Adjudication is a key dispute resolution forum across the construction industry and is becoming increasingly popular in other sectors. 

Our leading UK construction and engineering adjudication team draws upon years of experience from hundreds of adjudications to deliver sector specific adjudication advice.

We have particular experience across energy & utilities, transport, built environment and wider infrastructure projects, working with UK domestic and international clients in bespoke contractual adjudications and those conducted under the Scheme for Construction Contracts.

Whether your adjudication is large, complex, high profile, or business as usual, we offer cost effective, strategic and timely support when you need it, to achieve your desired outcomes.

Our adjudication work covers a wide range of issues including adjudications seeking declaratory relief, claims for time and money, professional negligence, contract interpretation, defect claims, and final account disputes.

Areas of focus

Our adjudication expertise includes:

  • Major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects;
  • Complex and novel technology;
  • Energy and Utilities;
  • Public Sector;
  • Transport;
  • Built Environment.

Built Environment

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 specialist trade contractor in connection with a multi-million dispute in connection with a high-end central London residential development.

Energy & Utilities

Advising on complex entitlement to several million pounds’ worth of compensation events arising out of a contract with a national utility provider. This necessitated seven adjudications, involving a complex mix of factual, technical and legal issues, and detailed delay and quantum expert evidence.

Advising on cross-border disputes arising out of the design and construction of a ground-breaking, multi-million pound nuclear fusion research project, including advocacy at a virtual hearing involving attendees from UK, France and Singapore.

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 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.

Acting for an international body in a bespoke, international adjudication in front of a three-person tribunal, relating to a ground-breaking, multi-billion-pound fusion energy project.

Acting for an on-shore wind developer in an adjudication regarding turbine defects and associated generation downtime.


Acting for a UK Tier 1 contractor in six adjudications at different levels of the supply chain and with the employer relating to a £300 million highways project.

Acting for a joint venture contractor in the preparation of adjudication proceedings in connection with a major railway electrification project.

Public Sector

Advising a local authority on two adjudications arising under a complex PFI agreement for the design, construction and operation of seven schools.

Advising a local authority in relation to a complex final account adjudication concerning the design and construction of a primary school, involving the recovery of £4.1 million overpaid to the contractor as a result of a “smash and grab” adjudication initiated by the Contractor.

Meet the team
Richard Adams

Richard Adams Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Energy and Utilities Disputes
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
Jessica Evans

Jessica Evans Partner

  • Construction Disputes
  • Energy and Utility Disputes
  • PFI/PPP Disputes
Headshot of Tom Weld

Tom Weld Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction Procurement

Karen Paley Senior Associate

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Defence
Headshot of Sarah Forshaw

Sarah Forshaw Associate

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Renewable Energy
Holly Yeo

Holly Yeo Senior Associate

  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
Headshot of Claire Logue

Claire Logue Senior Associate

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Adjudication
  • Construction Disputes
Sophie Smith - Web Profile Photo

Sophie Smith Associate

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities

Amy McPherson Solicitor

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Headshot of Kayla Urbanski

Kayla Urbanski Solicitor

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Building and Fire Safety

What others say...

An excellent and responsive team who are a pleasure work with. Make the complicated clear and simple as it can be, giving clear direction and focusing on the end game. Great thinkers and strategists.
Legal 500, 2022

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