Robert Akenhead

Robert Akenhead

Sir Robert Akenhead is an arbitrator, mediator, DRB member and adjudicator at Atkin Chambers. From 2010–2013 he was judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court. He was assisted in this article by Christopher Reid, of Atkin Chambers

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    Legal: Careless talk can cost cases

    2018-05-24T06:00:00

    Robert Akenhead highlights the dangers of a private conversation between one party in a case and the judge, arbitrator or adjudicator

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    Legal: Not quite the last word

    2018-02-07T06:30:00

    Robert Akenhead explains why final isn’t always final – so make sure your contract’s finality provisions are clear and explicit

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    The end of the affair?

    2017-09-22T12:17:00

    Robert Akenhead returns with a column highlighting a recent inventive use of debt recovery legislation to recoup the costs of an adjudication

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    Debts in paradise

    2017-03-23T06:00:00

    A Caribbean case - marked by carelessness and potential illegality - highlights how horribly wrong a construction project can go. It also shows the specialist expertise of the TCC

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    Partial failure is not good enough

    2016-11-14T18:05:00

    An interesting case sees total failure of consideration used as a means of defence. But can some performance be disregarded and total failure still exist?

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    Total cost: A global view

    2016-06-07T14:54:00

    Akenhead returns to Building with a column on a recent case which examined the issue of ‘total cost’ or ‘global’ claims

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    The TCC's new home: Roll with the times

    2011-10-14T00:00:00

    The Technology and Construction Court is an increasingly valuable resource and area of expertise. Its new home reflects this and helps it perform on the world stage

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    Judges: So very PC

    2011-07-08T00:00:00

    Judges have a reputation for being stuffy and old fashioned. But they’re actually as tech-savvy as teenagers and use their skills to speed cases through the courts

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    What’s so great about the TCC?

    2010-09-03T00:00:00

    The principal arena for construction dispute settlement has become a major force in the English legal system

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    What’s fair is fair

    2007-01-12T00:00:00

    If you follow the gold rush to Dubai, what are your chances of surviving a contractual dispute with the client? Well, about the same as in Dorking ...

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    Courtly love

    2006-05-19T00:00:00

    The furore surrounding Multiplex vs Cleveland Bridge has thrown the spotlight on the TCC, which after a bad patch is now winning the hearts of litigants

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    Er, who?

    2005-05-20T00:00:00

    Getting a name wrong is embarrassing, but if it happens when issuing a writ on a firm it can be more serious. Luckily the courts take a common-sense view

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    Come closer, my dears …

    2005-01-07T00:00:00

    Want to know the future? Then cross our very own legal astrologer’s palm with silver as he gazes into his crystal ball and makes his predictions for 2005

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    Blind eyes and bloody kids

    2004-11-05T00:00:00

    Contractors have to be on their guard against potential defects or dangers even though they aren’t covered in the contract – as these cases illustrate

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    Down to brass tacks

    2004-09-17T00:00:00

    Everybody knows court cases are horribly expensive, but then so are ‘cheaper’ methods such as adjudication and mediation. So here’s a way to save money

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    Lawyers, guns and money

    2004-07-09T00:00:00

    No matter how strange foreign cultures may be, almost all are governed by the same legal principles as English law – which is good news for us all

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    The big picture

    2004-04-30T00:00:00

    If you’ll indulge us for a moment, we’ll tell you a little bit about the legal system as seen by a legal journalist – and it’s a huge and complex thing ...

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    Exceptions rule

    2004-02-20T00:00:00

    No, no, of course insurers don't try anything to avoid paying out on an all-risks policy. Still, just to be sure, apply a magnifying glass to that small print …

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    Suing the sewers

    2004-01-16T00:00:00

    If overflowing sewers are driving you round the U-bend, don't hold out any hope of compensation from the water company – just get yourself a good mop

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    Beware of the bats

    2003-11-21T00:00:00

    Two recent cases in the Court of Appeal illustrate how tortuous and legalised the planning process has become – especially when animals are involved

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