• James Davison reviews the Curtiss case and the limits of disclosure

    3PB’s specialist construction law barrister James Davison (pictured here) has reviewed the case of Curtiss and others v Zurich Insurance plc (t/a Zurich Building Guarantee and Zurich Municipal) and another [2021] EWHC 1999 (TCC) for Lexis®PSL. The judgment provides a framework for the approach courts will be inclined to take when applying the new limits set out in the Disclosure Pilot; and is a must-read for all property and construction law practitioners. In the Curtiss...

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    What next for aluminium cladding?

    Watch a discussion of the legal issues surrounding aluminium cladding in the UK in the context of developments elsewhere in the world, notably in Australia. David Parratt QC and Philip Bambagiotti, specialist construction law barristers at 3PB, share their thoughts in this short video:

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    David Parratt QC (Scot) speaks at RICS event

    David Parratt QC (Scot) spoke at the RICS Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Wider Vision Symposium Programme on the topic of 'Thinking differently about disputes in a changing environment'. Speaking about the quality of expert evidence from a QC perspective alongside Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Oliver Radley-Gardner QC, the panel discussed the growing concern, again, in the English and Scottish courts over the quality of expert evidence in valuation and other cases.  

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    Virtual evidentiary hearings in construction - new recording with Vinson & Elkins

    With the advent of Covid-19, virtual evidentiary hearings through online communication services have increasingly become the norm. Some of the overriding concerns surrounding these virtual hearings include issues of due process, in particular the assessment of witness evidence as regards credibility and reliability. The trend has also brought about discussions in relation to the development of cyber protocols dealing with logistical issues such as time-zone differences and ‘zoom fatigue’. In the first video instalment of...

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    Philip Bambagiotti appointed by NSW Government to review defective building laws and the current means of customer redress

    3PB’s international construction and arbitration barrister, Philip Bambagiotti, has been appointed by the NSW Government to undertake legal analysis critiquing the statute laws governing the construction of residential developments.  He will then deliver an independent report including recommendations to address shortcomings in the current legislative scheme. Philip will be critiquing the way that the legislation affects the duties and liabilities of all the key players: developers, builders, subcontractors, suppliers, as well as building sector consultants...

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    3PB calls again for Australia-style laws after East London fire

    Two of 3PB’s specialist construction barristers have again called for Australia-style legislation for the house and building construction industry after the latest tower block fire at New Providence Wharf in East London. Residents have been fighting to remove the building’s cladding since the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people. Work to remove the cladding was due to begin last month on the 1,500-apartment tower block which has ACM cladding. Phase 2 of the...

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    Philip Bambagiotti appointed to international arbitration after East African Port Fire

    3PB international commercial and construction arbitrator Philip Bambagiotti has been appointed to act for the port owner in a claim against a prominent European-based international equipment provider over fire damage to an East African port. Amongst the many practical issues in the case are: the dangers of piracy & civil strife, specialist witnesses located on four continents, preparing a case with multilingual and multicultural elements to manage – as well as within the context of...

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    David Parratt QC (Scot) and law firm Brodies talk of Brexit and the future of business disputes in Europe

    3PB’s international arbitration expert David Parratt QC (Scot) joins forces with Ken MacDonald from law firm Brodies LLP to record a podcast for Brodies latest episode in their ‘’Building Resilience Series’’. In this podcast David Parratt and Ken MacDonald discuss what the impact of the UK’s new relationship with the EU means for settling disputes and why businesses should be thinking about international arbitration as the best dispute resolution clause in contracts. To instruct David...

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    Top arbitrator and litigator David Parratt QC joins 3PB

    3PB Head of Chambers David Berkley QC is delighted to announce that barrister and former Advocate David Parratt QC (call: 1999/Silk: 2017) has joined full-time from Arnot Manderson Chambers in Scotland, having previously been a door tenant with the national chambers. David (pictured here) is a leading counsel for international and UK arbitrations and also has experience acting as arbitrator. He is renowned for his work in commercial, construction, engineering and energy disputes. He has...

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    3PB sponsor Support Through Court “In Conversation with" Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC

    3PB are pleased to sponsor Support Through Court’s 4th “In Conversation” event due to take place via Zoom on Wednesday 18 November 7-8.30pm. The event will be joined by Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC, who will discuss their experiences at the bar and help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Sarah Langford is a barrister from 3PB and Sunday Times Best Seller for ‘In your defense’, a book commended for powerfully communicating the...

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    46 barristers at 3PB ranked in Chambers & Partners 2021 UK Bar directory

    The 2021 Chambers and Partners legal directory - which ranks and rates barristers and solicitors based on independent research by the publisher and direct feedback from clients - has given 46 3PB barristers rankings in this year's guide, across 16 different practice areas. This includes two new group rankings for Family (Children) and Family (Matrimonial Finance) teams in the Midlands and new ratings for Chancery in the Midlands as well as Planning Law in the...

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  • New tenants Dr Tagbo Ilozue and Mariya Peykova

    3PB are pleased to announce that former doctor Dr Tagbo Ilozue (Crime/Regulatory Law/Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence/Inquests) and former energy and international research fellow Mariya Peykova (Commercial/Contract/ Construction/Public Law) have both successfully completed their pupillages today and become tenants at the 200-barrister, national chambers. 3PB Chief Executive Simon Astill said:  “I am delighted to welcome both of these pupils as new tenants and junior counsel here. They have all shown great aptitude, hard work and expert advocacy...

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