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Partner in construction unit (based within the litigation division). Experienced in both contentious and non-contentious construction work drawing on an understanding of the reasons why clients end up in disputes to assist in the drafting and negotiating of contracts and advising on resolving disputes before resorting to litigation. Represents clients in the construction industry and service companies in the oil and gas industry. Well acquainted with alternative methods of dispute resolution including adjudication particular to the construction industry, expert determination and mediation. Experience includes: advising on development agreements, building contracts, sub-contracts (including interfacing issues), consultant appointments, collateral warranties, novations and performance bonds. Recent projects include; advising a global service company on the procurement of new leased premises including negotiation of the development agreement and review of the construction suite; advising housebuilder clients on disputes over clawback provisions, ownership disputes and defending interim interdict (injunction) proceedings; advising clients in relation to intellectual property disputes in the Court of Session; advising and representing clients in relation to recovery of documents under Section 1 of the Administration of Justice (Scotland) Act; preparation and conduct on seminars for clients, construction industry bodies and organisations on general contract law and common disputes arising under the contracts (particularly construction contracts).
Trained Peterkins, Aberdeen; qualified 1998, England and Wales 2005; solicitor 1998-2000; solicitor Ledingham Chalmers 2000-03; associate 2003-06; partner Ledingham Chalmers LLP 2006 to date. Director of Inspire Ventures Limited. Lectured in contract, delict and dispute resolution to undergraduate and postgraduate surveying students at The Robert Gordon University. DipLP Tutor in Arbitration at The University of Aberdeen and at The Robert Gordon University.
Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales; associate member CIArb (Chair of the Northern Chapter of The Scottish Branch ClArb).
Westhill Academy, Aberdeenshire; University of Glasgow (1995 LLB Hons); University of Aberdeen (1996 Dip LP).
Running, following the fortunes and misfortunes of Aberdeen Football Club, playing golf badly.