Tao Smart


Tao is a construction lawyer specialising in construction and engineering disputes.

Tao's clients include developers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.  She advises throughout the dispute resolution procedure including on dispute avoidance, adjudication, court proceedings, commercial negotiation and mediation.
Tao advises on a range of disputes including defects in design and construction, non-payment, professional negligence and final account issues.  Her recent experience includes:
  • acting for a main contractor in relation to unpaid applications for payments following the construction of multi-purpose 20 floor tower block;
  • acting in respect of reactive maintenance works under a NEC3 Contract at various NHS hospital sites; 
  • acting for a developer in respect of claims against a contract administrator for breach of appointment and professional negligence; and
  • acting for both developers and contractors in relation to retention and defect related issues.
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