Michael Bennett > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
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Michael is a construction lawyer who has acted for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants. He has significant experience of adjudication, arbitration and litigation. His approach is typified by focusing early on the most likely outcomes of any dispute and advising on how to achieve the best result for the client, including via early settlement.

His recent experience includes advising:

  • A large international engineering consultancy on an arbitration and appeal in relation to a marine engineering project.
  • A contractor on a valuations dispute relating to a power station in the north of England.
  • A university in the north-west of England during a number of adjudications, relating to a new science teaching laboratory.
  • A contractor in relation to a dispute with an insolvent sub-contractor over the valuation of works.
  • A local authority on 3 adjudications relating to an underbridge on the west coast mainline.
  • A large contractor on a building contract relating to a residential development in the South-West of England.


Michael joined in early 2017 from Weightmans LLP.  He previously worked for Deutsche Bank, where he advised on the legal aspects of structured products throughout Europe, including the first derivatives platform launched in Turkey.

Michael holds a Masters in Chemistry from Warwick University, enabling him to discuss highly technical cases easily.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Construction

(Rising stars)

Michael BennettShoosmiths LLP

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.