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Jeffrey is very experienced in all the aspects of construction law and is a very calm and level-headed individual

Chambers UK 2020
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Jeffrey Brown deals with dispute avoidance and dispute resolution for all parties within the construction and engineering sectors. He is also a specialist  in liability insurance and in resolving coverage issues for policyholders with their insurers.

Jeffrey is a solicitor practising exclusively in the field of construction and engineering law and liability insurance. Where possible, he provides clients with timely advice allowing the avoidance of disputes, as well as their subsequent resolution, if this does not prove possible. Adjudication is now the often preferred means of resolving a construction dispute, at least in the first instance.

He acts for suppliers as well as purchasers within the construction sector, allowing him to deliver a more holistic and comprehensive analysis of any given dispute.

Jeffrey also drafts bespoke contracts and produces amendments to standard forms of building and engineering contracts. His knowledge and experience provides clients with confidence and reassurance.

Additionally, he resolves insurance disputes where the insurers deny they have a liability to indemnify for claims made, mostly within the construction sector. Instructions are provided by the policyholders, usually at the recommendation of their insurance brokers. 

Jeffrey is an expert in the New Engineering Contract (NEC) suite of contracts – usually the preferred choice in large infrastructure  projects, especially where they are publicly funded. He additionally specialises in JCT standard forms. The energy sector is an increasing source of new work.

He is a regular contributor to Building Magazine. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.

Recent work
  • Acting for an earthworks sub-contractor in five adjudications against a main contractor relating to the construction of a large railway depot.
  • Advising and assisting a civil engineering contractor in its outstanding claims. These related to a PFI street lighting project. An NEC contract had been utilised with extensive amendments.
  • Advising a utility provider on infrastructure agreements which were based upon and the NEC3 contract.
  • Conducting litigation in the High Court for a contractor following refurbishment works to a luxury residential property in London.
  • Assisting a large French contractor with its UK agreements.
  • Preparing agreements on behalf of a developer of student accommodation, negotiating and agreeing the terms with the relevant parties. 
  • Pursuing litigation in the High Court for a curtain walling contractor against a designer of a building in West London by application of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers Act)1930. The claim was defended by the insurers of the insolvent designer. 
Accolades

Jeffrey is listed in Chambers UK 2020 with clients praising his "clear understanding and level of knowledge of most forms of contract in use in the UK".

Jeffrey is listed in Chambers & Partners 2019 for Construction. He is regularly engaged by supplier-side clients to advise on dispute resolution and dispute avoidance, who highlight his "detailed knowledge of most forms of contract in use in the construction industry".


Did you know
Jeffrey once represented England in a National Eisteddfod.

Jeffrey's interests include swimming and cycling and he is a passionate supporter of Welsh rugby.

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