Jonathan has 20 years extensive experience as a qualified lawyer working on major construction and engineering projects, providing full project support from procurement through to contract close-out.
His career started in Scotland working for 8 years in private practice where he developed his expertise in construction law, including some time at Masons (now Pinsent Masons).
For eight years prior to joining Fenwick Elliott Jonathan developed his commercial construction experience as in-house lawyer at Jacobs Engineering Inc., Transport for London and Crossrail. He has a very wide range of experience as result and has advised in both the public and private sectors, and on a client/employer, contractors and subcontractors, and design, i.e. engineering and architectural, consultancy basis.
Jonathan has advised on every stage in the construction process, using all common standard forms of contract, and has experience of some of the UK’s most significant projects in the last decade in particular major infrastructure rail and energy projects, under NEC, and FIDIC including contract management, and all forms of dispute procedures (court, adjudication, DAB proceedings and international arbitration) and dispute avoidance/ADR.
Jonathan has particular expertise with NEC standard form of contracts having spent six years working on rail projects for Transport for London and Crossrail, and FIDIC contracts in respect of major power plant disputes.
He has advised on matters in the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Hong Kong.
Examples of Jonathan’s recent work and expertise include:
- advising on a significant multimillion dollar series of disputes in relation to major infrastructure project in the middle east;
- advising in relation to a series of delay and breach claims arising from a new renewable power plant project in the UK, using a contract based on FIDIC provisions;
- advising in relation to a series of claims in respect of an Eastern European power plant, constructed under the FIDIC contract provisions;
- providing legal advice to the employer, as in-house counsel for Crossrail, on all legal requirements for the £15 billion London project, from procurement through to formal dispute resolution;
- acting as lead in-house lawyer for Transport for London (TfL) in respect of the close-out and claims arising from the completion of the East London Line extension for London Overground, which included:
- advising on and managing over 30 multimillion-pound claims from the Joint Venture contractor and counterclaims by TfL;
- leading for TfL on all adjudications; and
- structuring an innovative mediation process which materially assisted settlement of all claims between the parties;
- experience of advising in respect of a number of adjudications and enforcement actions in the TCC;
- advising on a variety of issues relating to power and process plants in the UK and abroad, including:
- an oil refinery and petrochemical plant in the east of Scotland;
- a nuclear plant in the north of England;
- advising one partner of the Joint Venture architects appointed in respect of the construction of the Scottish Parliament building with regard to significant internal disputes.