Lewis specialises in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters.
Lewis’ contentious experience includes project management advice, dealing with payment disputes (including ‘smash and grab’ adjudications), defects and negligence disputes, wrongful termination claims as well as surety bond claims under a range of contract forms on behalf of employers, contractors, consultants and sureties. Such claims have been conducted via a multitude of forums including pre-action negotiations, adjudications, mediations and court proceedings.
His non-contentious practice includes the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of the full suite of development documents from development agreements, schedules of amendments to various standard form building contracts to professional team appointments, sub-contracts, collateral warranties (for the benefit of employers, purchasers, tenants and funders), bonds and other guarantees.
Lewis has acted for broad spectrum of parties of varying sizes including housebuilders, residential and commercial developers, sureties, contractors, professional consultants, specialist sub-contractors and warranty beneficiaries (e.g. funders, tenants and purchasers).
- Assisting in successfully defending and settling a multi-million pound claim by an international contractor against our high profile commercial client. The underlying claim was complex and involved multiple grievances to both parties to the contract.
- Successfully bringing a negligence/ breach of a statutory duty claim against a regional utility provider on behalf of a landowner who had suffered property damage.
- Assisting on a project where the contractor faced immediate insolvency, providing a rapid response to protect the client’s position by way of utilising step in rights, novation agreements and personal guarantees.
- Procuring a commercial settlement from a surety bond broker to a developer who had been advised to procure a performance bond from a financially weak and ill-advised surety.
- Assisting in procuring a multi-million pound completion contract (by way of settlement) for a former sub-contractor of Carillion owed substantial sums, directly with Carillion’s former employer.