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Tim Newsome


Head of Dispute Resolution

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Our solicitors are specialists in all forms of dispute resolution, and have the experience to keep your project running as smoothly as possible.  We have a strong track record in the adjudication of construction disputes.

Our services include:

Support at the beginning of a project:

  • Construction contract drafting-industry standard form contracts or bespoke contracts and terms and conditions;
  • Review and advice on collateral warranties, consultancy agreements and bonds/guarantees;

Support during the course of a project:

  • Help with contract administration;
  • Reviewing and preparing
    • payment and pay less notices
    • notices of delay
    • applications for and assessments of extensions of time
    • notices of suspension/termination
  • Advising on CDM Regulations;
  • Advising on the operation of the Construction Act;
  • Advising on the effects of insolvency of a contracting party

Advice in relation to disputes concerning:

  • Entitlement to extensions of time
  • Entitlement to levy liquidated damages
  • Entitlement to loss and expense
  • Liability for defects
  • Entitlement to payment/to withhold payment
  • Omissions or variations to works
  • Suspension of works
  • Termination
  • Professional negligence

Experience of all forms of dispute resolution:

  • Expert determination
  • Mediation
  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Proceedings in the Technology & Construction Court

If you are in a construction dispute that you need help resolving, we can help. Read more about our expertise on our construction disputes page.

Recent work has included:

  • Advising on and drafting various construction contracts and clauses including collateral warranties, cross company guarantees and performance bonds;
  • Acting for a flooring contractor in an adjudication about the flooring laid at an NHS hospital;
  • Advising a contractor on the legal issues arising from problems with the foundations of a number of newly built schools;
  • Successfully acting for the employer in an adjudication relating to the £1 million redevelopment of a health club and spa; and
  • Successfully acting in a dispute before the Technology and Construction Court regarding the interpretation of a pay when paid clause in the event of the insolvency of the main contractor.

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, our specialist construction law solicitors offer independent legal advice and representation on all types of construction law to contractors, clients and professional advisors across the West Midlands and beyond.

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