Andrew Goddard QC
Andrew Goddard QC specialises in the law of commercial obligations and professional negligence, particularly in the context of disputes concerning major construction and engineering contracts and IT projects. He has had much involvement in infrastructure, telecoms and energy disputes and has acted for main contractors, subcontractors, professionals and employers, including national and foreign governments. Andrew has experience of PPP and PFI projects in the UK and various Commonwealth jurisdictions and is a Director of the Caribbean Procurement Institute.
He has significant experience in international commercial arbitration, especially in Africa, the Caribbean and the Far East, and has appeared in many disputes referred to arbitration under the auspices of the ICC, the HKIAC, the LCIA and the LMAA and has recently acted in an Investor State arbitration proceeding before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Related areas of law in which he has detailed knowledge and experience include ship construction and conversion, insurance and performance bonds.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Andrew has represented a large number of employers, governments, contractors, subcontractors and consultants on many cases, both domestic and international, concerning numerous types of building and civil engineering projects. This includes advising on a number of PFI and PPP projects relating to the construction of hospitals and motorways and acting on a dispute in relation to the New Wembley Stadium.
He has also acted on a number of disputes arising out of projects in the Far East including the construction of a major bridge, runways at Chek Lap Kok and in relation to a HK$250m social housing project.
ENERGY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND UTILITIES
He has wide experience acting for contractors on domestic and international disputes arising out of the design and construction of, among others, power plants and waste water treatment plants. Examples of his work include:
- Being appointed as adjudicator in respect of FIDIC Silver Book contract for LNG terminal.
- Acting on a dispute between the Government of Gibraltar and French providers of a waste to energy plant.
Andrew has represented governments, employers and contractors on disputes arising from road, rail and infrastructure projects.
IT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
He has wide experience in the IT and telecommunications fields acting for suppliers, manufacturers and contractors in relation to telecommunication systems and computer software systems. He has recently been appointed as arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning telecommunications technology. He has also acted on an international dispute, litigated in the High Court, between a software systems integrator and the provider of a third generation mobile communications network, and advised on a mediation concerning the provision of software to enable the computerisation of the collection of the BBC licence fee.
He has a great deal of experience in the professional negligence field, acting for claimants, defendants and their indemnity insurers in relation to claims brought against a wide range of professionals to include solicitors, architects and construction professionals. This includes acting against architects on a claim arising out of the design of prestigious HQ building and architect’s role in settlement of contractor’s claims.
SHIPBUILDING REPAIR AND CONVERSION
He gained significant experience as a junior and then leading counsel over several years in a massive international dispute (Sembawang Corporation v Pacific Ocean Shipbuilding) arising out of a contract for the conversion of a bulk carrier into a dynamically positioned pipelaying vessel.
PUBLIC ENQUIRIES AND JUDICIAL REVIEW
Andrew recently acted for a state owned enterprise in a long running public enquiry into public procurement policies and practices in the construction sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The enquiry resulted in several applications to the High Court for judicial review of the proceedings.