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Carlo Taczalski

Call 2010

"Wise beyond his call."
(Legal 500, 2017)

Construction & Engineering

Many of Carlo’s commercial instructions are in the context of construction, engineering and energy disputes.  Carlo’s expertise in construction, insurance and professional negligence makes an excellent choice where the issues involved in the case straddle those different traditional specialisms; a number of Carlo’s instructions are therefore in cases where issues of negligence and / or breach of contract overlap with questions of insurance coverage.

In addition to appearing in Court, Carlo is adept at dealing with disputes in arbitration, adjudication or mediation, and has recently been instructed by a well known contractor in a series of adjudications, where the difference in the parties’ valuations of the work undertaken on the subcontract is in the region of £3m.

As well as appearing in adjudications, Carlo is a TECBAR accredited Adjudicator

Carlo is the author of the chapter about the NHBC in Emden’s Construction Law.

Selected Cases

  • Property development arbitration – Carlo is instructed as sole counsel in an arbitration concerning the amount payable under a joint venture agreement for the development of houses in London; the amount at stake is approximately £2m.
  • Water treatment arbitration – Instructed as sole counsel in arbitral proceedings concerning a water treatment plant in Eastern Europe, which is said to have been defectively constructed and / or designed (the claim is put at circa Euro 2m).
  • Landmark Limited & Woods Development Limited v American International Bank (In receivership) – This was a Privy Council appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal; it concerned the basis on which the Appellants were entitled to charge and claim for electricity which they had provided following the inability of the Antiguan statutory provider to meet the Respondent’s needs. Carlo was instructed with Kim Franklin QC for the successful Appellants.
  • Antigua Power Company Limited v The Attorney General of Antigua & Barbuda & Others – This is a claim for approximately £100m in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. It arises out of a breach by the Antiguan Government of a Joint Venture Agreement to build a power-plant in Antigua. The Privy Council upheld APCL’s claim for breach of contract in 2013 (the report is at [2013] UKPC 23), and remitted the assessment of damages to the Antiguan High Court. Carlo is presently instructed on the assessment of damages trial with Kim Franklin QC and Dane Hamilton QC.
  • Antigua Power Company Limited v The Attorney General of Antigua & Barbuda & Others – Carlo is also instructed (with Geoffrey Robertson QC and Kim Franklin QC) on a further claim on behalf of APCL claiming substantial damages as a result of a conspiracy to cause loss by unlawful means in Antigua.
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  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2010)
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple (2010)
  • Lovells Examination Prize, Downing College (2006)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship (2005 – 2007)


  • PIBA
  • PNBA

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