Wembley judgment imminent

Mr Justice Jackson will this morning (5 June) hand down his judgment in the bitter battle between Multiplex and Cleveland Bridge over the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.

Jackson J will deliver his decision orally over two days rather than handing down a draft in advance, ratcheting up the tension for advisers Clifford Chance and Walker Morris.

Four New Square head of chambers Roger Stewart QC was instructed by Clifford Chance partner Alex Panayides for Australian company Multiplex. He argued that North East steel company Cleveland Bridge was responsible for delays to the construction of Wembley’s new signature arch and that they were worth damages to the tune of £38m.

Stewart kicked off the case by remarking: “It’s perhaps a pity…that we’re not able to sit in Wembley, where there’s a 90,000-seat capacity and plenty of fresh air.”

Walker Morris partner Martin Scott instructed Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC to argue Cleveland Bridge’s counter-claim of £22m.

Tomlinson claimed that Multiplex project director Ashley Muldoon had formed an “Armageddon plan” designed to oust Cleveland Bridge from the project.

Scott said: “The case is very much grounded in the facts. It was always going to be a very hard action.”

The case was heard over four weeks beginning on 25 April.