PROJECT, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES
Related to our practice, we have over thirty years of experience working in projects, engineering and construction, but also in pre-litigation/arbitration claims procedures.
We have represented owners, builders and engineering companies, allowing us to have a cross-cutting understanding of how every participant thinks, acts and should exercise their rights.
We also know in depth how these lawsuits are prepared, in terms of the generation of early, useful and traceable evidence.
At the same time, we are clear about how to work with the experts, in the sense of the need for external forensic and / or expert support for the preparation of the case, such as the need for reports from the arbitrator and parties’ experts. We have extensive experience in expert’s interrogation, and we know how to work with engineers, their language and way of working. Neither the methods for determining the impact on time, nor those related to cost and scope, are alien to us, on the contrary, we know them, and we manage to dialogue collaboratively with the technical team.
“The Urzúa team, and in particular Cristián Urzúa, is a team with great expertise in infrastructure projects and related litigation. They stand out for their pragmatism and creativity in delivering solutions. It is a team that provides excellent advice both in the negotiation phase and in claims and arbitrations derived from engineering and construction contracts.”
ADMINISTRATIVE LITIGATION, RELATED TO DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE PROJECT.
We provide legal advice on claims, control, and penalty procedures, specifically those that arise during the execution of projects. Also, URZÚA has experience in proceedings before the General Comptroller of the Republic.
ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTES AND PREVENTION, RELATED TO CONSTRUCTION, AND OPERATION OF PROJECTS.
We support our clients in the early prevention of environmental controversies, their management and, if it’s necessary, through the administrative or court litigation.
Our partner Cristián Urzúa was part of the Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion team, in the largest environmental litigation in the history of Chile.
We have also participated in disputes between construction contract parties, associated with the exercise of defense and indemnity clauses in environmental violations.
ENERGY DISPUTES AND PREVENTION, RELATED TO DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPERATION OF THEIR FACILITIES.
URZÚA has vast experience in complex arbitration disputes related to the energy industry.
During his career, Cristián Urzúa has advised various energy companies (generation, distribution, and transmission) in the defense of their interests.
We have a track record of more than 2.000 kilometers of lines, dozens of substations, and several more solar and wind power plants.
AQUACULTURE DISPUTES AND PREVENTION, RELATED TO DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPERATION OF THEIR FACILITIES
We have rich experience designing and building aquaculture facilities, and the disputes related to a deficient construction or poorly design, and their potential damage.
We know the industry in depth and the potential damage that a badly construction may cause. That’s the reason why we support our clients in the creation of crisis prevention and management systems.
CONTRACTS AND TORTS, RELATED TO DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPERATION OF THEIR FACILITIES.
We support our clients in the potential drawbacks that may arise during the execution and operation of third party projects. The conflicts occur, the community often claims over the projects or there may be accidents during the project that can mean corporate responsibility.
We fully understand the concept of compensable damages, we support the client in the calculation process and propose strategies appropriate to the specific case, to create conviction in the judge.
Finally, we prepare legal opinions on these matters, especially regarding design professional and contractor liability.