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, was immediate past-chair 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

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

Acting for a major water utility in defending six adjudications launched by one of its framework contractors.

Acting for a renewable energy investor in relation to a contract termination and advising on the negotiation of a settlement agreement.

Strategic troubleshooting advice to an international investor on the design and construction of its new £300 million headquarters.

Representing a contractor in adjudications and an arbitration in relation to its NEC3 based construction contracts for a highways project.

Advising a specialist chemical manufacturer in relation to a professional negligence claim in respect of a new build chemical production facility.

Advising a local authority in Expert Determination proceedings concerning a dispute under its reuse and recycle services contract.

Advising an international waste-to-product business in respect of various claims arising from the collapse of a £950 million waste PFI project.

Advice on disputes arising out of a nuclear fission research project.

Advising a specialist engineering supplier in relation to defect and design disputes arising from a nuclear decommissioning project.

Advising a consortium regarding its £30 million dispute in relation to a major rail infrastructure upgrade.

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

Meet the team
Richard Adams

Richard Adams Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Infrastructure
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Transport and Regeneration
  • Modern Methods of Construction
Jessica Evans

Jessica Evans Director

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Construction Disputes 
  • PFI/PPP Projects

What others say...

Powerful force in the market providing a broad range of clients with support in transactional and litigious matters. Regularly involved in big-ticket projects in an array of sectors, including transport, retail and renewable energy.

Chambers UK, 2019

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