Amanda Burge

Amanda is a Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Amanda advises on a wide range of commercial disputes and has over 20 years of experience acting for and assisting companies, partnerships and high net worth individuals. She has particular expertise in cases involving construction and engineering, professional negligence, insurance, financial and property issues and software licensing disputes. Amanda is also assisting the Media team with the large scale NGN phone hacking litigation where Hamlins are Lead Solicitor, and the MGN phone hacking litigation. She has experience in all dispute resolution processes including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and settlement negotiations.

She has dealt with professional negligence claims acting for and against solicitors and law firms, accountants, IFAs and construction consultants including surveyors. She also has experience in dealing with financial disputes, particularly in relation to property investment portfolios and disputes or investigations of a regulatory nature. In addition she has also represented clients in disputes where insolvency issues arise.

Her construction experience includes providing advice to employers and contractors on issues such as delay, loss and expense, liquidated damages, payment notices, variations and defects. She has particular expertise in dealing with technically complex engineering claims.

Amanda has dealt with several large complex software licensing disputes and is familiar with the issues facing companies in this area.

Amanda also has many years of experience dealing with insurance coverage disputes under all major types of insurance including PI, PL, CAR and E&O policies.

 

Reported cases include:

  • Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Limited (HC – 2000 – 000004)
  • Chantelle Houghton v MGN Limited (HC – 2016 – 003236)
  • Capita Alternative Fund Services Limited & Matrix Securities Limited v. Drivers Jonas (a firm) [2012] EWCA Civ 1417
  • Squibb Group Limited v. Vertase F.L.I Limited [2012] EWHC 1958 (TCC)
  • Walter Lilly & Company Limited v. DMW Developments 2008 EWHC (TCC) 3047
  • HIH Casualty & General Insurance v. Axa Corporate Solutions Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [2003] Lloyd’s Rep I.R 1
  • Kingscroft & os v. Nissan Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd [1999] 1 Lloyds R&IR 603

Other key cases include:

  • Acting for a large private overseas company in dealing with a large and complex licensing dispute with a high profile software company.
  • Acting for various clients in respect of their phone hacking claims v NGN and MGN.
  • Acting for 60 Houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach in various disputes against Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company
  • Acting for syndicate investors in disputes relating to loan facilities for property investment and development projects.
  • Acting for a large contractor dealing with complex insurance coverage issues with respect to a large £170M construction claim (Accolade Wines Limited v GJ3 and GJ4 Limited, Volkerfitzpatrick Limited, Twintec Limited and Keller Limited (2013)).
  • Acting for a property development company in relation to a contractual dispute for the recovery of substantial service charges. The case has involved highly complicated and protracted litigation and proceedings in the High Court and Property Chamber (Paddington Basin Developments Limited & Ors v West End Quay Management Limited).
  • Acting for a trust in a large surveyors’ professional negligence claim.
  • Advising an investment management company in respect of a professional negligence claim against their legal advisors (re the inadequate drafting of a Share Purchase Agreement).
  • Acting for a contractor in a complex delay and loss and expense claim regarding the construction of a luxury residential property.
  • Acting for PI Insurers of design and build contractors following the collapse of wind turbines during the course of their construction.
  • Acting for insurers and the original equipment manufacturers in a high value claim arising out of the catastrophic failure of a turbine blade in a power station (Eskom Holdings Limited v Alstom Power Services (2008)).

Career

Trainee and Assistant at Clyde & Co. Then worked in Holman Fenwick and Willan and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), where she was a Senior Associate. She was a partner at Enyo Law LLP from 2010 when it started. She joined Hamlins as a partner in December 2014.

Amanda is a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA).

Education

Amanda studied at Durham University and Chester College of Law.

Legal 500 2017

Amanda is recognised for her expertise in commercial litigation in Legal 500 2017 where she is described as ‘a top-class litigator who is unfailingly calm and has a can-do attitude’. The commercial litigation team which Amanda leads is noted for its ‘overall level of service [which] delights clients’.

The Legal 500 recognise that Amanda ‘has superior strategic insight and considers all options and the impact of any steps on other related proceedings’. Her professional negligence team is described as ‘quick and efficient.’

Previous recognition

In the Legal 500 directory she has been recommended for her work in Insurance and described as “immensely hard-working’”.

Client Feedback

You did a great job for us” Investment Management Company

“The quality of your response clearly vindicates once again why we pay you to write these for us. Thank you” Richard Firth, Director, ICF Group