We spoke to Andrew Burr, author of one of our newest titles : Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts. Read the interview below to find out more about this title that is now it it's 5th edition and the ways in which construction law has changed.
Andrew Burr is a barrister, arbitrator and adjudicator, having been a member of Atkin Chambers since 1983. He specialises primarily in construction and technology matters and is an affiliated foreign lawyer with Varul (Vilnius, Lithuania). Andrew is a listed arbitrator in multiple jurisdictions and recently sat on the ICC’s advisory committee for the revision of its Dispute Board Rules. He is also both the general and articles editor for Construction Law Journal.
Delay and disruption in the course of construction impacts upon building projects of any scale. Now in its 5th edition Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts continues to be the pre-eminent guide to these often complex and potentially costly issues and has been cited by the judiciary as a leading textbook in court decisions worldwide.
1.Q: Congratulations on the publication of your book Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts. What led you to writing the 5th edition?
A: I originally encouraged Keith Pickavance to write the 1 st edition of the book, when he acted as forensic delay analyst in a Technology and Construction Court case in which I was counsel. I subsequently acted as one of his assistant editors for the 3rd and 4th editions and, when he retired, he kindly passed copyright in the publication to me. Since the last edition was published in 2010, a new edition is now due.
2.Q: What new material can we look forward to hearing in the 5th edition? How does it stand out from the previous editions?
A: The revisions are quite substantial. First, there are over 100 illustrations of the legal principles involved, adopting the style of the previous, late editor of Hudson, Ian Duncan Wallace QC. Secondly, I now have a team of specialist advisory editors, covering time, money, insurance, different jurisdictions, adjudication and dispute boards. In particular, we have developed the section on Building Information Modelling, considered the civil law dynamic in some detail and added appendices reviewing the SCL Protocol and the use of different delay analysis techniques. A glossary has been added back and the helpful diagrams from the 4th edition will now be accessible from a cloud-based resource.
3.Q: During the years in which you have been working on the 5th edition of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts what do you think, if anything, has changed in construction law?
A: It has become more international and dynamic. New standard forms of contract (many of which will be considered by way of Supplement) have been published, as well as numerous important judgments, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Hence, greater consideration of the civil law is required, as well as development of the section on dispute resolution, including adjudication and dispute boards.
4.Q: Who would be interested in reading your book?
A: Practitioners in construction law (both domestically and on the international stage), construction industry practitioners, the judiciary, academics and students, as well as policy makers and government officials.
5.Q: Tell us a bit about your professional background?
A: I have practised in chambers as a construction law barrister since 1983, now acting also as adjudicator, arbitrator and dispute board member. I edit Construction Law Journal and European Construction Contracts (the 2nd edition of which will soon also be published), frequently contribute articles and papers, and previously chaired the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. I teach on international arbitration courses for the latter, as well as coaching and acting as arbitrator for Vis Pre-Moots.
6.Q: What in particular excites you about the 5th edition of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts?
A: Working with my great new team: Francis Barber, Steve Briggs, Wolfgang Breyer, Joe Castellano, David-John Gibbs, Wendy MacLaughlin, Chris Miers, Robert Palles-Clark and Keith Pickavance, as well as my Assistant Editor, Annabella Matute – Castro. It is good to bring the book back to its original home publishers and I look forward to a successful collaboration.