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. He is also a member of the Association of Partnering Advisers.
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 2020 edition of the Legal 500.
"Conscientious, hard-working and knowledgeable." – Chambers 2020
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.
- South Coast Construction Limited: Successfully acted on the reported case of South Coast Construction v Iverson Road in which Mr Justice Coulson made new law when he stated that adjudication enforcement proceedings will trump a statutory moratorium imposed by the Insolvency Act, allowing enforcement proceedings to continue.
- Utility company: Acting for a utility company on a multi-million pound three party dispute arising from horizontal directional drilling leading to claims for loss and expense due to ground conditions. This involved obtaining suitable geological and horizontal directional drilling expert evidence, advising the client at board level and attending a three party mediation leading to a satisfactory settlement.
- Contractor: Acting for main contractor on an energy project: woodchip Combined Heat & Power, advising on contract documents and supply of plant from abroad.
- Contractor: Acting for a marine cable installation contractor and advising in relation to disputed variations under a FIDIC Yellow Book contract for termination and testing of 18 kilometres of core submarine cables in relation to an offshore wind farm.
A first-rate construction lawyer. Stephen is very practical and approachable, and has a very calm and thoughtful manner. He is very knowledgeable on his subject, reliable and resourceful