A construction lawyer specialising in resolving complex construction disputes.
I am a construction lawyer specialising in resolving complex construction disputes, and regularly advise clients in the social housing, local government, and charity sectors. I am familiar with a broad range of standard form contracts and routinely advise on the full scope of construction disputes including payment, contractor insolvency, final account disputes, breach of development agreement obligations, entitlement to extensions of time, recovery of liquidated damages, and defective works.
I have particular experience advising in relation to fire safety issues, including defective GRP composite doors, removal of ACM cladding, defective sprinkler installation, fire stopping and compartmentation issues, and claims against contractors and consultants for the recovery of costs associated with investigatory and remedial schemes.
My experience includes arbitration, adjudication and adjudication enforcement, mediation, and court proceedings, including appeals to the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court). I regularly provide training to clients and speak at national events and conferences.
Impact of the Supreme Court’s judgment in Bresco Services Limited v Michael J Lonsdale .
On 20 January 2020, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) issued Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has understandably prompted a fundamental reconsideration of how building safety is approached for High-Rise Residential Buildings.
Final accounts may mark the end of the delivery phase, but risks remain that must be managed appropriately to avoid disputes.
The largely unexpected fire-safety risks identified following the Grenfell Tower disaster have exerted significant pressure on social housing budgets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An unexpected outcome of the Grenfell fire tragedy was the discovery that GRP composite flat entrance doors might not achieve the required 30-minute standard of fire resistance.
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