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Jonathan specialises in advising the building and civil engineering industry sectors primarily in relation to contentious matters. He has significant experience in resolving disputes through adjudication, arbitration, mediation, conciliation and litigation in the Technology & Construction Court. He has been involved in a number of substantial claims through adjudication for extensions of time and final account disputes. Before founding Hawkswell Kilvington, Jonathan was National Head of Construction at Pinsent Curtis Biddle (now Pinsent Masons).
Previously recognised as “Construction Lawyer of the Year”, Jonathan is recommended by clients as a “sharp and highly reliable adviser” who “will go to extraordinary lengths to serve the client”.
David is a strong all round construction lawyer whose primary area of expertise is advising on all forms of construction documentation, including drafting amendments to standard form building and engineering contracts and drafting and reviewing collateral warranties, performance bonds, guarantees and consultant appointments. David also has a wealth of experience in contentious work, frequently advising contractors and sub-contractors on all forms of dispute resolution, including adjudication. Before founding Hawkswell Kilvington, David was National Head of Construction at Irwin Mitchell and prior to that was a partner in the Construction departments of Berrymans Lace Mawer and Dibb Lupton Alsop (now DLA).
David is described by Chambers & Partners as a “key partner who is well regarded by industry commentators” and by Legal 500 as “very pragmatic and commercially minded”. Clients recommend David for being “very practical and straightforward”.
Daniel became a partner in the firm in 2011. Daniel’s area of expertise is resolving complex construction and engineering disputes. He specialises in adjudication, arbitration, mediation, conciliation and litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants in relation to a wide range of disputes. Daniel has successfully handled numerous substantial adjudications and actions in the Technology and Construction Court. Daniel has also been instructed in relation to a significant number of high value professional negligence claims, acting for both claimant and defendant.
Daniel is praised by clients for his “full understanding of what we do and the outcomes we need”, together with his “experience, commitment, legal knowledge and negotiation skills”.
Having joined the firm as a trainee in 2008, Thomas became a partner in 2017. Thomas focuses on contentious matters and advises on complex construction and engineering disputes throughout the contractual supply chain. Disputes frequently concern extensions of time, variations, non-payment and contract formation. Thomas has extensive experience of all standard forms of contract including JCT, NEC and FIDIC and is frequently asked to provide contractual and commercial advice to clients during on going projects. Thomas is regularly instructed to represent clients in adjudication, litigation (usually in the Technology and Construction Court), arbitration and mediation.
Thomas is described by Chambers and Partners as providing “sound advice that is not only pragmatic, but easy to understand,” and is recommended by clients as a practitioner who “understands construction matters and deals with them very efficiently“.
David joined the firm as Partner in 2019, having previously been head of construction at Watson Burton LLP. David’s twenty years of experience as a specialist lawyer extend to all aspects of construction and engineering law, however his primary focus concerns the resolution of complex disputes through litigation, arbitration, mediation and in particular adjudication, where his career has run in parallel with the growth of this forum into the UK industry’s principal means of dispute resolution.
An assured negotiator, David’s pragmatic approach to the resolution of complex issues has seen him described by clients as “very personable” and “a pleasure to work with”, and as managing cases “effectively and proactively”.