In the case of Cornwall Renewable Developments Ltd v Wright, Johnston & MacKenzie LLP  EWHC 441 (Ch), the Scottish law firm Defendant, which has no place of business in England, failed in a jurisdiction challenge in a professional negligence action brought in England.
A recent market report by cost consultant Turner and Townsend describes the UK contracting environment as a pressure cooker with contractors facing into cost increases whilst also having high workloads. The report forecasts tender price inflation for building projects of 8.5% for 2022, which is double Turner & Townsend’s Winter 2021/22 forecast! It also warns that if firms seek to mitigate those increases by stockpiling materials that could trigger further inflationary bubbles and / or material shortages – an unwelcome re-run of some of the shortages we saw as the COVID-19 lockdowns unwound. That is all pretty worrying and it looks like inflation and material shortages – which have been themes over the last year – are going to continue to be issues even if inflation does recede in 2023. So, what can be done?
Nothing captures the headlines quite like a multi-million pound court action. It all adds to the theatre of the court, doesn’t it? Albeit the parties involved were high profile individuals themselves, one just has to consider the way in which the media treated a certain $100m defamation action as mere popcorn fodder, despite the seriousness of the subject matter.