‘The History of the Technology and Construction Court on its 150th Anniversary: Rewriting the Rules’ is released today by Bloomsbury Hart Publishing.

Edited by Lord Justice Peter Coulson and by David Sawtell of 39 Essex Chambers, this collection of chapters by leading judges, practitioners and academics is part of the TCC’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The origins of the court can be found in the Judicature Act 1873 and the formation of the Official Referees. The book draws on the different perspectives and approaches of the contributors, presenting different aspects of the Official Referees and the TCC from its origins through to its modern-day role as an international leader in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and adjudication.

A number of members of 39 Essex Chambers have contributed to the book. Lord Dyson was the judge in charge of the Official Referees and was instrumental in transforming them into the modern Technology and Construction Court. Juan Lopez considers energy and environmental litigation in the TCC. David Sawtell writes about the contribution of the Official Referees and the TCC to the English common law. Nicholas Higgs and Hannah Fry contributed to an analysis of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 by Sir Rupert Jackson.

More information about the TCC 150 celebration can be found on the Society of Construction Law’s website at here.

The book will be officially launched at the Society of Computer Law TCC 150 event on 27 April 2023.

More information about the book can be found at the publisher’s website here:

TCC 150 Book Cover