Our team of construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes lawyers is highly experienced in both dispute avoidance and, where that is not possible, resolution across a variety of sectors. We understand the unique nature of disputes that may arise on construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, as well as the characteristics of various parties − not just the participants in the dispute process, but also different forms of tribunal (including individuals), experts, financial institutions, counsel, third-party funders and document production specialists.
We have a proven track record of success in providing contractual, practical, operational and risk management advice on distressed, high-value or strategically critical projects. We bring continuity of advice at all stages of a project’s lifecycle, from inception through construction and into the operational phase.
Our sector focus
Our team adopts a sector focus, tailoring our approach and the advice we provide to the specific nature of the issues which arise in the following industries:
- Infrastructure and transport
- Oil and gas
- Commercial projects - Office, Retail, Hotels
- Water and utilities
- Chemicals and process plants
- Industrial engineering
- Shipping and offshore
Our experience in acting across the supply chain for procuring authorities and funders active in these sectors means our lawyers understand the commercial issues affecting these businesses. As a result, our team delivers consistently successful dispute avoidance and resolution strategies based on detailed industry knowledge.
When it comes to resolving construction and infrastructure disputes, our team has extensive experience in managing all aspects of a dispute, including:
- An understanding of all types of construction, engineering, project and infrastructure contracts, including extensive experience drafting and negotiating such contracts
- Advising on emerging problems, before the commencement of formal legal proceedings, to avoid escalation and obtain early resolution and to optimize negotiating leverage
- Addressing issues arising from delay and disruption, cost overruns, variations, professional negligence, defects and termination
- Conducting international arbitration through all of the major institutions as well as resolving disputes through other alternative channels, such as expert determination, mediation and adjudication
- Advising and assisting with claim preparation, document review, document management and electronic record management and disclosure
- Advising on sensible strategies for case management when the dispute necessitates analysis of a great volume of detail, including identifying priority issues and common themes
- Effectively marshalling technical and factual evidence, including working with factual and expert witnesses