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  • Overview

    We acted in relation to a large multi party claim arising from the failure of a major piled retaining wall on a land slipped escarpment, at a coastal development of luxury apartments.

    We were appointed by the developer following the main contractor entering into administration and, further to negotiating assignments with the administrator, pursued claims against the project structural engineers (who had undertaken a flawed scope of ground investigation) and the piling subcontractor (who in turn joined in their appointed structural engineer).

    The geotechnical issues were very complex, with little consensus between the appointed experts, and the issues on quantum were complex by reason of the main contractor’s insolvency. Despite these complexities, matters were driven towards a mediation at which settlement was achieve on very good terms for our client.

    The case was handled throughout in a way that enabled us to work closely with our client to allow them to continue with and complete the development, in conjunction with running the litigation and enabled the project to proceed with full economic viability, despite the catastrophic impact of the failure of the wall on the development and its cash flow.

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    Construction & Engineering

    Construction & engineering dispute resolution

    Our highly experienced construction lawyers resolve construction disputes at an early stage. Where formal legal processes are required, we minimise the disruption, ensure their cost-effectiveness and get you the best commercial result.

    Professional negligence

    The strength of our team lies in our experience of working on both sides of this market. We act for individuals and businesses wishing to pursue claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, architects, surveyors and financial advisers. But we have also had many years’ previous experience defending such professionals, on the instructions of their insurers. And we know how the related routes for addressing complaints work, through our experience of the various Ombudsman Schemes.

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