His experience ranges across construction, engineering, professional negligence and planning matters, including adjudication; more pertinently the civil enforcement of adjudicator’s decisions.
He has experience with a number of standard forms including JCT, NEC and RIBA forms. In particular his prior experience has given him a working and intimate understanding of JCT form contracts.
Harry came to the Bar from a previous career working in construction as a main contractor, running a small main contractor firm with an annual turnover of circa £4.5 million. His work was predominantly tendered through privately engaged Contract Administrators working for the NHS, Education sector and also directly through Local Authorities in London and the South East. He has hands on experience with contracts in the value of £1.5 – 2 million pounds and the practical issues arsing from disputes with sub-contractors, Contract Administrators and clients. He understands the technical, and less technical, language and aspects of the construction process.
He currently pitches himself as junior barrister who is an economic alternative in matters of the value he has personal experience in, where professional legal costs may be often appear disproportionate; whilst providing detailed, professional and practical advice in quick time and without fuss. He is always happy to offer informal advice or engage in exploratory dialogue, by telephone if necessary.
He regularly appears in the County Court in both fast track and multi-track matters and undertakes all manner of drafting and the provision of advice, including applications for enforcement of adjudicators decisions. A contemporary cross section of work that Harry is currently involved in includes:-
• Professional negligence claim against a building surveyor on the Fast Track.
• A contractual dispute predominantly regarding a pay less notice between the main contractor and the electrical sub-contractor, in a university refurbishment project, on the multi-track.
• The Enforcement of an Adjudicator’s decision in the sum of £110,000.00 with an ancillary Part 7 claim for further unpaid amounts that fell outside of the adjudicator’s decision, between the groundworker and developer on a new build housing estate.
• Advising in relation to the prospects and practicalities on the development of roof space to a block of flats