Welcome to the Autumn edition of our construction and infrastructure publication, Infra.Law.

Whilst COVID-19 continues to impact our personal and professional lives and the news cycles are dominated by COVID-19 stories, the UK courts have handed down a number of recent judgments which are not  related to COVID-19 but may well have a significant impact on the construction and infrastructure industry. Our Summer edition of Construct.law considered the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in the Bresco case, whilst this edition of Infra.Law looks at the courts' decisions on the meaning of "design life" in construction contracts, the interpretation of indemnity provisions in sale and purchase agreements and the importance of clear and unambiguous wording in vesting certificates.

Paul Henty considers the implications of the Boohoo scandal and the Modern Slavery Act on the construction industry, whilst Niel Coertse and Glenn Bull consider the implications of termination for convenience clauses in Qatar and decennial liability in the Middle East respectively. Finally, the publication considers issues around apparent bias in arbitrations where arbitrators, experts and counsel have acted previously for the same clients and the need to disclose  potential conflicts of interest.

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