“Her clarity of thought is astounding. She has an ability to grasp the nettles the first time she gets the papers and her written work is staggering.” “Hard-working and a pleasure to work with. Delivers practical and user-friendly advice”.
Chambers UK 2018 and Chambers Global 2018
“She has exceptional technical ability and never loses sight of commercial considerations”.
Legal 500 2018
Alexandra Bodnar is a leading construction and commercial law specialist. Much of her work involves significant, high-value, complex infrastructure and energy projects. Alex specialises in litigation and international and domestic arbitration. She appears regularly in the Technology & Construction Court and the Commercial Court in England and in front of arbitral tribunals. She has experience of most of the standard form construction contracts, PFI contracts, EPC contracts, commercial supply contracts, bonds and guarantees, coverage and avoidance issues in insurance law, mis-selling and supply of goods issues and jurisdictional issues.
Alex is consistently recommended by Chambers UK, the Legal 500 and Chambers Global.
Alex represents contractors, employers, professionals, public bodies, insurers, funders and developers in domestic and international construction and engineering matters. She is used to dealing with bespoke and standard form contracts (including JCT, NEC and FIDIC) in litigation and domestic and international arbitration. She is familiar with coverage and avoidance issues arising under CAR and other insurance policies. She has experience of bonds and guarantees, PFI contracts concerning schools, EPC contracts and professional negligence issues. Alex also has experience of subrogated property damage claims arising out of fires, floods and landslip/nuisance. Current and recent examples of her work in this field include:
Alex acts in professional negligence claims on behalf of and against professionals, often in a construction and engineering context. She has experience of dealing with allegations of negligence against surveyors, designers, architects, engineers and contract administrators, solicitors and financial advisers. She has also been involved in international regulatory proceedings. Current and recent examples of her work in this field include:
Alex advises and appears in cases involving international and domestic supply and transportation contracts, facilities management contracts, share sale agreements, mis-selling and damage to goods and fraud, as well as bonds and guarantees. She has experience of jurisdictional issues and injunctions. Current and recent examples of Alex’s work in this field include:
Alex appears and advises in arbitrations, domestic construction adjudications (statutory and non-statutory) and mediations. She has also been involved in ad-hoc and bespoke contractual binding and non-binding dispute resolution processes.
Much of Alex’s work involves the energy sector. She has acted in cases involving significant, high-value, complex engineering projects in the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Her international energy experience encompasses oil and liquified natural gas plants, water desalination plants and ultra-low sulphur diesel units. She also acts in cases involving underground power cables. Her domestic energy work has involved a gas storage facility, a nuclear project and contracts relating to wind turbines. Alex’s current and recent experience includes:
Please see the Construction section of Alex’s CV for more details.
Alex’s work often covers domestic and international infrastructure projects. Domestically, she has been involved in cases concerning stadia, bridges, the London underground, the London Olympics, motorways and schools, as well as a nuclear facility. This includes extensive experience of PFI and related contracts. Her international work covers underground power cables and various engineering plants of international importance. Alex’s current and recent experience includes:
Please see the Construction and Energy sections of Alex’s CV for more details.
Alex appears and advises in matters of coverage and avoidance (including fraud, exclusions, notification, non-disclosure and misrepresentation) under various types of insurance policy, including CAR, PI, property damage, building defects, public liability, as well as business and D&O policies. Alex has particular experience of bonds and guarantees in a construction context. In addition, much of her work involves subrogated claims. Her current and recent experience includes:
Alex is recommended by Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500 and Chambers Global for construction.
“Her clarity of thought is astounding. She has an ability to grasp the nettles the first time she gets the papers and her written work is staggering.” “Hard-working and a pleasure to work with. Delivers practical and user-friendly advice” Chambers UK 2018 and Chambers Global 2018
“She has exceptional technical ability and never loses sight of commercial considerations” Legal 500 2018
Historic quotes include: “She has a good grasp of technical detail and offers great support throughout a case” “She has a great work ethic” “She does not sit on the fence and quickly gets on top of the issues” “Bright and dedicated, she’s a first-rate talented junior” “She has a very approachable manner and a confident style” “An unequivocal, decisive junior who quickly gets on top of the issues” “She is commercial, precise, with attention to detail, very practical” “Her client care skills and knowledge of the law are fantastic” “Excellent, smart and gets to the nub of things really quickly”.
Ziggurat (Claremont Place) LLP v HCC International Insurance Company Plc  EWHC 3286 (TCC)
Hackney Empire Ltd v Aviva Insurance Ltd (on interest)  EWHC 2212 (TCC)
Aviva Insurance Ltd v Hackney Empire Ltd (on appeal)  EWCA Civ 1716
Hackney Empire Ltd v Aviva Insurance Ltd (first instance)  EWHC 2378 (TCC)
Chesterton Global Ltd v Finney  (Lawtel ref: AC0124712)
AECOM Design Build Limited v Staptina Engineering Services Limited  EWHC 723 (TCC)
CSG (Stratford) Ltd and others v ASB Contractors Ltd and others  EWHC 2868 (TCC)
Squibb Group Limited v Vertase FLI Limited  EWHC 1958 (TCC);  EWHC 3194 (TCC)
Vertase FLI Limited v Squibb Group Limited  EWHC 3194 (TCC)
Berry Piling Systems Ltd v Sheer Projects Ltd  EWHC 241 (TCC)
NAP Anglia Ltd v Sun-Land Development Ltd  EWHC 2846 (TCC)
Cundall Johnson & Partners LLP v Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust  EWHC 2178;  BLR 520