However much care is taken at the contract stage and its subsequent administration, claims all too frequently arise in building, engineering and energy projects. Our aim is always to try where possible to resolve disputes before they escalate into adjudicative proceedings. This may be achieved by formal mediation or informal negotiation. In particular, we offer advice to clients in the course of construction when there is the strongest opportunity to reach a settlement or, if a settlement is unachievable, place the client in the best possible position to face the dispute process.
Where disputes are unavoidable our experience of conducting disputes by way of High Court litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and expert determination is very considerable. One of our partners has been involved in seminal reported construction cases such as Yuanda v. Gear on the award of costs in adjudication, Makers v. Camden on bias of the tribunal, and Cantillon v. Urvasco on the powers of the adjudicator; and is himself a practising adjudicator.
Our expertise extends to international disputes in respect of construction, engineering and energy and one of our partners regularly sits as an ICC or DIAC arbitrator. In-house experience extends from multi million pound litigation concerning a major retail development to multi million dollar arbitration respecting the construction of an overseas gas pipeline.
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