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Sensible commercial resolution of complex, high value disputes

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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

AEGIS Correctional Partnership

Advising the delivery company in a public-private partnership-funded expansion of Hopkins Correctional Centre Expansion Project in a dispute with its managing contractor. The matter involves novel issues of risk allocations

Multiplex

Acting for Multiplex, who were contracted to construct a multi-storey apartment development on the Gold Coast of Australia, in seeking to recover costs following non-payment by the project developer. The matter involved mediation, adjudication under security of payment legislation and Supreme Court proceedings

CPB Contractors

Acting in defending Federal Court litigation brought by a sub-contractor arising out of an $800M water treatment facility

A Consortium of Contractors

On numerous claims submitted to a dispute board for extensions of time and additional cost (of in excess of $1 billion) arising out of a multi-billion dollar metro project.

A Member of a Confidential Contractor Consortium

Engaged by a state entitiy to design and construction a new 3-track railway through a major city. The original contract price was over $800 million, and the total value of the claims brought by the parties in ICC arbitration was $500,000,000

A Transport Entity

On various aspects and particularly delays and major changes to the planned design and works at a transport link Station. The estimated cost of alterations is $60 million.

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

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