Technology & Construction
Before returning to private practice at the Bar in 2007, Paul was for a number of years an employed barrister in solicitors’ practice. He has worked for two major regional firms, where he featured in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading construction lawyer, and for a major firm of construction claims’ consultants. In 1997 he was highly commended in the prestigious Hudson prizes for construction law.
Paul advises across a broad range of construction disputes, including ones under standard form and other less formal contract arrangements. His workload includes delay and disruption claims, building defect claims (including ones under The Defective Premises Act 1972 and the Building Regulations), party wall disputes, claims against construction professionals and property misrepresentation claims. He has a particular interest in construction bonds and guarantees and is the author of a book on the subject. Drawing on his experience with solicitors’ firms, Paul is prepared to accept Instructions to undertake non-contentious drafting, preparing contract amendments, collateral warranties and appointment documents.
Paul appears in Court and arbitration hearings and also represents clients in adjudication (including enforcement proceedings) and mediation. He has acted as an adjudicator, arbitrator and more particularly a mediator. He is an ADR Group accredited mediator (2001), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1999), an RIBA accredited adjudicator (1998) and a TecBar accredited adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator. He is an arbitrator under the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Business Arbitration Scheme (BAS).
Paul is a member of Gray’s Inn, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Adjudication Society and the Society of Construction Law.
Fluent French and German with a good working knowledge (including written) of Spanish.
In appropriate cases Paul, who has been a licensed public access practitioner since 2007, will represent members of the public without the intervention of a solicitor.
Appointing Paul as a Mediator, Adjudicator or Arbitrator
Paul’s standard appointment documents and fee details are available from any of the above contact numbers.
Recent Experience Includes:
• A series of four adjudications relating to a ‘high end’ residential development in Surrey for overseas investors.
• A dispute, relating to the meaning of ‘material breach’ under a bespoke construction contract, proceeding in the TCC.
• Advising a London-based supplier of ‘high end’ ‘custom’ cars in regard to a building defects’ claim and other possible claims against the project managers.
• Was a second adjudication decision enforceable or did it relate to a dispute that had previously been decided between the same parties in adjudication?
• Successful enforcement of the adjudicator’s decision in Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd  EWHC 292 (TCC)
• Successful appeal against a Party Wall Act Award
“We would like to thank you for your valuable contribution you made toward the litigation we were recently exposed to. Your quick grasp … proved a real salve and we are both very grateful.”
“It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday and on behalf of this firm and the parties, may we take this opportunity of thanking you for your assistance and perseverance throughout the day.”
“Thanks go to you for your invaluable assistance!”
Boardwell v K3D Partnership Property (2006) ADJ CS 04/21
David & Teresa Bothma (T/A DAB Builders) v Mayhaven Healthcare Ltd  EWCA Civ. 527
Lovell Projects v Legg & Carver BLR 452 (2003)
Melhuish & Saunders Ltd v Hurden & Hurden  EWHC 3119 (TCC)
Rankilor (1) / Perco Civil Engineering Ltd (2) v M Igoe Ltd (2006) ADJ LR 01/27
Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd  EWHC 2692 (TCC)