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Construction & Engineering

St John's Chambers dominates the construction law market on the Western Circuit. Its members are well equipped to deal with all forms of dispute resolution, including complex mediations. One commentator describes the set as 'the best in the West of the country.' "

Chambers UK  2020
Construction

St John’s Chambers have been involved in all types of construction and engineering projects – everything from international arbitrations and large-scale infrastructure projects to residential building disputes. We act for end users, main contractors, subcontractors, and members of the professional team (including their insurers). We can provide cost-effective advice and representation from within the team at all stages of a construction, engineering or building project, however large or small.

We are also able to assist in the resolution of disputes in other ways – some members of the team are available to act as independent neutrals, and have been independently accredited as mediator or adjudicator.

We are often instructed by solicitors, but many members of the team can also be directly instructed by companies, firms or private individuals. In appropriate cases, we can provide specialist advice and representation without the need to instruct a solicitor. We can also work alongside claims consultancy firms.

Some members of the team have experience of construction adjudication and are able either to advise on specific points which arise (for example, jurisdiction or tactics) or more generally to represent clients in adjudication, either with or without a solicitor or claims consultant.

We can help. Whether you need a decision-maker, a mediator, a barrister with specialist knowledge of the Construction Act, payment and notice provisions, help with an adjudication, a barrister able to appear in an arbitration in a foreign jurisdiction, or a barrister able to appear in a County Court claim in a dispute not covered by the Act, we can provide an appropriate person.

Mediation

As the number of cases being dealt with by way of mediation increases, our mediation team is on hand to help, as advisers, advocates and mediators. Our facilities are specifically designed to meet with clients’ needs for a mediation venue. Read more.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.

Training

The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with solicitors firms. In addition we can give tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Robert Bocock.