Infrastructure & Utilities

Keating Chambers has been described as the “top choice” and “go- to set” for infrastructure disputes. Our members’ expertise includes highways, overground and underground railways and tramways, service suppliers and airports, as well as marine related disputes ranging from the construction of flood defences to dredging contracts and sub-sea installation.  We do not just advise in relation to technical aspects, such as design and construction related issues, but also deal with regulatory matters and contractual interpretation of both bespoke agreements and standard form contracts such as FIDIC.

In the utilities sector, our members have particular experience in water related disputes including those arising out of the design and construction of secondary and sludge treatment plants, the installation and maintenance of pipes in streets, the impact of private sewer legislation, and the liability of statutory undertakers for record keeping and in relation to pre purchase CON 29W searches.

Internationally, our members have represented clients in disputes arising out of both onshore and offshore desalination plants, ranging from defective design to cyclone damage, as well as those arising out of sewerage and water treatment facilities.

We are also regularly instructed by electricity and gas undertakers in relation to disputes arising out of framework agreements and streetworks.

Our members are highly experienced in litigation, arbitration and also in dealing with specialist tribunals, such as OFWAT, HAUC and the Lands Tribunal.