School construction projects: contractor insolvency

The decision to invest in a construction project is a major event for an educational establishment. So, if the contractor becomes insolvent, this can cause significant problems. The case of Philpott & Orton v Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle School [2015] EWHC 1065 (Ch) is a useful reminder of some of the issues that arise when a contractor enters an insolvency process and the importance of a skilfully drafted and negotiated building contract.