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


"An excellent firm with innovative ways of dealing with client issues."

Chambers UK 2022

"They have a great knowledge and understanding of the construction industry and they always provide a quality service."

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

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

Chambers UK 2023