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Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Disputes

Infrastructure, energy and construction projects are technically complicated, strategically important, high value and often involve multiple parties from numerous jurisdictions. It is not unusual for such projects to experience disputes over delays, additional costs, liquidated damages, defects, professional negligence and termination. 

We are used to mobilizing cross-border teams to address major construction and infrastructure disputes on the local and the international levels. Through our global network of industry relationships, we work collaboratively with dedicated and on-the-ground specialist resources. We also possess extensive local knowledge of the legal, business and cultural landscapes that inform disputes across a large number of jurisdictions. We offer clients not only around-the-clock responsiveness, but also the relevant knowledge that can prove critical to dispute avoidance and resolution

Local insight, global reach: with lawyers in 20 African countries, our teams understand the political, legal, cultural and regulatory issues in the region, and backed by a global Africa team of more than 200 lawyers in Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

Bringing continuity of advice at all stages of a project’s life cycle, from inception through construction into operations, we address each dispute in its own context. Our integrated cross-border approach draws on the global resources of one of the world’s biggest law firms, enabling our teams to address major construction and infrastructure disputes at both a local and international level. 

We represent clients in all sectors, including Africa’s most important industries: Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Financial Services, Consumer Goods and Retail, Industrials and Technology. Our experience also extends beyond participants in the dispute to cover tribunals, experts, financial institutions, counsel, third-party funders and document production specialists. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • all construction, engineering, project and infrastructure contracts, including drafting and negotiating
  • emerging problems prior to formal legal proceedings to avoid escalation, obtain early resolution and optimize negotiating leverage
  • delays and disruption, cost overruns, variations, professional negligence, defects and termination
  • international arbitration via all major institutions, resolving disputes through alternative channels
  • claim preparation, document review, document/record management, disclosure
  • common sense strategies for case management when a dispute requires analyzing large volumes of detail, including identifying priority issues and common themes
  • marshaling technical and factual evidence, working with factual and expert witnesses 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.