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Construction

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Crown Office Chambers is a highly regarded set with notable construction silks and a strong group of barristers at the junior end. "Regardless of the problem, the set will have someone to work with," says an instructing solicitor. The barristers act for the full breadth of construction industry clients, including developers, contractors and design and engineering professionals. The set offers excellent additional capabilities in construction insurance and professional negligence cases. The barristers are highly experienced in construction disputes arising in the social and transport infrastructure area and the energy sectors. Barristers at Crown Office Chambers also regularly feature in cases concerning major commercial developments.

Client service:

"The clerks are very efficient, good on fees and proactive." "They are very responsive, know my client and how they work, and know which barristers to put forward." "Chambers is friendly, professional, responsive, and delivers a very high-quality service." "I have always had an excellent experience of working with chambers and the clerks, especially construction clerk Christopher Kent and senior construction clerk Rob Cowup. Clients are often cost-sensitive and the clerks are brilliant at providing accurate and sensible fee estimates that are always met. They understand the specialist nature of construction and engineering law and have the ability to pair clients and cases with the right counsel in chambers."

Strengths:

Andrew Rigney QC
Andrew Rigney QC is an eminent silk who regularly acts in high-value litigation and arbitration in the UK and internationally. His diverse practice covers a range of disputes, relating to such matters as infrastructure projects, oil and gas plants and large real estate developments. He is especially proficient in insurance disputes arising in the construction sector.
"A very thorough, concise and persuasive advocate who fought our corner well."
Recent work: Instructed by Eco World Ballymore in relation to a case arising from the redevelopment of the Embassy Gardens site at Nine Elms in London.

Strengths:

Anna Laney
Anna Laney is an impressive junior who is regularly instructed in large and technically complex construction litigation and arbitration. She is frequently sought out to act for major contractors in highly technical disputes arising out of construction projects. Her practice extends into procurement and insurance-related cases.
"A fantastic advocate and excellent at navigating through complex construction cases." "Her drafting is very persuasive and her cross-examination skills are very good."
Recent work: Instructed in a multi-party dispute arising out of the construction of student accommodation.

Strengths:

Charles Pimlott
Charles Pimlott is a talented junior who acts in arbitration, adjudications and adjudication enforcements in the TCC. He is au fait with the full range of standard form contracts and also handles disputes arising from bespoke contract arrangements. His experience includes disputes arising out of infrastructure projects as well as high-value residential developments.
"His advocacy style is well suited to the TCC. He is always on top of the facts and willing to fight tooth and nail for the client whilst always maintaining his ability to provide clients with honest and sensible commercial advice on the realities of a case."
Recent work: Instructed by the defendant in Travis Perkins v Roxhill Developments, a GBP35 million TCC claim for alleged defects in the design and construction of external hardstandings at a new warehouse distribution facility.

Strengths:

Crispin Winser QC
Crispin Winser QC is a well-respected barrister whose construction practice extends from domestic residential development work and PFI disputes to large-scale international arbitration. He has acted in professional negligence claims as well as adjudication enforcement proceedings. He has tackled a raft of disputes originating in the Middle East. He is frequently sought out as sole counsel in complex construction cases.
"He is a good sounding board for strategies and excellent on his feet where he is very calm and assured." "A very clinical and really compelling advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a GBP4 million post-termination final account dispute in respect of a residential development in Twickenham.

Strengths:

Isabel Hitching QC
Isabel Hitching QC boasts a tally of appearances in important and high-value construction cases, including a Supreme Court case of significance to the status of adjudication decisions. She acts for both private and public sector clients in a wide range of matters, including PFI disputes and defective construction claims.
"She is very knowledgeable of the construction sector, excellent with clients and a very persuasive advocate in court or arbitration."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a private house and alleged defects in the design and installation of water treatment works resulting in alleged leaks and requiring entire redesign and replacement valued at GBP5 million.

Strengths:

Richard Sage
Richard Sage has a strong reputation among instructing solicitors with significant experience acting for clients in litigation in the TCC and Court of Appeal. He has additional expertise in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
"He advises his clients with great skill and sensitivity and he's an excellent team player and a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in multi-party TCC proceedings valued at GBP30 million arising out of alleged defects in the construction of a distribution site for Travis Perkins.

Strengths:

Roger ter Haar QC
Roger ter Haar QC is highly experienced across a broad spectrum of construction matters, including major projects in the Middle East. He has handled high-value disputes relating to large energy and other infrastructure projects.
"He has an amazing ability to narrow the focus to what is really important and then to communicate that."

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Silks (QC)

UK

Construction


Andrew Rigney QC
Band 1
Crispin Winser QC
New Silks
Isabel Hitching QC
Band 4
Roger ter Haar QC
Band 2

Juniors

UK

Construction


Anna Laney
Band 2
Charles Pimlott
Band 2

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