Gavin is a senior associate in our construction team. Recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in The Legal 500, Gavin advises on claims relating to interim and final account payments and valuations, delay, extensions of time, termination and variations, as well as construction professional negligence.
Acting for household name SME and PLC contractors as well as local authority and SME employers and a leading professional indemnity insurer for construction professionals, Gavin draws on his understanding of the commercial drivers of both parties to a construction contract to provide the pragmatic and solution-focused advice which his clients value. His excellent technical understanding of the industry means he is well respected by clients and has been recognised through his appointment to the London board of the Federation of Master Builders.
Gavin’s clients include:
- Centregreat Group
- Games Workshop Plc.
- GPF Lewis Plc.
- Investin Plc.
- J Tomlinson
- Sir Robert McAlpine
- Willmott Dixon Construction
- Willmott Dixon Interiors
Gavin routinely represents clients in adjudication, arbitration and the Technology and Construction Court and is noted by the Legal 500 as ‘gaining a strong reputation in the field’.
Leading main contractor
Acting on behalf of one of the largest privately held main contractors in the UK in the successful defence of a claim by a sub-contractor for £1million, which was referred to adjudication. The claim involved novel issues in relation to contract formation and interpretation arising from a conflict between the terms of a bespoke letter of intent, a side agreement alleged to have been reached in relation to payment terms, and the provisions of the Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998.
Leading fit out contractor
Acting on behalf of one of the largest privately held fit out contractors in the UK in an upstream claim against a leading university for £1.65 million, and the defence of a downstream claim by a sub-contractor for £500,000. The claim involved the resolution of highly technical issues in relation to the design and pricing of a range of carbon fibre strengthening solutions, necessitating a review and understanding of the actual and forecast forces and physical pressures to which each of over 100 areas of strengthening would be subject, and a comparison of the multiple solutions which had been designed and specified to allow for those forces and pressures.
Leading fit out contractor
Acting on behalf of one of the largest privately held fit out contractors in the UK in the defence of an upstream claim for liquidated damages of up to £1 million, and the defence of a downstream claim by a sub-contractor for £300,000. The upstream claim involved issues in relation to contract formation and interpretation, whilst the downstream claim involved the resolution of highly technical issues in relation to the use of Building Information Modelling to design and price mechanical, electrical and ventilation works, necessitating a review and understanding of the way in which the BIM model for the project was interpreted to design and carry out the sub-contract works over 13 stories.
Leading professional indemnity insurer
Appointed by a leading professional indemnity insurer to act on behalf of a high end stone fit out specialist in the defence of a claim for damages in excess of £5 million arising from a sub-contract for the supply and installation of stone flooring and walling as part of the refurbishment of a luxury hotel and residential project in Central London. The claim involves technical issues in relation to the method of installation and specification of a range of product types.