Our Expertise

Construction, Energy & Natural Resources

Our members have considerable expertise in all types of construction and engineering disputes and disputes relating to all aspects of the energy sector, both domestic and international.

4 New Square Chambers is nominated for ‘Construction and Energy Set of the Year’ (2022) in the Legal 500 Bar Awards.

‘The set’s “excellent” silks and juniors are highly sought after by contractors and developers to handle the full spectrum of construction disputes, and the set’s strong reputation for professional negligence and insurance issues complements the construction law offering. Chambers has a reputable international construction disputes practice, in addition to its extensive TCC and domestic ADR expertise.’ – Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘Offering ‘great strength and depth in construction and construction-related matters.’ – Legal 500, 2022

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with the many different disputes which can arise on a building project between both employers and contractors and also between contractors and their subcontractors, including disputes as to contract terms, loss and expense claims, delay and disruption, defective work and final account disputes. We act for a wide range of contractors, employers, professionals, funders, insurers and suppliers not only in disputes (including litigation, arbitrations and adjudications) but also in non-contentious matters.

We act in disputes involving all types of construction project including football stadiums, airports, water treatment plants, highways, tunnels, hospitals, power stations, off-shore oil and gas installations, pipelines, power process and waste water treatment plants, retail shopping centres, car parks, office blocks and residential developments.

Many of our barristers also have particular experience in claims involving construction professionals and construction cases involving issues of insurance.

A large number of our cases relate to international projects where the dispute is resolved either before the English Courts or in arbitration. Many of our members are accustomed to dealing with disputes where the governing or procedural law is not English law and some members have rights of audience before courts of other jurisdictions. We are recommended as a leading set for UAE Construction disputes by Legal 500’s UAE guide where we are described as ‘a strong set when it comes to construction arbitration, with a refreshingly hands-on approach.’

Members of Chambers also have experience of disputes relating to energy concessions and disputes regarding commodity pricing.

Recent and current cases include a dispute regarding the construction of a nuclear power station in Finland; the Buncefield litigation; a dispute relating to the operation of an oil pipeline in the Middle East; a dispute relating to a hydroelectric power station in South America and various disputes involving oil and gas facilities in Africa.

We are ranked as a leading set and many of us are recommended individually in the major directories including the Legal 500, Legal 500 UAE, Chambers & Partners UK and Global and Who’s Who Legal.

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Legal 500, UAE Guide

“A strong set when it comes to construction arbitration, with a refreshingly hands-on approach."

Chambers & Partners

“The set’s silks and juniors are highly sought after by contractors and developers to handle the full spectrum of construction disputes."

Legal 500

“The ‘very efficient’ 4 New Square is instructed by major contractors and top tier law firms on a range of construction disputes."

Construction, Energy & Natural Resources Barristers

Justin Fenwick KC

Call: 1980 Silk: 1993

Roger Stewart KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2001

David Turner KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2009

Ben Patten KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2010

Nicholas Fletcher KC

Call: 1982 Silk: 2014

Graham Chapman KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2014

Neil Hext KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2015

Siân Mirchandani KC, FCIArb

Call: 1997 Silk: 2019

Richard Liddell KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

Clare Dixon KC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2021

George Spalton KC

Call: 2004 Silk: 2021

Paul Parker

Call: 1986

Hugh Evans

Call: 1987

Andrew Nicol

Call: 1991

Nicola Shaldon

Call: 1994

Paul Cowan

Call: 1996

Scott Allen

Call: 2000

Tim Chelmick

Call: 2004

Benjamin Wood

Call: 2005

Shail Patel

Call: 2006

Hugh Saunders

Call: 2006

Tom Asquith

Call: 2007

George McDonald

Call: 2007

Lucy Colter

Call: 2008

Thomas Ogden

Call: 2008

Ben Smiley

Call: 2009

Nicholas Broomfield

Call: 2010

Benjamin Fowler

Call: 2011

Matthieu Gregoire

Call: 2013    New York: 2011

Paul Fisher

Call: 2012

Mark Cullen

Call: 2013

Diarmuid Laffan

Call: 2014

Simon Teasdale

Call: 2015

Seohyung Kim

Call: 2016

Dr Benjamin Archer

Call: 2017

Melody Hadfield

Call: 2018

Will Cook

Call: 2019

Sir Rupert Jackson

Call: 1972 Silk: 1987

Garry Borland KC

Call: 2000 (Scottish Bar), 2014 (English Bar) Silk: 2014

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