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Ashfords LLP

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Patrick Blake

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Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Construction & Infrastructure.


Partner and Head of the Construction & Infrastructure Team.


Patrick has specialised in construction law since 2002 and is widely experienced in the successful resolution of construction and engineering disputes by way of negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and litigation in the TCC and Court of Appeal.

Patrick also has extensive experience of advising on and negotiating the contractual documentation on a range of development, construction and engineering projects across commercial, residential, health, educational, recreational and energy sectors. In both his non contentious and dispute resolution practices, he has acted for local authorities, RSLs and other public bodies, developers and banks as well as contractors and sub-contractors. He therefore has a wide appreciation and understanding of issues that frequently arise on construction projects and disputes from the viewpoints of all parties typically involved.

Relevant experience:

  • Private company: Advising the employer on a series of Anaerobic Digestate plants (contracts for CHP and biogas upgrade units).
  • Contractor: Acting for a contractor in a multi-million pound dispute in the Technology and Construction Court (non-payment for work).
  • Private company: Advising an employer on a 10.3 MW biomass power project.
  • M&E subcontractor: Acting for an M&E subcontractor in multi-million pound dispute involving a district heating system.

London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Ashfords LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of social housing. The success of the firm's practice is evidenced by the fact that it acts for some of the largest social landlords in the country, as well as numerous London Boroughs and other local authorities. Its team includes Sian Gibbon and legal director Joanne Young, who are among a number of individuals with experience advising social landlords on housing litigation and tenancy management; the scope of their contentious work includes cases involving anti-social behaviour, disrepair claims and EPA claims, and homelessness reviews. Tim Heal and Michael Gay are active in property and development work, and their experience covers matters such as construction, site purchases and shared ownership. Elizabeth Gibson heads a team that assists public and quasi-public sector clients with public procurement and planning issues connected with residential-led developments. Vanessa James is an expert in employment law and data protection, while Patrick Blake is the head of construction.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Construction

Ashfords LLP is very active on the contentious front; in addition to handling litigation, the firm assists clients with adjudications and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. On the non-contentious side, the team generates work from clients in industries such as leisure, waste and utilities, as well as the public sector. Practice head Patrick Blake is experienced in high-value energy projects. Another key figure is Stephen Homer, who undertakes contentious and non-contentious work for local authorities, developers and contractors. In 2018, Neel Mehta joined from TLT.

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