Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

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Conor Rodgers

As a solicitor in Clarkslegal’s specialist construction and engineering group, I advise my clients on all matters surrounding the drafting and negotiation of contract documents, strategies for dispute avoidance, and the various forms of dispute resolution.

I act for employers, developers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants in both the public and private sectors, on projects such as residential, commercial, and retail developments, universities, hotels, chemical plants and water treatment facilities.

My past experience ranges from advising on large scale construction and infrastructure projects within an international FTSE 250 company to representing family-owned subcontractors in their local County Court. I maintain a diverse workload to advise on all aspects of construction projects, thereby building longstanding relationships with clients who can turn to me at any stage.

I am also a member of the Society of Construction Law and sit on the board of Constructing Excellence Berkshire. I maintain an active interest and involvement in the industry to better advise my clients on issues and developments that are relevant to their business.

I have advised on the drafting, review, and negotiation of both bespoke and industry standard form contracts (such as JCT, NEC, and ICC) in the context of commercial and residential developments, schools, and rail transport.

Having spent six months on secondment to an international contractor in 2016, I assisted in the preparation of bespoke joint venture, framework, and pre-construction services agreements, as well as relevant ancillary documents including collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees, deeds of novation, and non-disclosure agreements.

Recently I have been assisting my clients by preparing detailed schedules of amendments to industry standard contracts, and bespoke subcontractor and professional consultant appointments, that help reduce their exposure to risk, avoid disputes, and ensure certainty as to party obligations.

I have been helping clients to pursue and defend claims across a variety of legal sectors since 2009, having trained at international dispute resolution law firm Kennedys Law LLP. My first priority is to seek out a resolution that is commercially sensible for my client, and I regularly assist in the negotiation of settlements without the need for formal procedures.

I have conducted and assisted with litigation in both the County Courts and High Court, and am regularly involved in adjudication procedures, advising on construction disputes relating to defective works, non-payment, extensions of time, loss and expense, and contract rectification to name a few.

I advise my clients throughout the dispute resolution process as to their risk exposure, prepare all necessary legal submissions, and conduct my own advocacy in less complex matters to avoid the need for further instruction of barristers.

I regularly attend the offices of my clients to provide tailored workshops and training on relevant issues and developments in the construction industry. This has recently included a review of the changes in the new edition of JCT standard contracts, guidance on the pros and cons of using adjudication, and general commercial training on matters such as contract negotiation.