Scottish and Newcastle Plc v G D Construction (St Albans) Ltd: TCC 29 Mar 2001

The defendant contracted to refurbish premises belonging to the claimant. A fire caused by a sub-contractor caused damage, and the cost was sought from the defendant. He claimed that the standard form contract excluded its liability, including damages for interruption of business. The contract required the employer to take out joint names insurance in respect of such risks, but did that obligation include an obligation to insure against business interruption. Where a party sought to be excused from his own negligence under the contract, he should show some consideration for that excuse. The reference to damage did not include damages for interruption to business, and the defendant was not excused liability.


udge Richard Seymour Q.C.


[2001] EWHC Technology 444




CitedCo-operative Retail Services Ltd v Taylor Young Partnership, Hoare Lea and Partners (a Firm) and Others CA 4-Jul-2000
A building owner entered into a standard form of building contract for the construction of office premises. Under its terms the contractor was required to take out and maintain a policy in the names of the owner, the contractor and specialist . .
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Construction, Contract

Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.135520