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Podcast Episode 50: How to be risk ready and win disputes in a post-pandemic world

Mail Manager 17 Jun, 2021

Joins us in episode 50 of the ‘Changing Construction’ podcast, the podcast designed to help people in Construction address the big challenges they face and discuss the key themes across the industry, breaking down stigmas, bringing awareness to issues and challenges, and hear from those at the forefront of change. In this episode, we discuss how to be risk ready and win disputes in a post-pandemic world.

Episode 50: How to be risk ready and win disputes in a post-pandemic world


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In this episode of 'Changing Construction', Mail Manager's Chris Smith talks to industry experts about what a post-pandemic world might look like, the absolute importance of proper contract management, an overview of how the 3 main threads of construction (time, quality and cost) will be impacted by the pandemic and add new dimensions to risks and disputes, and why preparation is more important than ever before.

We're joined by Rob Horne, Partner at Head of Construction and Engineering Disputes & Risk, UK at Osborne Clarke, James Morris, Partner in the Construction & Engineering and International Arbitration practices at Mayer Brown, and Ellie Greatholder, Head of Commercial and Legal - Buildings and Disputes at Buro Happold.

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About Rob:

Rob is a Chartered Arbitrator and adjudicator on a number of UK and international panels. He has acted as a party advisor, advocate, tribunal member, appellate tribunal and expert witness.

Rob specialises in complex and high risk projects, working with all key project stakeholders to identify and implement practical and pragmatic solutions that allow projects to complete. He has acted on a range of energy and infrastructure projects in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

As well as being recognised as a leader for International Arbitration and Rail, Legal 500 2018 says of Rob “a ‘market leader in advising on the NEC form of contract’… busy on a range of domestic and international mandates… he is regarded as ‘highly innovative’”.

About James: 

James Morris is a partner in the Construction & Engineering and International Arbitration practices of the London office of Mayer Brown. His practice includes a wide range of dispute resolution, advising employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in relation to all forms of construction-related disputes and EU public procurement. He regularly advises on complicated technical disputes, including claims concerning defective design and workmanship, programming, delay, disruption and quantum, which arise out of the major forms of construction and engineering contracts. He is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in complex multi-party litigation in the High Court (Technology and Construction Court), mediations, adjudications and arbitrations (both domestic and international).

James has advised on disputes regarding a wide variety of projects, including jetties, defence facilities, waste management facilities, mines, railways, utilities, office facilities, residential towers and hospitals. He has represented clients in a number of different jurisdictions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. James also has experience in dealing with complex insurance issues and regularly advises insurers on professional indemnity cases.

He is named a 'Next Generation Partner' by Legal 500 and ranked as “Up and Coming” by Chambers 2021.

About Ellie:

Ellie Greatholder is an in-house construction lawyer for Buro Happold, a world-class global practice for engineers, consultants and advisers. She previously held positions in in-house advising at NNB Generation Company (HPC) Ltd in various aspects of the development of new nuclear builds, including Hinkley Point C.

Ellie has also previously spent 9-years in private practice, with a large range of experience in advising all levels of the supply chain in construction projects across various sectors, including education, local government, energy, health, highways, housing and leisure.

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Where can you listen to the podcast?

The podcast can be found on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and more. 

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