Plesner associate awarded European 1. prize for thesis on construction law

A thesis on knock-for-knock in onshore construction contracts have been awarded with European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) master thesis 1. prize. Assistant attorney Sacha Stephansen from Plesner is the first participant from Denmark to receive the prize.

The thesis "Knock-for-knock in onshore construction contracts - A study of a different liability regime and the implementation thereof" examines the possibilities of applying a knock-for-knock clause typically applied in the offshore industry in an onshore construction contract. The clause regulates liability and allocation of losses.

Main conclusions from the thesis

  • An implementation of the clause in construction onshore could hold several advantages.
  • Findings indicate that the clause can be applied in onshore construction.
  • When considering new forms of contracts and allocation of liability, the knock for knock clause should be considered.

The European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) consist of 18 national construction law societies. ESCL sponsors an annual master thesis competition in construction law.

Read the jury report evaluating the thesis

Read a summary of the thesis

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