Case Win for DWF and National Museums Liverpool

This year business law firm DWF helped National Museums Liverpool win damages of £2.3m plus necessary indemnities in its case against AEW architects, in a long-running dispute about the waterfront museum's design.

The museum took AEW architects to the High Court earlier this year over design and construction defects, making a claim for the funds needed to carry out repairs. The dispute centred on problems with the entrance steps and the collapse of a suspended ceiling, which injured a builder.

Sharon Granville, executive director of the museum, said: "The court has found in favour of National Museums Liverpool on all counts. We are very pleased with the outcome. This financial award for the external works means that we will now be able to rectify the long-standing issues with the external steps and terraces at the museum and make them accessible to the public as soon as possible."

James Driver, partner in the Construction, Infrastructure and Projects team at DWF, added: "This case has gone on for a considerable length of time and throughout the process we've worked closely with National Museums Liverpool to build a strong case and reach the best possible outcome. The museum and DWF are extremely happy that the judge awarded our client its costs incurred to date in dealing with the issues with the external steps and terraces and the ceilings inside the museum, as well as the costs for the necessary repairs to both."