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.
The Building Safety Bill (the Bill) is said to be the most significant and wide-ranging change to the regulatory environment for higher risk building (HRBs) for over 45 years.
On 26 November 2020 further changes to the 'Building Regulations: Fire safety - Approved Document B' will take effect.
In this ebriefing, we examine how the duty holder regime will apply to social housing providers with existing HRRBs in their housing stock.
A key element of the Bill is the establishment of a duty holder regime and requirement to maintain the ‘golden thread of information’ throughout the life cycle of high-risk residential buildings
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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.
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