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Dispute resolution on the rise for Kenzie Group

The number of dispute resolution cases the Kenzie Group is handling is on the rise.

In the last 12 months we have represented clients on claims with a total value of more than £250 million, underlining the impact of disputes to the global construction industry.

Changes and delays in any project can cause disputes that have a disastrous impact on major construction projects, often involving cost overruns, late delivery and a compromise on the quality and scope of work being done.

In the last 12 months, we have worked across a broad range of sectors to support claimants and defendants in bringing about a swift resolution to a variety of issues. Dispute resolution requires pragmatism and attention to the relevant details, and guidance from professionals with experience in handling major disputes is invaluable.

We worked on a dispute reported to be one of the biggest in Europe, which arose when a contractor working on an offshore wind farm lodged a claim. The dispute ran for three years and involved a complex, six-month arbitration process at a court in Oslo, where we made an independent evaluation careful valuation of the claims being made against the defendant, and provided witness testimony to present the client’s case.

The claims were successfully proven to be worth a fraction of the amount being demanded, and the claim itself to be poorly particularised by the contractor. Our in-depth technical knowledge and contractual analysis expertise were crucial to ensuring the defendant didn’t pay over the odds in the resolution of the dispute.

We are currently involved in a claim of penalties and damages, and our specialists are pulling the case together by identifying the heads of claim and setting up a watertight strategy to take it forward.

Working in conjunction with the client’s external legal counsel, we are confident that this high value claim will be successfully resolved.

Joseph Bond, managing director of Kenzie Group, reflected on the challenges of dispute resolution, saying: “Disputes continue to be a major issue for everyone in the construction industry, and we are seeing a rise in demand for our services as firms recognise the drastic savings that can be made by seeking proper representation during disputes, or by putting dispute avoidance measures in place.

“In handling claims by construction and engineering contractors and owners, and by general builders, we have assisted a broad spectrum of clients and we are anticipating another busy year ahead.”

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