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Recent experience includes acting (unled) on behalf of a member of a contractor consortium in a three week ICC arbitration concerning the termination of a major rail project in Asia, with a value of over €300 million, and acting as junior counsel to Stephanie Barwise QC on the independent review commissioned by Persimmon Homes.
Mischa is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. Recent recommendations include: “Tremendously hard-working, intelligent, very responsive and user-friendly. He punches above his weight – a star of the future I am sure”, “A standout junior and one to watch. His chief strength is the intellectual contribution he makes – in this he is superb, bolstering the client’s case. Mischa is adept at tackling tricky disputes and getting straight to the meat of the issue”, “He is thoughtful and analytical” and “Extremely hardworking and bright”.
Mischa is ranked as a leading junior in construction by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. Chambers & Partners describes him as “A highly touted junior who is developing a superb construction practice, which sees him handle a range of contractual and professional negligence claims. He acts on behalf of employers and contractors and is proficient in international arbitration in addition to litigation.”
Mischa’s experience in the construction litigation field includes advising on contractual entitlements to loss and expense, and extensions of time under bespoke and standard form contracts, advising on the suspension and termination of works, and advising on the recoverability of damages for breach of contract.
Mischa has been instructed in relation to several of the largest construction disputes in the past few years, including:
Mischa also has experience acting and advising in relation to domestic building disputes, including claims under the JCT Minor Works Contract and Federation of Master Builders Contract, drafting particulars of claim for payment on behalf of contractors and drafting defences and counterclaims on behalf of employers.
Mischa’s experience in adjudication includes acting and advising in relation to claims for payment, claims for loss and expense, and extensions of time (including cases involving expert delay analysis, advising both employers and contractors on the merits and procedure of adjudication, and advising on the enforcement of adjudication awards).
Mischa is an accredited TECBAR adjudicator and welcomes instructions to act as an adjudicator.
Mischa has particular experience of acting for clients in connection with arbitrations arising out of disputes in the Middle East.
He has acted for clients in relation to projects throughout the region, including Azerbaijan, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Recent work includes:
Mischa is ranked as a leading junior in professional negligence by the Legal 500 (2020) and was also ranked as a leading junior in 2019, 2017 and 2016.
Mischa has experience acting and advising in relation to professional liability, particularly where it has a construction or engineering component, including advising, drafting statements of case and dealing with expert architectural, engineering and quantum evidence.
Mischa acted as junior counsel in Wellesley Partners LLP v Withers LLP  EWCA Civ 1146;  EWHC 556 (Ch) on behalf of the successful executive search firm claimant in a nine day trial against a firm of City solicitors arising from the drafting of a partnership agreement. The Court of Appeal decision is one of the leading cases on the rules of remoteness in contract and tort.
Mischa has experience advising on disputes arising from the construction, commissioning and operation of power plants, wind farms, and oil and gas facilities and pipelines.
Recent work includes:
Mischa is a Contributing Editor to Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts (Sweet & Maxwell, 13th edn, 2016).
Mischa frequently writes journal articles for legal publications. His work has been published in the LMCLQ, the Construction Law Journal and the King’s Law Journal.
“Tremendously hard-working, intelligent, very responsive and user-friendly. He punches above his weight – a star of the future I am sure.”
“A standout junior and one to watch. His chief strength is the intellectual contribution he makes – in this he is superb, bolstering the client’s case. Mischa is adept at tackling tricky disputes and getting straight to the meat of the issue.”
Construction, Chambers & Partners 2020
“He is thoughtful and analytical.”
Construction and Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2020
“He is fiercely intelligent and works with the speed and efficiency of a barrister many years beyond his call.”
Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2019
“Extremely hardworking and bright.”
Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2017
“One to watch.”
Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2016