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Andrew joined JMW in October 2018. Based in Real Estate but dealing with construction disputes as well as contracts, we now have a team of four people with access to further resource advising clients on their obligations under construction contracts.
Construction is a broad discipline interacting with so many other areas of law but still taking us back to the basics of contract law on a daily basis.An overview of those key principles is absolutely critical.
We are dealing with all clients great and small, advising on multi-million pound schemes and smaller commercial disputes and schemes with the exception of domestic work.
Andrew’s own experience in the world of construction commenced in 1991 at a trial in the High Court in Preston resulting in a victory but with a delay in handing out the judgment so long that in the 14 month interim, the defendant went into liquidation.
At the outset Andrew has dealt with all aspects of the discipline including drafting pleadings and his own advocacy where possible. He qualified in 1990 and since the summer of 1991 has done nothing but construction and has encountered pretty much every situation that can be imagined in that very broad sector. Construction helps drive the economy and reflects the state of the economy and Andrew is lucky enough to work for some significant contractors in the North West and has acted for many of his clients for over 15 years, some even longer.
Andrew advises developers on building contracts and other construction documents ranging from appointments, novations and warranties to crane oversail licences, performance bonds and guarantees. Statistically the JCT contract is the most frequently used in the UK but Andrew has detailed experience also of the NEC contracts and those published by IChemE and IMECHE. He advises on construction, refurbishment, new build, housing, commercial, civil engineering and process plant contracts. He has been conducting adjudications since literally the first month that adjudication was launched in May 1998. He advises in arbitration (less so now) and litigation and also all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Andrew learned his trade over more than a decade at Kirk Jackson, a small practice with a national reputation for construction before moving to Mace & Jones and then to Pannone where he was head of construction. He then moved to a smaller boutique practice Systech Solicitors, part of a global organisation providing construction expertise around the world. More recently he practised at Darbys Solicitors in Manchester then Turner Parkinson LLP before moving to JMW.
Away from the office Andrew’s main interest is his son, Henry. When not battling with him to do his homework, he spends as much time as he can skiing and snowboarding in the winter and on his road bike or mountain bike. After a 15 year gap Andrew has resumed playing Lacrosse but so far the toll on his body suggests that coming out of retirement may not have been the best idea.