festive blog series: The origins of the piping pipers may not be firmly rooted in Scotland, but they brought to our minds thoughts of bagpipes, and other things that are found north of the border. The Scottish were first to implement their energy efficiency regulations but now the English and Welsh are not far behind, with MEES coming into force early next year: what will the differences between the systems be?

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10 Lords a-Leaping

Published on 14 December 2017. By Rhiannon Saunders, Senior Associate

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It's day 10 of our blog series: The House of Lords was once the court of last resort for most cases heard in the UK. However, in 2009 those Law Lords leapt into the 21st Century and rebranded themselves as the Supreme Court of Justice.

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9 Ladies Dancing: The Mayor of London protects the night-time economy

Published on 13 December 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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The Mayor of London published supplementary planning guidance last month, aiming to protect and enhance cultural venues across the capital and promote the night-time economy, and the draft revised London Plan could put this on a policy footing.

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8 Maids A-Milking: Milking the Consumer during the Festive Period

Published on 12 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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This article explores what's going on in the retail industry to draw in shoppers at this crucial time of year.

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