SPECIALIST BARRISTERS IN CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING LAW

Mercantile Barristers are experts in all aspects of Construction & Engineering Law.  Our direct access barristers have a wealth of experience in the technology, construction and engineering industries and are renowned for being easily approachable to give sound, strategic and commercially astute advice to our clients.

 

Our barristers hold industry professional qualifications with hands-on practical experience with leading construction and engineering consultancies handling the procurement, management and delivery of complex high value construction and engineering projects across the UK and internationally.  As such, they have no difficulties in readily understanding and appreciating the key issues involved in every phase of the life cycle of any construction and engineering project from conception, through feasibility, procurement, construction management and completion to disposal or occupation.

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MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE INCLUDE

NON-CONTENTIOUS CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING LAW

Our barristers are regularly consulted by a broad range of clients including solicitors, banks, funders, investors, developers, insurers, planners, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, construction managers, contractors and specialist trade contractors to opine and advice on all aspects on non-contentious construction and engineering matters including the associated contract documentation.

 

We aim to guide our clients towards avoiding construction and engineering disputes as much as possible. Should such disputes however become inevitable, then our clients would have been prepared to adopt the most advantageous position to deal with the disputes successfully. The range of matters that we are being regularly asked to advise on include, but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Site Acquisition Contracts
  • Joint Development Funding Agreements
  • Planning Gain Agreements
  • Project Finance Agreements
  • Pre-Contract Risk Assessments
  • Tendering & Procurement Contracts
  • Standard Forms of Contracts – JCT, ICE, NEC, GC/Works, IMech and IChem forms
  •  Bespoke Construction & Engineering Contracts
  • Information Technology & Telecommunications Contracts
  • Energy Storage, Licensing & Trading Contracts
  • Insurances and Collateral Warranties
  • Consultancy Appointment Contracts
  • Bonds and Guarantees
  • Joint Ventures and Partnering Agreements including PFI and PPP Agreements
  • Health, Safety and CDM Regulations
  • Ongoing Project Monitoring & Review
  • Employment Contracts & Compromise Agreements

CONTENTIOUS CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING LAW – CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES

Our barristers are experts in conducting all aspects of domestic and international construction and engineering disputes from inception to conclusion. Because we understand the commercial context behind these disputes, we excel in devising the quickest and most cost effective disposal of every dispute for our clients.

 

We are regularly asked to provide tactical and strategic advice in relation to all forms of construction and engineering disputes and prospective disputes. We also provide drafting support covering all types of correspondence and pleadings at the early stages of construction and engineering disputes.

 

We act in a wide variety of breach of contract, breach of statutory duty, professional, negligence and judicial review cases in adjudication, arbitration and litigation for:

 

  • Employers
  • Joint Venture Partners
  • Developers
  • Banks, Funders & Institutional Investors
  • Local Authorities
  • Owners, Landlords and Tenants
  • Principal Contractors
  • Specialist Trade & Sub Contractors
  • Insurers & Underwriters
  • Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Project Managers & Specialist Consultants
  • Recruitment Consultants
  • Suppliers of Labour, Plant and Materials
Samuel Okoronkwo

OUR EXPERT

Our expert team of barristers in Construction & Engineering Law is led by our Head of Chambers, Samuel Okoronkwo.

 

Samuel is a barrister with 34 years of combined commercial, professional and legal practice experience. Samuel initially trained and gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying from Reading University and practised as a Professional Quantity Surveyor.  He started his career with the world’s first known Quantity Surveying firm, Henry Cooper & Sons which was established in 1785.

 

Thereafter, Samuel gained an MSc degree in Property Development & Project Management from South Bank University and spent several more years as a Construction Project Manager.  During that period Samuel had first-hand managerial responsibility for the planning, organising, directing, construction management and delivery of several multi-million-pound construction and engineering projects, including the Intu Shopping Centre in Watford for Capital & Counties Plc, and the regeneration of London’s Canary Wharf business district with Lehrer McGovern International and Olympia & York.

 

Samuel also worked as a Property Developer for several years dealing with all aspects of complex land assembly, design development, development appraisals, planning consents, project financing, development procurement, construction management, asset disposals and retention within a portfolio.

 

After 16 years of high end practical experience in the construction and engineering industry, Samuel read law at the University of Law in London and was called to the Bar of England & Wales by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. Samuel promptly specialised and for the past 18 years has been advising a diverse range of clients on all aspects of non-contentious construction and engineering law as well as conducting a significant array of construction and engineering disputes in adjudication, arbitration and litigation .

CASE EXAMPLES

QBL v. Bentley-Leek Properties (JV3) Ltd
Drafting Pleadings for Construction Company in preparation for construction adjudication.

Benson Construction Limited -v- Royal London Society for the Blind
Advice and representation of an employer against a repudiator y breach of contract claim by the principal contractor following determination of a JCT contract. This case also involved absolving the Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager of a claim of professional negligence liability for issuing the contract determination notices without express authorisation of the employer.

May Gurney Construction Limited -v- London Docklands Authority
Advising a principal contractor in connection with substantial construction contract variations and extensions of time claims under a specialist civil engineering contract. Employer and principal contractor resolved to avoid litigation on strength of advice.

Wessex Construction Limited -v- Southern Water Services Limited
Advice and representation of a principal contractor in a claim for delay and disruption; loss and expense and extension of time under a JCT contract.

QBL -V- Hamley Property Ltd – Park House Adjudication
Advice and representation of Client at an Adjudication in a mid-value contractual dispute

QBL v. Bentley-Leek Properties (JV3) Ltd
Drafting Pleadings for Construction Company in preparation for construction adjudication.

 

Benson Construction Limited -v- Royal London Society for the Blind
Advice and representation of an employer against a repudiator y breach of contract claim by the principal contractor following determination of a JCT contract. This case also involved absolving the Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager of a claim of professional negligence liability for issuing the contract determination notices without express authorisation of the employer.

 

May Gurney Construction Limited -v- London Docklands Authority
Advising a principal contractor in connection with substantial construction contract variations and extensions of time claims under a specialist civil engineering contract. Employer and principal contractor resolved to avoid litigation on strength of advice.

 

Wessex Construction Limited -v- Southern Water Services Limited
Advice and representation of a principal contractor in a claim for delay and disruption; loss and expense and extension of time under a JCT contract.

 

QBL -V- Hamley Property Ltd – Park House Adjudication
Advice and representation of Client at an Adjudication in a mid-value contractual dispute

CONTACT US

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Coronavirus Update

With the constantly evolving news of the spread of COVID- 19 (“Coronavirus”), the health of staff and clients at Mercantile Barristers is paramount. We are monitoring all developments and following the Government’s guidance to ensure that we can limit any possible impact of the virus.

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