Construction is a dynamic process fraught with complex relationships, sophisticated contracts, financing, design, engineering, procurement, and supply.  It’s a world of unavoidable risk, and no matter how civil the beginning, exposure to such risk all but ensures the need for compromise and the potential for dispute. 

 To effectively avoid claims and resolve disputes, construction lawyers must be skilled negotiators, draftsmen, communicators, administrators and advocates.  This combination of skills is precisely why Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner provides unsurpassed value to its construction industry clients. 

We work with many of our clients at an early stage, preventing problems on site escalating into formal proceedings. We provide practical advice, fight hard when necessary and maintain pressure on the opponents, whilst always looking to achieve the earliest possible resolution, often through proactive use of mediation and other forms of ADR. 

We are extremely experienced at handling matters in a variety of dispute resolution forums, including those that are prevalent in the domestic markets in which we operate (for example mediation, statutory adjudication regimes, or litigation in national or specialist courts). In addition we advise on disputes relating to international projects across many sectors, including large-scale international arbitration across different jurisdictions and under institutional or ad hoc rules, wherever the seat.  

The volume of repeat business from our extensive client list of major industry players (including public and private sector employers, contractors and major specialist suppliers) across a very wide range of sectors and our reputation in the field, is testament to the quality of service we provide.

Key Facts & Figures

  • Tier 1 ranked for 11 years (Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK) 
  • Tier 1 ranked for Construction Law in Kansas City by US News & World Report .   
  • Tier 2 ranked in UAE for Construction in Legal 500 UAE 2018 
  • Tier 2 ranked in Construction (International Firms) in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 
  • 90 construction lawyers

Representative Experience

  • Represented major general contractor on regional highway and light rail project administration and litigation including judgment on fraud and veil-piercing claims against subcontractor.
  • Represented a US hotel developer in multiple lawsuits and arbitration proceedings relating to design, construction defect and delay claims.
  • Acted in a dispute between the owners and developers of a container port in the Middle East and the contractors responsible for building an extension to the port.
  • Advising in relation to one of the largest PFI contract disputes in the health sector. The advice included wide ranging issues of a complex nature arising out of the Project Company’s performance at two hospitals run by a NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the largest in the UK  with a turnover in excess of £1billion.
  • Providing project advice to a UK university and acting on its behalf in a number of claims brought by four of the contractors involved in delivering this major mixed-use development,  including infrastructure, student accommodation, retail and community building contractors.
  • Acting as counsel for a Russian property developer in a dispute with the main contractor regarding an iconic Moscow office building. The dispute involves complaints about the interpretation of refund guarantees and performance bonds. The damages are estimated in excess of US$100 million (ICC).