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Construction Law by Julian Bailey provides a detailed treatment of the major issues arising out of construction and engineering projects, with extensive references to case law, statutes and regulations, standard forms of contract and legal commentary. It is a “one stop shop” for busy practitioners with construction law issues as it presents a comprehensive view of the subject matter of construction law in England, Wales, Australia and internationally.
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A "seminal" and "definitive" work His Honour Humphrey LLoyd QC, International Construction Law Review
"I am among the many who consider Julian Bailey’s three-volume work entitled Construction Law as a hugely interesting and valuable contribution to the literature in this area of law. It is surely destined to become a standard text both in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, which will prove invaluable to both practitioners and students alike. Indeed, in the foreword, Rupert Jackson no less described the book as a "tour de force", a description with which I agree wholeheartedly." Dominic Helps, Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd
"This is a remarkable work of encyclopaedic proportions. No doubt, Julian Bailey―its single author―has performed a Herculean task in producing this three-volume magisterial work on construction law... I have been looking for a long time for a reliable work on construction law that could support me in my own construction arbitration practice in the Gulf and the wider Middle East and I am pleased to say that I have found one in the present new work by Julian Bailey... Any construction practitioner is lucky to have a copy of this work of all works on construction law!" Gordon Blanke, Habib Al Mulla & Company
"If I said "wow" once, I said it three times. Construction Law, by Julian Bailey is a massively welcome, jaw-dropping endeavour of 2,000 pages over three volumes. The foreword by Court of Appeal judge Sir Rupert Jackson is worth repeating: "This is no ordinary or pedestrian book on ‘building contract law’. It is a tour de force." He predicts it will quickly become a standard work of reference for busy practitioners... [Bailey’s] experience in both Australia and England has added enormously to this book and elevated it to a very special level. The big advantage here is that the everyday experiences of building buildings in Perth or Melbourne is almost identical to the highs and lows in Shepherd’s Bush or Aberystwyth ... the respect that the two legal systems command is a gold mine for the canny practitioner who might, just might, spot an angle developed 11,000 miles away about a building dispute that gives him an edge." Tony Bingham, 'Building' Magazine
"...from time to time a work comes along in a specialist field which is... clearly needed. ... The author has been for some time an English solicitor... he previously practised in Australia and as a consequence he took the decision to cover Australian law as well as English law, and in equal depth. It contains much not to be found in other works for practitioners in this field to mine" the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
"Construction Law is a monumental work in its scope, its depth and its encyclopaedic review of a vast body of case law. It is a work which all construction lawyers should possess." Building and Construction Law
"Construction Law is an extremely useful point of reference for any practitioner regularly dealing with issues arising on construction projects in England, Wales and Australia. Given the scope of the book, there is unlikely to be an issue on which it will not provide some assistance ......." Andrew Croft, Beale and Company Solicitors
"The utility of this work for practitioners is made all the more effective by the approach adopted by the author. The principles of construction law are stated in the body of the text with the authorities, texts and articles largely consigned to the footnotes. Accordingly, the practitioner has a spring board to delve more deeply into the detail if required. In time, it is to be expected that this book will become a standard work of reference for practitioners in construction law. It is a valuable addition to any construction law library." Australian Construction Law Bulletin
"It is the stuff of legal history legend that a lawyer setting out to practice in the common law world of two centuries ago would carry in his saddlebags and place on his bookshelves Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England. The key benefit offered by this treatise was that ‘[f]or a relatively small financial outlay, lawyers and others could obtain convenient access to a conspectus of English law in a palatable readable form.
Two years ago, Julian Bailey gave to the international construction law community a text which might be described in exactly the same terms as Blackstone’s Commentaries, save that ‘construction law’ would be substituted for ‘English law’. Running to 1,884 pages of substantive text, with an additional 275 pages of tables and indexes, Bailey’s Construction Law was aptly described in its foreword as a ‘tour de force’ by Lord Justice Rupert Jackson. Michael Christie SC called it ‘a lengthy encyclopedic work without precedent in the history of Anglo-Australian literature on this subject’, and Sir Rupert went on to predict that ‘[b]y the time this book goes into its second edition, it will have become a standard work of reference for busy practitioners across England, Wales and Australia"
This article was first published in Construction Law International, Vol 8 No 4, December 2013, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK.About the Author:
Julian Bailey is a solicitor in the construction team at White & Case's London office. Julian has specialised in contentious construction and engineering law since 1998. His core area of work is the resolution of building, engineering and technology disputes, including High Court litigation, international and domestic arbitrations, and adjudication and expert determination.
Originally from Australia, he has practised construction law in his home country and England for more than a decade. Julian has also twice won the Society of Construction Law's Hudson Prize.
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