Stuart Thompson

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222354
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222221
Offices:Cambridge

What can I do for you?

I am a construction partner in our projects and construction team. I specialise in construction and engineering law and related matters. I act for a wide range of international and domestic clients on all aspects of construction and engineering projects: this includes working alongside clients on dispute avoidance, dispute resolution, drafting contracts and helping out with procurement issues.

I have extensive experience of all the principal contracts, both domestic and international, including JCT, New Engineering Contract, MF/1, GC/Works, IChemE, FIDIC, ICE, ICC and bespoke forms of international and domestic construction and engineering contracts.

I advise on facilities management and operating and maintenance contracts, particularly for clients who work in the water, transport and energy sectors. Therefore, I can help out on drafting and negotiating term service contracts, O&M agreements and other forms of long-term partnering agreements. I regularly advise on disputes relating to maintenance contracts and facilities management agreements.

I also advise clients on the construction, facilities management and interface documents on PFI and PPP transactions. I am, therefore, very familiar with PFI/PPP documentation.

As part of our successful projects and construction team, I have experience in a wide range of sectors, including student and key worker accommodation, schools, health, social housing, defence, infrastructure, transport, energy, retail, food and waste.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

I often deal with complex claims and I use my experience to give advice on how to resolve disputes in the best interests of my clients. This includes negotiation, mediation, expert determination, other forms of alternative dispute resolution, adjudication, arbitration and High Court proceedings. Recent disputes have concerned multimillion-pound issues involving the construction of a bespoke transport solution for a UK city, a high-profile flood defence project, several high-profile energy and engineering projects and a number of adjudications, including enforcement proceedings. 

I also regularly help clients with the drafting and negotiation of all types of construction, engineering and long-term partnering maintenance documents. This includes the main construction, engineering or maintenance contract, the sub-contract packages, consultant appointments and the security documents (including PCGs, bonds and warranties). The key aim is to ensure that the contracts deal with the risks fairly, so that the project can be delivered on time and on budget.

What do others say?

I am recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading construction lawyer. The guides describe me as a “rising star”, as a lawyer who is "proactive", someone who has "high-class technical abilities" and is "analytical and tactical".

As a construction team, we are told that we "consistently provide ... an excellent service" (Legal 500) and clients praise our "response rate, the quality of ... advice and ... support" (Chambers UK).

But my favourite comments come from clients. We recently helped a client on a complex multibillion-pound construction project and the client said that we were “clear-headed on all of this” and that the advice was “helpful and pragmatic”.

What else should you know?

I belong to the Society of Construction Law and the International Project Finance Association (IPFA). This helps me to keep my clients up to speed with developments in construction law. I also organise seminars and training for clients on a wide range of issues relating to the projects and construction sector and have been described as being an “outstanding speaker”.