Payment under a construction contract

Catherine Piercy and Louis Zvesper discuss the payment provisions of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (Construction Act 1996), with a particular focus on case law developments since Coulson J's judgment in ISG Construction Ltd v Seevic College [2014] EWHC 4007 (TCC), culminating in Fraser J's judgment in Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd v Merit Merrell Technology Ltd [2017] EWHC 1763 (TCC).

This 30-minute video covers the following topics:

  • Requirements of the Construction Act and the Scheme
  • Principles relating to payment notices
  • Subjective intention introduced into the test
  • Differentiating between validity of the notice and validity of the claim
  • Service of and schedules for payment notices
  • Pay less notice requirements
  • Failure to serve a pay less notice: the "smash and grab"
  • Implications of ICI v Merit Merrell

Case references:

  • Henia Investments Inc v Beck Interiors Ltd [2015] EWHC 2433 (TCC)
  • ISG Construction Ltd v Seevic College [2014] EWHC 4007 (TCC)
  • Jawaby Property Investment Ltd v Interiors Group Ltd [2016] EWHC 557 (TCC)
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust v Logan Construction (South East) Ltd [2017] EWHC 17 (TCC)
  • Mannai Investment Co Ltd v Eagle Star Life Assurance Co Ltd [1997] A.C. 749
  • Kersfield Developments (Bridge Road) Ltd v Bray & Slaughter Ltd [2017] EWHC 15 (TCC)
  • Grove Developments Ltd v Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 990
  • Galliford Try Building Ltd v Estura Ltd [2015] EWHC 412 (TCC)
  • Kilker Projects Ltd v Purton (t/a Richwood Interiors) [2016] EWHC 2616 (TCC)
  • Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd v Merit Merrell Technology Ltd [2017] EWHC 1763 (TCC)
  • Harding (t/a MJ Harding Contractors) v Paice [2015] EWCA Civ 1231
  • Brown v Complete Building Solutions Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1

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Date:Published Friday 01 September 2017
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