Neil is a Senior Associate in the Construction and Engineering team.
Neil specialises in resolving construction disputes during the procurement, design, construction or the management of buildings and infrastructure. He has acted for employers (both public and private sector) and contractors and subcontractors in a variety of sectors. He has experience in achieving results through negotiation and mediation and experience in adjudication, litigation and arbitration to force a resolution. Neil has worked across residential developments, leisure complexes, hotels, hospitals, prisons and landscaping.
- Acting for a specialist subcontractor against the main contractor in relation to breach of payment terms in a subcontract governed by an amended SPC 2000 form, governing the client's penultimate application for payment before completion.
- Advising clients in the retail and leisure sectors, who are typically prospective Tenants, when their Landlord's builder has failed to adhere to the specification set out in the building contract and/or AfL. This often risks the prospective tenants being in breach of leasehold covenants concerning, for example, acoustic performance. Advising clients in these sectors on their rights and remedies and have secured the relaxation of these covenants or extended rent free periods during which remedial work can be undertaken.
- Acting for high net worth individuals and SMEs in claims against architects who have wrongly recommended contractors, negligently certified sums for payment and failed to review the faulty designs of others, and against a construction manager who mis-managed trade contractors, resulting in the client's project budget being exceeded. These resulted in acceptable settlements with the relevant professionals' insurers at mediation.