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22 February 2021 | Comment | Article by Ioan Prydderch

Welsh Government settles dispute with Costain over A465 Bypass

The Welsh Government, and construction firm Costain, have announced a settlement in their long-running dispute over the A465 Heads of the Valleys road expansion scheme in Wales.

Hugh James, has provided legal support throughout the dispute resolution process, with lawyers from its Construction team, managed by Partner Matthew Stevens, leading adjudications and arbitrations on behalf of its client, Welsh Government.

The dispute related to who should bear liability for the additional costs of the project. While the details of the settlement will remain confidential the dispute process has been largely supportive of Welsh Government’s interpretation of the contract terms. The timing of further payments to Costain is linked to them achieving identified programme milestones.

Commenting on the settlement, Partner and Head of Construction, Energy and Project, Ioan Prydderch said today:

“We’re proud to have supported the Welsh Government through this process and are pleased that it has resulted in settlement. This should now draw a line under the matter and allow all parties to move forward with this important infrastructure project in Wales.”

More information can be found by reading the written statement by Ken Skates MS, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales on the Welsh Government website.

Author bio

Ioan is head of the firm’s business services division, which comprises all of the teams which provide transactional, contractual, advisory and dispute resolution advice to businesses and organisations.  Ioan is also Head of our Construction, Energy and Projects team and has spent almost 20 years advising clients on non-contentious and contentious construction matters. He has extensive experience in the construction and engineering sector and has acted in a number of high value and complicated disputes.

Ioan’s role involves advising the firm’s key clients on some of the most significant construction projects and disputes in Wales and the wider UK.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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