In June 2018 O’Farrell J held that a claim by the tenant of the Liberty Stadium Swansea, the beneficiary of a collateral warranty complaining of a failure by a contractor to construct the stadium in accordance with a JCT building contract was statute barred. That decision is now reported at  BLR 652.[Read more…]
This is the address that I made on the occasion of Mrs Justice O’Farrell being sworn in by the LCJ
My Lords, as your Lordships will appreciate, the Bar is always delighted to join your Lordships in welcoming those who have been elevated to the High Court Bench. It is indeed a true privilege for me, on behalf of the Bar, to adopt what your Lordship has said and to wish Mrs Justice O’Farrell well as she embarks on her new responsibilities.
I was lucky enough to attend the LCIA Symposium at Tylney hall this last weekend. It reminded me just how expert and focused the international arbitral community is. The format was also interesting – pre identified topics thrown open to discussion. Informative and enjoyable and a simply brilliant speech after dinner from Karyl Nairn QC.
Judith Gill QC now takes over as President of the LCIA Court. Whilst she has a tough act to follow in Rusty Park, she will I am sure be a great success.
I hope they let me go again….
Many congratulations to Kim, Alex and Riaz on their appointment to silk.
They are all three well known figures at the Contruction Bar.
Kim – Crown Office Chambers – is a very well known and much liked and respected figure. She has already achieved a high reputation as an Arbitrator, as well as an advocate in Arbitration
Alex – 4 Pump Court – has received plaudits for appearances in the TCC. Riaz – Atkin Chambers – also attracts great praise.
Three worthy additions.
When I took silk, Humphrey Lloyd, then a TCC judge wrote to me and finished with the words ‘it doesn’t get any easier’. Such is the lot of the new silk.
Like,I am sure,all of us, I wish the three of them the very best on this next stage of their careers.
I was very interested to see that the ICC has now decided to publish the identity of Arbitral panels on its website. Absent request or agreement of the parties there will be nothing more. No case name or number A thought provoking development. At the very least, it will enable the world to see who the leading Arbitrators are. More than that it will demonstrate the quality of the dispute resolving cadre
Equally interesting is the decision to reduce fees when Awards are delivered late without good reason – that being three oaths for a panel of more than one and two months for a sole Arbitrator. It will be interesting to see how that plays out. Who knows ? If it works, they might apply it to the Courts !!!