In an important decision, the UK Court of Appeal has today overturned a High Court judgment that restricted the use of a quicker and cheaper means of resolving construction disputes. The decision in Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Limited v Simply Construct (UK) LLP, in which WFW’s construction team acted for Abbey, the successful appellant, will have significant implications for the construction and real estate industries as it confirms the benefits of adjudication as being more widely available.
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Planning is the first and often most frustrating part of any development project. Our detailed knowledge and industry awareness means we guide our clients through the complexities of planning processes in new developments and account for planning considerations longer term.
With planning specialists and wider expertise in environmental and health and safety issues, we handle contentious and non-contentious planning matters primarily in our core sectors of Energy, Transport and Real Estate, as well as in high profile multibillion-dollar global infrastructure projects.
Our clients include developers, investors and financiers who come to us for advice on risk mitigation, consents, EIA/HRA, compulsory purchase, legal challenges and defence in regulatory enforcement and prosecutions. We add particular value through our proactive approach to the planning process, taking account not only of immediate project considerations, but how they may also relate to planned future developments.
This deal follows the recent announcement of its construction program with Bouygues Telecom whereby PTI will operate over 5,000 sites in France.
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