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Pragmatic commercial advice to ensure clients achieve a deal and bring their projects to site for successful delivery to benefit all stakeholders; that is what I aim to bring to any development.

Highlights of my major project experience include:

  • Manchester Airport redevelopment; new and refurbished terminals and piers (£600m)
  • Jaguar Land Rover’s Triangle and NVH projects, Warwickshire (£200m)
  • Land Securities and The Crown Estate’s Oxford Westgate redevelopment (£250m)
  • Derwent London’s Baker St mixed use retail/resi (£160m)
  • Clatterbridge Cancer Care Hospital, Liverpool (£120m)
  • University of Manchester capital programme partnering framework
  • Leicester City FC initial appointment for stadium extension (c£120m),
  • Khazna’s Dubai Data Centre (AED 600m),
  • Crown Court Services and ProCure 23 Framework
  • Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium stand extensions and Tunnel Club (c£130m)

I am a construction lawyer specialising in non-contentious transactional work. My 35 years’ experience in the industry includes, most recently, working in-house for 18 years as senior legal counsel with the UK’s largest privately owned contractor and before that with a national law firm.

This experience, combined with 11 years’ work as a chartered quantity surveyor, means that I understand what it takes to work with different teams and disciplines to deliver a project.

Outside work, I enjoy spending time with family and local walks with our two labradoodles.

Want to know more?

Challenge and focus on your priorities for your project. This will inform your procurement and the necessary contracts; for example, the early engagement of a design and build contractor using a two-stage approach with PCSA.

Aspire to a fair balance of risk to encourage sensible pricing and programming and ensure a successful project delivery for all concerned.

Consider the benefits of a sustainable approach, e.g. design for manufacture and early design engagements to fulfil that aim.

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