Zenith Chambers believes that legal advisors who understand building, civil, mechanical, electrical or process works and have experience of the different disciplines, whether civil, building, mechanical, or electrical, are better placed to understand the true and complex requirements of individual clients. Members of Zenith Chambers have that experience and expertise; with four of our barristers having construction and/or engineering qualifications which cover the civil engineering and quantity surveying disciplines.
Their previous experience ranges from design services and site experience, to consultancy and the provision of Expert Witness services. This firsthand experience allows our barristers to understand the commercial imperatives which often drive clients and which influence their approach to disputes. In short, our barristers speak their language which facilitates greater understanding and quality representation.
Members of Zenith Chambers’ Construction and Engineering Group are involved in every type of construction and engineering dispute, acting for employers, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and professionals. Our work includes disputes concerning the proper construction and operation of a contract, claims for delays and disruption/loss and expense, claims for damages for defective works and claims against professionals for negligent design work or project management.
Members of the team appear regularly in the TCC and act in adjudication during the process and when issues of enforcement arise. The team comprises a practising Adjudicator and Arbitrator (being on the panels of the RICS and CIArb); Mediators and those experienced in ADR proceedings. We have international experience in contentious construction and engineering matters across Europe, Asia and the USA.
Members of our Construction & Engineering team have significant expertise in the following key industry sectors:
- Building and Engineering
- Energy, rail and utilities
- Water utilities
- Professional negligence and regulation
We have experience in the typical issues involved in construction disputes, including (but not limited to) those relating to:
- disruption and prolongation
- extensions of time and liquidated damages
- ground conditions
- letters of credit and other forms of security
- performance bonds
- professional negligence
Our work has involved all the major contract forms such as ICE, JCT, NEC, FIDIC, MF/1, and IChem E.
The profiles of the members in this team provide further details of their experience and expertise in this specialist practice area.