Partner and Head of Adjudication and Arbitration Services
Stephen is a Partner and Head of Adjudication and Arbitration Services.
He specialises in construction procurement and contentious construction and engineering matters including projects support and drafting and negotiating construction contracts, court proceedings, adjudications and professional negligence claims.
Stephen has over 20 years' experience. He has recently acted for a number of major UK Contractors as well as developers, banks, local authorities, utility companies and consultants providing contentious and non-contentious construction law advice in a number of sectors including the energy sector.
Stephen is a construction adjudicator on a number of industry panels, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a practising mediator.
Stephen is cited in Chambers & Partners Legal Directory. Clients praise his "very comprehensive and thorough advice with no stone left unturned." Stephen is also recognised as a legal expert in Construction law by the Legal Experts Directory and is ranked as a Leading Individual in the 2022 edition of the Legal 500.
Acting for a national main contractor on the novation, part way through construction, of a number of construction contracts from a prior contractor in administration.
Acting for US global leader in the distribution of pharmaceutical supplies on the construction and fit out of its UK facility to comply with the requirements of the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency including preparation of the building contract, collateral warranties, project manager appointment and associated documents and legal support through to completion of the project.
Riva Properties Limited and Ors: Successfully acting for the Claimant in the high profile case of Riva Properties Ltd & Ors v Foster + Partners Ltd  EWHC 2574 (TCC) in which the High Court ruled that Fosters were in breach of contract for failing to design to a budget and awarded Riva £3.6m plus costs and interest.