Last updateTue, 24 Feb 2015 5pm

Graeme Young, Caroline Hobson and Ruth Derruau assess a potential Brexit pitfall

The Financial Times (FT) recently reported that (10 April 2017):

Rebecca Williams and David Wright examine a recent Supreme Court judgment

The very recent judgment (29 March 2017) of the UK Supreme Court in Wood v Capita Insurance Services Ltd [2017] is an important clarification of the English courts’ approach to the interpretation of the meaning of words in a contract.

John Doherty and Nicole Finlayson provide a timely update on bribery and corruption

Bribery and corruption are firmly in the spotlight for 2017, with an ever-increasing commitment from regulators in the UK and abroad to work together and take a harder line against companies which fall foul of anti-corruption laws. The results can be seen in the wave of high-profile investigations and record-breaking prosecutions and fines that have hit the headlines over the past few years.

Peter Kershaw voices his growing concern at the lack of involvement of planning law expertise in the long-term strategies of universities and local authorities

With increased competition from national and international competitors, and rising student numbers, universities are competing against each other for the best students who are increasingly savvy about where they choose to work, live and play. Universities around the globe are therefore necessarily investing in higher quality, multi-faceted and mixed-use environments to try and achieve their long-term strategic missions. In doing so, their focus is very much on creating enhanced student experiences and trying to enhance the university’s role within the local community by creating linkages with local businesses and local authorities.

Akin Akinbode and Phil Vickers consider how best to avoid disputes under PF2/PFI contracts

With more PF2 projects ahead, there are lessons to be learnt from recent PFI disputes.

Jamie Walker and Katherine Souter swap notes on the competitive procedure with negotiation under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Have you ever tendered a public contract using the restricted procedure and found yourself with ‘clarification creep’ on price or contract terms bordering on the risky and potentially challengeable? Have you ever found yourself wishing you could just accept that revised risk allocation clause because it comes with a reduced price? Or that slightly alternative technical solution? Or that more attractive completion date?

Robert Bell delivers the prognosis for public procurement rules after Brexit

Those aficionados of the silver screen will remember comedians Laurel and Hardy and in particular their catchphrase ‘Well here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into’.

Rebecca Williams and David Wright assess the impact of a decision on contractual obligations

The recent decision of the Technology and Construction Court in the case of Fluor Ltd v Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd [2016] contains important guidance on fitness-for-purpose obligations, particularly in relation to the offshore wind energy generation industry. The judgment of Edwards-Stuart J should also give parties careful pause for thought when considering entering into agreements to waive their rights to future claims.