Steven Walker QC
Steven Walker QC specialises in advising and representing parties to complex commercial contracts relating to a wide range of subject matters, including the design and delivery of buildings, oil and gas installations, power generation plant, process and engineering plant, ships, IT systems, telecommunications systems, facilities management and professional services.
He has appeared as advocate in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), the Court of Appeal, numerous arbitrations (including ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and LMAA) and adjudications, and in expert determination and mediation. His arbitration experience includes substantial international experience. He is a KLRCA panellist and TECBAR accredited Adjudicator and has been appointed as an Adjudicator on numerous occasions.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Steven is instructed by employers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and insurers on all aspects of construction and engineering contracts and claims involving allegations of professional negligence. Recent cases include:
- Acting for the contractor in disputes under an NEC Contract relating to the design and construction of an airport runway and navigational aids.
- Acting for the employer in disputes under an NEC Contract relating to the design and construction of airport facilities.
- Obtaining an injunction under section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to prevent a main contractor from using documents following the purported termination of a subcontract relating to a project in the Middle East (Seele v Drake & Scull International).
- Representing the contractor in a trial in the TCC concerning the lawfulness of the termination of a contract for the design and construction of a LDPE plant (SABIC v Punj Lloyd  BLR 43).
- Representing the main contractor (Lend Lease) in disputes arising under a target cost contract for the construction of military accommodation (Mi-Space (UK) v Lend Lease  BLR 600).
- Acting for subcontractors in proceedings in the TCC concerning the termination of a subcontract for the installation of pressure vessels forming part of a bioethanol plant under construction.
- Acting for subcontractors engaged to fabricate offshore platforms for oil production and processing in connection with disputes relating to payment and quality in arbitration in London under the UNCITRAL rules.
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
- Acting for a subcontractor in an application under section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to restrain calls being made on performance bonds provided in respect of a contract for the supply of plant for use in a power generation plant in Brazil (Doosan Babcock v Comercializadora De Equipos Y Materiales Mabe Limitada  BLR 33).
- Representing the employer in an expert determination arising from the supply and installation of power generation plant.
- Advising the developer of an offshore wind farm in a dispute concerning access to wind and weather data.
- Acting for the main contractor in relation to a project for the design and construction of a 65MW £200m biomass power plant. The dispute involved proceedings in the TCC relating to 3 adjudication decisions. There followed 3 arbitration proceedings relating to the specific performance of subcontract obligations.
- Advising and representing the owner of an offshore wind farm (Greater Gabbard) in relation to arbitration proceedings under the LCIA rules. The proceedings concerned issues relating to the contractor’s alleged entitlement to additional payment (c. £300m), extensions of time and liquidated damages (c. £90m).
- Advising the owner developing an offshore wind farm in relation to issues arising from design modifications to foundation structures.
IT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Steven is instructed by purchasers and suppliers in numerous cases relating to the provision of advanced technology, either on its own or included as part of package of other works and services. His experience includes the following:
- Obtaining specific performance of obligations under a contract for the supply of a tram operating system in connection with the extension of the Manchester tram network and representing the employer in relation to disputes arising under that contract (Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales  EWHC 3717 (TCC) 146 Con LR 194).
- Obtaining an interim injunction on behalf of Talaris BV restraining marketing of computer software which was alleged to be in breach of an exclusive distribution agreement (Talaris BV v Network Controls International  EWHC 2930 (TCC)).
- Acting for out-sourcing specialists in relation to disputes arising from a long-term outsourcing contract for the provision of (amongst other things) IT and management systems to a public body. Issues included the availability of injunctive relief to restrain the client from exercising termination provisions.
He has extensive experience in claims involving allegations of professional negligence in the construction sector. Recent examples include Goldswain v Beltec  BLR 300 which involved allegations of professional negligence against a firm of engineers in relation to the design of temporary works for the construction of a basement under existing premises. Steven successfully defended the claim. Other recent cases include:
- A claim alleging professional negligence against surveyors retained by lenders to advise on a proposed development and to monitor the construction of the development.
- A claim alleging that quantity surveyors had been negligent in the administration of a target cost contract.