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BLOG: Multiplex v Mott MacDonald

Legal reporter Rhiannon Hoyle discusses the case that is set to become the most significant piece of litigation in UK construction history.

With the PC Harrington dispute now settled and the issues with Cleveland Bridge pending an appeal date, Wembley contractor Multiplex is embarking upon its biggest battle yet.

And what a scrap it is shaping up to be.

Some £250 million is on the table – more than half of the original £445 million construction price for the entire build.

And that’s not to even mention any counterclaims Mott MacDonald themselves may now throw down.

Some legal eagles think the matter will never see the light of a courtroom, but if you delve into Multiplex’s claims and compare that to Mott’s vehement denial of responsibility then it looks unlikely that this debate could be simply settled over a cup of coffee.

There may be a few international arbitrations fought out behind closed doors in the capital that have reached similar heights in the claims department, but this will without a doubt be the largest construction row to happen in a public landscape.

Exactly how much will be won at the end of the day is anybody’s guess.

But those spectators who are watching the Wembley saga unfold with a keen interest can be assured that, at least for now, the show will go on.