Disputes in the fields of engineering and construction raise a number of specific challenges, many of which originate at the interface between client and counsel. Whether it is the considerable volume of documentation that requires screening and processing in the preparation of a case, or the complexity of technical issues that need to be not just properly analysed but presented in a detailed yet comprehensible way, arbitration in the construction and engineering industries requires more than an off-the-shelf toolkit.
We are well able to meet our clients’ needs in these cases. Whether our lawyers are working on a commercial real estate project in Eastern Europe or dealing with claims regarding the refurbishment of major power plant projects in Southeast Asia, the legal aspects of a case are only the starting point of our work.
We understand that it isn’t just the details of contract or law that are important – equally crucial are the technical and commercial aspects of complex contractual relationships involving purchasers, contractors and sub-contractors, as well as consortia and joint venture partners. When dealing with arbitration in construction and engineering cases, our lawyers distinguish themselves by taking a commercial approach to their legal work and by bringing technical understanding as well as sector-specific experience to the table.
Our work, however, does not stop there: high-stakes disputes with a technical background can rarely be resolved without the support of commercial and technical experts. Our years of practice in these areas have helped us build a network of specialists whose expertise is not limited to mere technical analysis but who can present complex issues in front of arbitral tribunals in an international setting. This enables us to assemble the best team for the needs of each individual case.
Over the years, our lawyers have handled numerous engineering and construction arbitration cases, from high-rise building and large-scale infrastructure projects to greenfield and refurbishment projects in the power generation sector.
We represented one of the world’s leading suppliers for hydraulic power generation against a state-owned company in six different arbitration proceedings arising out of claims relating to various major power plant projects.
We represented a major Austrian engineering company against a construction company in a construction dispute relating to scope to scope increases and delays incurred during the execution of a project concerning the erection of a boiler and recovery plant in South Africa.
We represented a worldwide provider of engineering services and electro-mechanical equipment in a dispute against a turnkey contractor arising out of a contract of delivery and installation of plant parts for projects in Australia and the US.
We represented a German global supplier of electronics and electrical engineering in a dispute involving warranties and defects under a framework and delivery agreement regarding a major transportation system project in Europe.
We represented a project company owned by a joint venture between two major Austrian construction companies against a state in Eastern Europe in a dispute relating to the failure of a concession contract in relation to the construction of a motor highway.
We represented a leading global construction company in a dispute arising out of a subcontract agreement for the supply, installation, start-up and commissioning of a blast furnace on a turnkey basis at an industrial plant in Brazil.