Construction - London (Bar)
Hardwicke continues to act on high-profile and complex construction disputes. Its members are often instructed by leading law firms and appear for a host of well-known players in the construction sphere. Alongside domestic matters, they frequently act in substantial international disputes, and are praised for being "very approachable, practical and down to earth."
Client service: "Hardwicke represents a breath of fresh air in the way it operates." "Enlightened in its approach, it understands what instructing solicitors and clients want." Amanda Illing is the practice director.
Nigel Jones QC
Frequently handles complex construction disputes, and acts for a range of clients including housing associations and contractors.
Expertise: "He takes a very pragmatic approach to his advice, and always offers value for money."
Recent work: He acted in Heart of England (t/a Orbit) v Stratford District Council, appearing on behalf of a housing association in a £12 million claim against a local authority, relating to construction defects in 6,000 properties that were transferred to the claimant.
Paul Reed QC
Regularly instructed in high-profile TCC and major international disputes. He has recently been active on matters in the Caribbean and Dubai.
Expertise: "Methodical, commercial, and someone with great advocacy skills." "He's very diligent and hard-working."
Recent work: He appeared in Grosvenor Street Partnership v Carillion & Others, a £20 million claim concerning the negligent design and construction of a new development which caused damage to adjoining properties.
Acts for contractors, property developers and insurers. He is experienced in domestic and international cases, and regularly handles arbitration and adjudication work.
Expertise: "A very commercial problem solver, who is brilliant with lay clients and an active part of the legal team." "He's very thorough and doesn't miss any points."
Recent work: He acted in Dalata v Litton, a case concerning a substantial water leak at a new hotel in Cardiff.
Well regarded for his efforts in insurance-related constructed cases. He is experienced in issues relating to policy coverage and liability.
Expertise: "Down to earth and gains a quick understanding of the issues." "Commercial, user-friendly and helpful."
Recent work: Appeared for construction consultants in a claim resulting from the alleged defective design of a country estate in Essex.
Experienced in high-profile and high-value disputes, she has a broad practice which covers construction, professional negligence and property damage matters.
Expertise: "She is very quick and will always give a definite opinion."
Recent work: She acted for the defendants in Lloyds TSB Bank v McBains Cooper, a case brought by Lloyds claiming that the defendants had breached the terms of their appointment.
Frequently instructed in significant TCC cases, she acts for a range of employers, contractors and insurers.
Expertise: "Hard-working and good to bounce ideas around with; she gives good, practical advice." "She's phenomenally hard-working, bright and down to earth."
Recent work: She acted for the engineers in Aldersgate v Robinson, a case concerning a breach of contract and negligence claim.