Projects, Engineering and Construction Disputes practices includes contract interpretation, project-related legal risk management, state-of-the-art dispute avoidance, as well as management and resolution techniques. Government entities, global contractors, leading consultancies, and major developers constantly require guidance of lawyers expert in this practice area.
Lawyers practicing in this practice area must have industry knowledge in engineering and construction projects includes:
- Civil engineering, including major infrastructure projects encompassing roads, airports, rail, bridges, and tunnelling
- Process plants, including chemical, petrochemical, and fertilizer plants
- Energy-related facilities, including the construction of onshore and offshore facilities, combined heat and power, and waste-to energy projects
- Project finance work, particularly Public Finance Initiative/Public Private Partnership (PFI/PPP) projects
- Construction works, including office, retail, and warehousing development, demolition, new build, refurbishment, and ‘fit-out’ work.
Businesses require experienced, efficient teams dedicated to transactions and dispute resolution. These teams are always ready to work together on multi-disciplinary matters and to provide full legal support from proposal and contract-drafting phases through to dispute advice, resolution, and enforcement. Lawyers regularly provide such assistance to companies involved in the largest and most complex construction projects in the world.
Lawyers also provide support to businesses when disputes go to arbitration, even in the most commercially sensitive situations. In such cases, businesses need lawyers equipped to carry out private-sector, cross-border arbitration and also advise clients obliged by international treaty to submit to ad hoc tribunals or to rules laid down by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.