Delay, cost and defects are perennial issues that haunt all engineering and construction projects, but Roberta Downey's focus is on helping clients to develop practical and commercial strategies to manage (or at least mitigate) these traditional risks in an evolving market against a background of challenges from new technology and procurement approaches. Roberta has considerable experience of fighting disputes in the Technology and Construction and by way of International Arbitration but has also conducted mediations, adjudications and other forms of ADR.
The projects cover a broad range of industries (e.g. renewable and conventional energy projects, major infrastructure and process plants) and projects that span the globe (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean). Roberta has more than 20 years' experience in commercial dispute resolution, including large trials and highly technical disputes arising out of power plants, LNG facilities, engineering support services, rail infrastructure, telecommunications, waste water treatment, recycling facilities, automated equipment and control systems. She has become a market leader in offshore wind farms, on which she published a prize winning paper for the Society of Construction Law.
She has extensive experience of managing heavy weight trials in formal proceedings but also actively looks for new or alternative ways in which to resolve disputes at an early stage, including advising clients during the life of projects to avoid issues developing into disputes and, if that fails, to ensure the clients are well prepared in the event of litigation or arbitration. She was described as 'absolutely first rate' and 'excellent' by Chambers 2014/2015, but the true measure of client satisfaction is that 90% of her comes from repeat clients. Roberta also leads the firms' pro bono advocacy work for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Areas of Focus
Acting for U.S. project management company in respect of the recovery of unpaid invoices for consultancy services on two process plants in U.A.E.
Advising U.S. contractor in a proposed adjudication regarding delays to LNG facility in Africa.
Advising main contractor in respect of a defective meteorological mast for an offshore windfarm.
Advising on disputes relating to delay in commissioning a 1200 MW gas fired power plant with CHP facilities.
Latest thinking and events
Highly commended entry in Hudson Prize Competition 2002 (published on Society of Construction Law Website 2003)
Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements
28 May 2013