An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
Life at the Construction Law Bar is always an exciting and adventurous place and time to be, and any new piece of literature to add to the sum of our knowledge in this area of law is to be welcomed. Wilmot-Smith's work is now rightly in its place amongst the standard textbooks on the subject in this fast moving area.
There has been a steady stream of significant judicial decision making in the four years since the first edition appeared. And, as Sir Rupert Jackson comments, it shows no sign of that stream abating. Jackson goes on to say in the Foreword that the number of High Court judges assigned to the Technology and Construction Court has been increased to four so an update is welcome at this time as the subject matter retains its economic importance.
Other commentators have described this work as a most useful source of reference and we concur. Richard Wilmot-Smith's endeavours have produced a statement on law and practice which is of even greater value for practitioners and judges in the construction law field, especially with the new chapter on partnering and the re-arrangement of some of the later chapters in the book with additional sections.
In just over 600 pages, the 23 chapters offer the guidance one needs for construction cases and the final chapter on adjudication is particularly helpful. Wilmot-Smith had excellent resource help from 20 fellow experts. The new website which allows for immediate updating is now in place and "live" with all the recent changes to make this a thoroughly modern 21st work on construction law.