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Andrew Noble LLB (Hons) [Manchester] FRICS, FCIArb

Contact details

T:   07973 176824

Construction law

Examples of Recent Work

Construction and Engineering

Andrew has expertise and experience of disputes involving many facets of domestic and international substantial building and civil engineering main contracts, including M&E works, as well as subcontracts (and other contracts for example insurance, professional engagements and construction bonds) that arise out of them. His work has involved many types of construction and engineering projects including bridges, highways, pipelines, harbour facilities, tunnels, and infrastructure projects, commercial buildings (e.g. offices, shopping centres, galleries, sports stadia), apartment and housing developments ⁄ dwellings.

Common law claims and claims under construction contracts ⁄ sub-contracts

  • Advising in relation to appropriate forum for disputes and drafting submissions in urgent adjudication references (for Employers, main and sub contractors), including representation in enforcement proceedings against parties who still refuse to pay, pursuant to adjudicators’ decisions (one included a forty point unsuccessful defence).
  • Advising and representing a subcontractor (including on appeal) in relation to the claimed incorporation of an arbitration clause (contained in the main contract) into the subcontract
  • Acting as an adjudicator and as a mediator in construction and engineering disputes (including international disputes) mainly involving main contractors and subcontractors, and involving defective works cross claims, final accounts, (including variations), damages for delay and disruption and time claims.
  • Advising in relation to the preparation of direct loss and ⁄ or expense and damages claims for delay and disruption and extensions of time claims for main contractors and subcontractors both domestically and internationally.
  • Drafting ⁄ Amending standard terms of business in the construction industry including standard forms of building contracts, and subcontracts.
  • Advising Architects and Engineers in relation to collateral warranties and novation agreements.
  • Advising in relation to the meaning of "best endeavours" under JCT 98 clause 25.4.
  • Advising in relation to an arbitration involving steelwork carried out by a subcontractor on the Sage building in Newcastle upon Tyne and in relation to a new airport in Barbados.
  • Advising a utilities contractor concerning entering into substantial nationwide contracts as a result of alleged misrepresentations.
  • Advising sub-contractors, suppliers, employers and main contractors in relation to the interpretation of ad hoc and standard forms of construction contracts and subcontracts including developers agreements.
  • Advising, drafting and representing tile installer in an arbitration, in relation to a pre statutory adjudication final account dispute.
  • Advising and representing specialist car park M&E air extraction contractor in final account dispute with main contractor and resisting claims from an electrical subcontractor including claims for direct loss and ⁄ or expense and extensions of time (Arsenal on the Move project).

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Defective Buildings and Products

  • Advising drafting and representing building owner in defective floor, wall and roof works under 1998 Design and Build contract.
  • Advising and representing a main contractor concerning defects in a surface water outfall in the North Sea.
  • Advising and representing European Industrial ⁄ Transportation business in substantial r.c. floor slab and sub floor geotechnical dispute in Greater Manchester.
  • Advising and representing clients in Defective works claims involving breach of the Building Regulations and Approved Documents.
  • Representing many property owners in relation to subsidence caused by tunneling by a utilities company and a case involving damages for breach of an insurance contract brought by apartment owners whose properties were sinking. Advised in many cases concerning construction Insurance claims including the interpretation of the Insurance provisions of standard forms of construction contracts and subcontracts.
  • Claims involving NHBC insurance schemes and claims against those Insurers.
  • Advising, drafting proceedings, and representing many householders in claims against national house builders concerning the quality of their dwellings including e.g. sound proofing and subsidence.
  • Advising, drafting proceedings and representing clients in air handling equipment dispute.
  • Advising a local authority in relation to defective works at a leading shopping centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Advising and drafting proceedings and representing Employers concerning properties built to the wrong size and at the wrong datum and in relation to defects.
  • Assisting leading counsel advise in relation to a substantial tramways infrastructure contract in Hong Kong.
  • Advising a contractor in a contractual claim and potential adjudication, where the Proper law of the contract was English law and the works were in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Advising in "due diligence" concerning the sale of a substantial Dutch construction and civil engineering contractor owned by a UK Plc, concerning substantial civil engineering projects and their viability in The Netherlands and in Hong Kong.

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Professional Liability

Advising, drafting proceedings and representing parties in professional negligence claims and fee disputes against construction professionals including:

  • chartered quantity surveyors (e.g. negligent cost advice)
  • chartered architects (e.g. negligent design, contract administration, certification and inspections)
  • chartered building surveyors and g.p. surveyors (negligent surveys and valuations including failing to follow the trail on suspicion.)
  • chartered civil and structural engineers (e.g. negligent geotechnical advice)
  • design and build contractors (e.g. negligent design)
  • subcontractors (negligent design)
  • project managers (negligent cost advice and administration)

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  • Advising and drafting proceedings having been instructed by an Insolvency practitioner against a main contractor who refused to make further payments to a company, upon insolvency, despite substantial unpaid work having been done. (This case was done on a Conditional Fee Arrangement with an appropriate uplift commensurate with the degree of difficulty involved).
  • Advising and representing liquidators and other Insolvency Practitioners in connection with sums due under standard forms of main and sub-contracts including JCT, ICE, DOM1, etc to insolvent businesses including claims against sureties.
  • Advising banks and businesses in claims involving debentures.
  • Advising in insolvency claims in adjudication and enforcement proceedings.

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Property Use and Development

  • Advising and representing a Development Agency in relation to "overage" arrangement in a binding expert determination against a European contractor for a major superstore.
  • Advising drafting and representing British Railways Board in a land "theft" attempt by adjoining owners and advising a developer concerning a claim based upon the commercial value of land "stolen" and built on by it.
  • Injunctive relief to prevent constructing on land and under the adjoining building owner’s building.
  • Advising, drafting proceedings, and representing a substantial Tenant in a 5 day 1996 Act dilapidations’ arbitration including successfully represented Tenant in challenge by Sub Tenant under s. 68 of the AA96 against both leading and junior counsel who (unsuccessfully) claimed the Arbitrator’s Award was procured by fraud. Successful indemnity costs application in the arbitration.
  • Advising, drafting proceedings and representing developers and others in development issues including, sitting tenants, easements (right to light and right of way), and party wall disputes.
  • Advising Landlord in a breach of covenant claim by a tenant in a 1954 Act regulated tenancy agreement.
  • Advising and drafting proceedings against a householder who undermined a bridge structure and caused significant damage thereto (as well as causing significant delay and disruption to motorists and surrounding businesses).
  • Several Party Wall Act disputes including one substantial dispute involving a hotelier and developer.

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Commercial & Contractual Disputes

  • Advising and representing contractors in claims under a construction bonds and guarantees.
  • Many insurance cases for which see above.
  • Advising in a dispute involving web sites and the internet.
  • Obtaining injunctive relief in relation to the disconnection of internet services to a wholesaler who supplied to retailers.
  • Many breach of contract disputes involving plant, machinery and vehicles (including finance agreements) including defects allegations and allegations of delay and disruption and reduced performance, e.g. that the plant and machinery fails to perform as represented. One substantial claim in Pakistan involved many millions of US$.
  • Disputes involving many aspects of commercial and contract law including:
    • The phenomena of agreement i.e. is there a contract and if so what are its terms (including the incorporation of arbitration clauses).
    • Restitutionary claims including subrogation.
    • Allegations of vitiating factors including all aspects of Misrepresentation, undue influence and duress.
    • Disputes involving allegations of illegality and non est factum.
    • Disputes involving difficult aspects of the measure and quantum of damages.
  • Sale and carriage of Goods disputes.
  • Franchise and other ad hoc contract disputes

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