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Bob Maynard

Consultant
About

Bob Maynard has wide experience in litigation, arbitration, adjudication, ADR processes particularly mediation, project advisory and forensic investigation work for domestic and international clients from all sides of the engineering and construction industry.

He has particular experience in handling disputes for utilities (water and electricity), the nuclear industry, energy and natural resources, and transport, as well as large, multiparty commercial property disputes, and large leisure, retail and office developments.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

EXPERIENCE

  • Advising a major U.S. power supplier in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against a very large European contractor in a USD100 million plus, dispute concerning the design and construction of a lignite-fired power station in an eastern European country. The case went to a 4 week hearing before being settled.
  • Advising a major French contractor in a dispute concerning a port development in the Middle East. The dispute involved dispute adjudication board proceedings, two mediations, an ICC arbitration which went through to a two week hearing and satellite litigation in three different jurisdictions.
  • Advising a major Korean contractor in an LCIA arbitration commenced against it in relation to a power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The case involved the hearing of several preliminary issues, including relating to complex issues of conflict of substantive and procedural English and Saudi laws and proceeded to a two week hearing.
  • Advising a Russian commercial property developer in a USD90 million ICC arbitration against a major Turkish contractor in relation to the construction of a prestige 13 story commercial office complex in central Moscow, through to a two week hearing in Geneva.
  • Advising a U.S. contractor in relation to potential delay and disruption claims arising under two of its sub-contracts for the mechanical and piping work and civils and tanks work at a high profile LNG facility.
  • The collapse of the partially constructed tunnel supporting the construction of a new supermarket at Gerrards Cross and the resulting blockage of the Chiltern Rail line into London was very widely reported in the national media. Advising one of the U.K.’s largest retailers concerning the considerable and wide-ranging consequences of the tunnel collapse and the many claims arising out of the incident. This was a highly complex multi-party dispute. With 10 parties involved, we had to take a fresh look at mediation and implement and manage an innovative structured process which took place over a number of months. The matter was favourably settled without recourse to formal proceedings in what otherwise was set to become one of the largest disputes to be heard in the TCC.
  • Advising a previously publicly-owned entity (by then privatised) in a GBP60 million dispute with the contractor relating to the decommissioning of a major nuclear facility in the U.K. under an NEC contract, through to a successful settlement and involving adjudication.
  • Advising one of the U.K.’s largest international contractors right through to a TCC trial, making new law relating to economic duress.
  • Advising a large U.K. water company in respect of its claim for damages against the contractor and sub¬contractors arising out of a defective sequence batch reactor at a major city sewage treatment works, the trial of which lasted 3 months in the TCC and subsequently went to the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising a UK-based specialist electrical contractor in successive adjudications concerning various issues arising under an NEC contract. In the enforcement proceedings, following the first adjudication, the TCC handed down an important decision in respect of the late issuing of the adjudicators’ decisions.
Languages
  • English
  • Italian
Education
  • Latymer Upper School
  • Bristol University, LLB, Hons, 1984

Awards

  • Bob is rated by Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the leading individuals in the contentious construction market.
  • Ranked in Construction individuals - Band 1 in Chambers.
  • Ranked as a “Leading Individual” in the contentious construction market in Legal 500.
  • Bob Maynard is a “very impressive” practitioner who is “very experienced and knows what he is talking about”, according to market sources. He is particularly well known for his expertise in handling contentious construction work and represents clients, including prominent developers and contractors, in litigation, arbitrations and adjudications. He also has notable strength in the energy and utilities sectors. Clients commend him for the way in which he “understands the strategies necessary in construction litigation” and they appreciate he “is not afraid to give frank advice.” Chambers, 2020
  • Of the team led by Bob Maynard, “incredible long term experience and market exposure” and the “partners are top quality with excellent associate support.” Legal 500, 2020
  • According to sources, Bob Maynard is among the “standout practitioners” for contentious construction work. Chambers 2019
  • Bob Maynard heads the department's contentious arm and is well versed in a variety of forms of dispute resolution on behalf of clients spanning the breadth of the construction industry. He practices in a diverse range of industries, including energy and utilities. One source notes that “he brings a wealth of experience” and “even when there might appear to be a difficult situation he comes up with good ideas.”  Chambers, 2018

Prior Experience

  • 2001-2020, Partner, London based international law firm.
  • 1997-2001, Partner, London based international law firm.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Technology & Construction Solicitors Association, TeCSA
  • Society of Construction Law, SCL

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