Candidate Election Statements
Please read carefully the statements of the ten candidates, and then caste your vote for a maximum of FIVE of them via the block on the right hand side.
1. Christopher Ennis, Chartered Quantity Surveyor
Joined the Society in 2003
Proposed by: Laura Adams; Seconded by: Jessica Tresham
I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor expert witness, adjudicator, mediator, arbitrator and DAB member. I have presented SCL-published papers at events in London, Tonbridge, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield, and internationally in South Africa, India, Chile, USA and Brazil. I was SCL Chairman in 2016-2018, and was a member of the committee producing the second edition of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol, responsible mainly for the Disruption section. I have promoted other SCLs internationally, and was active in the move to Grosvenor House of the annual London lunch. I ask for re-election to continue my contributions to the Society’s success.
2. Sean Gibbs, Chartered Quantity Surveyor
Joined the Society in 2000
Proposed by: Rachel Gwilliam; Seconded by: Trevor Drury
I joined the SCL UK in early 2000 and have also been a member of some of the overseas branches. I am currently a regional convenor for Cardiff SCL and have managed to increase the number of events the region puts on. I have actively supported overseas events as attendee, speaker and sponsor and this has included recently the SCL international conferences in Delhi (2017) and Chicago (2018), SCL Africa and SCL Mauritius conferences. If elected I will use my organisational skills and talents and contacts to help grow SCL membership here in the UK, internationally and promote diversity.
3. Anthony Lavers, Counsel, White & Case and Visiting Professor of Law, King’s College, London
Joined the Society in 1991
Proposed by: John Tackaberry QC; Seconded by: Jonathan Cope
Member of Council since 1995 (Vice-Chairman 2002-2004, Chairman 2004-2006). Chairman of SCL Hudson Prize Judging Panel for 23 years. Chairman of Universities Liaison Committee, working to support teaching of construction law (organised 2018 meeting with representatives from 16 universities from England, Scotland and Wales to discuss co-operation; set up Frances Paterson Ph.D Scholarship scheme following their recommendations). Member of International Sub-Committee with responsibility for liaison with European Society of Construction Law. Gave joint paper at ESCL Conference in Bucharest in October 2018 and at Powerscourt, Co Wicklow for SCL Ireland. Willing to continue work in these 3 committees if re-elected.
4. Peter Phillippo, Partner
Joined the Society in 2001
Proposed by: Christopher Ennis, Seconded by: Jonathan Pawlowski
I am a partner at Tudor Rose. As a construction professional (and non-lawyer), it has been my privilege to have previously served on the SCL Council for over 9 years, where amongst other things I have organised various SCL events, administered the University Grants, assisted with the IT sub-committee and assisted with the Expert Witness Review. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the SCL Council, and would be delighted to return and assist the SCL in carrying out the professional work it constantly undertakes for its members.
5. Rebecca Shorter, Partner
Joined the Society in 2009
Proposed by: Jonathan Cope; Seconded by: Sarah Williams
I am a Partner in the Construction and Engineering Group at White & Case and have been a member of the Society since I qualified as a solicitor in 2009. I was elected to Council in 2016 and since then have worked closely on the organisation of the London lecture series and on a programme of breakfast seminars and other events for Astra, including the annual boat party and the bi-annual international conference. I became the Secretary in 2018 and also deal with membership applications. If re-elected, I would be pleased to continue my efforts in furthering the Society’s aims.
6. Jessica Tresham, Partner
Joined the Society in 2012
Proposed by: Christopher Ennis; Seconded by: Claire Packman
I am a Partner at Blake Morgan specialising in construction and engineering disputes. I have been an elected SCL Council member for 3 years and regional coordinator for SCL's Southern region for 7. During my time on Council, I have been involved with a number of projects including updating the EDI and complaints policy, assisting with the annual Grosvenor lunch committee and developing the SCL's IT and Social Media offering. In addition, I continue to organise regular events and talks for members on the South Coast. If re-elected, I would be delighted to continue committing my energy and enthusiasm in furtherance of the SCL's objectives and various initiatives.