James Ramsden & Cleon Catsambis secure Commercial Court declaration to terminate £160m contract

James Ramsden & Cleon Catsambis secure Commercial Court declaration to terminate £160m contract


CategoryNews Author James Ramsden QC Date

Judgment was handed down in the Commercial Court on 21st December 2015 in a claim by BT Group against Cornwall Council in which BT had sought to prevent termination by Cornwall Council of a 10 yr regional agreement to outsource ICT, document management and communications facilities.

After a 7 day expedited trial in the Commercial Court, Mr Justice Knowles found Cornwall Council entitled to terminate the agreement without notice for material breach on the part of BT. The court found BT to have manipulated its KPIs under the agreement and to have been in material breach since July 2015.

BT valued the contract over its term at £160m. Cornwall will now be entitled to seek compensation from BT for its breach of contract and for the costs of early termination.

James Ramsden led Cleon Catsambis, instructed by Browne Jacobson.

BT was represented by Duncan McCall QC, George Woods and Ben Woolgar, instructed by Reed Smith LLP.

For press coverage, please see below:

Western Morning News

BBC News

Cornish Guardian

Pirate FM


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