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Construction Disputes

The leading choice for domestic and international construction disputes

Our construction disputes team advises on a diverse range of construction disputes, including delay/disruption claims, defects and negligence claims, valuation and payment claims, dilapidation claims, projects disputes (including PPP/PFI), and disputes concerning performance bonds and other guarantees. We help clients to avoid and resolve disputes globally across both mature and emerging markets.

We pride ourselves on our ability to devise appropriate and proportionate response strategies, helping our clients navigate the range of dispute options – from early settlement of claims and mediation, to adjudication and all forms of international arbitration and litigation.

Our projects and construction lawyers advise on complex domestic and international claims as well as everyday disputes across the transport, social infrastructure and energy & natural resources sectors, and those relating to commercial developments and premises. Our cross border approach gives us insight and experience that sets us apart from our competitors.

Our Construction Disputes Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • ICC arbitration regarding construction project in Alexandria

    Conducting an ICC arbitration in Cairo on behalf of a contractor in respect of a construction project in Alexandria


    East African road dispute

    Advising on multiple arbitration claims relating to the construction of a regional road in East Africa


    East African harbour project dispute

    Handling a large-scale arbitration concerning an East African harbour project on behalf of the port authority

  • ICC USD 4 million port construction works arbitration

    Advising on a USD 4 million ICC arbitration concerning dredging and port construction works in the Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

    Delay and interference in 26 mile sewer pipe project

    Securing a jury verdict and settlements of USD 4 million, plus attorney's fees and costs, for a multinational construction company against project engineers due to damages from delays and interference in the installation of 26 miles of sewer pipe.

    United States

    Breach of contract in Cape Coral drainage project

    USD 7.5 million settlement for contractor in breach of contract litigation against the City of Cape Coral arising from water and sewer drainage project

    United States

    Contractor representation in multiple FDOT and municipal infrastructure project disputes

    Dispute Resolution Board representation of contractors on several municipal infrastructure projects, including a claim against the Florida Department of Transportation, with a value of over USD 9.5 million

    United States

    Expressway authority bid award dispute

    Settlement in construction bid award dispute for an international construction company arising from the unilateral rejection of bids by an expressway authority after the project had been prematurely awarded

    United States

    Representation for contractor in hydroelectric plant disputes

    Counsel for international contractor on USD 1 billion dollar contract to develop hydroelectric generation facility involving claims of delay, cost overruns, defective design, bidding irregularities and misrepresentations

    United States

    Representation in over 100 construction-related lawsuits

    Defense of clients involving a wide range of allegations, including delay claims, improper roadway, bridge and retaining wall design resulting in structural failures, soil compaction negligence, defective roofing, flashing, window and stucco design and installation, mold, rust and corrosion...

    United States

    Arbitration representation for contractor in breach of contract claims

    Settlement in arbitration proceeding for international contractor arising from breach of contract claims arising out of the termination of a subcontractor

    United States
  • AED 330 million mining contractor termination dispute

    Acting for a major subcontractor in a Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding involving AED 330 million in claims arising from the employer’s termination of the main contractor to the Minerva coal mine project


    Claims and disputes arising from road and rail infrastructure in Victoria

    Advising National infrastructure operators and maintenance companies on claims and disputes arising from road and rail infrastructure in Victoria


    Gas pipeline construction dispute

    Advising contractors and operators on disputes arising from the construction of a gas pipeline in New South Wales and Western Australia


    High Court action against a developer in relation to a proposed development

    Acting for the government of HKSAR in a High Court action against a developer in relation to a proposed residential and commercial development on top of the new piers at Central. The matter involved complicated issues such as land premium calculation, defective piling works and the duty to...

    Hong Kong

    SIAC arbitration for a major Indian contractor

    Representing the Indonesian subsidiary of one of the largest Indian contractors in a SIAC arbitration involving the construction of an offshore pipeline.


    Contractor dispute in Singapore

    Acting for various contractors against their ready mixed concrete suppliers in both the Singapore courts and in arbitrations for claims of frustration and force majeure arising out of Indonesia’s ban on the export of sand to Singapore (the size of the claims ranged from SGD 1.6 to SGD 8...


    Mediation for road project in Singapore

    Acting as facilitator in relation to the mediation on a major road project in Singapore resulting in a settlement between French contractors and the Government

  • QR 110 million road project claim and ICC arbitration

    Advising a joint venture contractor on a QR 110 million claim and ICC arbitration arising out of a road project in Qatar


    Dispute plant in relation to cement plant in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

    Successfully representing a Korean contractor in ICC proceedings against a consortium of Japanese contractors in relation to its claims for additional monies arising out of the design, construction and subsequent wrongful termination of a cement plant in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia

    Dispute over the design and construction of the Dubai Metro

    Acting for the government department in relation to a US$3 billion + dispute over the design and construction of the Dubai Metro

    United Arab Emirates

    Burj Khalifa contractor dispute

    Advising contractors for the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) on disputes arising from design and installation of curtain wall and cladding

    United Arab Emirates

    ADCCAC arbitration against an Abu Dhabi government owned developer

    Acting for an international contractor in relation to an ADCCAC arbitration against an Abu Dhabi government owned developer in respect of a road project

    United Arab Emirates

    AED 3 billion DIAC arbitration arising from the construction of a new concourse & terminal building

    Representing an airport owner in a AED 3 billion DIAC arbitration brought by the contractor JV arising from the construction of a new concourse and terminal building in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates

    USD 35 million ICC arbitration regarding payment and timescales

    Acting for a subcontractor based in Yemen on a USD 35 million ICC arbitration concerning payment and extensions of time in relation to a construction project

  • Price adjustment ICC arbitration for an Austrian roads contractor

    Advising an Austrian contractor on an ICC arbitration concerning a price adjustment claim relating to a road rehabilitation project


    Processing and storage of spent nuclear fuel in Lithuania and Ukraine

    Assisting in relation to issues arising out of contracts for the design and supply of facilities for the processing and storage of spent nuclear fuel in Lithuania and Ukraine.


    Disputes around refurbishing a nuclear power facility

    Advising a contractor on numerous disputes with an employer responsible for the refurbishment of an aging UK nuclear power facility and the installation of a new boiler plant. We were successful in achieving a settlement for our client on all contract and subcontract disputes, involving amicable...

    United Kingdom

    Contract disputes and claims regarding site design

    Advising a construction management company on interpreting NEC contracts, claims for unpaid costs and related disputes with sub-contractors arising during the design and construction of a site

    United Kingdom

    Contractor dispute in relation to PFI project

    Advising a hard facilities contractor on a UK hospital PFI project in relation to claims by the Trust that service and quality failures in the management service provision entitle the Trust to remove our client, the service provider, from the project

    United Kingdom

    Contract disputes regarding a UK nuclear facility

    Advising a contractor on numerous disputes with an employer responsible for refurbishing an aging UK nuclear power facility - specifically disputes arising from a NEC3 target cost contract, resulting in actual costs spiralling well beyond the target and major programme slippage

    United Kingdom

    Dispute regarding extension of time due to landslide works at a major airport

    Advising parties forming part of the contractor consortium in disputes regarding extensions of time in relation to landslide works at a major airport

    United Kingdom