Gavin Hoccom

Senior Associate

Birmingham

Gavin.Hoccom@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)330 045 2384

Birmingham

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, 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. Gavin’s clients include Wilko, Willmott Dixon and Hiscox.  

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’. 

Expertise

Featured experience

Developer active in the South West and Wales

Acting on a developer active in the South West and Wales in a dispute with a main contractor over the construction of a residential development in Cardiff. With a value in excess of £250,000, the issues included the lawfulness of both party's purported termination of the contract, the quality of the works which had been undertaken and the value of the said works. The dispute generated 2 Adjudications in a 1-month period.

Builder's merchant

Acting on behalf of a builder's merchant headquartered in the South West but operating nationally in the defence of a claim for breach of contract which has been brought by two major national homebuilders in relation to the supply by the builder's merchant of natural stone. The stone was used in the construction of hundreds of properties and has since deteriorated and begun to fall away from the buildings. The claimants claim that the stone is not fit for purpose, whilst the claim is defended on the basis that the method of installation by the claimants was inadequate. The builder's merchant intends to pursue a claim for a contribution or indemnity from the quarry from which it sourced the stone. The number of properties which are affected and require remedial works means that the value of the claim is in the millions.

Developer active in the South West and Wales

Acting on behalf of a developer active in the South West and Wales in a number of construction disputes, including the breakdown in its relationship with a main contractor over the construction of a series of residential developments in Cardiff. With a value in excess of £250,000, the issues included the lawfulness of both party's purported termination of the contracts, the quality of the works which had been undertaken and the value of the said works. The dispute generated 7 Adjudications in a 3-month period, plus 2 sets of proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court.

Main contractor

Acting on behalf of a main contractor in a claim against a high net worth individual for non-payment of an interim account and unlawful termination of a contract. The damages sought are in excess of £500,000. A claim is in issue in the Technology and Construction Court and the defendant has responded with a counterclaim for damages in excess of £1.25 million. The issues between the parties include disputes in relation to additional works, extensions of time and valuations.