Construction & Engineering
Leading Junior in Legal 500, Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Who’s Who Legal
Crispin’s experience ranges from residential building disputes to major international projects. He has been instructed in cases concerning residential extensions and conversions, houses, hotels, hospitals, apartment blocks, schools, housing estates, shopping malls, leisure centres, factories, power stations, process plants, water treatment works, roads, railways, airports, tunnels, micro-tunnels, pipelines and Oil and Gas installations (both onshore and offshore). He has dealt with many of the standard forms (e.g. JCT, ICE, NEC, FIDIC, IChemE) and a range of bespoke contracts. He is one of the authors of Emden’s Construction Law.
Crispin is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator, acts for and advises adjudicating parties and appears in the TCC on enforcement proceedings. Reported adjudication cases include:
- Dawnus Construction Holdings v Marsh Life  EWHC 1066 (TCC); 172 Con LR 162;  CILL 3977.
- South Coast Construction v Iverson Road  EWHC 61 (TCC);  1 All ER (Comm) 653;  BLR 169.
- Imtech Inviron v Loppingdale Plant  EWHC 4006 (TCC);  CILL 3613;  BLR 183.
- AT Stannard v Tobutt  EWHC 3491 (TCC).
- Ellis Building Contractors v Goldstein  EWHC 269 (TCC);  CILL 3049.
- OSC Building Services v Interior Dimensions Contracts  EWHC 248 (TCC);  CILL 2688.
- Allen Wilson Joinery v Privetgrange Construction  EWHC 2802 (TCC);  TCLR 1; 123 Con LR 1.
- Acting for a contractor in a $400m LCIA arbitration relating to an oil and gas project in the Middle East. Bespoke contract. London seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state. Appeared as counsel (against leading QC) in 2 week evidential hearing. Issues include contractual interpretation, process engineering, delay analysis and quantum.
- Acting for a Middle Eastern government in a $500m ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an international airport. FIDIC Red Book. Middle Eastern seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state. Appeared as counsel (against leading QC) at 13 day evidential hearing. Issues include analysis and quantification of claims for extensions of time, prolongation and disruption costs.
- Acting for a state-owned oil company in a $multi-billion LCIA arbitration arising from an oil and gas project in the Middle East. Bespoke contract. London seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state. Appeared as junior counsel in 2 week evidential hearing. Issues include contractual interpretation, engineering practice in the oil and gas industry and quantity surveying practice.
- Acting for a Middle Eastern government in a $750m ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an international airport. FIDIC Yellow Book. Middle Eastern seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state. Appeared as counsel (against very senior QC and juniors) at evidential hearings lasting a total of 65 days. Multiple claims involving complex issues relating to design obligations, architecture, structural and seismic engineering, fire safety engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, forensic delay analysis and quantum.
- Acting for a police authority in a £multi-million dispute concerning the construction of a new custody facility. Issues included design obligations, energy efficiency, mechanical and electrical engineering, loss and expense.
- Triuva Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft v Galliford Try v Alumet  EWHC 275 (TCC) – acting for a major contractor in a £3m claim arising out of alleged defects in glazing, curtain walling and cladding works to a ten-storey office building in Birmingham.
- Gray v Elite Town Management  EWCA Civ 1318 – acting in a party wall dispute arising out of adjoining basement constructions in central London. Appeared as sole counsel in two week-long trials and in the Court of Appeal.
- Acting for the developer of a £250m project in central London in TCC proceedings involving multiple applications for injunctive relief and involving complex issues of law and of geotechnical and structural engineering.
- Acting for a joint venture contractor in a £multi-million PFI dispute in the TCC and a related adjudication.
- Rohan & Ors v Daman Real Estate Capital Partners  DIFC CA 005 and CA 006 – acting for purchasers in the DIFC (Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal) in a claim for AED 12m arising out of delay to a mixed-use development in Dubai.
- Acting for consulting engineers in a $12m DIAC arbitration. Dubai seat and UAE substantive law. Appeared as counsel at 4 day evidential hearing. Issues related to mechanical and electrical engineering and quantum.
- Inframatrix v Dean Construction  EWCA Civ 64; 140 Con LR 59;  28 Const LJ 438;  CILL 3145 – representing a developer in the TCC and in the Court of Appeal in relation to a £2m claim for defects in the construction of a specialist camera factory.
- Acting for a state-owned oil company in a £100m LCIA arbitration concerning an oil and gas project in the Middle East. Bespoke contract. London seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state.
- Acting for a Danish contractor in DAB proceedings relating to a power plant in the Caribbean. London seat and English substantive law. Appeared as counsel at DAB hearing.
- Harrison & ors v Shepherd Homes  EWHC 1811 (TCC); 27 Const LJ 709 – acting for the residents of a housing estate in a 5-week TCC trial successfully recovering damages for losses resulting from defective piled foundations.
- Acting for a developer in a $130m international arbitration concerning a hotel and condominium project in the Caribbean which suffered hurricane damage during the course of construction. London seat and substantive law of the Caribbean Island. Appeared as junior counsel in 2 month evidential hearing.
- Acting for the Anglo-Japanese-Irish consortium that built the Dublin Port Tunnel in relation to claims before a DAB for delay, disruption, loss and expense totalling about 300m Euros. ICE 7th edition. Irish seat and Irish substantive law. Appeared as junior counsel at multiple DAB hearings. Issues included ground conditions (involving geotechnical engineering), design strength, the design approvals procedure and the analysis and quantification of delay, disruption, loss and expense.
- TCC considers pain/gain share mechanism in NEC3 Option C (target cost) contract
- Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019 Nominations
- Registered practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
- Major Scholar, Inner Temple
- MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King’s College London
- Dip Law, City University
- BA, Bristol University
- British Japanese Law Association
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
- Commercial Bar Association
- LCIA European Users Council & Young International Arbitration Group
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
- Society of Construction Law (UK & Gulf)
- Technology & Construction Bar Association
- Legal 500 2020 London Bar: leading junior for Construction and International Arbitration
- Legal 500 2019 UAE: leading junior for Construction
- Chambers UK 2019: leading junior for Construction and International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering
- Chambers Global 2019: leading junior for Construction
- Who’s Who Legal 2019: leading junior and future leader for Construction
“Very proactive and impressive.” … “Extremely hardworking, very effective in cross-examination and always responsive.”
Legal 500 2020
“Excellent and technically very able. He is very personable and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work as part of the wider legal team” … “Very responsive and very hard-working” … “He has an impressive intellect and is always very quick to grasp the detail on technical matters. His cross-examination is very effective.”
Chambers UK and Global 2019
“Provides that combination of skills that are key in a senior junior: clear strategy, concentration on what really matters, and strong delivery” … “One of the top junior barristers in the construction/arbitration field”
Legal 500 2019
“A clever and practical construction specialist who is concise, clear and very helpful.” … “Very thorough and commercially astute. A tenacious advocate.”
Chambers UK and Global 2018
“A confident advocate, who goes out of his way to achieve the best result for his clients.”
Legal 500 2018
“Lauded junior whose practice extends from domestic residential development work and PFI matters to large-scale international arbitration. His drafting skill draws particular praise from market. He is incredibly thorough and has an instant grasp of detail.”
Chambers UK and Global 2017
“His excellent style of cross-examination proves effective with witnesses”
Legal 500 2017
“A good advocate who gives concise, practical advice”
Chambers UK 2016
“He’s all the things you want in a cross-examiner – effective in a very measured way and judges the tribunal well”
Legal 500 2016
“very cool and poised and approachable, friendly, responsive and good technically”
Chambers UK 2015
“an exceptional junior with considerable technical skills”
Legal 500 2015
“has a sharp drafting style, is easy to work with, and is committed and responsive”
Chambers UK 2014