Council

SCL Council

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Coulson

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President

Sir Peter Coulson joined Keating Chambers in 1983 and became one of its busiest Juniors. He was led by Humphrey LLoyd QC in Ashville v Elmer [1989] QB 488 which confirmed the power of Arbitrators to grant rectification, and by Anthony May QC and Christopher Thomas QC in McAlpine v McDermott (1992) 58 BLR 1. He also appeared in the Chancery Division in Regalian Properties v LDDC [1995] 1 WLR 212, a case about restitution and quasi contract. He took Silk in 2002 and then, still at the start of a flourishing leading practice, accepted appointment as a Senior Circuit Judge in the Technology and Construction Court in 2004. In 2008 he was appointed a judge of the High Court, continuing to sit in the TCC. In 2017 he was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal.

Jonathan Cope

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Chair

Sub-Committees:
Approval of new members, Equality and Diversity, ESCL, London Programme, Papers, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, Relations with Professional Bodies, Social
Phone:
020 7780 7480
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. He is an experienced dispute resolver and has been appointed in over 250 construction and engineering disputes as either adjudicator, arbitrator or expert determiner. These disputes have concerned projects ranging in value up to £250m, and have been in a variety of sectors including education, roads and infrastructure, power generation, airports, hotels and leisure, offices 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 is available to act as a dispute board member and mediator, and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Jonathan Pawlowski

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Vice Chair

Sub-Committees:
Approval of new members, Policy/Constitutional Matters, Queries, Regions, Social, Social – Annual Lunch
Phone:
44 (0)20 7470 4422
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.

Rebecca Shorter

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Secretary

Sub-Committees:
Approval of new members, Astra SCL, London Programme, Members Benefits, Regions
Phone:
020 7532 1634
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.

Richard Bailey

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Treasurer

Sub-Committees:
International/International SCLs, IT and Social Media
Phone:
+44 (0)20 7421 7921
Richard Bailey is a Partner in the construction group of Goodman Derrick LLP. Richard specialises in a mix of contentious and non-contentious work predominantly acting for Contractors but also representing consultants and employers. He is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including adjudication, arbitration, litigation and is also experienced in alternative forms of dispute resolution. As well as his contentious work Richard is well versed in many different forms of Contract including JCT, NEC, GCWorks, and regularly advises on contract amendments, appointments, warranties and all forms of construction documentation. Richard has been treasurer of the SCL since 2008 and leads both the Junior SCL and the IT subcommittees on Council. Richard regularly attends SCL events both in London and the Regions and is always happy to talk to members about the Society. Richard is the current Vice President of the European Society of Construction Law.

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
Phone:
020 7404 0102
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 2019, ESCL, International/International SCLs, Regions
Phone:
0207 247 4989
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.

Ronan Champion

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Member

Sub-Committees:
London Programme, Papers, Regions, SCL Hudson Prize Judges
Phone:
0771 496 0731
Ronan is a Chartered Surveyor and Partner at Champion Pearce LLP, the niche construction consulting firm (www.championpearce.com). He advises on resolution of complex construction disputes, acting as expert witness on delays, cost and management issues. Before Champion Pearce LLP, Ronan was a Partner at EC Harris LLP in London and was SCL Chairman 2009 to 2010. He is frequently involved in analysis of delays and cost overruns, engaged by contractors, employers, law firms and institutions. Recent work has included acting for an Italian power utility group in assessing claims in ICC arbitration on a GBP240m power project, advising on delays to an office complex in Moscow, acting for insurers in GBP22m claim for reinstatement costs following severe property damage, and acting for a leading professional services firm as expert in relation to negligence claims of GBP18m arising from cost overruns. He maintains a particular interest in valuation of costs and damages from property damage cases and acceleration issues, the subject of his doctoral thesis at King's College London. He has presented papers on contract issues and damages in London, Cambridge and Milan and was a prize winner in SCL's Hudson Prize.

Christopher Ennis

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Member

Sub-Committees:
EOT Protocol & Expert, International/International SCLs, Regions, Social, Social – Annual Lunch
Phone:
+44 20 3355 7078
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.

Karen L Gough

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Conference – UK 2019, International/International SCLs, London Programme, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, TCC Users Committee
Phone:
020 7832 1111
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."

Shy Jackson

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Conference – UK 2019, Equality and Diversity, Regions, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, Relations with Professional Bodies, University Liaison and Grants
Phone:
+44 (0) 20 7418 7000
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.

Keith Kirkwood

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Member

Sub-Committees:
EOT Protocol and Expert, International/International SCLs, Social, Social – Annual Lunch
Phone:
+44 (0) 1279 726758
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
Phone:
02030583070
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.

Hamish Lal

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training course, Court Advocacy Training course, Conference – UK 2019, London Programme, Regions, University Liaison and Grants
Phone:
020 7012 9740
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).

Anthony Lavers

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Member

Sub-Committees:
ESCL, International/International SCLs, SCL Hudson Prize Judges, University Liaison and Grants
Phone:
020 7532 1607
Anthony Lavers divides his time between the London office of international law firm White & Case LLP, where he is Counsel in the Construction & Engineering Practice Group and Keating Chambers, where he is Director of Research and Professional Development. Anthony Lavers was Professor of Law at Oxford Brookes University until 2001 and he has held a Visiting Chair in Law there since then. He has over 80 publications in construction and legal journals and has given seminars and conference papers in over 30 countries worldwide. External Examiner at King's College, London, University of Reading, University of Portsmouth, Birmingham City University and currently at the British University in Dubai. Professor Lavers has examined 9 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 chairs the SCL Hudson Prize judging panel 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 in 2009. He was awarded a DLitt by the University of Portsmouth for published work of high distinction and elected FRICS in 2008.

Claire Packman

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training course, Court Advocacy Training course, Equality and Diversity, Papers, TCC Users Committee
Phone:
02078425555
Claire is recommended in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners UK and Chambers Global for construction disputes. She has a wide experience of construction and engineering disputes in litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, arbitrations (international and domestic), mediations and adjudications. She is experienced in the standard contract forms, including the JCT contracts, NEC, FIDIC, ICE, IChemE and professional appointments under ACE, RIBA and RICS standard appointments. She acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors and members of the professional team in cases involving a broad range of legal and technical issues.

Peter Phillippo

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Co-opted member

Sub-Committees:
IT and Social Media, University Liaison and Grants
Phone:
+44 (0)20 3434 2070
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.

Christopher Sunderland

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Member

Sub-Committees:
Advocacy Training course, Court Advocacy Training course, Conference – UK 2019, IT and Social Media, London Programme, Regions, TCC Users Committee
Phone:
0207 797 6227
Chris is a Senior Team Clerk at Crown Office Chambers. Chris commenced his clerking career 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 Practice Manager of the senior Queens Counsel 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. Chris is a member of the Institute of Barristers Clerks (IBC), the Legal Practice Managers association (LPMA) and has been a member of the SCL since 2009.

John Tackaberry QC

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Founder member

Sub-Committees:
Policy/Constitutional Matters, Regions
Phone:
020 7267 2137
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:
Equality and Diversity, Ethics, IT and Social Media, Members' Benefits, Queries, Regions, Social
Phone:
023 8085 7275
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
Phone:
020 7544 2600
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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