Dr Stacy Sinclair Head of Technology and Innovation

Stacy has a broad range of experience in construction and engineering matters. She has advised clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues including non-payment, non-performance, variations to contracts, defects and specific construction legislation.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Stacy practised as an architect, principally designing large-scale projects such as stadiums, hospitals and education buildings in both the UK and the USA. During her career as an architect she encountered numerous types of contracts and procurement routes, including PFI/PPP, Procure 21, NEC and JCT. Stacy’s dual qualification and 10-year experience in the construction industry provide a unique expertise, particularly with regard to technical issues.

Stacy has a particular interest in BIM (building information modelling) and its impact on the construction industry.

Specialist expertise

Stacy specialises in all major forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Examples of Stacy’s expertise include:

  • assisting on a dispute in arbitration relating to a nuclear implicated structure for mobile nuclear reactors;
  • assisting with disputes in ICC arbitration relating to the construction of the Baku-Tibilisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project;
  • acting for a major UK contractor against its subcontractor in relation to a claim in arbitration for cladding defects;
  • acting for a UK contractor in litigation (TCC) claiming payment from the employer for additional works. The matter settled out of court by way of mediation;
  • advising architects and other consultants on bespoke and standard form appointments.

Other activities

Stacy regularly publishes articles in the legal section of the RIBA Journal magazine as well as for the Building magazine website. In addition, Stacy is a lecturer and oral examiner at the University of Westminster for the Postgraduate Certificate in the Professional Practice of Architecture (RIBA Part III) and a visiting lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. She is the co-editor of Fenwick Elliott’s Dictionary of Construction Terms.

Stacy's memberships/positions

  • member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA);
  • member of the Society of Construction Law;
  • member of the Adjudication Society;
  • co-opted committee member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA);
  • member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association;
  • member of the Society for Computers and Law;
  • member of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law.

Stacy's insight

Articles & papers

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Getting the Deal Through - Construction 2015

In this publication Stacy answers questions on English law in relation to the construction sector in the UK, covering topics including construction contracts, bribery, labour requirements, payment rights, mediation, joint ventures and liability to third parties. Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2015, (published in July 2014; contributing editor: Robert S Peckar, Peckar & Abramson, PC) For further information please visit www.GettingTheDealThrough.com.

Mind your language: Are you sure your bespoke contract is tight enough?

In this article written for the RIBA Journal March 2014, Stacy Sinclair discusses the Pickard Finlason Partnership Ltd v Mr and Mrs Lock case and why you should take care when drafting bespoke, complex provisions.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) & English Law

There is no doubt that BIM is the construction industry’s buzzword at the moment, but as Stacy Sinclair considers in this article, what are the legal and contractual implications of the implementation of BIM on your project?