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The Underwriting Perspective: Construction disputes; ‘It’s Like 3D Chess’

By Matthew Pascall, Senior Underwriting Manager

(Estimated reading time: 54 seconds)

You may well have read previously about the insurance we can provide to enable insolvent building sub-contractors pursue adjudications. It’s worth pointing out that we’re also here for solvent builders and anyone else caught-up in construction litigation.

Construction litigation can sometimes seem like 3D chess – breach, causation and cost of rectification argued in different ways by multiple opponents, each with their own experts and often with counterclaims and claims against each other for contributions. Valiant attempts to simplify matters in a Scott Schedule seem to fall apart when the parties each end up with slightly different versions of the same Schedule!

At Temple, we’re happy to dig our way into these cases, get to grips with them and offer insurance. Policies can be adapted to suit both claimants and defendants. Disbursement funding can help meet the cost of experts and is covered by our insurance should a claim fail.

To find out more about this cover and how Temple Legal Protection’s legal expenses insurance products can help to support and develop your business, please contact Matthew Pascall on 01483 514428 or by email to

Matthew Pascall

Legal Director – Head of Commercial
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Matthew Pascall

Matthew was called to the Bar in 1984 and joined Guildford Chambers two years later. Spending more than 30 years in practice there, he was listed as a Legal 500 Tier One barrister.

He joined the commercial team at Temple Legal Protection as Senior Underwriting Manager in 2017.

Matthew was appointed to Temple’s Board in December 2022 as Legal Director and Head of Commercial.

His knowledge of the commercial legal sector and litigation practice is invaluable to the business and our clients, providing specialist experience to lead the commercial litigation insurance team.


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