Value And Outcomes

Core Services

In every service line, our intention is always to minimise risk and cost to your business:

01. Contract Risk Review

Prior to the execution of contracts we work with you to identify contractual pressure points and risks. We will either re-negotiate them prior to execution or create internal processes which allow for them to be managed during the life of the project.

02. Project Counsel

Throughout the project life cycle, our expert team will support your commercial and in-house legal teams with critical insights, readily-available advice, and a shared ambition for success.

03. Dispute Avoidance

Disputes cost significant time and resources. We, like you, are aware that not all disputes merit the resources required to pursue. We will always work with our clients to avoid conflicts where possible, by assessing the costs and benefits of early settlement meetings and proposals.

04. Dispute Management

Our disputes lawyers are the best in the business and know the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors inside out. Details of our dispute management services include:

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Dispute Management

Our disputes lawyers are the best in the business and know the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors inside out. Details of our dispute management services include:

01. Disputes and ADR

We regularly guide clients through claim preparation, pre-action and alternative dispute resolution processes. We are experienced in shaping claims and navigating processes such as the Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes ahead of High Court action, mediation and negotiation. Our work in acting for PFI stakeholders means we also regularly pilot our clients through dispute resolution processes such as liaison committees, adjudications, expert determinations and litigation respecting conflicts amongst stakeholders as well as engagement with the public sector and lenders.

02. Arbitration

All of our lawyers are highly-experienced international arbitration specialists and have worked on some of the largest and most complex disputes in the World, with claim values totalling billions of dollars. At Mantle, there is no learning on your dispute and we already know how to manage the costs of large international disputes, managing over 50 arbitrations from start to finish. We are experts in winning large-scale arbitrations all over the World, whether that be domestic or international commercial arbitration or investor-State arbitration. Above all, we are committed to the industries we work in and understand the practical and technical aspects of what our clients do.

03. Construction Litigation

The management of active and potential disputes, whether that be counselling a project in difficulty, Court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution or arbitration, is what we do. Our team have all grown up in the landscape of the Civil Procedure Rules and the resolution of complex construction, energy and infrastructure disputes in the English High Court’s, Technology and Construction Court. We have been involved in some of the precedent setting cases resolved in that Court and are intimately familiar with the processes and requirements, using them to our clients’ advantage.

We work hard with clients to avoid conflict but, once a dispute has arisen, there’s nobody better in the market to have in your corner. Chances are we win. How do we do that time-and-time again? The odds are improved dramatically by having peerless local market knowledge, better insights, sharper processes and practices through technology, and a true sense of a shared goal with our clients. And we simply do not stop until that goal has been achieved.

Our disputes lawyers have developed careers in some of the largest law firms in the World, but all have a common focus on providing better, more efficient, services. They know your industry and speak your language. We are not simply at the end of a phone, we are on the ground with you, sharing risk and facing every challenge as a united team.

This pedigree, coupled with a focus on your commercial needs (in particular a need for better value and pricing of legal services), provides the best of both Worlds; traditional quality with a contemporary outlook.

04. Dispute Avoidance Boards and Adjudication

Mantle lawyers assist clients with adjudication in England and Wales and Dispute Avoidance or Adjudication Boards internationally. We do so either during the project or as part of a final account resolution processes. Our team has been involved in shaping and clarifying the law around statutory construction adjudication since it was introduced in England and Wales in 2008.

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Recent Projects

Hotel and Leisure Development

Advising a contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in relation to a landmark hotel and leisure development in Dubai. Mantle secured the first ever DIFC Court anti-suit injunction on this matter.

Large Hotel and Mixed-use Development

Advising an International contractor in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration related to a termination and final account dispute on a large hotel and mixed-use development. The value of the claim is in excess of AED 250million.

UK Stadium Redevelopment

In a series of claims against its consulting engineer and subcontractors arising out of structural defects in two new stands in a stadium redevelopment. The remedial works required the stands to be partially deconstructed and rebuilt all whilst safely maintaining minimum attendance capacity for international events.


Acting for an international contracting joint venture in disputes arising out of unforeseen ground conditions in the EUR 1.2billion redevelopment of an airport in the CIS.

Twin Tall Towers

Acting for a Middle Eastern based contractor in a DIAC arbitration on twin tall towers related to a termination and final account dispute which involved various interim applications and Grievance applications to remove attachments over bonds.

Landmark Dubai Tall Tower

Currently representing a Contractor against an Employer on a landmark Dubai tall tower. The claims relate to defective work, access issues, non-payment, back-to-back payment clauses and extensions of time and time related costs.


Mantle Law is a unique practice in the Middle East as it comprises some of the top construction and infrastructure disputes lawyers but in a firm that only focuses on those sectors.

Legal 500 – 2023

Matthew [Heywood] is fantastic and a true innovator. He’s very responsive and sharp; always willing to assist.

Chambers & Partners – 2023

The entire team have vast construction expertise and employ a number of people that, although lawyers, have worked extensively in the construction industry. They are hard-working and pro-active, but in a way that is always helping to promote the best possible outcome of the case in an efficient and cost-effective way. They are absolutely first rate.

Legal 500 – 2023