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  • Adrian Bingham

    Adrian Bingham
    Partner, London

    Insurance, Real estate litigation, Construction disputes, Construction & engineering

    T. +44 (0) 20 7759 1431
    adrianbingham@incegd.com

Adrian specialises in insurance, real estate and construction and dispute resolution, and in construction contract drafting. Many of the matters on which he advises have an international element.

In the real estate and construction sector, Adrian represents developers and contractors in claims involving delay and disruption and interim and final account disputes. On the non-contentious side, he drafts and advises on main and sub-contracts, terms of retainer, collateral warranties, bonds and other industry documents.  He also deals with construction-related property claims including disputed land rights, JV issues, and breach of contracts.  

Adrian’s insurance experience includes advising on coverage and professional indemnity disputes, as well as insurance documentation and regulatory matters.  

Prior to the merger with Ince, Adrian was a partner in its predecessor firms Davenport Lyons and Gordon Dadds since joining the former in 2009.

Highlight matters

Construction and real estate:

  • Acting for property investment company in JV dispute concerning the development and construction of a £100m site in Central London by Middle Eastern interests, involving issues relating to the interpretation of a highly complex sequence of profit sharing agreements and issues of good faith and fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for billionaire European heiress as trustee of charitable foundation in dispute with adjoining owner of £50m property in Belgravia seeking damages for remediation costs and consequential losses under claims in trespass, nuisance and party wall issues arising from ingress onto neighbouring land of mass concrete poured in the course of development works..
  • Acting for various group companies of national house builder in the pursuit of numerous claims for damages in connection with failure of purchasers to complete the purchase of luxury apartments in landmark blocks in Central London.
  • Acting for offshore trust in connection with acrimonious dispute with contractor relating to the construction of a block of luxury apartments in Mayfair, concerning claims for delay and disruption, and the recovery of liquidated damages.
  • Drafting and advising on numerous JCT construction contracts, professional terms of engagement, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees, and other documents, relating to residential, industrial and commercial developments in London and elsewhere in the UK.

Insurance

  • Advising international insurer on policy coverage dispute relating to insurance of litigation claim worth €26m involving dispute between international investment fund and collapsed EU bank concerning allegations of negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation over the marketing of collateralised debt obligations.
  • Advising insurer and insurance intermediary in relation to policy coverage issues arising from a structural collapse at a hotel at a widely known tourist attraction in Southern England resulting in multi-million repair costs and ancillary losses.
  • Acting for an international insurer on the complex ramifications of having granted stop loss and financial protection insurance cover to the proprietors and shareholders of a North American company and Caribbean agents operating a nationwide legal expenses indemnity scheme which was declared illegal by several regulators as being contrary to insurance legislation. Advised insurer in relation to making of cease and desist orders by the regulators against its insured, and as to the orderly handling of the run-off business.
  • Advising high net worth owner of ocean yacht on coverage issues arising from fire on yacht when moored in Middle Eastern marina, due to electrical fault. The fire spread to and damaged other craft in the marina, causing extensive losses, and attracted the attention of the public prosecutor. The matter involved English, Italian and UAE law.
  • Advising insurer in relation to complex coverage issues arising from the issue of a multi-million policy to cover potential losses arising from the structured investment in a portfolio of international litigation risks by a syndicate of investors through subscribing in an offshore share offering.

Legal Directory quotes

"A DEEP THINKER WHO ANALYSES ISSUES AND TELLS THE CLIENT EXACTLY WHERE THE CASE SITS"
legal 500 UK
"CAREFUL AND MEASURED"
legal 500 UK
"ADRIAN BINGHAM HEADS THE EXCELLENT TEAM AT GORDON DADDS, WHICH ADVISES ON POLICY COVERAGE AND CLAIMS-HANDLING ISSUES, AS WELL AS MISREPRESENTATION MATTERS"
legal 500 UK
"Adrian Bingham is lovely to work with and a careful lawyer"
legal 500 UK
"HANDLES THE BIGGEST PROPERTY LITIGATION WITH CALMNESS AND APLOMB"
legal 500 UK

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"I inherently dislike making self-promoting statements. However, I possess long experience and recognised skill sets in construction, real estate and insurance, which I hope is useful for people involved in those sectors."

Professional associations and memberships

  • Society of Construction Law
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Adjudication Society 
  • Technology & Construction Solicitors' Association

What you may not know about Adrian

With interests in club cricket, squash, chess, fly-fishing, fine wine, choral singing, and playing bass guitar, it is a wonder that there is any time left over for work.

Expertise:
Insurance, Real estate litigation, Construction disputes, Construction & engineering

Qualified:
1988

Accolades:
The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation, and for Property Litigation in 2017 and 2018.

Accredited as a construction adjudicator on the TeCSA panel and as a mediator by ADR Group, CEDR and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Education (University):
Cambridge University