Rob has specialised in the resolution of construction, and construction related, disputes for over 20 years. He started working on construction disputes at a leading construction consultancy specialising in delay and disruption claims and with significant involvement in international infrastructure projects. Much of Rob's time is now spent providing detailed strategic advice on dispute avoidance and dispute management in relation to large and complex infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally. He regularly sits as both Arbitrator and adjudicator in a variety of construction and construction related cases and brings those skills "from the other side of the table" to advise client's on likely outcomes and strategies to improve success rates.
As a recognised expert on the NEC form of contract Rob presents regularly on the application of that contract and the interface between its procedures and the legal requirements of the contract. Through training, advice and representation Rob has been involved in most of the major infrastructure projects in the UK over the last 10 years procured under the NEC including Tubelines, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the Olympics, Metronet and Heathrow Terminal 5.
During his career Rob has advised and represented all those involved in construction activities including sub-contractors, main contractors, PFI consortia (incorporated and joint ventures), developers, local authorities, construction professionals, suppliers of materials and insurers. He has been involved in a wide range of projects including housing, commercial and light industrial, road, rail, tunneling, metro systems, hospitals (both PFI and traditional), office and retail fit out, new build and redevelopment of office buildings, ground remediation, oil and gas pipelines, EPC power and water facilities, mechanical and electrical installations, large scale scaffolding, bridge refurbishment and construction, term maintenance contracts, EU procurement, the valuation and acquisition of development land and the operation of option agreements for the purchase of land.
He has been involved with international disputes covering, amongst others: Scotland, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Bahrain, Singapore, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Oman, Bulgaria, UAE, Hungary, Isle of Man, Jersey and Georgia. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and adjudicator and is listed on the Rosta of International Arbitrators. He is a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and works closely with both the RICS and CIArb on arbitration and adjudication training and accreditation.
Rob has been recommended for his work in Rail by The Legal 500 2014, with clients describing him as "very switched on."