Ian Yule > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B4 6BJ

Work Department

Partner, Commercial, Real Estate




Ian is a construction lawyer with some 25 years’ experience. He has advised on various large projects, with a particular emphasis on power stations and process plants. His wide experience means that he is well-equipped to guide employers, contractors and consultants through the construction phase and beyond. He is experienced in adjudication and all other form of dispute resolution. He has been ranked in the legal directories for many years. Legal 500 says he “has a technical background which is most helpful in analysing and preparing claims and witnesses, which he does exceptionally well”.

His recent experience includes:

  • acting for a substantial contractor on a time and money claim, in which a multi-million pound sum was awarded in adjudication;
  • guiding a university through a lengthy dispute with its FM contractor;
  • advising a project management company on a complex High Court claim;
  • acting for a health sector developer in an extension of time adjudication; and
  • defending a sub-contractor in an arbitration that was then resolved by mediation..


Ian joined Shoosmiths’ construction and engineering team in 2017 having previously been a partner at Wragge and Co (now Gowling WLG) for ten years.


He is a regional organiser for the Society of Construction Law in Birmingham, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a member of the Technology and Construction Court Solicitor’s Association (Tecsa). He writes regularly in “Building” magazine

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Construction

Shoosmiths LLP‘s interdisciplinary practice routinely handles a strong mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from the construction aspects of various big-ticket logistics and infrastructure projects, to high-stakes multi-party contractual disputes. The practice is led by Patrick Garner, a seasoned development specialist whose recent engagement include financing transactions and complex asset protection agreement negotiations. Andrew Outram specialises in strategic issues arising from construction and regeneration projects, most recently for clients in the residential development sector. On the contentious side, the ‘truly outstandingIan Yule focuses on civil engineering and process plant disputes, while principal associate Michael Bennett is recommended for his experience in contentious proceedings involving coastal defence projects, railways, and power plants.