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David Thorne, Partner, Construction

David Thorne, Partner, Construction, Fieldfisher

I have 20 years of experience advising clients in the construction, engineering and support services sectors with my primarily focus being to resolve complex multi-party disputes.

I have extensive experience of managing cases for contractors and employers through the formal dispute processes of adjudication, litigation and arbitration including a numerous complex multi-party disputes in the Technology and Construction Court. 

An important focus is working with clients to find cost effective, quick and collaborative solutions which maintain and build commercial relationships outside of these formal dispute processes and I have worked with clients to this end in numerous mediations over the last 20 years.   

I also possess deep knowledge of insurance issues associated with the construction sector and have written a chapter for Hogarth's Insurance Law for the Construction Industry.

I recognise that the key to effective dispute resolution is the building of relationships with key stakeholders and opponents to find solutions which balance what often appear at the outset to be irreconcilable interests.  We operate in an adversarial environment but timely, cost effective solutions are rarely identified without collaboration and compromise and I am experienced in identifying the key obstacles in disputes and communicating the benefits of realistic solutions to all involved.

Legal 500 2018 says that David "is well regarded for his legal knowledge and ability to find solutions to large infrastructure disputes"

Resolving disputes associated with complex PFI projects has involved me working in the defence, health and education sectors.   I also have extensive construction experience in relation to infrastructure, rail, industrial and distribution facilities, flood risk management and process engineering.

Advising in relation to disputes in these sectors involves identifying solutions capable of balancing competing interests including those of the public sector, contractors, service providers, funders and insurers.

I am a regular speaker on construction law topics and enjoy small engagements with clients direct targeted at specific issues of current concern.  I have spoken as a panel member at the 2017 Construction Law Conference with Paul Reed QC, and I am speaking at the 2019 Construction Law Summer School in Cambridge.

I have also written a chapter for Hogarth's Insurance Law for the Construction Industry second edition.

In my spare time I am a keen runner.