Mark Lennon - People - Gateley

Mark Lennon

Associate

Gateley Legal

  • Birmingham
  • t: 0121 234 0208

Expertise

Mark is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer. He acts for clients in various forms of dispute resolution, including formal court litigation, adjudication, mediation and negotiation.

Mark specialises in contentious construction matters, acting for a wide range of clients including housebuilders, developers, contractors and sub-contractors.

Mark provides strategic commercial and legal advice to clients on all types of construction disputes, relating to payment, defective design, materials or workmanship, variation claims, extensions of time/delays, loss and expense.

He advises clients on disputes and dispute avoidance in relation to various standard form and bespoke construction contracts, including JCT, NEC, PFI, FM, EPC and DCM contracts.

Experience

  1. Advising a broad spectrum of clients (including developers, contractors and insurers) in relation to fire protection defects in building façade systems, advising on numerous cases since the Grenfell Tower tragedy and delivering training sessions to external audiences on related topics.
  2. Advising a listed housebuilder in pursuing claims against its main contractor for defects to the curtain walling and glazing across six apartment blocks (480+ apartments). The case involves extensive historical records and the engagement of numerous technical experts (curtain walling, glazing, structural engineering and quantum).
  3. Advising a housebuilder in Technology and Construction Court proceedings, in relation to the termination of groundworks sub-contracts due to repeated health and safety breaches. The proceedings were compromised on favourable terms just before trial, following successful HSE prosecutions against the sub-contractor and its sub-sub-contractor.
  4. Advising a main contractor on the successful defence of an adjudication brought by its cladding sub-contractor on a final account dispute. Despite claiming an additional £550,000 for variations, extensions of time and loss and expense, the adjudicator assessed the sub-contractor’s entitlement as ‘nil’ and ordered it to pay his fees of the adjudication.
  5. Advising a main contractor in dispute with its employer under a JCT contract in relation to the delayed completion of a project to convert a listed building into student accommodation. Achieving a favourable outcome, securing an award of 12 weeks’ extension of time and an order for the employer to repay approximately £800,000 in liquidated damages. 
     
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