Contract Drafting & Disputes

Contract Drafting & Disputes

Our experienced Construction & Engineering Barristers are experts in all aspects of construction, technology and engineering law as it applies between employers, professional consultants, contractors and sub-contractors. They are regularly asked to advise in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering cases, and have sound knowledge of the specialist panels and courts that they appear before.


Some of our Barristers hold industry level professional qualifications and have practiced for several years with leading construction and engineering consultancies. They have also worked with construction and development firms overseeing complex development land assembly; development appraisal; development funding; design development; planning permission; contract procurement; development and construction; and delivery of high value construction, technology and engineering projects in the United Kingdom and internationally.

When advising on the drafting of a contract, regardless of the sector or the scenario, it is important that the terms and conditions reflect your desired objectives, whilst mitigating the risk of disputes. The current economic climate demands that your contract provides you with confidence to enter into private and business transactions that protect and benefit you.

Our barristers are available to provide legal advice and representation during the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts to all stakeholders in the construction industry. If a construction contract dispute follows, we are also adept and experienced to represent clients in adjudication; arbitration; or litigation proceedings in order to achieve the best results for our clients

Samuel Okoronkwo – Construction Expert

Our Head of Chambers, Samuel Okoronkwo has decades of experience and expertise in providing advice and representation to parties to construction and engineering contracts and successfully resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. He is a member of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (“TECBAR”) and is a TECBAR trained adjudicator.

In the Construction and Engineering industry, Samuel initially trained and practised as a Professional Quantity Surveyor, starting with the world’s first known Quantity Surveying firm, Henry Cooper & Sons, established in 1775. After gaining a MSc degree in Project Management and Property Development Samuel spent several more years as a Construction Project Manager during which he had first-hand managerial responsibility for the planning, organising, directing and delivery of multi-million-pound construction and engineering projects, including the Harlequin 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.

Before being called to the Bar in 2002, Samuel Okoronkwo spent time in private practice as a construction contracts consultant in the West End, where he advised employers, professional consultants and contractors on all types of construction disputes. This has continued with his practise at the Bar, where he is regularly instructed by development funders; solicitors; employers; contractors; subcontractors; and professional consultants in a number of construction cases.

Construction Contract Drafting

The construction contract is at the centre of every successful or unsuccessful project. As such particular skill and care is required not just in the choice of the appropriate form of contract to deploy, but also in the crafting and drafting of the salient terms and conditions of the contract that will most impact the timely and cost effective delivery of the project.

Given Samuel Okoronkwo’s commercial; practical and legal experience in the construction industry he has unrivalled experience of amending; drafting; modifying; negotiating and reviewing construction contracts to include projects of for all types and sizes.

Whether you are an owner; joint venture partner; funder; developer; contractor; sub-contractors; or professional consultant our barristers have the practical knowledge and experience in scripting bespoke contracts to meet your needs or in adapting any of the suite of standard forms of contract including JCT; ICE; IChemE; NEC; SFA; ACE; APM for projects of all types and sizes.

Mercantile Barristers construction contract drafting barristers have expertise in providing practical, commercial advice and representation on all aspects of construction contracts. If you require advice, contact our Construction Contract Drafting barristers today by filling in our Enquiry Form; emailing us at; or by telephone on 0203 034 0077 and we would be happy to assist.

Construction Contract Advisory

Construction Contract Disputes

Construction contractual disputes can arise when there is a disagreement on the terms agreed between parties; or if one party is not performing their obligations under the contract. It is therefore crucial that parties to a construction contractual dispute seek the right tactical advice to curtail the consequential losses.

It is also imperative that contractual disputes are dealt with as soon as reasonably practicable, as they can be costly and time-consuming, resulting in adjudication; arbitration; or litigation and damage a company’s business relationships and reputation.

Mercantile Barristers have expertise in providing advice and representation in construction contractual disputes, whether they are businesses or individuals; or commercial law solicitors. We have particular experience in ‘smash and grab’ and ‘true value’ adjudications. We also have experience in taking instructions from construction dispute solicitors representing their clients in proceedings concerning construction disputes before the county court; High Court; Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. If you require advice contact our Commercial Litigation barristers today by filling in our Enquiry Form; emailing us at; or by telephone on 0203 034 0077 and we would be happy to assist.

How Our Process Works

Instructing our direct access barristers is the cost effective alternative to the traditional route of engaging a solicitor first.  The process is just as straightforward. Here’s how the process works:
You can call, email, or fill out an enquiry form to tell us about your case. One of our specialist clerks will speak with  you to make the arrangements to advance your case.

You can call, email, or fill out an enquiry form to tell us about your case. One of our specialist clerks will speak with you to make the arrangements to advance your case.

Our specialist clerk will match you with the barrister with the expertise to deal with all aspects of your case. They will also obtain and organise the papers the barrister will have to consider in your case.

Our clerk will agree the fee for your consultation with the barrister beforehand. The clerk will then arrange a convenient time for you to have the consultation by video call, telephone or in person.

In the consultation the barrister will assess your legal position, devise a legal strategy, and give you appropriate advice on the necessary next steps to achieve your objective. 

Fill in the form below and one of our specialist clerks will get in touch.

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