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Contractors & Engineers

Charles Russell Speechlys has a notable reputation in the construction and engineering sectors. We deliver a comprehensive and integrated international service.

Our clients range from Fortune 500 engineering firms through to major contractors, specialist sub-contractors and consultants. We support our clients across a range of markets including energy, infrastructure, building/construction and process engineering. For each market we field experts who understand the unique issues that affect these projects across a range of jurisdictions. At any stage of a project, be it structuring or bidding, dispute avoidance or resolution, our lawyers will help to drive your project forward and keep it on track.



Advised Bouygues Bâtiment International on its acquisition of a majority interest in Leadbitter Group (which includes Denne Construction) from Dutch group Heijmans NV.

Joint venture 

Advised a market leader in the field of off-shore contracting and engineering and a marine dredging contractor on a sub-sea pipeline joint venture. We initially supported the client on the European landing of this gas pipeline which is the world's largest sub-sea pipeline installation, covering a 1,200 kilometre route and transporting 55 billion cubic metres of gas each year.

Arbitration claim

Advised a Fortune 500 organisation on a £12 million arbitration claim in relation to the design, fabrication, construction and erection of mechanical equipment and pipework at an energy plant. We advised our clients, the subcontractor, on the merits and strategy for arbitrating the claim between themselves and the main contractor which resulted in the matter recently being settled with our clients receiving a significant settlement payment.

Procurement advice

Represented a world leading engineering and design consultancy in setting aside the award of a major engineering contract by a major utilities company under the EU public procurement rules.

Claims for delays and defective work

Acted for a major global engineering company on a series of substantial disputes relating to two sites in the City of London. The disputes related to the manufacture and installation of lifts and involved allegations of delay in completion and of defective work, which it was claimed had caused the project to be completed late.

Construction advice

Advised on the construction elements of Northacre's Lancasters development - an exclusive Northacre revival scheme with 77 prime apartments overlooking Hyde Park. Formerly Lancaster Gate Thistle Hotel, this Grade II Listed terrace gained planning consent for conversion to residential accommodation. This extremely complex construction scheme involves a complete 90ft high façade retention, and restoration of the building to its original form with an underground car park beneath private landscaped gardens.

Compliance and regulatory matters

Representing several publicly traded US multinational construction and engineering firms in respect of compliance and regulatory matters including anti-bribery programs, ethical reporting and data privacy.

Dispute resolution

Acting for an international contractor on several matters in relation to a number of high rise buildings in the City of London including a substantial multi-party cladding defects dispute and resisting calls on two bonds and the relevant counter-indemnities arising out of a Middle East project.