Construction Contracts in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Trade Indemnity Company Ltd v Workington Harbour and Dock Board
    • House of Lords
    • 11 Feb 1936

  • TTI Team Telecom International Ltd v Hutchison 3G UK Ltd
    • Queen's Bench Division (Technology and Construction Court)
    • 23 Jan 2003

    The court will not grant an injunction in either case unless there has been a lack of good faith. The justification for this lies in the commercial purpose of the bond. Such a bond is, effectively, as valuable as a promissory note and is intended to effect the 'tempo' of parties' obligations, in the sense that when an allegation of breach of contract is made (in good faith), the beneficiary can call the bond and receive its value pending resolution of the contractual disputes.

  • Benfield Construction Ltd v Trudson (Hatton) Ltd
    • Queen's Bench Division (Technology and Construction Court)
    • 17 Sep 2008

    Precisely the same effect is achieved by those contracts which incorporate paragraph 9.2 of the Scheme for Construction Contracts. That provides that an adjudicator must resign where the dispute is the same or substantially the same as one which has previously been referred to adjudication and a decision has been taken in that earlier adjudication. As Dyson LJ observed in Quietfield Ltd v. Vascroft Construction Ltd. [2007] BLR 67 at paragraph 45

  • Rainy Sky SA and Others v Kookmin Bank
    • Supreme Court
    • 02 Nov 2011

    If there are two possible constructions, the court is entitled to prefer the construction which is consistent with business common sense and to reject the other.

  • Trollope & Colls Ltd v North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board
    • House of Lords
    • 10 Apr 1973

    An unexpressed term can be implied if and only if the Court finds that the parties must have intended that term to form part of their contract: it is not enough for the Court to find that such a term would have been adopted by the parties as reasonable men if it had been suggested to them: it must have been a term that went without saying, a term necessary to give business efficacy to the contract, a term which, though tacit, formed part of the contract which the parties made for themselves.

  • Rainy Sky SA and Others v Kookmin Bank
    • Court of Appeal
    • 27 May 2010

    It defies commercial common sense to think that this, among all other such obligations, was the only one which the parties intended should not be secured. Had the parties intended this surprising result I would have expected the contracts and the bonds to have spelt this out clearly but they do not do so.

    Unless the most natural meaning of the words produces a result which is so extreme as to suggest that it was unintended, the Court has no alternative but to give effect it its terms. To do otherwise would be to risk imposing obligations on one or other party which they were never willing to assume and in circumstances which amount to no more than guesswork on the part on the Court.

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