No one wants to go to court over a construction dispute.
We’d all rather get things resolved more amicably than that, with minimum disruption to the business. Osborne Clarke’s team appreciates that conciliation, mediation or arbitration is usually the best option, but we’re not afraid to steadfastly defend our clients’ interests whatever the forum.
We have extensive adjudication experience, and regularly act for both claimants and respondents in multi-million pound claims. We are also well-known for our international arbitration expertise.
When things need to go to court, we work with our clients to resolve disputes in a commercial and straightforward way forensically identifying key strategy issues as we did in RWE Npower v Amec Alstom. We’ve been called aggressive; we prefer to think of ourselves as effective.
We have litigated to enforce and resist enforcement of adjudication decisions in the past, including handling the groundbreaking case of McAlpine v Transco and Rok v Bestwood.
We take on large cases for important clients, like advising Invensys on a multi-million pound dispute concerning the construction of a railway line in Taiwan.
We handle these matters in close cooperation with our non-contentious construction colleagues, who also know the business inside-out and understand the pressures facing the industry.
Cost predictability is a big issue on such large claims, so we work to give that to our clients.
We take the trouble to get to know our clients’ cases and their commercial objectives.
And then we deliver.