Council

SCL Council

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Coulson

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President

Sir Peter Coulson was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1982. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and became a Recorder in the same year. He was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge, sitting in the Technology and Construction Court in 2004. He was appointed a judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in January 2008. He served as Presiding Judge of the North Eastern Circuit from 2011 to 2014, and was the Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court, from September 2016 to February 2018. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in March 2018.

Jonathan Pawlowski

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Chair

Sub-Committees:
Approval of new members, ESCL, Policy/Constitutional Matters, Relations with Professional Bodies, Social
Jonathan is a partner and Head of Construction at Collyer Bristow LLP. He specialises in issues relating to the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries. Jonathan acts for public utilities, institutions, main contractors and specialist sub-contractors. His experience spans litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation, and expert determination. Jonathan has obtained Higher Rights of Audience in all Courts of England and Wales. Jonathan also sits on the property sub-committee of the Jewish Community Housing Association (jLiving). Jonathan has a keen interest in politics and prior to becoming a solicitor worked at the House of Commons as a parliamentary research assistant.

Hamish Lal

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Vice Chair

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training Course, Court Advocacy Training Course, Approval of new members, Conference – UK 2021, London Programme, Regions, University Liaison and Grants/Academic Conference
Hamish is a Partner at Akin Gump in London. He leads the international construction arbitration practice. He is author of Quantifying and Managing Disruption Claims (second edition due 2016); Editor of the Institution of Civil Engineers Construction Law Quarterly; and has published extensively and presented at a number of international conferences on international arbitration, construction law and nuclear decommissioning and new build. He also sits on the Committee of the Adjudication Society and is a Visiting Professor of Construction Law (Supervising and examining a number of Theses and Dissertations).

Peter Phillippo

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Secretary

Sub-Committees:
Approval of new members, Papers, University Liaison and Grants/Academic Conference
Peter is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 19 years of practical experience within the UK and overseas. He has dealt with bespoke construction and engineering contracts, including such issues as loss and/or expense, certification, forensic quantum analysis, assessment and apportionment of damage, contractual interpretation and procedural matters. Peter has been instructed as principal and assistant expert witness in various disputes involving professional negligence, quantity surveying practice, quantum evaluation, the assessment of damage and regularly assists both Counsel and solicitors with complex quantum issues.

Shy Jackson

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Treasurer

Sub-Committees:
Conference – UK 2021, Equality and Diversity, Regions, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, Relations with Professional Bodies, University Liaison and Grants/Academic Conference
Shy is a partner with Pinsent Masons LLP, specialising in construction and engineering projects. He has acted on domestic and international disputes using all forms of construction contracts and has advised on major building and infrastructure projects. Before working in London, Shy worked on Israel and Singapore. Shy has written various articles and regularly lectures at King's College and at industry events for bodies such as the RICS and CICES. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a committee member of the King's College Construction Law Association.

Lauren V Adams

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training Course, Court Advocacy Training Course, Astra SCL, Regions, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, University Liaison and Grants/Academic Conference
Lauren is a barrister at Atkin Chambers and specialises in construction work. Her domestic practice involves advising on private residential work and large commercial projects, happily undertaking both adjudication and arbitration work. She also is enjoying developing an international practice in arbitration under the ICC, LCIA, DIAC and HKIAC rules and provides non-contentious advice on prospective construction contracts. She has a special interest in how guarantees and bonds are used in the construction industry and has written both a Hudson paper and a collaborative paper comparing English and Italian law on the subject in the past year. Outside of chambers, Lauren has tutored on the undergraduate law course at Oxford and provides on-going academic support to undergraduate students at Bristol University, Cambridge and the University of Sussex.

Paul Battrick

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Conference – UK 2021, ESCL, International/International SCLs, Regions
Paul Battrick is a Managing Director within Driver Group focusing on International clients and projects. Paul is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Member of the CIArb and CEDR Accredited Mediator who has acted in respect of dispute avoidance and dispute resolution in many sectors of the construction industry on a global basis as adviser and quantum expert (both party and joint-party appointments) and third party neutral. Paul also provides training and workshops on a variety of topics including FIDIC contracts and commercial management.

Jonathan Cope

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Ethics, Equality & Diversity, IT and Social Media, London Programme, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, Relations with Professional Bodies
Jonathan is a Director of MCMS, and is a fellow of the RICS and the CIArb, as well as having been called to the Bar. Jonathan is an experienced dispute resolver and has been appointed in over 300 construction and engineering disputes as either adjudicator, arbitrator, expert determiner or conflict avoidance panel member. These disputes have concerned projects ranging in value up to £20bn, and have been in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, power generation (including renewable energy and nuclear), hospitality, healthcare, offices, education and residential. Jonathan is on a number of panels of dispute resolvers, and is also named as dispute resolver in a variety of significant contracts and framework agreements. He is also regularly agreed to act as dispute resolver by parties and their representatives. Jonathan acts as a mediator and is accredited by CEDR.

Arran Dowling-Hussey

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Co-opted member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training Course, Court Advocacy Training Course
Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator. Co-author Irish textbook 'Arbitration Law' (Dublin 2008, 2014 and 2018). CIArb Trustee for Ireland Region (2017-2020) and former member of CIArb Board of Management. Co-Editor of the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland 2015 to date. Associate lecturer in law at Robert Gordon University working on their LL.M in construction law and arbitration.

Christopher Ennis

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Member

Sub-Committees:
EOT Protocol, International/International SCLs, Regions, Social
Chris is co-founder and Director, since October 2012, of Time Quantum Expert Forensics Ltd., 'TQE. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor specialising as expert witness, adjudicator, mediator and (less frequently) arbitrator. An SCL member for ten years, he has presented SCL-published papers at various events in London, Tonbridge, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield. His particular interests include international expert witness practice and international arbitration, and he speaks French and German, with some facility in other European languages including English.

Sean Sullivan Gibbs

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Ethics, Equality and Diversity, Papers, Queries Sub-Committee, Regions
Sean is a director with Hanscomb Intercontinental and provides expert advisory and expert witness services to the UK and global construction, engineering and shipbuilding industries. He has worked on project & programme values up to $24 bn though is equally at home on much smaller sized projects. His primary profession is Chartered Quantity Surveyor and he holds Fellowships with the RICS, CIARB, CIOB, CICES and is also a non-practising barrister. Sean’s primary expertise as an expert witness is quantum, and he has given evidence before a variety of tribunals around the globe. Sean also acts as a third party neutral sitting as adjudicator, arbitrator, expert determiner and dispute board member. Sean is a keen supporter of the use of adjudication and founded the Adjudicator Nominating Body, UK Adjudicators and regularly speaks about its benefits to global audiences.

Karen L Gough

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Conference – UK 2021, International/International SCLs, London Programme, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, TCC Users Committee, Equality and Diversity
Karen Gough is a barrister in practice at 39 Essex Chambers in London. She is also an Attorney-at-Law with full rights of audience in the Courts of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. She is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Chartered Arbitrator, and a member of a number of arbitral institution panels, and an accredited adjudicator. She is an acknowledged expert on the resolution of disputes arising under the FIDIC forms of contract. Karen specialises in complex major construction and engineering disputes, and general commercial litigation, with a strong emphasis on international commercial arbitration and ADR. She practises globally as counsel, arbitrator, adjudicator and ADR neutral and in the UK has appeared before the English courts at all levels, including the Privy Council. From 2015-2017 she served as the first lay chairman of the Insolvency Licensing Committee of the ICAEW. She is described in Chambers UK as being "Just the person you want if the battle is going to be hot" in construction claims, and by Legal 500 as "The sort of advocate that most clients dream of instructing."

Keith Kirkwood

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Member

Sub-Committees:
EOT Protocol, Social
Keith is Chairman of Bennington Green, Bennington Green Decipher, Woolven and Brown and Alchemy BS. He is a Fellow of the RICS the CIArb and the CInstCES and is highly skilled in the management and negotiation of disputes within the construction and engineering industries. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law, an accredited adjudicator, and a single joint and Law Society Checked Expert. Keith is a strong proponent for dispute avoidance.

Amy Lacey

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Queries, Regions, Relations with Professional Bodies, Social
Amy is a partner at Fenchurch Law specialising in construction risk. Her practice includes advising owners, consultants and contractors on coverage issues and dispute resolution in connection with UK and international projects. She qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and has significant experience of TCC litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR procedures. Amy is a member of the British Insurance Law Association and Membership Secretary of Lloyd's Yacht Club.

Anthony Lavers

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Member

Sub-Committees:
ESCL, International/International SCLs, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, University Liaison and Grants
Anthony Lavers divides his time between the London office of international law firm White & Case LLP, where he is Counsel in the Construction and Engineering Practice Group and the Centre of Construction Law, King's College, London, where he is Visiting Professor of Law. He has over 100 publications in construction and legal journals and has given seminars and conference papers in over 35 countries worldwide, including 12 since 2006 to the European Society of Construction Law (ESCL) Annual Conference. External Examiner for post-graduate courses at King's College, London, University of Reading, University of Portsmouth, Birmingham City University, National University of Singapore and the British University in Dubai,. Professor Lavers has also examined 10 Ph.Ds, mainly in construction law and has supervised 4 doctoral students to successful completion. Anthony Lavers was Vice-Chairman (2002-2004) and Chairman (2004-2006) of the Society of Construction Law, where he chaired the SCL Hudson Prize judging panel for 25 years’ and has responsibility for university liaison. He was Co-ordinator of the Commission on Post-Construction Liability of the International Council for Building Research (1994-2002) and edited the Commission's 19-country comparative study -Case Studies on Post-Construction Liability and Insurance'. He co-authored FIDIC Contracts:Law and Practice (2009) and was co-editor of the ESCL's 12-country comparative text 'Studies in European Construction Law' (2015) . He was awarded a DLitt by the University of Portsmouth for 'published work of high distinction' and elected FRICS in 2008.

Rebecca Shorter

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Approval of new members, Astra SCL, London Programme, Members Benefits, Papers, Regions
Rebecca Shorter is a partner in the London Construction and Engineering Group at White & Case. She advises contractors and owners on dispute resolution in connection with domestic and international projects and is experienced in arbitration, litigation, adjudication and dispute boards as well as alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation. She has contributed articles to Building, Construction News, Global Arbitration Review and the Property Law Journal.

Andrew Singer QC

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training Course, Court Advocacy Training Course, London Programme,SCL Hudson Prize Judges, Regions
Andrew practices exclusively in the field of construction and associated professional negligence actions including procurement disputes and appears regularly as Counsel in the Technology & Construction Court and the Belfast Commercial Court and in appellate courts; in construction-related arbitrations both local and international; he also acts as arbitrator and is an accredited mediator. Andrew is a member of the bars of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He also sits as a part time Judge in the TCC and is a County Court Recorder.

Christopher Sunderland

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training Course, Court Advocacy Training Course, Conference – UK 2021, IT and Social Media, London Programme, Regions, TCC Users Committee
Chris is Director of Business Development and Marketing for Diales and Driver Trett. Chris commenced his career in the Construction disputes arena in 1997, joining Keating Chambers as a junior clerk after completing a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise physiology at Chichester Institute of Higher Education. He spent 18 years with Keating progressing to Senior Practice Manager at the set. Chris joined Crown Office Chambers in 2015 as the Senior Team Clerk to the Construction, Commercial and Energy and Natural Resources team of barristers, before joining Diales / Driver Trett in 2020. Chris has been a member of the SCL since 2009.

John Tackaberry

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Founder member

Sub-Committees:
Policy/Constitutional Matters, Regions
Founding President of the SCL and Past President of the European Society of Construction Law. Past Chairman of the CIA and first chairman of its Executive Committee. Also a principal architect of the CIA's international activities and of its Special Fellowship courses. A principal editor of the Handbook of Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Practice. Past or present member of many international arbitration panels. CEDR Mediator. Vice President of the Arbitration Club. Adjudication and D.R.B work undertaken. A former UNCC Commissioner. A Member of the Construction Disputes Division, European Court of Arbitration. A member of ADR Chambers.

Jessica Tresham

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Ethics, Equality and Diversity, Ethics, IT and Social Media, Members' Benefits, Queries Sub-Committee, Regions, Social
Jessica is a contentious construction lawyer and her experience encompasses the full range of construction disputes. She defends and brings claims in the Technology and Construction Court in addition to arbitrations and adjudications. Jessica represents clients in various forms of ADR including expert determination, mediation and negotiation. Jessica also advises in relation to construction-related professional negligence disputes. Jessica has been a regional coordinator for the SCL representing the South Coast region for the last 5 years and became a member of Council in 2016. When not going about her day job, Jessica can be found playing the keyboards in her firm's band Eclectic Zoo!

Sarah Williams

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Astra SCL, Equality and Diversity, International/International SCLs, SCL Hudson Prize Judges
Sarah was called to the Bar in 2008 and has been a member of Keating Chambers since 2009. Sarah has developed a diverse practice which covers engineering and technical disputes, surveyor's professional negligence claims, standard form contract disputes (including NEC, JCT, ICE, Federation of Master Builders contracts and RIBA), onshore drilling and energy work, adjudication enforcements, ICC international arbitrations, CIMAR arbitrations, right to light disputes, mediation, utilities disputes, shipbuilding cases, pure construction cases in the TCC, construction adjudication, and pro bono work.

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