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Shoosmiths LLP

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Stephen Belshaw

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Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Real estate group – construction team.


Partner, specialising in contentious and non-contentious construction law. Previously recognised in The Legal 500 as a ‘pragmatic and robust litigator’ and ‘someone who really understands our business’. His clients are main-contractors, sub-contractors, developers, funders and end-user occupiers. Contentious experience: Stephen has extensive experience and expertise of all forms of dispute resolution: litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. Examples of work include: acting for International Exhibition Centre in successfully pursuing a claim against project manager and quantity surveyors arising out of cost overrun on construction of extension to International Exhibition Centre, damages recovered – several million pounds; advising on procurement issues arising out of the letting of facilities management contract for British Library; advising international facilities management contractor on catastrophic failure of leisure centre swimming pool; advising on dispute arising out of design and construction of hotel in St Petersburg Russia; advising on insurance issues arising of major fire damage caused to confectionery production plant in Germany; advising international confectioner on dispute arising out of failure of roof to central stock holding temperature controlled warehouse; advising on Final Account dispute arising out of major FE College campus refurbishment; advising on Final Account dispute arising out of design and installation of pipework to water/sewerage treatment plant; advising a local authority on arbitration arising out of the design and construction of a theatre and concert venue; acting arbitration arising out of failure of quayside at major international port; advising on dispute arising out installation of Millennium digital clock to Eiffel Tower; advising on dispute arising out of installation of concrete hatching facility for international ceramics manufacturer; advising on dispute arising out of design of motorway bridges; advising on dispute arising out of failure of lorry park to regional distribution hub; advising on numerous adjudications involving time, money and quality/design issues. Reported decision: Rand C Electrical Engineers Ltd v Shaylor Construction Limited [2012] EWHC 1254 (TCC). Non-contentious experience: drafting and amendment of bespoke and standard form building & engineering contracts, consultants appointments, bonds, guarantees and warranties.


Qualified October 1987; trained Slater Heelis, Manchester; assistant solicitor/associate Simpson Curtis, Leeds; associate Pinsent & Co/Pinsent Curtis; partner Knight & Sons; partner Lee Crowder/Cobbetts; partner Martineau Johnson/Martineau/SGH Martineau; partner Shoosmiths (February 2014). Publications of note: various articles published in ‘Tolleys Construction Law, Building Magazine’; previous editor of ‘Knights guide to Building Control Law & Practice’.


Wellington Boys Grammar School Shropshire; Cardiff University & Chester College of Law (1983 LLB Hons; 1985 Solicitors Final Examination).


Sport, playing tennis and general fitness, watching football, rugby and cricket. Associate member of the Lords Taverners.

West Midlands: Real estate


Within: Construction

Shoosmiths LLP, for some, ‘sets the bar, providing an unrivalled service in a competitive marketplace’. In the ‘strong contentious team’,  Simon Wain and Stephen Belshaw are key partners for construction disputes, as is Ian Yule , who ‘has a technical background which is most helpful in analysing and preparing claims and witnesses, which he does exceptionally well’. Turning to transactional work, Patrick Garner and senior associate Andrew Outram, who ‘can decipher complex legal jargon into an understandable format with a common-sense response’, advised IM Properties on the construction elements of the redevelopment of 55 Colmore Row, which included the addition of two floors. Formerly a senior associate at the firm, Paul Scott is now a legal director at Gateley Plc.

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