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Anna-Liisa is a partner in the construction team specialising in all forms of resolution of building disputes. She is also an ADRg accredited mediator and in terms of industry knowledge, also holds an APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ / IPMA Certification).
She assists in client risk management, avoiding construction disputes, often providing advice and strategic guidance ‘behind the scenes’, as well as advising on the formal resolution to construction problems. She has experience in court proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court, Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes, Mediation, Adjudication and Arbitration; where necessary involving experts to open up and secure settlement opportunities.
Over the years, Anna-Liisa has advised employers (incl. housing associations, multi national companies, supermarket retailers), developers, contractors and specialist sub-contractors alike. She has achieved results, including numerous out of court settlements, on: final accounts, delay claims, extensions of time, defects and remedial works disputes. Anna-Liisa also specialises in professional negligence claims involving construction professionals (incl. against architects, surveyors and engineers).
RJ Knapman & Son Limited –v- Richards (Reported Case – Judge Peter Coulson Q.C.): Enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision.
Somerfield v Skanska (Reported Case – HHJ Ramsey): Multi million High Court action, successfully settled following determination of points of law.
Resolving numerous disputes, both medium and larger scale, by way of the protocol and mediation.
Acting for various national household name house builders in a multi-million pound adjudication under an NEC3 contract. Outcome achieved: successful defence in the rapid fire adjudication successfully defending over 70% of the sums claimed. Advising on a wide breadth of disputes under JCT suites of contracts.
Achieving results on outstanding payment applications for various contractors and sub-contractors through the use of both contractual and statutory adjudication.
Advising social housing associations and not-for-profits in the successfully recovery of sums under insurance backed bond claims following contractor insolvencies.
Providing contentious construction advice in relation to a dispute referred to arbitration, regarding defects and remedial works required at Home Park Stadium. Achieving a result for the football club which meant a fully remediated stadium.
Acting for a housing association in relation to various matters to include advising on the insolvency of a contractor and subsequent submission of an Employer Statement to the liquidator and settlement agreement in relation to a sale agreement and tenant claim.
Acting for another housing association in relation to various matters to include advising on a professional negligence claim against the client’s consultant and on the insolvency provisions of the JCT Design and Build 2005 following a contractor’s abandonment of site.