Construction and Engineering Disputes

We have a leading construction and engineering disputes practice, with a strong reputation for work in relation to high-value and technically complex claims.

We act for a variety of clients, including governments, banks, commercial developers, PFI project companies, service companies, house builders and investors.

We advise on all aspects of construction and engineering disputes, throughout the life of a development, including:

  • pre-construction services, procurement, tendering and appointment;
  • financing;
  • pre- and post-contract misrepresentation and fraud;
  • consultant design and design development;
  • site investigations and surveys;
  • interim notices, valuations and payments;
  • payment mechanisms, payment adjustments and financial models;
  • delay and disruption, extensions of time, loss and expense and liquidated damages;
  • instruction, valuation and execution of variations;
  • defects and deficiencies in design, workmanship, maintenance and lifecycle;
  • professional negligence;
  • payment and performance bonds and guarantees;
  • insurance;
  • default, insolvency and termination; and
  • international and cross-border matters.

We work across a wide range of sectors, including multi-billion pound infrastructure projects, private finance initiatives (including government buildings, hospitals, schools, roads and waste facilities), large commercial and industrial developments, residential developments, private equity and pension investments, and supplier and services procurement.

We lead clients and teams of barristers and technical experts through difficult and pressured adjudications and multifaceted court and arbitration proceedings, as well as resolving disputes effectively and efficiently where possible through alternative dispute resolution.

Client training
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What people are saying


"Macfarlanes' grasp of complexities and strategies is outstanding."

Chambers UK 2023

"The team have been professional and attentive, and they go above and beyond expectations to deliver a great service."

Chambers UK 2023

"Clients describe Macfarlanes as “an excellent firm with innovative ways of dealing with client issues.""

Chambers UK 2022

"An exemplary team that fosters collaboration to the benefit of its clients. The construction team has renowned expertise that is in high demand in complex construction-related disputes. They have a great reputation in the High Court."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"They are a very efficient team and they tend to approach issues slightly differently to many other firms, which gives them an innovative advantage."

The UK Legal 500 2021

"Top-drawer legal advice and case management. Extremely pragmatic."

The UK Legal 500 2021