David has specialised in dispute resolution since 1985, and since 2000 has focussed on construction and engineering disputes.

His clients are primarily in the Real Estate and Infrastructure, Energy and Utilities sectors.

David advises clients on avoiding and dealing with commercial disputes, and on contract and risk management measures they can take to reduce the likelihood of costly and time consuming disputes in the future.

David’s practice covers construction, projects and professional indemnity claims, for clients including employers, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and their insurers, SPVs, investors and FM contractors.

He has experience of litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and expert determination.

He is an accredited mediator for civil and commercial mediations, and a member of the Society of Construction Law and the Adjudication Society.

David is recognised as a "Rising Star" in the legal 500

"You are the 'go to' construction lawyer for the group as your sound technical knowledge coupled with your appreciation of your client and our approach to disputes, whether defending or pursuing recovery, works well. Your ability to assimilate a large amount of information and direct us, as your client, to the essential points and a realistic outcome assists in both managing expectations and targeting a return on the investment in legal fees." - Nick Mullen, Deputy General Counsel, Barratt Developments PLC

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

I help clients deal with the challenges of claims and disputes as they arise, some of which involve novel issues of practice or law. I also help clients identify, manage and learn from risk issues and experiences so that claims in future can be avoided or reduced.

Work

Energy from waste project

David provided risk and contract management advice in connection with an energy from waste project. Acting in mediation, advice on defending a bond call, acting in a three party arbitration, a complex settlement of all parties' claims and cross claims, and appointment of a new O&M provider.

Developer

Acting for a developer in connection with structural and fire safety issues across a number of developments, where remedial costs run into tens of millions of pounds.

PFI SPV

Acting for a PFI SPV in relation to defective ground source heat and cooling systems to a public facility.

Commercial developer

Advised a commercial developer on ground breaking Court of Appeal case relating to issues of contract interpretation and valuation.

Main contractor

Acted for a main contractor in a string of adjudications with a subcontractor.

Major residential developers

Acted for a major residential developers in various claims, including payment, termination and professional negligence issues.

FM contractor

Acted for an FM contractor in substantial framework agreements disputes.

Contractor

Acted for contractor in major waste PFI disputes.

Various companies

Acted for various companies in relation to energy project disputes.

Architects

Acted for and against architects in claims in involving payment and professional negligence.

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