Paul Thwaite > Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Stephenson Harwood

Work Department

Commercial litigation.


Paul is a specialist in construction and engineering disputes and procurement claims. He advises on projects in the UK and around the world. He has over 20 years’ experience resolving complex disputes. Many of his instructions are referrals from his peers in the industry who have seen first-hand his ability to resolve disputes successfully through adjudication, arbitration, litigation and mediation.

Paul has a wealth of experience in construction and engineering claims as well as advising on risk management and dispute avoidance during the construction phase of major projects. He has acted for both employers and contractors in relation to projects in the commercial, industrial, retail, energy, waste, water, health and education sectors.

Paul specialises in contractor claims for delay and disruption, cases involving major building defects and disputes arising out of FM contracts and PFI projects. He has been involved in some of the largest and most difficult construction related disputes including one of the biggest cases heard in the TCC in recent years (Accolade Wines v GJ3 and others). Paul also specialises in procurement disputes and challenges under the EU public procurement rules acting for both the public and private sector.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Rail

The ‘extremely knowledgeable team’ at Stephenson Harwood is ‘always pragmatic and at the forefront of all developments in the rail sector’. It has a broad depth of rail expertise across the firm on a whole host of contentious and non-contentious matters including all issues relating to franchising and concession matters. It remains an integral player in the rolling stock market by advising a broad range of procurers, operators and manufacturers on major deals both nationally and internationally. It has particular experience too of assisting train operating companies on procurement issues as well as handling all aspects of rail regulation. Tammy Samuel and Suzanne Tarplee co-head the practice that includes Darren Fodey who has considerable experience in rail regulation and regulated contracts. Paul Thwaite deals with various commercial disputes. Ron Nobbs and Lisa Marks are both well-regarded.

London > Real estate > Construction: contentious

Stephenson Harwood acts for public bodies, developers, occupiers, and contractors, both in the UK and internationally. It offers advise across a range of sectors, including engineering, public procurement, infrastructure, real estate and energy. The practice is co-lead by Ron Nobbs, who primarily focuses on acting for supplier and purchaser clients, and Paul Thwaite, who specialises in delay and disruption cases for contractors. Charlotte Heywood is notable for her specialism in rail disputes.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

The ‘exceptionally smart lawyers‘ at Stephenson Harwood represent a diverse client roster (spanning major brands, private equity funds, governments and high-net-worth-individuals) across a full range of high value litigation matters, often with parallel proceedings in several jurisdictions. Edward Davis and Paul Thwaite jointly lead the team. At partner level, ‘force of natureSue Millar, ‘razor sharpRichard Garcia, Genevieve Quierin (who specialises in competition private enforcement actions) and Guy Harper (whose focus is on the oil and gas, financial services, and fine arts sectors) are singled out. In terms of senior associates, Chris Pettett is the name to note.