3PB Direct

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Prior to practising at the Bar, I gained practical first-hand experience as an in-house lawyer and company secretary of one of the UK’s foremost renewable energy businesses which at the time operated three power stations and was developing several projects in the EU and USA. I then gained more than 10 years experience working in-house in the construction and engineering sector, working for two of the leading construction consultancy companies in the UK.

Legal Expertise

My commercial expertise focuses on large construction and engineering matters and the commercial arrangements that fund and support them. I gained a great depth of this experience through 10 years spent working in-house in the construction and engineering sector, working for two of the leading construction consultancy companies in the UK.

As an experienced commercial barrister I aim to balance a commercial approach with the rigorous demands of document-heavy commercial and construction disputes.

I have practical experience of managing contentious matters through adjudication and mediation and advising upon the conduct of regulated procurement. I also offer advice on non-contentious/drafting matters. I’m also an accredited mediator.

In addition to my construction expertise I’m also regularly instructed by a number of utility (gas and electricity) companies in their actions involving commercial customers (unpaid debts) particularly including instances where injunctive relief is sought by debtors at short notice.


I frequently advise builders, developers and specialist sub contractors with disputes on NEC2, NEC3, PPC 2000 and a whole host of various JCT contracts.  I’ve consequently built up real experience from many adjudications and familiarity with ADR in construction and commercial disputes.

Recent key cases include:

  • Successfully resisting c.£10M claim against a Housing Association by its framework “partner” who provided planned and reactive maintenance for tens of thousands of properties.
  • Assisting an Academy operating from premises constructed as part of the “Building Schools For The Future” initiative to hold its partners to account for the rectification of major and minor defects.
  • Advising a Housing Association on the conclusion of its framework agreements following extensive change and dispute during the course of the framework.

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