Sarah McCann’s Construction Insolvency textbook published by Sweet & Maxwell

We are delighted to announce that Sarah McCann’s book on Construction Insolvency has now been published by Sweet & Maxwell.

The 7th edition of Construction Insolvency covers both formal insolvency and issues like bonds and guarantees and other forms of financial protection. It provides you with the answers to the practical problems that arise every day in industry whilst also setting out the legal principles clearly and concisely, examining how the law deals with specific facts.

The 7th edition updates the text with the following:

  • The Supreme Court’s decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale [2020] UKSC 25 considering the compatibility between the insolvency and adjudication regimes and the case law following in respect of adjudication and enforcement.
  • Discussion of the new insolvency procedures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA”), the Pt A1 moratorium and the restructuring plan.
  • The prohibitions on a supplier exercising its right to terminate for insolvency where the company goes into a relevant insolvency procedure introduced by CIGA.
  • A general update on all case law since 1 August 2017.


  1. Law in Context
  2. Elements of Construction Security
  3. Debts and Other Receivables
  4. Assignment
  5. Set-off, Abatement and Deduction
  6. Plant and Equipment
  7. Goods and Materials
  8. Informal Insolvency
  9. Construction Trusts
  10. Retention Trusts
  11. Statutory Demands and Winding Up
  12. Adjudication and Insolvency
  13. Formal Insolvency
  14. Termination
  15. Novation of Contracts
  16. Completion Contracts
  17. Direct Payment
  18. Set-off in Insolvency
  19. Bonds and Guarantees
  20. Insolvency Claims
  21. Directors and Employees


Sarah McCann was assisted by contributions from Michael Wheater, Sarah Clarke, Phillip Patterson, Helena White, Aileen McErlean, Katie Lee, Ryan Hocking, Louis Zvesper, Simon Kerry, James Shaw and Kort Egan.

How to order

You can obtain a copy here.


If you have any further questions, please contact Ashley Allen on our marketing team.


Sarah McCann

Call: 2001

Michael Wheater

Call: 2003

Sarah Clarke

Call: 2003

Helena White

Call: 2007

Phillip Patterson

Call: 2008

Aileen McErlean

Call: 2011

Simon Kerry

Call: 2012

Katie Lee

Call: 2012

Ryan Hocking

Call: 2014

Louis Zvesper

Call: 2015

James Shaw

Call: 2017

Kort Egan

Call: 2017


This content is provided free of charge for information purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. No responsibility for the accuracy and/or correctness of the information and commentary set out in the article, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed or accepted by any member of Chambers or by Chambers as a whole.


Please note that we do not give legal advice on individual cases which may relate to this content other than by way of formal instruction of a member of Gatehouse Chambers. However, if you have any other queries about this content please contact: