Construction, engineering and real estate litigation

The construction, engineering and real estate disputes team acts for governments, banks, commercial developers, house builders, PFI project companies, investors, landlords and tenants.

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.

We have extensive experience in resolving our client’s disputes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, through negotiation, mediation, adjudication, expert determination, litigation and domestic or international arbitration.

The subject matters vary widely, from design and construction to planning and environmental to default and insolvency. We liaise 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.

We then apply 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. As a result, we consistently provide our clients with the high quality and effective advice that they demand.

Our clients seek our help in difficult situations, whether the matter involves delay and disruption on site, payment issues, substantial defects or breaches of covenant, they benefit from both our wealth of experience and our professional and astute approach. 

What people are saying


"Macfarlanes LLP fields a ‘small yet perfectly formed’ team of ‘technical, commercial and knowledgeable’ lawyers."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"Clients say they are 'focused and collegiate, with a strong cultural emphasis on working together to provide an excellent service'."

Chambers UK 2016

"‘[T]here are no weak links’ in Macfarlanes LLP’s team, and the practice remains a favourite with clients... The contentious side, in particular, garners numerous plaudits."

The UK Legal 500 2017