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Construction Disputes

Sensible commercial resolution of complex, high value disputes

When disputes arise, our global construction dispute resolution team has the experience and industry knowledge required to achieve the optimum outcome for you on complex, high value and often multi-jurisdictional construction disputes and claims. Our team often becomes involved in a project long before any formal dispute arises, and will assist during the implementation of a project to resolve disputes wherever possible, without recourse to a formal dispute resolution process. If formal dispute resolution is unavoidable, however, our team of highly experienced disputes lawyers across our international network of offices will be able to secure the best possible results for you.

How we help

Our team has advised clients on many of the world’s largest and most complex engineering and construction projects focusing on the resolution of complex, high value and often multi-jurisdictional disputes through litigation, arbitration, adjudication, disputes boards, expert determination and other alternative forms of dispute resolution such as mediation.

Our team advises on disputes under construction contracts, O&M contacts, PFI/PPP agreements, offtake agreements, financing documents and joint venture agreements. We act on all types of construction claims, including restraints on bond calls, extensions of time, loss and expense, delay and disruption, liquidated damages and performance related disputes.

Who we help

We act for a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, international and domestic developers, contractors and subcontractors, governments and state-owned entities as well as construction professionals such as consulting engineers, architects and others.

We advise all of the participants in projects in sectors as diverse as: 

  • Water and waste
  • Telecommunications
  • Social infrastructure (including PPP/PFI)
  • Power
  • Infrastructure – rail, bridges and highways, airports, ports, water
  • Commercial and retail development
  • Rail and transport (ports, roads, airports)
  • Defence
  • Petrochemical and process plants
  • Renewables
  • Mining and natural resources
  • Manufacturing and industrial

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Recent Experience

Hyundai Heavy Industries

On its successful settlement in an ICC arbitration arising out of the US$10.3 billion Barzan gas pipeline project in Qatar

A Middle Eastern government

On issues arising from defects in one of the tallest developments in the region

Japanese contractors

In relation to expert determination and potential ad-hoc arbitration proceedings on claims arising under an EPC contract for a geothermal power station in New Zealand

A major retailer

On a series of claims regarding defects in a major distribution centre in the UK

BAE Systems

Disputes with ASC AWD Shipbuilder in relation to the construction of Air Warfare Destroyers for the Commonwealth

A Korean IT company

An anticipated ICC arbitration in Tokyo on issues arising under an EPC contract and O&M agreement with the project owner for a solar power plant in Japan

Accolades

"… THE ABILITY TO LEVERAGE EXPERIENCE ACROSS MULTIPLE SECTORS BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY TO PROVIDE PRAGMATIC, FLEXIBLE AND WORKABLE SOLUTIONS ..."

CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2021: CONSTRUCTION (GLOBAL-WIDE)

RANKED IN BAND 1

CHAMBERS UK 2021 – CONSTRUCTION (INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION)

“welcoming to work with and adds considerable value with their tactical thinking" Chambers UK 2021: Construction (international arbitration)

Ranked in Band 1

"a top-notch firm" that offers "great efficiency as well as both practical and commercial sense"

CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2020: CONSTRUCTION (GLOBAL-WIDE)

Ranked In Band 1

CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2020: DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Ranked in Band 1

CHAMBERS UK 2020: CONSTRUCTION PURCHASER

Ranked in Band 1 "hard-working, on top of the detail and good with clients."

CHAMBERS UK 2020: CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION

"They have a good grasp of construction law and are very good at co-ordinating between multiple parties involved in disputes”

CHAMBERS ASIA-PACIFIC 2020: CONSTRUCTION (JAPAN)

Ranked in top 5 in the world 2016 - 2020

GLOBAL ARBITRATION REVIEW TOP 30

Insights and updates

23rd September 2021
We are proud to be a conference supporter at the GAR Live Construction Disputes event...
27th July 2020
We recently spoke with Thomas Lazur of Keating Chambers on the "prevention principle." Our discussion...
7th April 2020
First published by Ben Rigby and Andrew Mizner in CDR Magazine, January 2020.
27th January 2020
Complex construction projects commonly give rise to disputes, which are often referred to arbitration. But...

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