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Ben Patten QC

Construction & Engineering

Recognised as a Leading Construction Silks by both the Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers & Partners. Ben has very considerable experience in construction and engineering disputes. He has appeared in a wide range of cases in the TCC, Arbitrations, Adjudications and the Court of Appeal. He has been described in Chambers and Partners as being greatly respected by clients for his "way of presenting an argument which appeals to judges hugely," and "incredibly calm," "persuasive" approach; “a top performer who has a very concise and effective drafting, advisory and advocacy style"; “technically he's one of the best around. He is also highly responsive”. The 2016 edition states "he is efficient, very clever and knows his stuff." "He has the trust of judges: he never makes a bad point or overblows a submission."

Recent and current cases include:

  • Acting for certificating architects in a claim brought by a number of purchasers.
  • Acting for the employers of an auction mart in a dispute with the developer.
  • Acting for architects and project managers in relation to a claim in respect of the renovation and development of civic premises.
  • Acting for the Claimant in the groundbreaking vicarious liability case of Biffa Waste Services Ltd. v Maschinenfabrik Ernst Hese Gmbh, both at first instance in front of Mr Justice Ramsey and in the Court of Appeal (late 2008). The case is now the leading authority on the application of the control test for borrowed employees and of the extent of the application of the “extra hazardous acts” rule in Honeywill v Stein & Larkin.
  • Acting for the defendant architects in the appeal to the Court of Appeal in Hunt v Optima, an appeal from Mr Justice Akenhead, which is the leading authority on duties arising from professional consultants’ certificates.
  • Acting for specialist contractors against whom a substantial claim was made arising out of a fire on the Isle of Wight.
  • Acting for employers in respect of a biogas installation in a claim against the contractor.
  • Acting for a firm of contractors in a multi-party dispute concerning piling and ground improvement works for a superstore in Kent.
  • Acting for consultants in respect of a claim concerning stone cladding to a building in the City of London.
  • Acting for a firm of contractors on a dispute concerning variations, extensions of time and loss and expense claims in relation to a residential development in Kensington.
  • Acting for a firm of contractors in relation to a dispute over delays to a large development at Southbank London arising from a diesel spillage.
  • Acting for a demolition contractor in relation to an inter-related series of adjudications and part 8 disputes concerning contractual interpretation.
  • Acting for PI insurers of engineers on a large construction project in Ireland (essentially construction of bridges).
  • Acting for UK design and build contractors in adjudication proceedings concerned with plant producing car parts (the issues are engineering).

Recent and current international cases include 

  • Acting for US contractors in a dispute concerning the construction of a gas pipeline in Nigeria.
  • Acting for a Qatari developer in a dispute concerning a mixed use development in Doha.
  • Acting for an international construction consultancy group in a dispute over project monitoring in the Caucuses.
  • Acting for a Dubai based contractor in a dispute in the Dubai World Tribunal.
  • Acting for US engineers in an arbitration concerned with a production plant in Germany where the critical issues concern tooling and engineering.