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Richard is a highly regarded Construction lawyer with broad experience across the sector. This encompasses the drafting of all forms of construction contracts and the handling of complex disputes in construction and engineering cases, both domestic and international. His clients include contractors and subcontractors; property owners and developers; consultants and project stakeholders.

Multi-party litigation is a particular specialism. Richard has acted in a number of major disputes before the courts, as well as in arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. These cases have focused on a range of infrastructure projects including, light rail, PFI agreements, hospitals, residential developments and sports stadia.

Richard also regularly conducts international arbitrations or co-counsels with other firms in international arbitrations.  Richard is a key member of the firm’s international arbitration group and is a member of the International Bar Association International Construction Projects Group, attending regular conferences and speaking on international topics.  He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, TeCSA and the Society of Construction Law (having been both Chairman and Treasurer) and also a Council member of the European Society of Construction Law.

Today, Richard splits his time fairly equally between dispute resolution and non-contentious advisory work.  Richard regularly advises on the terms of contracts and other related contractual documentation.  He provides a contract review and advisory service to his contractor clients and regularly advises developers on development agreements and putting together suites of contract documents for major projects.

Richard has been recommended in Legal 500

“Richard Bailey is an outstanding tactician and strategist and has the tact and diplomatic skills needed to provide outstanding service… He is a real pleasure to work with and is peerless in giving sound advice – his knowledge of the legal nuances in his practice areas is at the highest levels.”

Reported cases

  • CJP Builders v William Verry – Leading case on natural justice in adjudication.
  • Nigel Witham v Smith & Isaac – A case on costs and when to mediate.
  • West Country Renovations v Mr and Mrs McDowell – New guidance on value and type of claims to be heard in TCC.
  • Penten Group v Spartafield – Adjudication enforcement case.
  • Everwarm Limited v BN Rendering Limited

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