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Anthony Yates

Anthony Yates

Partner - Head of Section โ€“โ€“โ€“ London

Anthony has been a Partner in Trowers & Hamlins contentious construction group, since January 2000, and head of the Group since April 2008, as well as head of the Firm's Litigation Practice since 2013. He is recommended as a contentious construction practitioner by the Legal 500 being described as "calm, thorough and particularly good on client service" and Chambers 2017 says: "Head of contentious construction Anthony Yates advises on a range of disputes and has extensive experience of adjudication proceedings. Market sources describe him as "a great strategic mind" and say that "he understands the law and really knows how to use it to his prime advantage."

Anthony has over 25 years experience in construction law, and has particular experience in adjudication and alternative dispute resolution.  He acted for the contractor defendant in A&D Maintenance and Construction Ltd v Pagehurst Construction Services Ltd [1998], one of the first reported cases under the new Construction Act in 1998.  Since that decision, Anthony has acted in many Adjudications for employers and major contractors, as adviser and pleader, and as advocate both at adjudication meetings and Court hearings on enforcement. His reported Decisions include the case of CPL Contracting v Cadenza (January 2005) in which Anthony successfully resisted enforcement of an Adjudicator’s award acting as advisor, pleader and advocate.

Anthony also has considerable experience of resolving disputes through mediation arbitration and proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court. His reported decisions include Scheldebouw BV v St James Homes (Grosvenor Dock) Ltd (16 January 2006), a landmark decision by HHJ Jackson regarding the role and responsibility of Construction Managers, and Diamond Build Contractors v Clapham Park Homes (2008) a leading decision on the effect of Letters of Intent upon Standard Form Contracts . 

Anthony is a keen supporter of ADR with considerable experience of mediation, conciliation, early neutral evaluation, partnered dispute resolution, and the use of the Technology and Construction Court's pre action protocol, Anthony also took part in the TCC's first ever Judge assisted Mediation.