ConstructionView our Specialists in Construction
4 New Square have a strong and dedicated team of construction lawyers who have considerable expertise in all types of construction and engineering disputes, domestic and international.
Shortlisted for the ‘Construction Set of the Year‘ (2018) award by Chambers & Partners UK.
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 have been involved with 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.’
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.
”True depth and knowledge to tackle almost any dispute, often on short notice and with the exceptional level of detail one has come to expect from its members’. Recent cases include Essex County Council v UBB, a dispute relating to a waste plant in Essex where termination of the 25-year PFI contract is sought by the authority; and Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd & Anor v Wilkins Kennedy, a TCC trial regarding a property development in the Caribbean where chambers were instructed on both sides.’ – Legal 500 UK 2019: Construction
Recent cases involving members of chambers include:
- Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction plc  UKSC 38 – 4 New Square won a landmark decision on construction adjudication and limitation in the Supreme Court.
- Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd & Anor v Wilkins Kennedy  EWHC 3188 (TCC) – A 6 week trial in the TCC relating to a property development in the Caribbean. Members of 4 New Square were instructed on both sides of the dispute.
- International disputes involving a manufacturing plant in Germany; disputes regarding the construction of two power generation plants in Liberia; a claim relating to the construction of a power station in Kurdistan; a claim by builders regarding a £2 billion development in Dubai; two arbitrations involving oil and gas facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and an arbitration regarding the construction of a new town in St Petersburg.