I lead our Construction and Engineering Contract Management and Dispute Resolution team. I am a specialist in advisory and dispute resolution work in the construction, engineering and facilities management markets with particular expertise in the operational management of PFI/PPP contracts and the resolution of disputes in long term partnering contracts. I act for a wide range of employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants across a wide range of sectors and covering all aspects of construction and engineering law.
I have over 20 years of experience in advising clients on both the detail of their disputes and the process by which they might achieve a satisfactory resolution of those disputes including arbitration, litigation, mediation and adjudication. I have a particularly strong track record of dealing with complex and fast moving adjudications and complex multi-party, structured negotiations of claims.
"You always feel as though Louise will do everything she can to ensure she gets the best result for the client.
I regularly speak on issues topical to the construction sector, most recently dealing with:
- The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on construction contract claims
- Fire safety claims
- Building Safety Act
Louise Robling and Judith Hopper are exceptional partners. It is clearly the culture at Bevan Brittan to navigate complex problems with clients and keep the client totally reassured that matters are in hand.
- Advising a contractor in defence of a £50,000 per day liquidated damages claim for delay to the construction of an electrical substation being installed as part of an off shore windfarm in the Humber estuary, including advice in relation to extensions of time and associated costs and the management of stepped down claims from the main development contract.
- Acting for a developer in the assessment of risk arising from in excess of 170 compensation events under an NEC contract target cost contract for engineering works in a harbourside development.
- Advising a London Borough on the resolution of numerous issues arising from 2 phases of their whole borough schools upgrade programme, including resolution of defects in the roofs of 3 schools and a major defect in the foundations at another school, and the negotiation of multiple final accounts. The dispute included successful Part 8 litigation proceedings in the TCC to resolve an issue of insurance coverage.
- Advising a City Council in relation to a range of disputes under its highways maintenance contract based on an NEC form. The disputes arose in respect of a range of different projects, including the construction of a £25 million relief road. The disputes spanned across many years but all were ultimately brought to a favourable conclusion without the need for formal proceedings.
- Successfully representing a local authority in relation an adjudication dealing with a number of claims for compensation events arising under a remediation contract for a municipal waste site in the South West.
- Acting for the successful party in the reported case Portsmouth City Council v Ensign Highways Ltd  EWHC, successful establishing that there was no implied duty on a public body to act in good faith when exercising a discretion under the service point regime in a long-term PFI contract.
- Acting for a contractor in a dispute with a joint venture company affecting their entire property portfolio of 13 properties, each subject to a separate LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) contractual arrangement, requiring the drafting, co-ordination and management of 2 phases of 26 concurrent adjudications, and then 13 adjudications (65 adjudications in total), and resulting in the successful defence of termination notices and the recovery of a 7 figures sum for our client.
- Advising an Acute NHS Trust in respect of a substantial number of defects found in the passive fire protection of the PFI hospital against which an Enforcement Order had been issued by the Fire Service. Acting for the Trust in an adjudication in respect of the Trust's entitlement to deductions. Guiding the Trust through an assisted negotiation process with a mediator resulting in the settlement allowing for remedial works of the original fire defects and other construction defects and amendments to the Project Agreement to ensure proper incentivisation of performance of obligations in the future.
- Advising an NHS Trust following the insolvency of Carillion who were providing FM services to their PFI, the impact on outstanding claims and approvals for a replacement FM provider.
- Acting for a Local Authority in relation to numerous claims arising from the construction and operation of their PFI waste to energy plant.
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New Pre-action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes
A new Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes came into force on 9 November 2016. Its intention is to...
New guidance on the administration of LIFT Lease Plus Agreements
This guidance will be of significant interest to all parties involved in the administration of an LPA and the administration of...
Benefit or burden? Transfer of PCT-owned PFI property to NHS providers
The Department of Health has published its guidance relating to the treatment of PCT- owned PFI property which confirms that...
We are truly privileged to advise you!
Mr Justice Akenhead has held in the case of Walter Lilly and Company Limited v Mackay and DMW  EWHC 649 (TCC) that advice...
Settling construction disputes - some points to consider
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Louise Robling – Extremely knowledgeable and able to impart complicated advice concisely.
Louise's areas of expertise
- Local Government
- Housing & Regeneration
- Construction & Engineering Overview
- Resources & Waste
- Independent Health
- Social Care
- Higher Education
- Construction & Engineering Overview
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- PFI/PPP Projects
- Major Incidents