“Her approach is dynamic and enthusiastic”.
Legal 500 2020
“She provides a detailed and forensic analysis of legal issues, has a commercial approach and is very much a team player”
Chambers UK 2020
“A reassuringly safe pair of hands providing strategic and practical support from day one, who has a phenomenal grasp of case law.” “She’s hard-working and performs well on her feet.”
Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2019 Construction
Alexandra Bodnar is a sought-after barrister specialising in the litigation and arbitration of UK and international construction and commercial matters. She regularly represents clients in the English Technology & Construction Court and Commercial Court, as well as in front of international and domestic arbitral tribunals. Her work involves high-value, complex construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy projects across the globe. This includes PFI projects, EPC projects and substantial commercial supply projects. Much of her work involves allegations of professional negligence against construction professionals and claims concerning significant damage to property.
She has particular expertise in bonds and guarantees, including claims for injunctions to restrain guarantee demands, and in insurance coverage and avoidance matters.
In addition to acting as an advocate in adversarial proceedings, she advises clients. She also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and UK construction adjudication (including adjudication enforcement claims).
Alex is consistently recommended in Chambers UK, the Legal 500 and Chambers Global. She is recommended in the Legal 500, Chambers UK and Chambers Global for her construction work, and in the Legal 500 for her professional negligence work.
Alex speaks basic Russian.
Alex is an experienced construction and engineering junior, who acts for and against construction operators, professionals, owners, developers, insurers, funders and public bodies. Much of her work involves high-value, complex technical and legal issues in UK and international construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure projects. She deals regularly with cases involving allegations of professional negligence and significant damage to property (including as a result of fire, flood, landslip and contamination). She has been involved in a number of PPP/PFI disputes, including in respect of the application of Payment Mechanisms, and related Facilities Management and service contract issues. She is familiar with EPC contracts, as well as the full range of typical standard form UK and international construction contracts. She appears regularly in the English Technology & Construction Court and in front of arbitral tribunals, as sole and junior counsel.
Alex has particular experience of bonds and guarantees and has been involved, as sole and junior counsel, in some of the leading modern cases on UK construction performance bonds (including the ABI model form). She is familiar with coverage and avoidance issues arising under CAR and other construction insurance policies.
Current and recent examples of Alex’s construction work include:
Alex acts in professional negligence claims for and against professionals, often in a construction and engineering context. This includes allegations concerning architects, engineers, other designers, contract administrators and contract managers, as well as solicitors and financial advisers. She has also been involved in international regulatory proceedings.
Current and recent examples of Alex’s professional negligence work include:
Alex has particular expertise in cases involving banking instruments including guarantees, performance bonds and letters of credit. She has been involved, as sole and junior counsel, in some of the leading modern cases on UK construction performance bonds (including the ABI model form). She has significant experience of obtaining and resisting claims for injunctions concerning demands on guarantees.
Alex advises and acts in cases involving international and domestic supply, distribution and transportation contracts, PFI contracts, facilities management contracts, share sale/purchase agreements, mis-selling and damage to goods, and fraud. She has experience of jurisdictional matters, including anti-suit injunctions and parallel proceedings. Alex’s work also involves advising on coverage and avoidance issues under insurance policies.
Current and recent examples of Alex’s commercial work 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.
Alex acts in international cases involving high-value, complex engineering projects throughout the world. Her experience encompasses oil and liquified natural gal plants, water desalination plants, ultra-low sulphur diesel units and cross-border underground power cables.
Alex’s UK energy work has involved buildings services management, wind turbines, a gas storage facility, a nuclear project, projects concerning carbon emissions reductions and energy efficiency measures, and large-scale housing insulation projects.
Current and recent examples of Alex’s work in the energy sector include:
Alex is and has been involved in cases about utilities networks, pipelines, gas storage, a nuclear facility, stadia, bridges, cranes, the London underground, the London Olympics 2012, motorways and schools. She has extensive experience of PFI and related contracts. Her international infrastructure work has also involved cross-border power cables and various engineering projects of significance.
Current and recent examples of Alex’s infrastructure work include:
Alex advises on coverage and avoidance issues under insurance policies (including notification, fraud, extent of cover and policy exclusions). She has particular experience of typical construction insurance policies: CAR (including joint names issues), professional indemnity, property damage, building defects and public liability policies. In addition, much of her work involves subrogated claims on behalf of insurers.
Alex also has expertise in cases involving guarantees, performance bonds and letters of credit. She also acts in related claims on indemnities consequent on payments under bonds and guarantees.
Current and recent examples of Alex’s insurance work include:
Alex is recommended by Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500 and Chambers Global for construction. Alex is recommended by the Legal 500 for professional negligence.
“She provides a detailed and forensic analysis of legal issues, has a commercial approach and is very much a team player.” “She is hard-working and a pleasure to work with, and delivers practical and user-friendly advice.” Chambers UK 2020 Construction
“Regularly acts unled in court” Legal 500 2020 Construction
“Her approach is dynamic and enthusiastic.” Legal 500 2020 Professional Negligence
“A reassuringly safe pair of hands providing strategic and practical support from day one, who has a phenomenal grasp of case law.” “She’s hard-working and performs well on her feet.” Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2019 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)
Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd v Sarens (UK) Ltd  EWHC 827 (TCC)
Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd v Sarens (UK) Ltd  EWHC 751 (TCC)
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