TECBAR Adjudicator


Charles Edwin Edwards (2002), MSt(Cantab) MSc(Lond) of Middle Temple, Barrister (England and Wales), TECBAR Adjudicator and TECBAR Dispute Board Member (Head of Chambers)

Charles Edwards, is a first class Construction Barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 by Middle Temple. He specialises exclusively in Construction & Engineering Law, Chancery and Commercial Law matters.  He is a member of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR), an accredited TECBAR Adjudicator, an accredited TECBAR Dispute Board Member on TECBAR’s panel of Adjudicators and Dispute Boards, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

Charles is available for appointment as an Adjudicator in connection with construction and engineering disputes through TECBAR or by consent of the parties under all standard forms of construction contracts and has significant legal experience in advising and representing parties in construction claims/disputes.

Charles is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (Departments of Engineering and Architecture) and King’s College London (Centre of Construction Law and Arbitration).

Charles Edwards is an extremely bright, confident and a fearless Barrister with a very commercial approach specialising in the resolution of complex construction and engineering, chancery and commercial law. Charles is meticulous and excellent at mastering the detail in complex cases.

Charles has over 19 years’ experience working in the construction industry and has an excellent understanding of how business is conducted within the industry. This is of significant benefit when acting as an Adjudicator in the resolution of Construction and Engineering disputes involving:

  • Payment and valuation disputes (including NEC3/JCT/FIDIC/ACA or bespoke contracts)
  • Final account disputes
  • Extensions of Time/Loss and Expense disputes
  • Variation Disputes
  • Compensation Events disputes
  • Liquidated and ascertained damages
  • Defective work disputes
  • Design liability disputes
  • Practical Completion disputes
  • Programme Disputes
  • Interpretation of terms and conditions
  • Contractual liability


  • MSt (Cantab) University of Cambridge
  • MSc (Lond) King’s College London
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law, Gray’s Inn
  • Barrister (2002)
  • Public Access Accredited Barrister
  • TECBAR Accredited Adjudicator
  • TECBAR Accredited Dispute Board Member

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • King’s College Construction Law Association
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators

Comments made about Charles include:

High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division

“...Counsel for the Claimant’s skeleton argument was excellent…”

Director (Top 5 UK Contractor)  

“…in a recent adjudication conducted against a large multi- national corporation…Charles was instrumental in putting together the adjudication documents and dealing with all correspondence from the opposing side’s solicitors …in an adjudication that  proved to be very successful in its conclusion…I have no hesitation in recommending Charles to others and…look forward to working with him in future…”

Commercial Director

“…I worked with Charles on a number of complex construction disputes and found  his grasp and in-depth knowledge of construction, construction law and dispute resolution to be second to none…”

Partner (LLP)

“We have known and worked with Charles on a regular basis over several years. We have found Charles to not only be friendly, approachable and professional, but his advice is considered, diligent and thorough. Our relationship with Charles has evolved to a point where he is our first port of call in litigious matters, with our supply chain also specifically requesting his services”

Director (UK multidisciplinary practice)

“Having had the privilege of working with Charles I can say he is extremely dedicated, precise and utterly relentless. A leading thinker in the construction law field, and an advocate you most certainly want on your side.”

Talks/Training and Seminars

Talk at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Thames Valley Branch) (JCT/NEC3 and PPC2000)

  • Charles Edwards, Barrister & TECBAR Adjudicator gave a talk on Collaborative Working in connection with Construction Contracts at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Thames Valley Branch) based on research carried out and supervised at the University of Cambridge (Departments of Engineering and Architecture).

Keynote Speech on Dispute Resolution at Olympia London Exhibition Centre (Dispute Resolution)

  • Charles Edwards, Barrister & TECBAR Adjudicator gave a keynote speech on Dispute Resolution at the T10+ Business Show at Olympia London. The successful keynote speech was titled: “Key Steps Towards Successful Dispute Resolution Management”

Talk for an International Engineering Company involved in the Construction Industry (Letters of Intent)

  • Charles Edwards, Barrister & TECBAR Adjudicator was invited by an international engineering company to give a talk on Letters of Intent at their annual training day.  This included amongst other things, the dangers of proceeding with Construction Works on Letters of Intent.

Articles/Case Summaries

  1. The Conduct of Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court: Recent Guidance from the TCC
  2. Beware of the Payment and Time related provisions in the JCT Standard Building Contract 2011: Recent guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  3. Adjudicators’ Decisions: Recovery of Overpayments, Time Bars and Limitation Periods – Supreme Court Guidance
  4. Arbitration Act 1996 and the Insolvency Rules 1986: Guidance from the High Court
  5. NEC3 Contract – Project Manager reversing his decision: Can a Second Adjudicator consider the First Adjudicator’s Decision? – High Court (TCC) Guidance
  6. Employer’s application for judgment against Contractor rejected in the High Court (TCC): Statements made in an ‘Offer’ did not constitute ‘Admissions’
  7. The UK Supreme Court considers over 100 years of law and provides useful guidance in determining what is a Penalty Clause
  8. JCT Building Contract: What is meant by an “Appropriate Deduction” and how should it be calculated? – Guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  9. NEC3 Conditions of Contract (as amended): How many potholes constitute a Compensation Event? – Adjudication, Arbitration and then the High Court (TCC)
  10. Practical Completion: Construction Contracts
  11. Incorporation of Terms and Conditions: Battle of the forms – useful guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  12. Construction Adjudication: Cherry picking what is submitted to Adjudication
  13. FIDIC Yellow Book: Major Construction Project, Extension of Time, Conditions Precedent, Termination of Contract – Guidance from the High Court
  14. Arbitration: Enforcement of a Dubai Arbitration Award in the High Court in England – The Approach of the High Court to section 103 of the Arbitration Act 1996
  15. Dangers of Proceeding with Construction Works using Letters of Intent
  16. The Adjudicator simply got it wrong: Challenging Adjudicator’s Decisions using Part 8 proceedings in the High Court – Guidance from the High Court (TCC)
  17. Non-Payment in Construction  Contracts and Winding-Up Petitions: Guidance from the High Court (Chancery Division)
  18. NEC3 Contracts: Have you agreed a change to your Contract orally or by conduct or does it need to be in writing (Clause 12.3)

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