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The Berwin Leighton Paisner engineering, construction and procurement group give their views on current developments and share their practical experience.

Archive for March, 2011

Consultants’ fees, poor service and harassment: reflections on the Phillips case

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

John Hughes-D’Aeth, partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

For anyone who (like me) is going through the ordeal of domestic building work, the tale of Michael Phillips Architects Ltd v Riklin and another has a painful resonance. (more…)

The Italian torpedo disarmed?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Richard Power, partner, and Louise Trotter, associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

The European Commission proposes amending the Brussels Regulation to reduce the scope for avoiding arbitration by commencing court proceedings in breach of an arbitration agreement. This is a welcome boost to those involved with international contracts. The proposals would reinstate one of arbitration’s main advantages: access to speedy justice outside of a judicial system. (more…)

Professional appointments and limitations of liability: pushing the limits

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Gareth Stringer, associate, Berwin Leighton Paisner:

We regularly act for clients negotiating professional appointments. Historically, in the domestic market, professional consultants had not sought to limit liability for losses caused by their negligence or breach. However, over the past few years, requests for limits on liability have become increasingly common.