Paul Ives

Head of Dispute Resolution

Gateley Vinden


Paul is a legally qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 25 years’ experience in the commercial management and quantum analysis of construction projects.

Paul is a specialist in construction contracts, risk avoidance, and dispute resolution. He has been appointed to advise clients, contractors and employers on various matters from the drafting of bespoke forms of contract and strategic commercial management of complex projects through to the preparation, defence and negotiation of claims, and the production of independent opinions on contentious contractual matters.

Paul has been appointed expert in matters of quantum and is extremely experienced in representing clients in adjudication.

How do you help clients?

I support clients by identifying risk at any stage of a project and apply dispute avoidance practices to prevent the manifestation and escalation of unwanted issues.

I am ideally placed to represent parties in adjudication, combining my expert technical knowledge and the relevant legal qualifications, along with my vast experience within the adjudication process.

I take instructions as an expert on matters of quantum.


  1. Acting as the client representative within a multi-million-pound adjudication, which had been referred by a subcontractor. The service included initial review of claims, collation of necessary detail and evidence and preparation of all adjudication submissions through to a successful conclusion.
  2. Working for a tier 2 contractor on a £40m dispute over delay, compensation events and deduction of delay damages on a major UK nuclear facility under the NEC3 form of contract. This included providing substantial advice on and the preparation of claim submissions and successfully negotiating a mutual settlement for the parties thus avoiding the need for adjudication.
  3. Acting as quantum expert, on behalf of an insurance company, to assess the valuation of a multi-million-pound claim for loss and damages resulting from a significant building defect.
  4. Providing contractual and strategic advice, and the drafting of complex claims for an M&E specialist contractor on a £10m dispute concerning the assessment of delay, disruption and change under the IChemE Yellow Book (Third Edition 2003). The advice enabled the contractor to successfully negotiate a settlement of all issues with the main contractor and enabled the parties to avoid arbitration/litigation.
  5. Advising a contractor in connection with the construction of a new UK nuclear power station. This involved reviewing the proposed NEC3 contract amendments and the overall commercial risk exposure, negotiating the same with the client legal team and successfully negotiating a favourable contract conclusion.