CAYTONS LAW : Construction

Construction is one of the UK’s key industries in both its domestic and international manifestation. We know that this industry thrives best when it has positive support from insurance and the law.

We act for insurers, professional practices and contractors in all kinds of construction disputes. The firm has a strong commitment to the necessity of Pre-Action and Alternative Dispute Resolution and other forms of swift disposal of claims including adjudications We fully understand the importance of keeping projects going and preserving ongoing commercial relations and will always be willing to look for innovative solutions to ensure that disputes do not spiral out of control. We also provide non-contentious advice on contracts of appointment and collateral warranties.

Our service in this field is based on accessible partners and senior lawyers with decades of experience acting for construction industry clients, large and small. We are quickly able to absorb the technical and financial realities of the situation and advise on the most appropriate means to achieve the client’s goals. Whether the problem is delay, costs overruns, contractual uncertainty or a failure in design or construction, we have the expertise to analyse how things have gone wrong and give guidance on putting things back on the right track.

For further information please contact one of the following key people within the team.



DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7602

Robert has more than 20 years of experience as a solicitor with expertise in dispute resolution relating to construction and the professional indemnity of architects, engineers and contractors. Much of this work has been of high value and technically complex relating to substantial energy and infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. Robert is particularly knowledgeable of the contractors’ professional indemnity which is a meeting point of construction law and professional negligence law and has successfully assisted insurers and a contractor apply the mitigation cover to help save a factory expansion project and recover for insurers by subrogation. He is experienced in the drafting of all the insurance policies associated with the construction professions and coverage disputes connected to them.

Robert has undertaken advocacy in private arbitrations and adjudications, and before the disciplinary panels of the ARB; RIBA and ICE.


Senior Partner

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7628

John has considerable expertise in dealing with issues arising from the construction industry.

He started his career handling claims for the RIBA Facility along with an associated engineers facility. Subsequently, he has also acted extensively for contractors, project managers and surveyors and has advised construction professionals on many high value, high profile cases worldwide but particularly in the UK and more recently in the Republic of Ireland.

John also provides non-contentious advice on contracts, appointments and collateral warranties. He has been providing this advice for many years and has advised on such high profile projects as London’s Olympic swimming pool.



DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7613

Philip has represented architects, engineers, design & build contractors, and insurers in connection with various construction and engineering matters, many involving building design and workmanship claims, several involving high profile projects or buildings including many with international elements and overseas projects whether in the Middle East, North America or Latin America. Philip has represented parties in international arbitrations and disputes in England and the US, and has conducted several English adjudications on behalf of clients.

On the non-contentious side, Philip advises on appropriate contractual arrangements for projects, contract drafting and collateral warranties. He has advised on intellectual property rights in connection with building and refurbishment design and development, and issues arising from the use of 3D, 4D, and 5D BIM systems and shared platforms. He provides advice on environmental law in the construction context to both developers and construction professionals as well as related planning issues and on associated correspondence and negotiations with the Environment Agency and local planning authorities.

Dominic Collier

Senior Associate Solicitor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7609

Dominic has significant experience of dispute resolution relating to construction projects with a particular focus on advising on professional indemnity claims against architects, engineers, project managers, contract administrators and surveyors. He regularly acts for both insurers and insureds in defending claims and in subrogated recovery actions. He also advises London market insurers on coverage issues.

He has acted in a number of complex and high value disputes. His caseload has included a multi-million claim against project managers on a major new art gallery project, another large claim against an M&E engineer for the design of heating in a school, a high value claim against contractors for the design and construction of a leisure centre, advising a Utilities Plc on coverage and settlement of a property damage and business interruption claim arising from floods and a subrogated action against architects on a large residential development.

Dominic has litigated claims at all levels including the Technology & Construction Court as well as adjudication and has experience of resolving claims within the Pre-Action Protocol and in mediations.

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