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We have strengthened our commercial lines insurance capabilities with the appointment of a team to our Manchester office led by Nick Bond, who joins as Partner, and Robert Steele as Consultant.
Our global expansion has been supported by a 20% increase in headcount worldwide to over 1900 personnel, with lateral partner hires and mergers across our offices boosting the partnership to 277 – representing a rise of 37%.
Case review 01/08/2018
This week the Court of Appeal handed down its highly anticipated judgment in the case of North Midland Building Ltd v Cyden Homes Ltd [30.07.2018]. The Court of Appeal upheld the first instance decision of Mr Justice Fraser, in which he held that contracting parties are free to allocate the risk of concurrent delay in their contracts.
The Health and Safety Executive has released its 2018 report concerning workplace fatal injuries. This report confirms a small rise in the number of workers killed in 2017/18 as compared with 2016/2017.
The Melbourne Docklands’ Lacrosse Apartments fire in November 2014 and the London Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 have highlighted the risks associated with combustible Aluminium Composite Panelling (ACP), more commonly referred to as cladding.
This update includes a round-up of recent court decisions raising issues relating to design responsibility, damages for wrongful termination, oral variations to contracts and the employment status of independent contractors.
Case review 19/07/2018
Construction contracts have long been drafted in terms which prevent the parties from making informal variations to the contract. However, the reality is that many variations are issued informally, usually orally. That, fundamentally, breaches the terms of the contract.
We are all familiar with the more common named risks that construction all risk policies may cover on construction sites which may constitute a “sudden and unforeseeable” event which attracts cover. However, have you heard of the phenomenon of “palizadas”?
Case review 16/07/2018
Following a lengthy 21-day hearing, the NSW Supreme Court has dismissed proceedings brought against former directors, officers and employees of Forge Group Limited by its surety providers.
We are excited to confirm that we are the official gold level global partner for this year’s Inclusion@Lloyd’s Dive In Festival.