Martin Bowdery QC
Martin practises as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in construction and engineering disputes, and has been involved in many high profile cases in this sector.
In recent years he has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and before various international arbitral tribunals. He has had numerous appointments as an arbitrator in ICC arbitrations and as an adjudicator and as an expert determinator. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Technology and Construction Court. Martin is a fellow of the Dispute Board Federation and in 2015 he was elected Chair of TECBAR.
His principal areas of expertise are construction, engineering and professional negligence disputes arising out of major capital projects including power stations, major offshore facilities, bridges, motorways, railways, tunnels, dams, reservoirs, airports, commercial, chemical, and other heavy engineering projects, computer systems and commercial buildings of all sorts. He acts for and against all parties to the construction process, including foreign and domestic government departments, owners, employers, architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, contractors, subcontractors and insurers.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In recent years his practice has mainly been concerned with international commercial arbitration acting for overseas commercial clients and governments in a series of ICC arbitrations or other international arbitrations where the claims have been in excess of $400 million. His role has been as lead advocate acting with the assistance of teams of foreign and/or English lawyers. These disputes involved complex engineering, insurance and financial issues requiring large numbers of expert witnesses based in many different jurisdictions.
As part of his general domestic practice he has advised upon all forms of standard form contracts and has drafted various engineering and construction contracts. He has also been asked to advise and act in respect of substantial procurement and PFI contracts, and has been instructed in respect of numerous TCC trials, adjudications and arbitrations and various applications to enforce or to resist the enforcement of adjudication decisions and arbitration awards.
He has also been appointed by the Chairman of the Bar and the President of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors to sit on tribunals, and to act as adjudicator and arbitrator in respect of major construction and engineering disputes.
ENERGY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND UTILITIES
He has broad experience representing domestic and international contractors on disputes arising out of the development and exploitation of oil and gas fields all over the world, and the design and construction of combined cycle, nuclear, waste to power, gas and electricity power stations. He also advises on disputes relating to offshore oil rigs, refineries and oil and gas pipeline contracts, LNG Plants and FPSO Units.
IT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Martin’s practice also encompasses a substantial number of computer, IT and related disputes. He has advised in respect of, and settled, contracts for the installation of new computer systems as well as preparing and drafting final settlement agreements in respect of disputes involving underperforming computer systems. These include installations at major international airports, utilities companies, transport operators and contracts for the Ministry of Defence and the NHS.
He has experience acting for or against a wide range of professionals including engineers, architects, surveyors, accountants, solicitors and financial services advisers in numerous multimillion pound professional negligence actions. These include disputes arising out of residential projects, retail outlets and hospitals.
He has wide experience in the transport and infrastructure field to include advising in disputes arising out of the design and construction of runways for international and domestic airports, rail, tram, bus and underground networks acting for contractors and transport operators.
He has advised and has been instructed in a number of major procurement disputes relating to the supply of equipment and personnel for local and central government bodies.