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Charlotte Hughes, Associate

Charlotte Hughes


Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction and engineering
  • Education
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Industrial engineering
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Local government
  • Transport

Practice notes

Charlotte is an Associate in the Litigation group, specialising in contentious construction, infrastructure and engineering matters.

Charlotte advises on all aspects of construction litigation including the resolution, and pre-emptive avoidance, of large-scale infrastructure, energy and general construction/engineering disputes.  She has experience of adjudication, international arbitration, mediation, litigation (including hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal) and settlement negotiation.

Charlotte acts on behalf of employers, developers, professionals, funders, contractors and subcontractors across a wide range of projects. She advises clients across a large spectrum of sectors including energy, infrastructure, transport and education as well as representing local and national public sector clients.

Charlotte undertakes work with standard form construction contracts (including JCT, NEC3, FIDIC and ICC) as well as bespoke contracts. She is frequently involved in matters regarding issues of fact and complex contract interpretation, and is instrumental to driving strategy for dispute avoidance, management and settlement.

Examples of recent experience includes: obtaining a favourable judgment in the Court of Appeal in respect of the definition of ‘default’ under a target cost contract; negotiating a favourable settlement following a four-party mediation regarding a public highway; contract termination following contractor insolvency; preparation of pleadings in defence of a claim for quantum meruit claim; preparation of pre-action protocol correspondence for a claim for payment following contractor insolvency; assisting client and contract administrator with preparation of final account, including witness and expert evidence (delay analysis) as part of ongoing settlement discussions on a multi-million pound case.