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Construction can be a complex and demanding area of law with specific expertise a necessity. Often swift, decisive action is required taking account of numerous variables. A sound understanding of the fundamentals is essential, as is a good grasp of matters specific to each particular circumstance.
At DJM, we have in depth expertise in all forms of construction disputes, led by our Director Philip Graham who has proven track record. We are able to advise on all forms of the construction process from procurement through each stage of construction to completion and handover. We advise contractors and sub-contractors upon contract terms, whilst for developers we regularly advise on the risks and how to bring projects in on budget and within time.
It is vital any analysis looks not only at the law, but also the commercial, financial, technical and factual realities you may face. At DJM we look at each matter with these factors in mind, relate them to you and find the solution that fits with your objectives. In doing so, we regularly act for our clients under No Win No fee agreements or under a fixed fee agreement for adjudication.
At an early stage, we will evaluate your dispute and establish which options present the most suitable and cost effective resolution for you, including:
Corporate & Commercial
Estates, Trusts & Wills
Family & Divorce
Our team has a wealth of experience in providing legal advice to businesses and individuals on an array of issues.
Find out more about our experts, or get in touch to speak to us directly.
Phone: 01792 656536
Year joined DJM: 2001
Qualifications: Philip graduated with an LLB Hons 2:1 Degree from Swansea University in 1999.
Specialist Area: Noted in the Legal 500, Philip’s established construction practice regularly acts in complex construction matters involving multi million pound claims, often against multinational companies. Philip has extensive experience in Adjudications for both Referring Parties and Respondent’s, including enforcing and resisting enforcement of Adjudication decisions and is presently in the process of becoming a qualified Arbitrator.
His experience extends to all forms of construction disputes including:
•The scope and duties of architects, project managers, structural engineers and planning consultants and the breach of these duties;
•Extension of time claims and prolongation of works, liquidated damages and defective works;
•Collateral warranty and contribution claims;
•The interpretation and enforcement of all forms of JCT, NEC & bespoke agreements;
•Valuations of services and final account claims including the quality and scope of works;
•Successfully acting for builder in Arbitration concerning alleged defective construction of a swimming pool hall with technical arguments over construction, responsibility for design defects and claims for loss and expense;
•Litigation relating to the design & construction of bespoke water treatment facilities in Eastern Europe before the ICC Court of Arbitration
•Acting for an on-site specialist Engineering company for the production & operation of specialist milling machinery upon a cantilever road bridge
2016 Edition: Headed by the ‘exceptional’ Philip Graham (who is regarded as a ‘litigator par excellence’), Douglas-Jones Mercer ‘punches above its weight’ and provides a ‘fantastic level of service’ to clients including Dawnus Construction Holdings, Haywood Homes and Rowecard Holdings. Clients also rate the ‘hardworking’ and ‘tenacious’ Graham for his ability to ‘cut through the nonsense and distil the case into the critical issues’.
Interests: Outside work, Philip is a keen road cyclist and has recently been appointed as Club Secretary of Swansea Wheelers, which seeks to promote and encourage the sport and pastime of cycling within Swansea on both a competitive and social level. Philip also enjoys playing and watching football and rugby.
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