Sir Robert Akenhead, with assistance from David Johnson, explains how a literal interpretation of wording sent a contractor’s argument off […]
29th Aug 2019
In October 2007 Sir Robert was appointed High Court Judge sitting in the Technology and Construction Court in London and from 2010 – 2013 was Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court. Some of his well- known judgments were Walter Lilly & Company Ltd v Mackay & Anor  (delays, loss and expense and defects) and Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Gibraltar  (unforeseen ground conditions and termination).
Retiring from the Bench in December 2015, Sir Robert has returned to being an arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator, DRB member and adjudicator, involved in disputes both in London and around the world.
He is an editor of the Building Law Reports.
Sir Robert has sat as arbitrator in cases over the following disputes (amongst others):
Delays in the construction of a hydro-power plant located in South Asia (DRB Chairman).
Sir Robert has given decisions on a number of matters ranging from the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UK through to the interpretation of building contracts.
Sir Robert has successfully mediated a number of disputes ranging from defects to a hotel in the UK through to a combined-cycle power plant in Africa.
Sir Robert has acted as an expert determining a PFI financial adjustment dispute.