AMEC Civil Engineering Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport

Citation: Con LJ Vol. 21 No. 8 p.640 CA

Nature of case:
This decision has attracted considerable interest because of the “seven propositions” by which the dispute/no
dispute question is to be decided, adduced at first instance by Jackson J and endorsed by the CA.  This is known as the “Thelwall Viaduct” case.  The contractor had argued that there was no dispute or difference capable of reference to arbitration.  However, the CA’s view was that ICE (5th Edition) Clause 66 should not be construed legalistically, so as to preclude timely commencement of arbitration proceedings.  The CA held the judge’s analysis to have been correct, given the claimant’s resistance to the defective work allegations.

See other reports:

[2005] 1 WLR 2339 CA
[2005] 101 Con LR 26 CA
[2005] CILL 2228 and [2005] BLR 227 CA
[2005] CILL 2189 TCC

 

Counsel

Simon Hughes QC
John Marrin QC
Sarah Hannaford QC

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