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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

Work 0845 300 7747
Fax 0161 833 2789
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester

David Fearon

Work 0161 833 2722
Exchange Chambers (Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC)

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Barrister specialising in the resolution of construction, engineering and process engineering disputes by litigation, arbitration, adjudication, alternative dispute resolution and expert determination. Also acts in professional negligence, property and general commercial litigation and dispute resolution, and provides advice on non-contentious matters, in particular in relation to construction, engineering and process engineering projects. Arbitration and adjudication disputes make up a significant part of his practice.  Has sat as adjudicator, arbitrator and legal adviser in arbitration, and acted as mediator.  Clients have included international employers, developers, consultants, major, medium and small contractors and specialist sub-contractors, individuals and insurers. Before becoming a lawyer worked for many years in the construction, engineering and process engineering industries as a quantity surveyor, cost engineer and project manager with responsibility for a wide variety of projects throughout the UK, Ireland and in USA.   Is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), Chartered Builder (MCIOB) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).    Recent reported cases: RMC Building and Civil Engineering Ltd. v UK Construction [2016] EWHC 241 (TCC); Linnett v Halliwells LLP [2009] EWHC 319 (TCC).  Recent unreported cases include S68 and 69 appeal in TCC against arbitrator’s award; consolidated proceedings in TCC relating to lease obligations, rent claims, loss of profit, loss and expense, and liability for delays and disruption; a TCC claim (ultimately settled in mediation) arising from specialist environmental testing works carried out using a floating rig; a High Court case relating to development and operation of a website; sundry adjudication enforcement proceedings.    


Qualified as solicitor 1997; solicitor advocate 2004; Transferred to Bar 2013 (Grays Inn). 


Law Society
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) 
 Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS)
Chartered Builder (MCIOB)
Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)
Society of Construction Law
Adjudication Society


University of Ulster – Dip.QS 1983
Manchester Metropolitan University - CPE (Commendation) 1994
LPC (Distinction) 1995.

Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Construction, planning and environment

Within: Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

David Fearon - Exchange ChambersClients love his calm, smooth manner.

Within: Construction, planning and environment

Exchange Chambers houses three specialist teams for construction, planning and environmental law matters. Peter Dixon leads the planning group, which is well known for handling disputes relating to consent applications. Former solicitor and chartered surveyor David Fearon heads up the construction team, which has experience across a broad range of construction disputes. Head of the environment team John Wyn Williams has established expertise in cases involving air and water pollution, statutory nuisance, and waste disposal matters.

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