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Owen Williams

Owen WilliamsLegal Director

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I am a specialist construction solicitor providing both dispute resolution and contract drafting advice.

On a typical day I may be advising first tier subcontractors in connection with large scale civil engineering projects such as Crossrail, drafting a contract for the fit out of a commercial client’s new offices, advising on claims concerning defects in a luxury residential development for a high net worth individuals or drafting contracts in relation to large scale mixed use developments or long term repairs and maintenance.

I also regularly provide EU procurement advice as a member of the firm’s public procurement group.

I live in Oxford and work from both the Oxford and London offices. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering as well as a Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.

Dispute Resolution

I deal with a wide range of disputes relating to construction projects, especially acting in adjudications, and have particular experience of resolving complex payment disputes in adjudications.

Examples of recent work include:

  • on going advice in relation to a water ingress defect and potential arbitration claims for recovery of remedial costs;
  • successfully recovering a multi-million pound sum in adjudication against a main contractor for failing to pay interim payments;
  • successfully defending a “smash and grab” adjudication from a contractor alleging lack of payment or pay less notices;
  • I often carry out an initial risk overview for clients so that they are well informed when negotiating and can put themselves in the best position should negotiations fail.

Real Estate

I work on all manner of projects, large or small, have a particular expertise in:

  • complex contracts, often NEC form, relating to large infrastructure projects (eg Crossrail) with pain/gain sharing mechanisms, unlike many lawyers I am perfectly comfortable navigating my way round detailed spreadsheets;
  • contracts for long term housing stock repairs and maintenance particularly TPC or JCT Measured Term forms;
  • consultants’ appointments whether bespoke or standard forms;
  • commercial and retail fit out contracts; and
  • secured lending due diligence for property developments.

As well as advising on the main contract or appointment I also advise on the associated contracts such as collateral warranties, bonds, guarantees, escrow or project bank accounts.

Awards Recognition

  • Chambers 2024 (Construction: Contentious) - 'Owen is professional, knowledgeable and experienced. He has been of real benefit to us in the advice he has given. He is always easy to work with and very helpful.' 'Owen always provides pragmatic advice.'
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