Wembley project hit by further litigation

The construction of the new Wembley Stadium will go down in history as one of the most litigious projects ever to take place in the UK. Australian builders Multiplex and solicitors Clifford Chance have already won a breach of contract claim against steel contractors Cleveland Bridge in the High Court. Cleveland Bridge is appealing and has ditched its original solicitors Walker Morris and counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC of Matrix Chambers in favour of Mayfair firm Reid Minty and 4 Stone Buildings’ George Bompas QC for the appeal. Sources say there looks set to be more cases involving other parties involved in Wembley’s construction. A dispute with FA subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) is plodding along via adjudications. Multiplex is also understood to have lodged a claim without prejudice against WNSL, although no writ has been filed.