Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 118 (Sep)
Court: Technology and Construction Court

David Mackie QC sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge

Representation Gregory Mitchell QC and David Pope (instructed by Denton Wilde Sapte) for the claimant.
  Jeffrey Chapman (instructed by Herbert Smith) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 19 September 2002


Contract - Contract for services - Effectiveness of work - Breach - Claimant agreeing to provide defendant with staff to conduct drilling and related operations - Defendant replacing claimant's workers with own and other contractors' employees - Whether claimant providing competent workers - Whether defendant in breach of agreement.

The Case

In the instant case, the defendant had been in breach of a Technical Services Agreement which provided that the claimant would provide staff for the planning and supervision of the operations in the defendant's oil field, by replacing with other staff some posts which the claimant had a right to fill with its own personnel.

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