Expertise

Anthony specialises in providing operational support and dispute avoidance/resolution advice on domestic distressed construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, arising out of many forms of standard contract (JCT, NEC, ICE, MF1, FIDIC) and bespoke EPC/PFI/PPP/FM contracts.  He has broad and varied experience working across the construction supply chain and cross-sector, including in the development/accommodation, infrastructure, stadia, energy/power, engineering, health/education, transport, logistics, water/utilities and waste sectors.

Anthony has particular expertise in advising main contractors and specialist (sub)contractors in relation to the built environment and clean/renewable energy spaces.

Anthony's experience covers all typical foundations of claim from defective design and inadequate installation through to delay/cost overrun, with values of up to £60+ million in dispute and with up to 10 different parties and cross-border issues. 

Experience
  • Advising a main contractor in relation to a significant claim for delay/additional costs arising out of the extension/refurbishment of a listed city-centre venue due to immature design and changing employer requirements, requiring serial adjudications on matters of contractual interpretation and application to influence behaviours and create a route through the extensive issues in dispute.
  • A very significant claim for a utilities provider regarding defective process plant across 12 sites and two framework contract periods. Each site had a common mechanism of failure, but differing contracting parties, contractual provisions, and technical factors (civil, concrete technology and process engineering). This claim required significant matter management to bring this to resolution by a two-day, 9 parties (57 individuals) mediation.
  • Advising a specialist turnkey EPC contractor in relation to the construction of distributed gas-powered power plants defending allegations of defective design in engine components, including the successful defence in a high-value adjudication.
  • A number of very significant Pre-Action and litigated cladding related claims analysing both applicable contractual terms and DPA obligations and considering the appropriate measure of loss and contribution in light of prevailing legal precedent and extensive technical (architectural, fire engineering, engineering and quantum) evidence. 
  • Advising a main contractor in relation to a significant delay/disruption and variations claim arising out of the construction of a world-leading, state-of-the-art applied sciences research institute, including the impact of working within two high-tech clean rooms fitted out to ISO standards 5 and 6.
  • A significant delay/disruption adjudication relating to the construction of a high-spec Premier League football club training facility, including subcontractor mismanagement causing disruption to fit out works and following trades.
  • A very significant litigated defective design/construction claim relating to the construction of an onshore wind farm, brought by the installation subcontractor. The claim focussed on prolongation/disruption and acceleration costs arising out of damage to the main lifting crane when moving between turbine micro-sites.  The key defence was historic mismanagement by the installation subcontractor causing culpable, concurrent delay.  Resolved by mediation.
  • A significant Pre-Action claim relating to the construction of an anaerobic digestion waste facility, including delay and disruption, defective works and failure to meet performance criteria, and where the contractor's employment was terminated due to insolvency with cross-border issues against a Spanish JV partner and parent company.  Resolved by negotiation.
  • A very significant litigated claim for delay and defective design arising out of the construction of a PFI hospital, where the contractor had failed to provide any substantive construction programme.  Resolved by mediation.
  • Pre-Action claim for delay and defective work on a new build hydroelectric power plant, including defective design of a state-of-the-art variable flow water break.  Resolved by negotiation.
  • Advising on a prolongation/disruption claim under a target cost contract including mismanagement, interruption to build sequence and immature design, where the project had grown from 7 years to 15 years and from £15 million to £105 million.
  • Advising a multi-utility infrastructure provider on termination of a subcontractor within a large-scale utility infrastructure contract, including impact on pipeline and service delivery.
  • Advising a multinational gas utility company on a property damage and injury to persons claim following an explosion, including reputational considerations
Education
  • College of Law (Chester), Legal Practice Course
  • University of Liverpool, LLB (Hons)