Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, specialising in dispute resolution in the infrastructure, energy, PFI/PPP and subsea/offshore sectors for a wide variety of public and private sector clients. He has extensive experience in all forms of dispute resolution, both domestic and international, under a wide variety of contract forms, both standard and bespoke. Simon is head of the firm’s Construction and Engineering team, responsible for co-ordinating the firm’s strategy in relation to construction projects.

He is a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at Northumbria University and teaches on Masters degree courses for the Faculty. He also runs the construction law module for two distance learning Masters degree courses for the School of Law at Northumbria University. He writes and lectures regularly on construction law issues and has taken a particular interest in the legal issues surrounding the introduction and development of BIM. Simon is regional coordinator for the north-east branch of the Society of Construction Law.

Experience
  • Advising a major Kuwaiti engineering contractor in an ICC arbitration in relation to claims arising out of a processing plant in the Middle East
  • Acting for a specialist subsea contractor in relation to the trenching and installation of cables and interface operations for a large offshore wind array on the north German coast. Claims resolved successfully to the client’s satisfaction during the course of an ICC arbitration
  • Acting for Carillion J.M. Limited in relation to a successful claim by Carillion for recovery of losses in excess of £8m arising out of a defectively-designed soil nail retaining wall adjacent to a major railway line in London. Reported as Carillion JM Limited v Robert West Consulting [2011] EWHC 1379 (TCC)
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in a dispute with the SPV relating to the adequacy of the ventilation system for acutely ill immuno-supressed patients in a major hospital redevelopment procured under the PFI
  • Advising a major transport sector client in relation to disputes concerning rail infrastructure work in excess of £28 million on the basis of an amended ICE D&C form.

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