We provide you with tailored solutions to your construction disputes. 

Working across the UK and internationally, we deliver strategic troubleshooting advice at all stages of a construction project to help you mitigate and avoid risk. 

With extensive experience of formal dispute resolution, including litigation, adjudication and arbitration (international or domestic), we have the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate all types of complex construction dispute.

Knowledge of the sectors in which you operate is essential to providing practical, commercial and accessible advice. Our construction dispute resolution lawyers understand the nuances of different sectors and the different commercial and project drivers involved. They also have experience of working both client side and contractor side. This combination means that we can provide focused, strategic and project focused solutions to construction disputes. 

"Their approach is thorough and flexible, with an ability to assimilate complex matters and deliver advice in a straightforward language."  – Chambers 2024

Areas of focus

Our construction dispute resolution lawyers have expertise in a broad range of dispute resolution methods including:

  • Adjudication;
  • International and domestic arbitration;
  • Pre-Action Protocol for construction and engineering disputes;
  • Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court;
  • Strategic troubleshooting advice on legal and contractual issues arising throughout the project life-cycle;
  • Industry specific procedures such as Expert Determination and Conciliation;
  • Expert Determination; and
  • Mediation.

Energy and Utilities

Advising on the interpretation of an EPC contract for the design and construction of an onshore windfarm, and the merits of a claim against the EPC contractor in respect of defects in the design and construction of the wind turbines and associated loss and expense.

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 an operation and maintenance contractor in three simultaneous adjudications regarding the proper interpretation and application of the energy availability and performance related damages regimes across three significant solar farms.

Acting for specialist steelwork supplier based in Thailand, on a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute regarding the supply of £2.9 million of steelwork and fabricated components for use in a green energy project in the United States.

Advising on a dispute relating to OFGEM’s decision to revoke accreditation and withdraw Renewables Obligation Certificates from a 23MW solar farm.

Acting for one of Europe’s leading wind power operators, in connection with the construction of two of its onshore wind farms worth over £47 million, involving multiple disputes concerning insolvency of the main contractor and retention of title disputes with subcontractors.

Advising a biomass processing facility owner in connection with multi-million pound claims against its fuel supplier.


Providing a JV with troubleshooting and dispute resolution advice in respect of a £4 billion infrastructure project.

Advising on construction disputes arising from a £340 million road improvement scheme. Assistance to date has included numerous adjudications, two arbitrations and ad hoc advice and support throughout.

Advising on the resolution of a £15 million+ claim against a sub-contractor for defective piling at a sub-sea cable manufacturing facility, including Technology and Construction Court proceedings.

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.

Acting for a central government department in connection with various disputes with its facilities management contractor across its multi-asset estate.

Fire Safety

Advising on the rectification of fire safety issues in respect of defective cladding at two high rise multi-occupancy residential buildings, including negotiating terms of settlement.

Advising a Scottish distillery on the resolution of its ongoing dispute with its landlord as to who is responsible for the construction of a fire management system at its new distillery and visitor centre.

Built Environment

Advising a developer on disputes arising on a luxury hotel project including the refurbishment and restoration of Grade 2 listed buildings.

Providing strategic troubleshooting advice to an international investor on the design and construction of its new £300 million headquarters, including negotiation of settlement terms.

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

Advising a charitable trust on a final account dispute and defects claim arising from the £20m redevelopment of a significant theatre and entertainment complex.

Advising a facilities management contractor on the exit and termination of a multi-million contract with a local authority, involving settlement of all claims and a staged handback of assets.

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
Headshot of Gregor Hayworth

Gregor Hayworth Director

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Utilities Disputes
  • Construction Disputes
Holly Yeo

Holly Yeo Senior Associate

  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure

Karen Paley Senior Associate

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

Claire Logue Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Adjudication
  • Construction Disputes
Headshot of David Arnold

David Arnold Senior Associate

  • Construction Disputes

Andy Sheppard Associate

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

Sarah Forshaw Associate

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Renewable Energy
Sophie Smith - Web Profile Photo

Sophie Smith Associate

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

Amy McPherson Associate

  • 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
Clare Livingstone

Clare Livingston Solicitor

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Real Estate Development

What others say...

Burges Salmon stands out as construction lawyers who have a growing practice due to the calibre of their team. They benefit from a very knowledgeable, highly talented and dedicated senior management team, who lead by example, all of whom are supported by experienced and particularly well-informed senior associates, associates and solicitors.

Legal 500 2024

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