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Anna Laney

Call 1998

"As well as being a robust advocate she often finds the small point of detail which turns the case."
(Chambers UK 2016)

Construction & Engineering

Anna has wide experience of acting in construction and engineer disputes both within the UK and overseas.

She acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals, representing both claimants and defendants. Anna has dealt with claims for additional and defective work, extensions of time and prolongation, as well as allegations of negligence against construction professionals including architects, quantity surveyors, structural and process engineers.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Acting for insurer in relation to collapse of a residential development built in a crescent arrangement. Insured was a labour only sub-contractor where competing causes of failure advanced. In addition, allegations about site management and bullying as regards instructions that were given (but not recorded) which were said to be causative of collapse. Claimant sought substantial damages for delay, which were not related to original collapse but need for substantial redesign and/or betterment.
  • Acting for insurer in relation to collapse of a listed facade at a prestigious development. Detailed arguments about cause and mode of failure, contributory negligence of Employer’s professional team, and policy coverage issues.
  • Acting for consortium in relation to defective design of earthworks by civil engineers resulting in delay and claims for costs of additional works and loss of profits.
  • Acting for earthworks contractor in relation to final account claim in respect of a new holiday park; main contractor counterclaiming over £1million for defective works and consequential losses.
  • Instructed as junior on a £10million claim for delay and disruption. Acting for piling contractor where main contractor alleged that the secant pile installation and associated ground works were defective.
  • Acting for developer against allegedly negligent architect who had failed to convert accurately planning drawings into working drawings: claims for losses arising out of differences between two layouts.
  • Acting for contractor where architect’s soundproofing design within blocks of flats was alleged to be negligent; issues about remoteness of damage and disputes about the appropriate remedial scheme.
  • Acting for process engineer in a claim relating to the design and construction of a fertilizer process plant in the Philippines, in particular the plant’s performance in certain weather conditions.
  • Acting for homeowner in a dispute concerning contracting parties involving allegations of deceit as builder / defendant asserted that he acted as agent for third party.

Selected Cases

  • Lulu Construction Limited v Mullaley [2016] EWHC 1852 (TCC) – Enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision finding that he had jurisdiction to award costs claimed under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
  • Jockey Club Racecourse Ltd v Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd [2016] 4 W.L.R. 43 [2016] 1 Costs L.R. 123 – Considers the requirements of a valid Part 36 Offer as to liability where quantum uncertain / in dispute.
  • Mul v Hutton Construction Ltd [2014] EWHC 1797 (TCC); [2014] All ER (D) 58 (Jun) – Interpretation of “appropriate deduction” for defects under cl 2.30 of JCT Intermediate Form of Contract (2005).
  • Glendalough Associated SA v Harris Calnan Construction Co Ltd [2013] EWHC 3142 (TCC); [2014] 1WLR 1751 – Concerns seeking injunctions in construction adjudications.
  • Pioneer Cladding v John Graham Construction PLC [2013] EWHC 2954 (TCC) [2014] CILL 3445 – Concerns circumstances in which a stay of execution may be granted as regards enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision where a sub-contractor had misled contractor as to its financial health.
  • SCI Azure Estates Ltd v Mullen [2007] EWHC 263 (QB) – Examines mechanism of contractual formation, intention to create legal relations and retrospective application of agreement.
  • Skanska Construction UK Ltd v Egger Barony Ltd [2002] EWCA Civ 1914, (2003) CILL 1969 (Thorpe LJ, Latham LJ, Lawrence Collins J); [2005] EWCA Civ 501 (Buxton LJ, Dyson LJ, Maurice Kay LJ); [2005] EWHC 284 (TCC), (2005) CILL 2210 (HHJ Wilcox) – Claims and counterclaims arising out of the construction of a wood processing factory in Scotland, including arguments concerning extent of insuring obligations.
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Recommendations


“Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She’s a very effective advocate…Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar

“A fabulous lawyer, who is great with clients and very responsive…Great at cutting out the waffle and putting matters in the right order to achieve results in hopeless cases.”

Legal 500, 2017

“She’s quick to identify the commercial issues”; “as well as being a robust advocate she often finds the small point of detail which turns the case.”

Chambers UK 2016

“Her swift focus is unsettling for opponents and commands confidence in her submissions”; “she tailors her approach to the specific case with a view to achieve the best outcome for the client.”

Legal 500 2016

“She is a team player who is robust and decisive and who provides very clear in advice.”

Chambers UK 2015

“Expert across a range of fields, from ground works to engineering”; “a very good communicator who gives clear and straightforward legal advice.”

Legal 500 2015

“Tremendously enthusiastic, she is an energetic, hard-working and effective advocate.”

Chambers UK 2014

“Sharp, authoritative and robust on her feet”; “a tremendous asset”; “a popular choice for construction related arbitrations.”

Legal 500 2014

“An absolutely excellent senior junior. She is always on top of things, has very good tactical sense, and if you see her name on the pleadings you know you’re in for a fight.”

"An absolutely excellent senior junior. She is always on top of things, has very good tactical sense, and if you see her name on the pleadings you know you're in for a fight." Chambers & Partners 2013

“A tremendous asset to any team”; “totally dedicated, utterly dependable, and someone in whom faith can safely be placed.”

Chambers & Partners 2012

“Sources were quick to highlight commerciality as a key attribute…a diligent and proactive senior junior who relates well to lay clients and has a great rapport with judges.”

Chambers & Partners 2011

“Excellent…well respected…no praise is high enough”

Legal 500 2011


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