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Andrew Lancaster

Partner

Partner in the projects team

My role

I am a partner in our construction and public procurement team operating within the local government, care and social housing sectors. I lead a team of lawyers working with clients within specialist sectors to resolve difficulties arising from construction and maintenance issues and public procurement processes. I am also a compliance officer for legal practice for our firm which is a role I fulfil for our regulator. In addition, I am an experienced commercial mediator and I carry out mediations for parties in dispute and also train clients in mediation skills.

My experience

I have over 30 years experience of in helping clients to manage legal disputes within specialist sectors. I have a national reputation for resolving public procurement disputes and my team has been involved in some of the leading cases in this area. I have spoken at high profile conferences and written articles and thought pieces to assist clients in managing and avoiding construction and public procurement disputes. I am ranked as a “notable practitioner” by chambers 2015 for construction. Sources note that I am “excellent at providing reassurance” during disputes.

My specialisms

  • Resolving construction disputes
  • Managing public procurement difficulties
  • Mediation
  • Training in managing legal risks

Blog


My latest articles

Recovering fire safety remedial costs
Recovering fire safety remedial costs

This article looks at a recent case that demonstrates how to recover remedial costs for fire safety works in a timely and cost effective way.

Fire safety changes to the building regulations now in force
Fire safety changes to the building regulations now in force

On 26 November 2020 further changes to the 'Building Regulations: Fire safety - Approved Document B' will take effect.

Insolvency is no barrier to adjudication
Insolvency is no barrier to adjudication

Impact of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Bresco Services Limited v Michael J Lonsdale [2020].

Final accounts – a risky business
Final accounts – a risky business

Final accounts may mark the end of the delivery phase, but risks remain that must be managed appropriately to avoid disputes.

Contract management pitfalls – part 4
Contract management pitfalls – part 4

In the fourth part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks arising out of varying the terms of construction contracts.

Contract management pitfalls – part 3
Contract management pitfalls – part 3

In the third part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by instructing changes under construction contracts.

Contract management pitfalls – payment
Contract management pitfalls – payment

In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.

Contract management pitfalls
Contract management pitfalls

Social housing providers will routinely have a number of construction projects underway at any one time. It is essential for client teams to understand and avoid key contract management pitfalls.

Interserve Plc in administration: implications for social housing providers
Interserve Plc in administration: implications for social housing providers

Long running concerns over the future of Interserve – the largest public sector focused contractor and outsourcing firm – took a new twist on 15 March 2019.

Contractor insolvency – the risks and the warning signs
Contractor insolvency – the risks and the warning signs

The collapse of Carillion in January this year was a timely reminder that, while the economy as a whole slowly improves, the construction and maintenance industry still faces significant insolvency risks.