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Paul Thwaite

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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 a track record in winning difficult and complex cases. Clients value Paul's clear advice and his determination to achieve their goals.

Paul has over 20 years' experience resolving complex disputes. Clients seek Paul out based on his trusted reputation to deliver the right result on high-profile and high-value matters. He excels at difficult cases where innovative legal solutions are called for.  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.

​He 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. Paul 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). He also specialises in procurement disputes and challenges under the EU public procurement rules acting for both the public and private sector. 

London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Stephenson Harwood's disputes team is led by Ron Nobbs (who is 'a fantastic strategist with outstanding commercial acumen') and Paul Thwaite ('a very calm and determined litigator'). Recent work includes acting for ENGIE in relation to a £6.6m dispute with Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd relating to alleged defects in the design and construction of the major refurbishment of the government building at 100 Parliament Street; and advising Multiplex following the high-profile insolvency of one of its subcontractors, the Dunne Group. Graeme Barton heads the transactional team, specialising in the energy, hotels and leisure and education sectors. Rebecca Carter is also recommended for her experience in infrastructure projects as well as outsourcing and strategic service delivery projects. In the past year the team have notably continued to attract a number of new rail instructions, acting for Abellio, Northern Rail, Arriva and CAF. Other highlights include advising Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group on all aspects of the £50m restoration and renovation of its flagship Knightsbridge hotel.

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London: Transport


Within: Rail

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘experienced’ department is active across franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure mandates and is noted for its experience in high-profile rail projects. The team continues to advise Abellio East Anglia Franchise on the implementation of its franchise agreement commitments and related strategic issues; is advising CAF on the manufacture and supply of rolling stock to the Caledonian Sleeper Franchise, the Northern Rail franchise, the TransPennine Express franchise and the West Midlands franchise; and advises TfL and Rail for London (Infrastructure) on a range of matters relating to Crossrail. The team also advised Lloyds Bank and RBS on the sale of a fleet of passenger train rolling stock to Beacon Rail Leasing. Trenitalia c2c, Corelink Rail Infrastructure and Arriva UK Trains are also clients. Global head of rail Graeme McLellan is noted for his asset finance expertise, and the ‘exceptionalTammy Samuel is experienced in franchising and concessions work. Other key figures include Suzanne Tarplee, who is active across franchising, rolling stock and rail regulation; asset finance specialist Lisa Marks; projects partner Graeme Barton; senior associate Darren Fodey; and disputes partners Paul Thwaite and Ron Nobbs.

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