Colin Hall has more than 25 years’ experience of construction and engineering contracts. On the disputes side he handles complex, high-value litigation and arbitration, both in the UK and internationally (for example, under the ICC, LCIA and AAA rules).
Examples of these matters are:
- Obtaining a High Court injunction on behalf of a Swedish company to prevent early termination of the contract
- A claim for defects under a recent hospital PFI contract
He is acknowledged in the directories as getting to the nub of the issues and finding solutions. He works with Winckworth Sherwood’s dispute resolution team on a very wide range of construction-related disputes such as final account disputes, bond calls, disputed letters of intent, VAT recovery. He uses mediation, adjudication, litigation and arbitration as suits each matter.
On the transactional side, Hall provides the construction input to matters handled by Winckworth Sherwood’s range of teams dedicated to serving the built environment, such as utilities, regeneration, environmental and planning.
Renewables and community infrastructure
Hall is taking a leading role in the legal developments surrounding renewable energy and community infrastructure. He advises on the incentive regimes such as FiT, the Renewable Obligation, and the Renewable Heat Incentive. He is chairing the UK Green Building Council’s Task Force on standardising the legal frameworks for the development of Community Infrastructure Projects. This deals with single-site developments through to city centre regeneration projects and stand alone renewable energy centres.
- Preparation of the EPC contract for the development of Solar Parks
- A turnkey contract for the electrical upgrade of secure data centres
- Representing the contractor of a petrochemical plant on the dispute arising from termination of the contract
- Advising a FTSE 100 company on making a call under an on-demand bond together with the ensuing litigation
- Representing the contractor in an adjudication under the NEC3 contract leading to a novel interpretation of the payment provisions
- ICC arbitration concerning an equipment supply and installation project for an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia
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