Newsflash: Supreme Court decision to have ramifications for the entire construction industry

A Supreme Court case that was decided yesterday will have ramifications for the entire construction industry. We have prepared the following summary: E.ON appointed MT Højgaard A/S (“MTH”) to design, build and install two offshore wind farms. E.ON’s fitness for purpose standard was that the foundations of the two offshore wind farms would last for…

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Fast-track arbitration v adjudication – Sharpe Pritchard featured in Construction Law Review

Sharpe Pritchard Partner, Justin Mendelle, and Solicitor, Uzma Raja, consider whether there is room for both fast-track arbitration and adjudication in an article published in the 2017 edition of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors’ Construction Law Review. This article is for general awareness only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. The…

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HS2 Phase 2A Bill begins Parliamentary journey

On 17th July 2017, the government introduced the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill into Parliament. The Bill will authorise the construction and operation of HS2 from Fradley in Staffordshire (the northern end of the Phase One Act works) to Crewe. The Bill gives deemed planning permission for the works, power to acquire land compulsorily…

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Presumption in favour of sustainable development: the next chapter: East Staffordshire judgment

Permission to appeal was granted with a view to resolving the inconsistent High Court decisions of Wychavon DC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 592 (Admin) and Cheshire East BC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 571 (Admin) (see also Trustees of Barker Mill Estates…

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Changes in the PSC regime for companies and limited liability partnerships

Changes to the register of people with significant control (PSC) regime came into force on 26 June 2017.  Whilst the changes had been expected for some time, they were not confirmed until 23 June 2017 when the relevant legislation and guidance was published. The main change for companies and limited liability partnerships already operating under…

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Sharpe Pritchard acts in another important housing supply and sustainable development case

Leading London-based public law firm Sharpe Pritchard represented Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in its successful High Court challenge to a Planning Inspector’s decision to grant planning permission for 46 residential units on greenfield land within the rural surrounds of Horley and Gatwick Airport. The existing Reigate and Banstead Local Plan prioritised development in urban areas…

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