Anthony Edwards

Year of call:
1999
Email:
anthony.edwards@39essex.com

Clerks:
020 7832 1111

“Very responsive and helpful with his directions.”
Chambers & Partners (2018)

Anthony specialises in heavy construction disputes arising from building & engineering activities both nationally and internationally; acting for employers, contractors and consultants relating to breach of contract, delay & disruption, time extensions, prolongation, payment provisions, acceleration, loss of productivity, final accounts and professional negligence actions against inter alia architects, engineers and surveyors.

Having extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, adjudication, expert determination and mediation and working with most of the standard forms of contracts including JCT, ICE, FIDIC, NEC, IChemE and ACE on projects including; energy, power, retail, leisure, offices, hospitals, water treatment plants, roads, railways, power stations, petro-chemical, chemical engineering plants, waste-to-energy plants, anaerobic digestion plants, biomass plants, port & harbour construction, mechanical & electrical services, bridges, house building developments and domestic dwellings.

Anthony not only acts as counsel but also as tribunal in the capacity of arbitrator, adjudicator, DABs, expert determiner and mediator.

Recent experience

  • Acting as FIDIC chairperson of a three-man tribunal regarding a Hydro Power plant in Africa
  • Appointed as sole dispute board member concerning infrastructure upgrade in Uganda
  • Acting as sole arbitrator regarding a subcontract dispute
  • Counsel in expert determination dispute regarding a gasification energy plant
  • Advocate on a professional negligence claim against architects/project managers
  • Acting as expert determiner concerning a housing development between two leading house builders
  • Advocate in an expert determination concerning the end-of-life plastic to fuel plant
  • ICC arbitration relating to a Serbian power station concerning preferred engineering
  • Appointed as chairman of a three-man tribunal under a FIDIC contract relating to commercial tower building in East Africa
  • Advocate concerning a serial adjudication relating to various power stations
  • Appointed as adjudicator (ad hoc and panel nominated) on numerous disputes inter alia:
      • Fluidised bed gasification energy plants
      • Biogas plants
      • Power stations
      • Office blocks
      • Hydro power stations
      • Anaerobic digestion plants
      • Infrastructure, roads, bridges
      • Processing and chemical plants
      • Cement factories
      • General building disputes
  • Advocate on adjudication enforcement in the Court of Appeal
  • Advocate defending adjudication enforcement in the Court of Appeal
  • Advocate enforcing and defending enforcement of various adjudication decisions in the TCC
  • Advocate for referring party and respondent in various adjudications relating to:
    • Power Stations
    • AD Plants
    • Biomass Plants
    • Roads
    • Hospitals
    • Infrastructure
    • General building and engineering disputes
  • Counsel advising on Hinkley Point nuclear power station under NEC
  • Counsel on a dispute on the Forth Bridge concerning inter alia delay and disruption claim
  • Advising on delay and disruption on a renewable energy plant under NEC
  • Counsel advising on the negligent design of an AD plant
  • Acting as mediator in numerous mediations:
    • Facilities management dispute
    • IT dispute
    • Numerous construction and engineering disputes
  • Party wall dispute (TCC) acting as counsel advising on damage to raft foundation
  • Advocate in the negligent design of an anaerobic digestion plant (TCC)
  • Appointed as arbitrator (ad hoc and panel nominated) on numerous construction and engineering disputes inter alia:
    • Appointed as sole arbitrator in an infrastructure disputes
    • Acting as sole arbitrator for a chemical process plant
    • Student accommodation
    • Housing development
    • Defective pod units in a hospital project
  • Arbitration appeals in the TCC
  • Arbitration waste-to-energy project, counsel and advocate for an Italian company
  • Arbitration concerning material handling system in a cement factory
  • Advocate in arbitration relating to a hospital final account
  • Advocate in an arbitration concerning sports centre
  • Advocate in the TCC relating to flood damage

Reported Cases:

  • Lead Technical Services Ltd v. CMS Medical Ltd [2007] EWCA Civ 316

Construction and Infrastructure


Anthony regularly acts as both counsel and tribunal in relation to heavy construction and infrastructure related disputes. He is experienced in analysing complex programmes, critical path analysis for delay and disruption claims and is capable of digesting complicated drawings and specifications. He often leads teams of professionals and experts. Anthony is regularly involved with serial adjudications and enforcing adjudicator’s decisions in the TCC and is frequently involved with expert determination claims and mediations.

Recent instructions include:

  • Advocate relating to a professional negligence claim against architects/project managers
  • Counsel in adjudication enforcement proceedings in the TCC and Court of Appeal
  • Chairman of a three-man tribunal under a FIDIC contract concerning a retail, leisure and office complex
  • Mediator in a facilities management dispute
  • Sole arbitrator for infrastructure (roads)
  • Counsel in relation to Forth Bridge dispute concerning inter alia delay and disruption claim
  • Advocate in a Party Wall dispute (TCC) concerning damage to a raft foundation
  • Civil engineering fibre optic installation adjudication, acting as advocate
  • Petro-chemical mediation
  • Arbitration appeal TCC
  • Crossrail Paddington Station dispute
  • Acting as sole arbitrator for a chemical process plant
  • Acting as expert determiner regarding a housing development between leading house builders
  • Arbitration acting as advocate in relation to a sports centre
  • Adjudication concerning the landscaping of a motorway scheme
  • Arbitration concerning a cement factory relating to a material handling system
  • Advocate in relation to flood damage in the TCC
  • Advocate in an arbitration relating to a hospital final account
  • Sole arbitrator in relation to a housing development

Adjudication


Anthony acts not only as advocate but also as the tribunal in adjudications. He is on a number of approved adjudicator panels inter alia IChemE, FIDIC, SHIAC, CIArb and TECBAR. He frequently leads professionals and teams on large serial adjudications. As a dual qualified professional Anthony’s skills as a quantity surveyor can be helpful. His recent references include:

  • Acting as adjudicator in:
    • Biomass plants
    • Anaerobic Digestion Plants
    • Roads & Bridges
    • Hydro power plants
    • Commercial, office & leisure buildings
    • Processing and engineering projects
    • General construction and civil engineering disputes
  • Acting as Chairman in a three-man tribunal FIDIC adjudication in Tanzania
  • Acting as Chairman in a three-man tribunal FIDIC adjudication in Rwanda
  • Advocate in an adjudication regarding:
    • Biomass plant concerning variations
    • Biomass extension of time claim
    • Biomass plant concerning final account, performance bonds and delay & disruption
    • Industrial building relating to defective concrete slab
    • Anaerobic digestion plants concerning negligent design
    • Anaerobic digestion plants concerning performance guarantee
    • AD Plant relating to feed stock and material handling
    • Serial adjudications relating to power and energy projects
    • Defending serial adjudication for a French company
    • Defending a ‘smash and grab’ adjudication relating to a historic England listed retail and office unit in UK
  • Enforcing adjudicators’ decisions in the TCC and Court of Appeal

Defending enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions in the TCC and Court of Appeal

International Arbitration and Adjudication


Anthony acts as both counsel and arbitrator internationally, often leading teams of professionals. Anthony was awarded CIArbs’ Cedric Barclay Prize for best International Arbitrator Award Writer of 2005. He is on a number of approved arbitration and adjudication panels inter alia, FIDIC, CIArb, IChemE, SHIAC and TECBAR. Recent references include:

  • Chairman of a FIDIC adjudication tribunal concerning a hydro power plant in Africa
  • Advocate in an ICC arbitration concerning a Serbian power station
  • Counsel advising on an ICC arbitration concerning biomass plants
  • Appointed as sole arbitrator in an infrastructure upgrade project in Uganda
  • Acting as DAB chairman in relation to an East African retail, leisure and office complex
  • Appointed as sole arbitrator in an infrastructure project in Africa
  • Advising on pipelines disputes in Egypt
  • Waste-to-energy project acting as advocate for an Italian company

Energy and Natural Resources


Anthony acts as both counsel and tribunal in relation to energy and natural resources both domestically and internationally. In particular acting as:

  • Chairman of a tribunal relating to a hydro power plant
  • Counsel advising in various biomass plants
  • Adjudicator in biomass plant relating to bulk excavation
  • Advocate in relation to a fluidised gasification plant
  • Adjudicator in biomass plant relating to variations and extensions of time
  • Advocate in serial adjudication relating to power stations
  • Advocate in various anaerobic digestion plants relating to:
    • Negligent design
    • Final accounts
    • Delay & Disruption, extension of time and prolongation claims
  • Advocate in an arbitration concerning a power station
  • Advocate regarding final account of an anaerobic digestion plant
  • Counsel on nuclear power station under NEC Option C
  • Counsel on delay and disruption on a renewable energy plant under NEC
  • Counsel in relation to the negligent design of an anaerobic digestion plant
  • Advocate in relation to a waste-to-energy project for an Italian company
  • Advocate in an end of life plastic to fuel plant in Expert Determination
  • ICC arbitration relating to a Serbian power station concerning preferred engineering
  • Advocate in relation to an expert determination concerning negligent design of an AD Plant

Shipping and Maritime


  • Acting as advocate regarding negligent survey of a yacht.
  • Delay and prolongation concerning the ship building project.

Recommendations


“Very responsive and helpful with his directions.” Chambers & Partners (2018)

“Experienced in cases involving construction disputes.” Legal 500 (2018)

“He is very knowledgeable and thorough in his approach.” “He is excellent; very clever and knows the system. A first port of call.” Chambers & Partners (2017)

“Recommended for engineering and construction matters.” Legal 500 (2016)

“He speaks the client’s language and really rolls his sleeves up to get a deep understanding of the case.” “Very strong in arbitration and adjudications.” Chambers & Partners

“He has excellent commercial insight, thanks in part to his pre-legal career in construction.” “Provides expert and detailed advice in construction, planning, and environmental law.” Legal 500

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