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Roger ter Haar QC

Call 1974 • QC 1992

"Brilliant at cross-examination." "He's very good in court and clearly understands what judges and arbitrators want to hear."
(Chambers UK 2017)

Construction & Engineering

Roger has extensive experience of acting in construction and engineering disputes both within the UK and internationally. Cases in which he has been involved as counsel or arbitrator include disputes relating to projects in Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Eire, Bulgaria, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jersey, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Quatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tanzania and the United States of America.

Clients have included Governments, Local Authorities, other Employers, Contractors, Sub-Contractors and professionals. He has acted as Counsel for Claimants and Defendants in numerous professional negligence cases arising out of allegations of negligence cases against architects, engineers and quantity surveyors.

Roger sits as an arbitrator and adjudicator in construction and engineering disputes. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Technology & Construction Court.

Selected Cases

  • Geoffrey Osbourne Ltd v Atkins Rail Ltd [2010] – BLR 363 (Silver Shemmings).
  • London Underground Ltd v Citylink Telecommunications Ltd [2007] EWHC (TCC) 1749 (Lovells).
  • Henry Boot Construction Ltd v Alstom Combined Cycles Ltd [2005] 1 WLR 3850 (Lovells).
  • Alstom Signalling Ltd v Jarvis Facilities Ltd [2004] EWHC 1285 (TCC); (2004) 95 Con LR 55 (Lovells).
  • AWG Construction Services Ltd v Rockingham Motor Speedway Ltd [2004] EWHC 888 (TCC) (Lovells).
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Qualifications


  • Deputy High Court Judge (2003)
  • Recorder (2003)
  • Boundary Commissioner (2000)
  • Bencher of Inner Temple (1993)
  • BA Jurisprudence (1973)
  • Magdalen College, Oxford

Memberships


  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (2013)
  • The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Panel of International Arbitrators (2013)
  • Chairman, Inner Temple Estates Committee (1995 – 1999)
  • Former Chairman Lloyds Disciplinary Committee

Recommendations


“Formidable in court, and his ability to absorb an argument that is made, digest it and articulate a response while on his feet is really impressive.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He is very experienced, very charming and a real leader in the field.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He makes complex matters look easy. He’s relaxed but devastating at cross-examination. It is a pleasure to listen to him and to work with him. His memory is virtually photographic, and he’s so lovely.”

Chambers UK 2018

“A very experienced, persuasive and effective advocate, who is popular with clients….an absolutely excellent strategist and one of the best on his feet.”

Legal 500 2017

“Well respected, with a badge of quality…outstanding experience…A popular choice for construction disputes and international arbitration.”

Legal 500 2017

“His ability to quickly grasp the relevant facts and get involved in the strategy of a case is excellent.”

Chambers UK

“He is incredibly clever in a broad way, not just about a particular topic but almost everything.”

Chambers UK

“Judges listen to anything he says’, ‘a well-established construction silk’.”

Chambers UK

“A fearsome operator, whose cross-examination of witnesses can be devastating.”

Chambers UK

“A very thorough and very disciplined counsel who is very good with the detail.” “Simply a class act, who instinctively cuts through the issues to get to the heart of a dispute.”

Chambers UK

“Strong advocate with an understated approach who delivers outstanding results in cross-examination.”

Chambers UK

“An old-fashioned advocate who can pick up any case and run with it well…One of the very best.”

Chambers UK


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