A dual-qualified construction lawyer and civil engineer with significant industry experience.
In addition to advising on a wide range of transactional issues in construction, Mike specialises in cost-effective strategies for managing, negotiating and settling construction disputes, with experience across all aspects of dispute resolution, including negotiating settlements, pursuing and defending adjudications and arbitrations on behalf of clients, or through proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court. Mike’s background as an engineer gives him an acute understanding of the pressures and challenges experienced throughout the supply chain.
Mike advises employers, developers and other professionals, but he has particular experience of acting for contractors and sub-contractors involved in complex heavy infrastructure, power generation, rail and renewable energy projects. Clients include ISG, Npower, Enterprise Managed Services, Amey and Alstom.
Recent examples of how Mike has helped clients include:
- achieving a successful outcome for a national infrastructure contractor in a high-value dispute concerning civil engineering services provided by a subcontractor, in the process avoiding substantial liabilities by providing strategic and practical advice on technical aspects of the NEC3 contract;
- securing the revenue stream of a start-up energy company selling waste-to-energy power by negotiating and amending an EPC contract based on the IChemE red book form of contract and other ancillary documents; and
- defeating claims of up to £30 million against a major energy supplier, preventing further claims and exposure regarding a high value power station environmental upgrade by strategically employing court proceedings based on the correct interpretation of an EPC contract.
Recent reported cases include:
- Dawnus Construction Holdings v Amey LG Ltd  EWHC B13 (TCC)
- ISG Retail Ltd v Castletech Construction Ltd  EWHC 1443 (TCC)