Construction and engineering dispute resolution

Strategic and straightforward advice. We have a track record in winning the most complex and difficult cases. Our dedicated team of specialists match extensive industry knowledge with highly regarded technical expertise and a reputation for commercial and practical problem solving.  
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Based in London, Hong Kong and Dubai, our dedicated team provides specialist advice on construction and engineering disputes 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 are experienced in using alternative dispute resolution techniques such as adjudication, dispute boards and mediation alongside arbitration and litigation. We resolve difficult and complex disputes quickly and efficiently. We create effective dispute management strategies at the outset of a case in order to narrow the issues and promote an early resolution of the dispute. Clients value our strategic approach and our straightforward commercial advice.

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 forms of bespoke contract.

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

Our team is also relied upon by clients during the construction phase to manage problems on live projects and to prevent disputes arising. Through tactical advice and timely letters and notices, we put our clients in the best possible position where disputes cannot be avoided.

“Sound, honest, commercial and practical advice. Comparable to the best lawyers recently engaged with in this market.”
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.

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.

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.

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.

Flagship hotel in London

Acting for a major international hotel group on the significant High Court litigation arising out of the fit out of their flagship hotel in London.

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.

Olympic Park

Advising on construction contracts and concession agreements for the development of the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games including the primary electricity sub-station, the district energy network and a major sporting venue.

Italian contractor

Advising the Italian contractor on an international arbitration arising out of the construction of a large New Town mixed-use development project in Hong Kong.


Charlotte Heywood Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2039
M:  Email Charlotte | Vcard Office:  London


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.


09 Jul 2018

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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..


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

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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..


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..


18 Nov 2016

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New Pre-Action Protocol

A new Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes replaces the old Protocol which has been with us since October 2000. The new Protocol introduces si..


28 Sep 2016

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Enforcing judgments after Brexit

What effect will the recent Brexit vote in the UK have on the ability of parties to enforce their English court judgments or arbitral awards in the EU?


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