Overview

Specialist tribunals are a genuine alternative to litigation. We have a market-leading adjudication and arbitration practice, with significant experience of the full range of specialist tribunals available to resolve disputes. Our adjudication and arbitration lawyers adopt a client first, innovative approach to dispute avoidance, troubleshooting and resolution.

The key contact, William Gard, is a practising adjudicator and arbitrator, as well as a chartered engineer.

We have led arbitrations across various key sectors, involving significant and complex projects. As well as ad hoc arbitrations, we conduct domestic and international arbitrations according to commonly used rules, including ICCLCIA and UNCITRAL.

Adjudication is also an increasingly popular dispute resolution procedure. Having developed a leading UK construction and engineering adjudication team, we draw upon years of experience to deliver sector specific adjudication advice.

Our adjudication and arbitration experience spans key sectors and disciplines; from construction and engineering, infrastructure, and energy, to transport, defence, joint ventures, commercial contract and insurance disputes. All of our specialist tribunal lawyers are also litigators, experienced in other methods of dispute resolution.

Areas of focus

Our adjudication and arbitration expertise includes the following:

  • Major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.
  • Complex and novel technology.
  • Energy projects and process plants.
  • Public sector.
  • Transport.
  • Insurance.
  • Highly sensitive arbitrations in the defence and telecoms sectors involving parties from multiple jurisdictions.
Experience

Advising a major retailer in an ad hoc arbitration in connection with an energy purchasing dispute.

Acting for a public body in an arbitration relating to the design and build of custodial facilities.

Acting for an international hotel developer in multiple adjudications with the contractor in relation to various disputes arising out of a multi-million pound cost overrun on the project.

Acting for a major contractor in multiple adjudications relating to disputes arising from a £3 billion waste to energy PFI project, including the negotiation of a managed exit from the project and termination of project contracts.

Acting for a major contractor in multiple, concurrent adjudications arising out of a £250 million highways project.

Acting for a major European telecoms subsidiary in an LCIA arbitration defending a claim for wrongful termination and £225 million damages.

Acting for a complex defence technology provider, defending three person tribunal arbitration proceedings in a claim for €450 million by an agent. Involved satellite French and US litigation.

Acting for part of a group of companies based in Monaco that operates in the oil, gas, petrochemical, power and water industries in an ICC arbitration. The dispute relates to contractual interpretation of a term concerning a performance bond in connection with the development of an oil field.

Acting for a major financial institution in an LCIA arbitration concerning coverage under financial institutions insurance with US carriers.

Acting for a leading wireless telecommunications technology provider in ICC arbitration proceedings to defend a multi-million dollar claim for breach of contract under Korean law.

Acting for a multi-national joint venture in disputes relating to the conversion of passenger aircraft to freighters incorporating the ICC arbitration rules.

Acting for a UK train operator in a successful appeal from arbitration to the High Court in respect of the operation of an industry compensation scheme for delays.

Acting for a Saudi based utility company for water and energy services against its Chinese joint venture partners. The dispute arises out of a failed bid for a £6 billion power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

Acting for a water utilities company in multiple adjudications commenced by its works contractor under a £129 million framework contract.

Advising a joint venture contractor on a series of disputes arising out of a £600+ million civil engineering project within the water industry to be resolved by adjudication.

Meet the team
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
Kari McCormick

Kari McCormick Partner

  • Head of Financial Services 
  • Insurance
  • Dispute Resolution
Richard Adams

Richard Adams Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction Disputes
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Contracts
Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy Partner

  • Agricultural Disputes
  • Trust and Probate Disputes
  • Estates and Land
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Head of Food and Drink
  • Food and Farming
  • Estates and Land
  • Product Liability

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