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Rebecca Taylor

Call 2001

"She has a good advocacy style. She's relaxed and confident, and can adapt well when circumstances change in a case."
(Chambers & Partners)

Rebecca Taylor specialises in construction, property damage, professional negligence, insurance and general commercial litigation. In addition to drafting and advisory work, she has considerable experience of appearing as advocate for applications, procedural hearings and trials in the High Court (particularly the Technology and Construction Court) and County Courts. She has also appeared in the Court of Appeal. She has experience of working for clients abroad in the Republic of Ireland, Moscow and Istanbul and of adjudications, dispute adjudication boards, and International Arbitration under the ICC Rules.

Rebecca welcomes public access clients.

Construction & Engineering

In addition to experience of arbitration, adjudication, domestic construction contracts and general commercial building disputes, her construction experience includes:

  • A multi-million pound claim arising out the termination of a contract for the construction of a Low Density Polythene Process Plant.
  • Acting as junior counsel for the main contractor in an International Arbitration in a very substantial claim against the Employer for a number of matters including sums wrongfully called and withheld by the Employer under performance and retention bonds arising out of the design and construction of a large class-A office development. The claim also involved a substantial counterclaim for defects including allegations over the waterproofing of concrete, thermal performance of the roofs, curtain walling and windows, adequacy, safety and strength of the stone cladding, and allegations in respect of the performance and commissioning of the mechanical and electrical systems, including the water and air cooling systems.
  • Advising a contractor on a multi-billion dollar construction project as to termination rights and protection of performance bonds.
  • Advising on a major contract for the supply and commissioning of meter reading equipment in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Proceedings before a Dispute Adjudication Board in a very substantial claim against the Employer for delay and expense arising out of the construction of a major civil infrastructure tunnelling project in the Republic of Ireland. The case involved a number of discrete adjudication hearings over a 2 year period which involved disputes concerning delay and disruption and which raised issues concerning the mechanical and electrical systems, allegations over the design strength of parts of the tunnel, and disputes over setting out and alignment tolerances. Often the issue was whether the design approvals process was reasonably operated and held up the progress of the project.
  • ICE & FIDIC red book forms of contract.

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Rebecca has experience in regulatory work under the Registered Homes Act 1984 and the Care Standards Act 2000.

Selected Cases

  • Jeeawon v ESCC & Bhatnagar v National Care Standards Commission – Successfully represented the appellant providers as junior counsel.
  • Bhatnagar v CSCI – Successfully acted as junior counsel for the appellant providers.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Rebecca has extensive experience of acting for insurers, whether in order to exercise their rights of subrogation, for example in a property damage claim, or in their own right. She also acts for insured and loss adjusters and has experience of advising on policy issues.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for defendant loss adjusters in a claim alleging that they failed to supervise and design the appropriate remedial scheme for a property suffering tree-root induced subsidence.
  • Acting for and advising Zurich in claims by them against builders or developers under their New Buildings Guarantee Scheme.
  • Advising a Defendant in a property damage claim on whether settlement sums could be recovered from a number of potential insurers where there were a number of different policies in place.

Professional Liability

Rebeeca has experience of a range of professional negligence cases, particularly those against construction professionals. She is currently involved in a claim against the designers of a major transport project in South London. The case concerns the design of the tram track, formation underneath and associated drainage. She also acts for a number of claimants in their actions against their former solicitors for under-compensation under the Vibration White Finger compensation scheme.

Property Damage

Rebecca’s property damage experience includes:

  • Acting as Junior Counsel for the successful Defendant in a substantial claim arising out of fire damage to a large warehouse. The case required the consideration technical evidence disputing the cause of the fire and considering the possible smoulder and combustion times for certain types of material.
  • Cases concerning tree-root induced subsidence. She recently acted for the Defendant Housing Association in such a case where the liability of the Defendants was limited to just £5,000 against a claim of approximately £200,000.
  • Drafting of some of the Claimants’ quantum claims arising out of the Buncefield explosion.
  • Flood damage caused by faulty design and / or maintenance mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Flood damage caused by an overflowing culvert in heavy rain.
  • Property damage as a result of construction and demolition works on adjoining land, including the excavation of basements causing damage to the Property next door.

Rebecca recently wrote an article for the Practical Law Company on the decision regarding property owner’s liability for tree-root induced subsidence in Berent v Family Mosaic Housing & London Borough of Islington [2012] EWCA Civ 961, in which she appeared.

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Qualifications


  • MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King’s College London (2009)
  • Holker Scholar, Gray’s Inn (2000)
  • BA Jurisprudence (Oxon) (2000)

Recommendations


“She is extremely good, a pleasure to work with and has a solid in-depth knowledge of construction law.”

Chambers & Partners

“She has a good advocacy style. She’s relaxed and confident, and can adapt well when circumstances change in a case.”

Chambers & Partners

“Very good at cutting through to the key issues and formulating a strategy.”

Chambers & Partners

“Unflappable, she masters the facts and drafts powerful arguments quickly and almost effortlessly.”

Chambers & Partners

“A pleasure to work with, she is someone with solid, in-depth knowledge of construction law.”

Chambers & Partners

“Excellent understanding of construction law and the dynamics of international arbitration.”

Chambers & Partners

“Noted for her knowledge of policy and coverage issues.”

Legal 500

“Highly experienced in major infrastructure disputes, particularly in the Middle East.”

Legal 500

The “unflappable” Rebecca Taylor “is an extremely safe pair of hands and drafts beautifully”.

Legal 500

“Recommended for construction and professional negligence coverage issues.”

Legal 500


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