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Digby Hebbard

Digby Hebbard


I advise parties to domestic and international construction, engineering and building projects on commercial and contractual issues and also represents parties in all forms of dispute resolution. My expertise covers a range of sectors including transport and infrastructure, energy, nuclear, commercial development, healthcare, oil & gas and heritage.


My practice focuses on a wide range of domestic and international construction and engineering projects. My clients include main and specialist contractors, developers and cultural institutions. I assist clients with the procurement of projects and negotiation of contract documents. I also advise clients on technical, commercial and contractual issues arising during live projects. Where disputes are unavoidable, I prosecute and defend claims for clients through various dispute resolution methods including adjudication, arbitration, litigation, mediation and expert determination.

I am fortunate to have such a varied practice. Recent instructions have included an oil pipeline in Nigeria; the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station; a waste to energy facility; Hinkley Point nuclear power station; the redevelopment of Broadgate, London; a motorway extension; a hospital refurbishment; a landmark cultural gallery extension; an underground gas storage facility in Turkey and a water treatment plant.

Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping fit and active, travel and cooking.


Working closely with clients to anticipate and deal with their business risks and objectives, we utilise the skills of a team of lawyers who are experienced in all types of dispute resolution. Our multi-national, bi-lingual team enables us to service clients wherever they are in the world while achieving the best results for their business.


Our clients trust us to manage and efficiently resolve their construction disputes in their best interests. Our ability to grasp detailed technical issues and market acknowledged reputation for competently handling complex construction disputes are also key strengths.


The scale and duration of projects in this sector call for specialist expertise in drafting and negotiating contracts. Our team has extensive experience in contracts for supply, installation, construction and facilities management, appointments, collateral warranties, bonds and parent company guarantee


Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors. We have particular experience of energy-related transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe.


The leisure sector is experiencing a period of accelerated change and expansion in response to new technologies and changing consumer behaviours. Drawing on the expertise of our diverse firm, our team provides advice on a wide range of legal and business challenges.


We advise secondary and primary-market investors in a range of sectors, PPPs/PFI and asset-backed vehicles we advise investors and contractors on their involvement with PPPs, PFIs and asset-backed vehicles and are experienced in drafting and negotiating appropriate forms of contract (including standard forms) and associated sub-contracts. We also act for a number of investors and contractors on existing renewable energy and battery storage projects, PPPs and PFIs, including advice to investors on the acquisition of portfolios of PFI/ PPP and renewable energy generation assets.


Our large dedicated construction team provide non-contentious and contentious construction advice on domestic and international matters. We have acted for many of the leading funds and investors into the UK construction industry as well as a number of suppliers.


Our Health & Safety experts provide support to clients when problems occur.



  • Conducted the second-ever adjudication case (through the appellate courts and) to the Supreme Court, establishing new law in relation to the relationship between the insolvency and adjudication regimes – Bresco v Michael J Lonsdale.
  • Advising a specialist contractor in connection with the termination of its contract for works to Hinkley Point nuclear power station.
  • Advising a specialist contractor in relation to claims arising from the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station.
  • Advising an international EPC contractor in relation to a EUR 2 billion underground gas storage project.
  • Advising high profile cultural institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum Group, the British Museum, The National Gallery and Somerset House in connection with the procurement and delivery of various capital projects.


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