Job’s a good’un: contractors, rates and building contracts

By Helen Andrews

Is a contractor obliged to charge an objectively reasonable rate or price where no rate or price is specified in a building contract?

No, said Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart in the case of Oakrock Ltd v (1) Travelodge Hotels Ltd, (2) Wakemans Ltd and (3) Anglo Holt Construction Ltd (2014).

The contractor and Shoosmiths client (Anglo Holt) applied to strike out parts of a claim brought by the owner of a hotel (Oakrock)…

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