Addleshaws lands Sofia dispute tender

Addleshaw Goddard‘s construction litigation team has beaten Norton Rose and two local firms to win a competitive tender to act for the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The firm will represent the ministry in a dispute surrounding the E110m (£75m) national airport in Sofia with Austrian-based contractors Strabag International. The airport underwent a massive modernisation project as part of the country’s application for accession to the EU.

Addleshaws construction litigation partners Mark Hilton and Jonathan Tattersall, assisted by projects associate and Bulgarian national Vess Gentchev, led the firm successfully through the two-stage negotiated tender process.

“This appointment underlines the international nature of the firm’s 16-lawyer-strong contentious construction group,” said Tattersall.

The practice, which operates out of Addleshaws’ Leeds and Manchester offices, has clients in the US, Canada, Central and Eastern Europe and the Far East.

Addleshaws has appointed Borislav Boyanov & Co for local assistance.

The project is a crucial piece of infrastructure as part of preparations for Bulgaria’s EU accession. The dispute centres on delays to the project, which is now more than a year late.