Construction and Engineering Disputes

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

We operate across a wide range of sectors, including multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects, private finance initiatives, large commercial and industrial developments, residential developments, private equity and pension investments and supplier and services procurement.

Key areas of expertise include:

  • Developers: we work for many of the UK’s leading commercial developers, helping them to manage risks in the construction process and resolve disputes with contractors, consultants and suppliers when they arise.  This has included representing clients in 3 High Court and 2 Court of Appeal decisions (all favourable to our clients) which have shaped the way in which payment legislation affecting construction contracts is interpreted.
  • PFI and infrastructure: we advise project companies, investors, funders and service providers in relation to issues arising from the design, construction and management of large scale projects, including government buildings, hospitals, schools and waste facilities. We act on a wide range of disputes, from significant defects to service failures, payment deductions and termination events.
  • House builders: we act for a number of large housebuilders, including in relation to claims about planning, design, procurement, materials and workmanship.
  • International: we represent a number of clients in disputes arising from international construction and infrastructure projects, which are often resolved through arbitration, whether ad hoc or under ICC, LCIA or other institutional rules, whether based in London or elsewhere.

Our clients seek our help in difficult situations. Whether the matter involves delay and disruption on site, payment issues or substantial defects, we have a well-founded reputation for tackling the key issues head on, coming up with innovative solutions and putting our clients in the best possible position to resolve their disputes.

We do this by:

  • getting a clear understanding of the practical issues that our clients face. The subject matters vary widely, from design and construction to planning and environmental to default and insolvency;
  • liaising closely with our clients’ technical and commercial teams and, where necessary, independent experts in disciplines such as engineering, architecture, mechanical and electrical services, quantity surveying and programming; and
  • applying that knowledge to the relevant legal issues, whether that is a potential breach of contract, a breach of statutory duty, professional negligence or other default.

It is a forensic, disciplined and practical approach. As a result, we consistently provide our clients with the high quality and effective advice that they demand.

Reported cases
S&T (UK) Limited v Grove Developments Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2448
Amey LG Ltd v Aggregate Industries UK Ltd [2018] EWHC 3314 (TCC)
Grove Developments Ltd v S&T(UK) Limited
[2018] EWHC 123 (TCC)
Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited v Grove Developments Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 990
Grove Developments Ltd v Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited [2016] EWHC 168 (TCC)
Henia Investments Inc v Beck Interiors Limited [2015] EWHC 2433 (TCC)
GSK Project Management Limited (in liquidation) v QPR Holdings [2015] EWHC 2274 (TCC)
Al Wadden Hotel Ltd v Man Enterprise Sal Offshore [2014] EWHC 4796 (TCC)

Client training
We provide a range of training to keep our contacts up to date with developments in case law and legislation and to deal with particular issues they may be facing. Click here to find out more.

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