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David Gwillim

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Construction and engineering.


David is a solicitor advocate specialising in contentious construction and engineering
matters. He has over 30 years’ experience in construction law. He specialises in
advising the construction and engineering industry at home and abroad on
procurement, contract drafting, warranties and bonds, insurance, Health & Safety as
well as dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, adjudication, expert
determination and complex litigation proceedings in Court and before professional
disciplinary bodies such as ARB and the RIBA. He acts for owners, public authorities
and private developers, funders, insurers, international and local contractors, subcontractors,
suppliers, architects, consulting engineers and quantity surveyors. In
fact, anyone involved in the construction process. He is endlessly fascinated by
construction and engineering. His aim is to work with his clients to manage
construction risk to produce a result that is on time, within budget and to specification.


Trained McKenna & Co; qualified 1981; Herbert Smith; partner Rowe & Maw; partner Speechly Bircham 2004; Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) qualification 1995; partner Pitmans 2013. Contributor to ‘Pittaway & Hammerton: Professional Negligence Cases’ published by Butterworths and Lexis PSL.




Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1993); Member of the Society for Construction Law; Member of the Technology and Construction Court Solicitors’ Association; Central Dredging Association.


Epsom College; University of Wales, Cardiff (1978 LLB Hons); King’s College London (1992 MSc, 1993 AKC, 1994 1st Leathes Prizeman).


Skiing, allotment gardening, married with three children and a beagle.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The team at Pitmans LLP is ‘rated very highly for its responsiveness, value for money and knowledge’, with particular strengths in IT disputes, professional negligence claims, corporate and shareholder disputes, and substantial commercial disputes including logistics, distribution and international trade matters. Practice head Tim Clark is advising an individual client on a shareholder dispute in the context of matrimonial proceedings relating to a company valued at around £3m. Phil Smith is ‘first rate; he has a sharp, analytical mind, identifies and advises clearly on key issues, and is very user-friendly’. Clark and Smith have together been advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN which involves content-hosting arrangements, services and a shareholders’ agreement. William Richmond-Coggan, who has higher rights of audience, has been acting for One Step (Support) in bringing a non-competition and non-solicitation clauses claim against two individuals, which was heard in the Supreme Court in late 2017. Other clients of note include Veritas Technologies, Symantec and Banner Homes. Deputy managing partner and insolvency expert Suzanne Brooker is also noted, as is contentious construction and engineering expert David Gwillim.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Construction

Pitmans LLP handles a mix of non-contentious and contentious work for a range of clients including developers and housebuilders. It has a particular focus on marine engineering where it acts for ferry operators such as Red Funnel Group, as well as owners and operators of marinas on the south coast. It also regularly handles hotel refurbishment, valuation and refinancing mandates. Non-contentious highlights included assisting CVD diamond producer Element Six, part of the DeBeers Group, with upgrades and extensions to its existing facilities, and acting for CALA Homes on the refurbishment of its head office. On the disputes front, the practice acted for the Bookworth Group in claims brought by a series of residential developments, successfully representing Anglo-Malaysian architectural practice Space-Q Studio in adjudication proceedings in relation to a waste energy plant in Peterborough, and negotiating a favourable settlement on behalf of contractor Inside Out Developments related to a payment dispute. Practice head David Gwillim has more than 30 years' experience in construction law.

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