Michael O'Connor, Partner
Michael is an experienced construction and engineering lawyer, providing advice across the full scope of construction issues ranging from procurement/contract strategies through to dispute avoidance/resolution.
AboutMichael is an experienced construction and engineering lawyer, providing advice across the full scope of construction issues ranging from procurement/contract strategies through to dispute avoidance/resolution. Michael is familiar with all standard forms and methods of procurement including the use of JCT, NEC, and FIDIC and works on bespoke contracts.
His experience includes acting for clients on domestic and international disputes relating to city centre developments, shopping centres, sports stadia, leisure resorts, road widening and bridge construction schemes, and LNG plant construction.
Michael is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Acting for PC Harrington Contractors Limited in their successful challenge to the enforceability of a series of Adjudicator decisions and the subsequent successful Court of Appeal challenge on the recovery of the Adjudicator’s fees
- Acting for Dover Harbour Board in its successful challenge to the enforceability of an Adjudicator’s decision
- Representing a major international contractor (Fortune 500 company) in arbitration proceedings arising out of the construction of an LNG Terminal in the UK
- Advising a large international developer on a number of projects in North Africa of a mixed use nature, including contractual issues and claims
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