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Crown Office Chambers

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. "On the junior side, all have shown themselves to be very capable in court," says a source, who adds: "Nothing seems to faze them in court hearings." 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 clerking and administration team is responsive, efficient and friendly. They are a pleasure to work with and always find someone at the right level." "The clerking is superb. They work so well with you and your clients. The clerks at Crown Office Chambers are very amenable and understand the costs involved." "The clerking is excellent, particularly senior managing clerk Andy Flanagan. He gets what you want and manages busy diaries." Rob Cowup is the senior clerk for the commercial, construction and energy group.

Strengths:

Andrew Rigney QC
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.
"An extremely thorough and clever barrister. He is a ruthless cross-examiner who chases every point down."

Strengths:

Anna Laney
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.
"Anna is an exceptional construction barrister. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial." "She is extremely knowledgeable regarding construction and insurance issues, and also great to deal with."

Strengths:

Charles Pimlott
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.
"He gets to grips with the contractual details, identifying areas of strength and weakness quickly."
Recent work: Instructed by Roxhill Developments in a £35 million claim brought in the TCC by Travis Perkins for alleged defects in the design and construction of external hardstandings at a new warehouse distribution facility.

Strengths:

Crispin Winser QC
Lauded counsel whose construction practice extends from domestic residential development work and PFI disputes to large-scale international arbitration. His recent work has involved 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.
"Crispin is an extremely reliable barrister with a calm manner which belies an extremely sharp legal mind; he is excellent on strategy and a very persuasive advocate on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed for the defendant contractor in Morrisons v John Sisk & Sons and Others, a multiparty TCC case in which Morrisons is claiming damages of £20 million for the rectification of alleged defects in an abattoir and loss of profits.

Strengths:

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 clear and concise as an advocate, with the ability to see the bigger picture in disputes."
Recent work: Acted for interior design company Lucinda Sanford Limited in a dispute with Lord James Russell regarding the contracts for the refurbishment of his London house. The case concerned disputed final accounts, particularly as to the extent and value of variations.

Strengths:

Roger ter Haar QC
Acclaimed silk who is highly experienced across a broad spectrum of construction matters, with a particular emphasis on major projects in the Middle East. He has a strong reputation for his work in disputes relating to large energy projects more generally.
"He offers a good mix of commercial and construction expertise in addition to being very strong on his feet. He's just a pro in a courtroom." "He is consistently excellent to deal with."
Recent work: Instructed in an arbitration appeal regarding a tribunal's finding that the Qatar Foundation had validly terminated a contract for the design and construction of a USD7.9 billion hospital complex in Doha.

Construction Department

Crown Office Chambers

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2 Crown Office Row

Temple

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Construction


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

Juniors

London (Bar)

Construction


Anna Laney
Band 2
Charles Pimlott
Band 2