Call: 2015

Louis Zvesper

“For his year of call, he punches way above his weight. He will be a QC one day and is going to be a real star.” Legal 500

Practice overview

Louis specialises in construction and commercial disputes, including insurance coverage issues, as well as property damage and Party Wall Act matters. He is ranked as a "rising star" by Legal 500 in both construction and professional negligence.

Louis regularly appears in the High Court and in the County Courts. Louis acts for a wide range of clients including, within the construction industry, employers, contractors, site-owners, developers, and construction professionals.

Louis has extensive experience of ADR, in particular in numerous construction adjudications, and also in arbitration and mediation.

He is also frequently instructed to advise and draft pleadings and pre-action correspondence in construction and commercial litigation, ranging from relatively modest residential matters to multi-million pound disputes.

Louis’ recent instructions include:

  • Instructions to advise as junior counsel with Paul Reed QC on insurance cover for a billion pound claim for business interruption loss arising from the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Instructions from Kennedys to act as junior counsel on a multi-million pound arbitration concerning structural engineer’s negligence; and
  • Instructions from Beale and Co to act as sole counsel for the Defendant in a £700,000 surveyor’s negligence claim.

Louis has contributed chapters to Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, published by Sweet & Maxwell, and Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions, published by the Law Society.

Areas of expertise

  • Construction & engineering
    • Adjudication

      Adjudication

      Louis frequently acts in adjudications, acting for both referring and responding parties in a wide variety of cases, including disputes over interim payments, final accounts, defects claims, delay and disruption claims, and allegations of professional negligence.

      Louis also regularly appears in the High Court on adjudication enforcements, and has experience dealing with arguments relating to jurisdictional and natural justice challenges, stays and set off.  For example, he acted for the Claimant in MI Electrical v Elements [2018] EWHC 1472 (TCC), a case considering the circumstances in which it was possible to set-off against an adjudicator’s decision.

    • Construction & engineering

      Construction & engineering

      As a construction specialist Louis has experience of a wide range of construction disputes, acting for both claimants and defendants, employers, contractors and professionals, on everything from relatively modest residential matters to multi-billion pound international arbitrations.

      This experience includes acting and advising from an early pre-action stage all the way through to trial, as well as in mediation and other forms of ADR – and includes claims concerning professional liability, contractual disputes, negligence, nuisance, and other tortious liabilities and equitable remedies.

      Louis is regularly instructed in construction adjudications, and adjudication enforcements in the High Court.

      Louis also has significant experience advising on complex Construction All Risks and professional indemnity insurance coverage issues.

      Recent examples include:

      • Appearing on behalf of an architect accused of professional negligence.
      • Appearing on behalf of the Claimant in MI Electrical v Elements [2018] EWHC 1472 (TCC).
      • Advising in relation to a claim against a contractor for asbestos contamination of a site.
      • Drafting proceedings concerning a final account dispute for the refurbishment of a major department store.
      • Representing the site-owner in a mediation concerning a development agreement.
      • Advising in relation to damage and fortuity under a CAR policy in connection with a development of luxury apartments in London.
    • Property damage

      Property damage

      Louis acts for clients in property damage cases, including cases concerning the Party Wall Act.

      Recent cases include a number of matters involving claims for property damage occurring during high winds, and a party wall award appeal concerning a dispute between a public house and a major supermarket.

    • Construction arbitration

      Construction arbitration

      Louis has experience acting in construction arbitrations, including a multi-billion pound arbitration concerning defects in an off-shore construction.

    • Professional liability construction professionals

      Professional liability construction professionals

      Louis is regularly instructed in cases concerning the liability of construction professionals, acting for professionals as architects and structural engineers, as well as bringing claims against them. Louis acts both in adjudications and in the Courts in relation to such matters.

      Recent examples include:

      • Appearing in the Central London County Court on behalf of an architect accused of professional negligence.
      • Representing an architect in an adjudication concerning professional negligence and breach of contract.
      • Advising and drafting correspondence in relation to a claim for professional negligence in the design of ceilings at a luxury development.
      • Advising and drafting correspondence in a further claim for professional negligence in the design and specification of bathrooms in a luxury apartment block.
    • Construction insurance

      Construction insurance

      Louis has significant experience advising in relation to complex Construction All Risks insurance policies, including on the meaning of damage and defects, fortuity, notification, co-insurance, and the construction of a range of bespoke, standard and amended exclusion clauses, such as the DE and LEG clauses.

      Louis has acted in both national and international disputes relating to such issues.

  • Professional indemnity insurance

    Professional indemnity insurance

    Louis has experience advising on professional indemnity insurance coverage and connected limitation issues.

    Louis is a contributor to Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, published by Sweet & Maxwell, and Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions, published by the Law Society.

  • Commercial dispute resolution
    • Commercial arbitration

      Commercial arbitration

      Louis has experience acting and advising as junior counsel in high value commercial arbitrations.

    • Commercial litigation

      Commercial litigation

      Louis is regularly instructed both in his own right and as junior counsel to advise, draft pleadings and correspondence, and appear in court in relation to commercial disputes. These disputes range from relatively modest claims concerning unpaid fees, to complex high value litigation.

      Recent examples include cases involving insurance coverage, agent’s commission, conversion of goods, professional negligence, misrepresentation, novation by conduct, collateral warranties and rectification.

    • Companies, joint ventures & partnerships

      Companies, joint ventures & partnerships

      Louis has experience acting on behalf of directors, in particular advising on the duties of directors and shareholders, and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Recognition

“For his year of call, he punches way above his weight. He will be a QC one day and is going to be a real star.”Legal 500
“He is very thorough, confident in argument and unfazed by much more senior opposition.”Legal 500
“Committed and hard working. Very bright and knowledgeable about construction matters. Easy to work with.”Client

Directory recommendations

Louis is ranked as a rising star for construction and professional negligence in the latest edition of the Legal 500:

  •  “He is very thorough, confident in argument and unfazed by much more senior opposition.”
  • For his year of call, he punches way above his weight. He will be a QC one day and is going to be a real star.”

Professional associations

  • TECBAR
  • SCL
  • Lincoln’s Inn

Publications

Contributor to Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, and the upcoming publication Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions.

Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, Third edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2021.

Qualifications

  • BPTC (Very Competent) – City Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) – City Law School
  • MA Modern Literary Theory (Distinction) – Goldsmiths College London
  • BA Comparative Literature (First) – King’s College London
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Equity & Trusts Research Prize Shortlist (City Law School)
  • Dean’s Award (King’s College London)

News

Third edition of Construction All Risks Insurance now published

07/06/2021

Book publication: ‘Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions’, edited by John de Waal QC

22/10/2018

Articles

Can a party compel a witness to attend an arbitral hearing or to produce documents?

12/07/2019

Uncertainties after Grove v S&T

16/03/2018

Past events

J2J Construction: Undead construction contracts from hell…when construction contracts go bad

04/11/2020

Let’s be professional about this…

12/02/2020

Books

Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions

28/01/2019

Construction All Risks Insurance

28/01/2019

Videos

Let’s be professional about this

12/02/2020