Overview

We advise those involved in disputes at all levels of the delivery of infrastructure, construction and engineering projects. We cover complex contractual and professional negligence disputes in a broad range of sectors including energy (nuclear, renewables, energy from waste), transport, PPP/PFI, real estate, insurance, public procurement, health and safety and education.

We have extensive experience of claims under all forms of construction dispute resolution. Many of the disputes on which we work involve an international element and include international arbitration.

We provide our clients with tailored solutions to their construction disputes, and are experienced at using alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. William Gard, who leads the construction and engineering team, is the chairman of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA) and has acted as arbitrator or adjudicator in over 90 disputes.

Our construction dispute lawyers offer flexible, risk based cost structures to meet your needs. This includes fixed fees, to ensure you get the most valuable service when dealing with construction disputes. 

Areas of focus

Our construction dispute lawyers have expertise in a broad range of methods of resolution for construction disputes including the following:

  • Adjudication. 
  • Pre-Action Protocol for construction and engineering disputes.
  • Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court.
  • International and domestic arbitration.
  • Industry specific procedures such as Expert Determination and Conciliation.
  • Mediation.
Experience

Acting for a national contractor in an ongoing series of adjudications relating to a complex waste to energy PFI scheme. Advising on multiple disputes including the provision and payment of utilities, contractual interpretation, insolvency, delay and defects.

Acting for a local authority in a complex adjudication relating to highways maintenance PFI and contractual interpretation of the scope of the supply of services.

Acting for a train operating company in a series of adjudications relating to construction works to stations, including issues relating to payment notices and regimes.

Acting for a contractor in a dispute concerning the construction of a berthing facility in South America.

Acting for a contractor in a payment dispute under a LOGIC contract and BIMCO charter party agreement relating to a tidal energy project.

Acting for the subsidiary of a Malaysian organisation in a dispute in relation to the development of a luxury hotel and spa.

Advising the funder in relation to a number of project financed biomass/waste to energy projects, including issues relating to insurance and insolvency.

Advising the owner of a long leasehold in a hotel and residential high-rise building in relation to defects in the curtain walling, taking into account insolvency and health and safety related issues.

Advising an agricultural client on a dispute relating to significant defects in the design and construction of plant and machinery, dealing with complex cross-border and jurisdictional issues.

Advising the supplier of armoured vehicles to the Ministry of Defence on the effect of contract provisions regarding late delivery and its liability to pay delay damages.

Advising a public sector client on the renegotiation and/or early termination of contracts for the decommissioning of nuclear energy facilities.

Meet the team
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Procurement
  • Infrastructure
Steven James

Steven James Partner

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

What others say...

They are not merely regionally focused. They have one of the biggest profiles in the construction sector.

Chambers UK 2016