Profile

Practice Areas include:
Construction, Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure
Property Defects
Housing and Commercial Property
Professional Negligence
Landlord & Tenant
Employment

I am able to provide legal advice and opinion, draft documents for court or other tribunals, draft correspondence and represent clients as counsel in court proceedings, arbitrations and mediations under the Public Direct Access scheme.

I have also acted on numerous occassions as a party representative in adjudications by drafting the notice of adjudication, drafting the referrral and drafting other submissions. I also defend against adjudications where ciients have received a notice of adjudication. I am also able to enforce adjudications in the Technology and Construction Court.

I am also a panel adjudicator and an accredited mediator.

In addition to being a barrister I have a background as a multi-qualified construction professional with over 35 years’ construction industry experience. I am a chartered surveyor, chartered construction manager and project management professional. I possess in-depth knowledge and practical experience of construction cost and project management, having worked for national/international construction companies and consultancies on projects including:

roads and other infrastructure, power stations, prison, defence, industrial, commercial office, retail, leisure, Olympic sports, education, private and social housing projects.

Qualifications:
Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
Graduate Diploma in Law
ADR Group Accredited Mediator
MBA in Construction and Real Estate
Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and Chartered Construction Manager
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Memberships Boards and Committees:
Society of Construction Law
Adjudication Society
Immediate Past Chairman of The Consultant Quantity Surveyors Association 2015-2020
Treasurer of The Consultant Quantity Surveyors Association
Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Building Bristol Hub
Past Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Faculty of Architects and Surveyors
Past Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Contracts and Procurement Committee
Past Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Building Research & Innovation Panel
Past Chairman of the Beds & Herts Branch of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers of the City of London
Freeman of the City of London

Publications:
I have had numerous articles on construction contract and related issues published in the construction media. I am a co-author of NEC 3 Compared and Contrasted 2nd Edition.

I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Time Management Working Group and contributor to the CIOB publication “Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Major Projects” first and second editions.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops:
I have presented at national conferences, solicitor events, training seminars, plus lectures and presentations to students at a number of universities and for professional bodies in the UK and internationally. I have also facilitated numerous workshops for collaborative contracts.

My Fees:
My fees are charged at the hourly rate of £300 per hour for construction, engineering, energy and building disputes and £250 per hour for Employment and other civil work. Where possible, I will provide a fixed fee which is to be paid in advance. For more complex or larger cases, it may not be possible to estimate the time required and so fees will be charged at the hourly rate. In cases where work is to be undertaken in stages, fixed stage payments will be agreed, wherever possible, or a mixture of fixed and hourly billed fees.
An initial meeting (conference) will cost a fixed fee starting from £750 paid in advance for up to three hours. If there is a large amount of documentation to review, or a longer conference is required, a higher fee may be quoted. There is no VAT to add.

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