High Court has held that Cornwall Council was right to terminate a high-value contract with BT

4th Jan 2016

Mark Chennells acted in BT Cornwall Ltd v Cornwall Council & Others [2015] EWHC 3755 (Comm). In this matter the High Court found that Cornwall Council was correct to terminate a £160 million outsourcing agreement with BT. BT was contracted to deliver IT services, document management, human resources, payroll and telehealth and telecare services to the county for 10 years, however, 2 years into that contract Cornwall Council accused BT of failing to achieve agreed goals in relation to performance and jobs.

Mr Justice Knowles heard the case on an expedited basis over seven days this month, ruling in the council’s favour on 21st December. He stated that ‘assessed as at 20th July 2015, BTC was in breach of the Agreement such that the Defendants were entitled in all the circumstances to terminate the Agreement forthwith.’

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Mark has broad experience of acting both as sole counsel retained in proceedings and as junior counsel in very large commercially, legally and technically complex disputes with expertise in domestic and international arbitration, TCC and Commercial Court litigation, adjudication and mediation.

He specialises mainly in construction and engineering, professional negligence, IT and telecommunications and energy disputes representing governments, a wide range of contractors, private employers and their professional advisors all over the world. He also has experience of issues of private international law, including the jurisdiction of the English and foreign courts and the determination of applicable law.

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