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Construction & Engineering

“Crown Office Chambers is distinguished by the quality of its members. From its outstanding silks down to its leading juniors, excellence runs through the set.” (Chambers UK)


Crown Office Chambers is consistency ranked as a leading set for Construction & Engineering including related professional Negligence disputes. With a reputation for combining high-quality advice and advocacy with a modern, flexible and commercially-minded approach, members appear regularly in the County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal, Arbitration, Adjudication and other forms of ADR both domestically and internationally.

We act for employers, contractors, construction and design professionals, developers, local and central government, concessionaires, funders, suppliers and insurers in all forms of dispute resolution. Both individual members and teams of barristers from Crown Office have handled claims across a wide range of industry sectors.

Cases can involve many different types of construction and engineering projects, such as highways, railways, power stations, process plants, waste treatment plants, sports stadiums, bridges, tunnels, shopping centres, office blocks, car parks and residential developments. Our clients particularly appreciate the added dimension that our expertise in insurance and professional negligence brings to our approach.

Members are well versed in all principal main contracts such as JCT, ICE, FIDIC, NEC, GC/Works, I CHEM E and sub-contracts like DOM/1 and DOM/2. Our specialist Barristers have experience handling all of the issues that regularly arise in construction disputes such as delay (including extensions of time and Liquidated damages), disruption, prolongation, loss and expense, defects, variations, design issues, ground conditions, letters of intent, bonds, warranties, guarantees and termination.

Members of Chambers sit as Arbitrators, Adjudicators, Mediators and as members of dispute boards, are retained as legal assessors, and are called upon to give binding opinions as legal experts.

Crown Office Chambers’ construction team has extensive experience in the adjudication field, both representing referring or responding parties, and acting as the Adjudicator determining the dispute. Adjudication (whether you are the referring party or the responding party) can be a significant short term drain on our clients’ resources. We are well placed to assist in these circumstances, and have the expertise to add value to the process.
In recognition of this, we have introduced a fixed fee adjudication scheme designed to reduce and simplify costs in lower value disputes where parties may need urgent assistance but do not wish to incur significant (or uncertain) expense.

For Adjudications up to the value of £100,000 (excluding VAT), we will charge a fixed fee of £5,000 + VAT. Please click here for further details.

For adjudications over £100,000, we are happy to discuss a fixed price that reflects the sum in issue and the complexity of the dispute: please contact one of the scheme administrators to discuss your requirements.

Construction & Engineering Contact

Chris Sunderland

Chris Sunderland


T +44 (020) 7797 6227
sunderland@crownofficechambers.com

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