Annual Report 2011-12

|Reports and Reviews|Civil

This report covers the work of the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) in England and Wales for the period from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.

The TCC is a specialist court which deals primarily with litigation of disputes arising in the field of technology and construction. It includes traditional building cases, adjudication enforcement, engineering and technology disputes, professional negligence claims, claims by or against local authorities concerning the development of land, dilapidations claims, nuisance claims, fire claims, IT disputes (relating to both hardware and software) and challenges to arbitrators’ decisions in respect of any of the above matters.

In recent years the court has seen an increasing number of disputes which require technical input or which it is appropriate for the court to deal with because of familiarity with the subject matter. Thus claims for personal injury arising from complex engineering operations and claims arising from public procurement are two examples of this broader jurisdiction. There has been a noticeable increase in cases involving complex electronic technology issues.