Construction insolvency

Construction insolvency overview

Gatehouse Chambers has specialisms in both construction and insolvency so our members are uniquely qualified to advise clients on the implications of insolvency in the construction sector. Our members have specialist knowledge of the relationship between enforcement of adjudicators’ awards under HGCRA and insolvency procedures under the Insolvency Act 1986. We have appeared in the leading cases which address the differences between the two approaches in the context of winding up petitions and adjudication enforcement.

Our members are regularly instructed on behalf of insolvency practitioners, employers, contractors, sub-contractors and lenders to advise on the consequences of insolvency in the contract chain (in particular, its effect on novation, step-in rights, set-off, bonds and guarantees) and on the various security devices deployed as protection against insolvency in the chain.


Hardwicke shortlisted for Insolvency and Restructuring Chambers of the Year at the TRI Awards 2020



The primacy of insolvency law over construction law


Cannon Corporate Ltd v Primus Build Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 27


Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 27


Case Comment: Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Limited v Bresco Electrical Services Limited (In Liquidation) [2018] EWHC 2043 (TCC)