Adjudication

Adjudication

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has barristers who are expert in adjudication, which has become a key element of the resolution of construction and engineering disputes.

Members can provide specialist advice and representation in enforcement procedures, both as counsel and adjudicators.

We act as adjudicators through the TECBAR panel of adjudicators as well as accepting appointments from other nominating bodies.

Our experience

Significant cases on which our barristers have represented clients include:

  • Lanes Group Plc v Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd [2011] EWHC 1696 (TCC) 137 Con LR 1 also Court of Appeal [2011] EWCA Civ 1617: Adjudication enforcement: the consequences of a refusal to serve a notice of referral in adjudication; apparent bias (pre-determination of issues) in adjudication.
  • Pilon Ltd v Breyer Group Plc 23 April 2010 [2010] EWHC 837 (TCC): Adjudication enforcement – The court set out the law in relation to the enforceability of an adjudicator’s decision where he had taken an erroneously restrictive view of his jurisdiction, with the result that he decided not to consider an important element of the dispute referred to him.
  • London Borough of Camden v Makers UK Ltd (2009) EWHC 605 (TCC): advising and representing a building contractor in a dispute on the power of a court to impose conditions preventing a company from pursuing its statutory right to institute further adjudications in proceedings against a local authority
  • Makers UK Ltd v London Borough of Camden (2008) EWHC 1836 (TCC); advising and representing a building contractor in a dispute about the validity of the appointment of an adjudicator in a case where the court set out some guidance designed to be of practical help to parties involved in the adjudication process
  • RC Pillar and Son v The Camber (2007) EWHC TCC 1626: advising and representing a party in a dispute about the adjudicator’s jurisdiction.

Who to contact

Niki Merison

Niki Merison is the Senior Practice Manager for the Adjudication team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Niki MerisonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9011


Mobile: +44 (0)7872 178 645


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Charlie Cory-Wright QC

Charlie Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Simon Goldblatt QC

Simon Goldblatt QC

Call: 1953 Silk: 1972

John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call: 1967 Silk: 1982

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Peter Rees QC

Peter Rees QC

Call: 2014 Silk: 2009

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

David Brynmor Thomas QC

David Brynmor Thomas QC

Call: 2011 Silk: 2019

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

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