David Owens

020 7061 5953
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Very approachable

Providing sound practical advice

Measured and organised in approach

Great understanding of the client’s drivers

An excellent sounding board for ideas and approaches to issues

Flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances

Prepared to go the extra mile

Assistant Director – The Economy Department

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Sector experience:

David is a specialist construction disputes lawyer, with over 14 years’ experience and with considerable expertise in dispute resolution in the PFI/PPP forum. David’s other focus is on dispute resolution in the IT sector, and he previously worked as an IT consultant prior to his career in the law.

David offers commercial, pragmatic advice, and works with clients to resolve disputes and achieve the best solutions. His focus is on protecting the client’s commercial interests, rather than on unnecessarily prolonging the dispute.

His clients include public bodies and contractors of all sizes. He has acted in disputes relating to projects in the UK and overseas, including multi-party PFI disputes, complex safety-related disputes in the health sector, multi-million pound arbitrations for foreign governmental bodies and substantial disputes relating to UK higher education institutes. He has considerable expertise in construction adjudications, gained from years of experience of this fast-moving dispute resolution process.

Case highlights

  • Acting for a large hospital Trust in relation to multi-million pound claims both by and against its project company.
  • Acting for a local authority in a £225m dispute in relation to its Energy from Waste plant.
  • Acting for a London Borough Council with regard to an £8m claim against a major contractor in respect of its planned preventative maintenance contract for housing stock.
  • Acting for two local councils as they work to resolve disputes with an IT supplier in relation to ERP software.