Construction and engineering

Dedicated to the success of your project. Our team of specialists match extensive industry knowledge with highly regarded technical expertise and a reputation for commercial and practical problem solving. We advise on high profile and high value projects around the world and work hard to achieve our clients' goals.
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Based in London, Hong Kong and Dubai, our dedicated team provides specialist advice on construction and engineering projects around the world. We act for a diverse client base of contractors, government bodies, public authorities, private developers, funders and other stakeholders involved in high value construction and engineering work.

We have advised on a broad range of projects including commercial, industrial, retail, hotel and leisure, energy, utilities and other major projects such as large engineering schemes and infrastructure projects. We have extensive experience of the principal standard form contracts including FIDIC, JCT, NEC, RIBA, ACE, IChemE and IEE as well as many types of bespoke contract.

This gives us a unique perspective on the factors that promote successful projects.

Our approach is to drive projects forward and ensure that obstacles are resolved quickly and efficiently. Whenever the project requires, our team can draw on other specialists to advise in areas such as real estate, planning, finance, public procurement, insurance, employment and tax. We identify risks early and manage them as far as possible.

As well as advising on procurement routes and contract drafting, our team is also relied upon by clients during the construction phase to manage problems on live projects and to prevent disputes arising where we can. Through a combination of tactical advice and timely letters and notices, we put our clients in the best possible position where disputes cannot be avoided.

Our offshore team have extensive experience in dealing with contract negotiation and dispute resolution relating to offshore design, construction, installation and operation. This includes activities such as seismic survey, drilling and exploration subsea and surface installation.

"What is distinctive about Stephenson Harwood is the breadth and quality of the work being undertaken."
The Legal 500 UK 2020

Accolade Wines

Acting for a global drinks company in a £160 million claim in connection with the defective design and construction of the largest wine production and distribution facility in the UK involving multi-party proceedings in the English High Court.

Walter Lilly

Acting on this leading construction case on global claims, notices, extensions of time, loss and expense and disclosure arising from the development of a £60 million private home in London.

Contractor for gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi

Acting for the contractor on a series of disputes with the main employer and subcontractor relating to a gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi leading to a mediation and ICC arbitration.

NHS Foundation Trust

Acting in relation to disputes arising out of the development of a new £130 million PFI hospital including contractor claims for delay and disruption and additional works.

South African contractor

Advising the contractor on its dispute with its employer under a bespoke contract for power station works and advising on the inadequate extension of time provisions and application of the prevention principle.

Circuit of Wales

Advising the sponsor on this £300 million development of an international motor racing circuit and industrial and technology park.

4C Hotels Group

Advising 4C Hotels Group on the re-development of four connected City of London office buildings into a riverfront hotel development and luxury apartments.

Cofely Fabricom

Advising on the EPC and O&M contracts and ancillary documents for a series of ground mounted solar PV projects in the UK.

Kajima Construction

Advising on multi-party proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court concerning the defective design and construction of an affordable housing development in Leeds.

Leading global engineering contractor

Acting on a major dispute on the London Underground and advising on two adjudications and the subsequent court case successfully overturning the adjudicator's first incorrect decision.


Ron Nobbs Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2280
M:  +44 7831 245 682 Email Ron | Vcard Office:  London


Paul Thwaite Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2341
M:  +44 7881 913 246 Email Paul | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

06 Jul 2020

From Insights

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act received royal assent on 25 June 2020 and comes into force immediately.


17 Apr 2020

From Insights

COVID-19: Force majeure in UK construction contracts

This alert provides a quick guide on the operation of force majeure in two widely used standard form UK construction contracts – the JCT 2016 Design and Build and NEC ..


16 Apr 2020

From Insights

COVID-19: Force majeure, frustration and next steps

The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 is having a wide-reaching effect on supply chains in the construction industry.


13 Jan 2020

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Force Majeure and the escalation of US-Iran tensions

The recent high profile attacks in Iraq, and their potential ramifications, will be monitored especially closely by parties currently engaged in construction and infra..


18 Dec 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Tailam Tech Construction Holdings Limited on HK$102.7 million

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Tailam Tech Construction Holdings Limited on its HK$102.7 million IPO in conjunction with the primary listing of its shares..


04 Dec 2019

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“We have a treaty!”

South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, hosted a diplomatic conference in Pretoria, to finalise and adopt the fourth protocol to the Cape..


27 Nov 2019

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Structures and buildings allowances

Structures and Buildings Allowances (“SBAs”) are a new form of capital allowance for capital expenditure incurred on or after 29 October 2018 on the construction, reno..


09 Jul 2018

From Insights

Put it in writing: Supreme Court rules on validity of oral variations to written agreements

The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd has confirmed that oral variations to written agreements are not v..


29 Jun 2018

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BIM : New legal risks

In this article we discuss European Directive n°2014/24/UE, the resulting development of Building Information Modeling in France and the new legal risks and challenges..


30 Jan 2018

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Condominium law and rules: Update

In December 2017, the Ministry of Construction passed the much anticipated Condominium Rules under notification No. 267/2017, almost two years following the enactment ..


09 Jan 2018

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Dispute resolution under FIDIC 2017

Following our briefing note which covered the new features in the FIDIC 2017 Suite more generally, this note deals specifically with the dispute resolution updates.


08 Jan 2018

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New FIDIC Rainbow Suite 2017

The new FIDIC Rainbow Suite of Contracts 2017 was officially launched at the FIDIC Contract Users' Conference which took place in London in December 2017. The main aim..


30 Aug 2017

From Insights

Procurement Guidance Note

The Technology & Construction Court (TCC) has released a Guidance Note on dealing with public procurement cases.


08 Aug 2017

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The arrival of NEC4

The NEC4 suite of contracts was officially released in June 2017, described by the NEC Contracts Board as "Significant evolution, not Revolution". The suite retains th..


07 Jun 2017

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Give early notice to preserve Qatar force majeure claims

Several Arab have broken off relations with Qatar, citing fears that the country supports terrorism and encourages dissent against their governments.


24 Feb 2017

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Construction and conflict

Partner Phillip Rompotis has recently been interviewed by Asian Legal Business on ‘Construction and Conflict’. The interview has been featured in the February 2017 iss..


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