Rob has almost 30 years' experience in identifying, managing, avoiding and resolving disputes in the construction and related industries. He regularly acts on high profile projects across many different jurisdictions from the UK to Australia and is particularly well known for his innovative approaches to risk management, complex delay and disruption claims and the NEC form of contract.
Rob frequently leads multi-disciplinary teams managing risks and resolving disputes on the highest profile projects both in the UK and internationally. He has worked with a full range of clients including private individuals, local and central government authorities, contractors and professionals.
He has worked extensively on a wide variety of infrastructure projects including roads, railways and airports and is particularly well known for managing and resolving long term dispute whether and PFI/PPP style contract or long term operation and maintenance contracts. However, he also has extensive experience is residential development and light industrial from cladding and fire stopping to adequacy of foundations and roof mounted solar panels. In the Energy and Utilities sector he has worked on coal fired power stations, oil and gas pipelines, on shore and off shore oil and a full range of renewable and green energy projects.
Rob is a Chartered Arbitrator and Adjudicator on a number of UK and international panels. He has been a senior examiner for both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has co-authored 4 books (including International Construction Contract Law and Global Construction Success) and a series of industry guidance notes.
In 2021 he has already agreed to speak at both the NEC User Group Conference and the World Contract Management Conference.
"Construction and engineering disputes and risk head Rob Horne acts as a Chartered Arbitrator and adjudicator on several UK and international panels, and has decades of experience of advising on complex contentious construction and infrastructure matters." - Legal 500
Robert Horne is noted for his proficiency in disputes relating to PFI projects and energy developments, as well as residential and mixed-use schemes. He is equally adept at handling domestic disputes and proceedings relating to assets in the Middle East. "He is very knowledgeable in his field of expertise." - Chambers and Partners
Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world
Rob is highly innovative; not just in finding novel and unique solutions to problems and disputes in individual projects but also in managing their impact on a wider business across reputation or portfolio wide impact. He has developed a number of unique and bespoke risk management tools to simplify board level decision making while increasing transparency and ease of access to relevant materials.
Rob has written extensively, and over a long period, about the development of technology to assist the construction process (e.g. article on use of drones in 2015). He carries his interest in technology into the work he manages for his clients, utilising on-line platforms and solutions wherever possible and adopting data analytics to support risk management.
Acting for a real estate developer in defending claims being brought for defects and in relation to fire safety issues on a large multi-phase project in the UK.
Acting for a tier 1 contractor in relation to risks and potential disputes arising on a multi-billion-pound project in the UK.
Acting for the various SPV owners and the ultimate portfolio owner of numerous solar sites in claims against the constructor and O&M provider. Advising on portfolio wide termination issues.
Acting for an infrastructure developer in relation to multiple power installation across the UK and a variety of disputes and risk management issues arising across their portfolio of live projects.
Advising a professional in relation to negligence claims made against it and allegation of loss in excess of £100m following on from major High Court litigation between other related parties.
Advising constructors in relation to a claims and disputes arising during the construction of HS1 in the UK. Also advising different contractors and professional services providers in relation to claims and disputes arising on HS2.
Acting for the contractor in relation to the construction of a dual carriageway bypass in the UK. Preparing claims and managing disputes with the designer and managing/avoiding disputes with the local authority at the same time.
Advising the constructor of the world's longest dedicated busway on commercial issues and disputes arising during its construction. Working closely with the project delivery team through most of the construction period.
Acting for a wholly government owned delivery company for the delivery of a new metro line in a European capital city. Advising in relation to claims for delay and additional payment made by the international constructor JV, advising on actions taken by a Dispute Board and advising on issues arising from failures in design damaging the works and surrounding buildings.
Acting for multiple investors in a variety of PPP/PFI projects including schools, hospitals, blue light facilities etc in relation to correction of defects and managing calims as between the SPV operator, build contractor, FM contractor and with the finance providers.