Thomas Salter

Thomas Salter focuses on contentious matters and advises on complex construction and engineering disputes throughout the contractual supply chain. Disputes frequently concern extensions of time, variations, non-payment and contract formation. Thomas has extensive experience of all standard forms of contract including JCT, NEC and FIDIC, and is frequently asked to provide contractual and commercial advice to clients during ongoing projects. Thomas is regularly instructed to represent clients in adjudication, litigation (usually in the Technology and Construction Court), arbitration and mediation.

Pay First or Risk Disappointment

Court declines to save “true value” adjudication commenced prematurely. In Henry Construction Projects Ltd. v Alu-Fix (UK) Ltd. [2023], the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) dismissed a contractor’s application for...

Works Despite Quirks

Liability cap upheld by TCC notwithstanding difficult language In Drax Energy Solutions Ltd. v Wipro Ltd. [2023], the Technology & Construction Court (“TCC”) upheld a contractual clause said to impose...

Fractions in a Day

How do the courts interpret a “day” under a construction contract?  In Elements (Europe) Ltd v. FK Building Ltd. [2023], the Technology & Construction Court (“TCC”) has provided helpful guidance...

The Risks of Contracting With a Dormant Company

The case presented shows the importance of checking the identity and status of proposed parties when agreeing to a contract. In WRB (NI) Ltd. Henry Construction Projects Ltd. [2023], the...

Be Specific!

Validity and interpretation of pay less notices In the case of Advance JV & Ors -v- Enisca Ltd. [2022] EWHC 1152, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) considered the validity...

No Time To Lose!

The implied obligation as to time for completion and the perils of failing to progress works expeditiously In the recent case of Barkby Real Estate Developments Ltd. v. Cornerstone Telecommunications...

Look Back in Anger

Collateral warranties provided retrospectively may qualify as “construction contracts.” The Court of Appeal in Abbey Healthcare (Mill Hill) Ltd. v. Simply Construct (UK) LLP [2022] has clarified that subject to...

Entitlement to Liquidated Damages Lost After Alleged Verbal Agreement

Assessing the importance of documenting phone calls related to business In the case of Mansion Place Limited v. Fox Industrial Services Ltd. [2021], the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) considered...

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