Construction Legal Director

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Paul Donnelly

Construction Legal Director

Number 0161 926 1507

Dept Corporate and Commercial

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Certificates: BA (Oxon), Law Society Final Examinations
Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (October 1991)
Higher Court Rights (Civil Courts)

Experience: More than 25 years’ post-qualification experience in Construction and Engineering Law

Bio: I have specialised since 1991 on construction and engineering law matters. I am widely experienced acting on behalf of public and private sector employers, contractors, consultants, sub-contractors, suppliers and bondsmen in all forms of dispute resolution on contentious matters including adjudication, litigation, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. That experience extends to advising (and acting) on risk issues, contractual notices, final and interim account claims, loss and expense claims, extensions of time claims, claims for fees, liquidated damages, termination/suspension and defects claims.

I also have extensive experience in non-contentious construction and engineering matters. I prepare, amend, negotiate and advise on building and engineering contracts and sub-contracts (including the various forms of NEC, JCT and ICE contracts), consultants’ appointments (including bespoke and institutional forms of appointment), collateral warranties, novation agreements, security documentation and terms and conditions. I advise on non-contentious construction aspects of projects from inception, procurement, tendering, contract drafting, contract negotiation to contract execution. I also carry out due diligence exercises for financial institutions/funders (advising on key areas of risk and checking all construction conditions precedent required for drawdown) and for prospective purchasers of constructed commercial properties (with reports on the construction documentation) and advises on issue relating to procurement of projects. I am also experienced in drafting and advising on development agreements.

The Legal 500 has stated that I have “excellent knowledge of construction contracts and disputes” and has referred to my having a stellar reputation. Chambers has stated that my ability to quickly understand and identify the key issues of a very complex dispute and to apply a practical approach to forecast likely resolution “goes down very well with clients”.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, the cinema, watching sport, current affairs and reading historical fiction.