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Disputes can hinder any construction or engineering project, with conflict often arising from multiple parties with differing agendas and expectations. Our dispute resolution specialists will help you reduce the amount of time and expense wasted on adjudication and litigation, so you can complete your projects with minimal disruption.

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Steve McCombe

Steve McCombe

Partner

Resolving disputes strategically

Our aim is to help you avoid disputes in the first place and we will look carefully at your contract to ensure it is legally sound and includes appropriate dispute resolution processes.

We have extensive expertise in resolving construction and engineering disputes when they do occur. We can draw on various pre-action stages or, as a last resort, court proceedings, along with alternative dispute resolution processes such as negotiations, adjudication, arbitration and mediation – with each route tailored to your circumstances.

As disputes cost you time and money, we aim to keep expenses to a minimum whenever possible. We have acted for parties on all sides of construction and engineering projects, from funders to subcontractors, and have extensive insight into the alternative solutions that could benefit you. And our straightforward approach ensures you receive clear and consistent support from start to finish.

Highlights

Our dispute resolution specialists in the Construction and Engineering Team have been involved in a number of high-profile claims and cases. Highlights include:

  • advising a client in connection with a dispute involving defects in a very large house in central London where a number of parties were potentially liable for the defects
  • advising on a case involving a defective pipeline, with the claims being directed against the supplier and the case being settled shortly after a pre-action mediation took place
  • advising on a supplier’s work on a project at a UK military base, with the supplier defending the contractor’s claims and passing on all of those claims to the supplier’s consultant, the dispute being settled during the pre-action protocol stages

  • defending a supplier against claims arising out of a defective warehouse floor which included instructing a QC and a leading technical expert
  • advising on defects in refurbished office developments, with one project involving four adjudications on issues associated with payment and defective works

Expertise

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • claims for payment
  • claims associated with defective and incomplete works
  • claims arising out of variations to works
  • prolongation claims

  • loss and expense claims
  • contract termination
  • disputes arising under all of the standard forms of contract as well as bespoke forms

Steve McCombe is admired for hisfriendly and very responsive’ manner.

Chambers and Partners

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