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Paul Whittle

Civil and Commercial Mediator

   

Practice Overview

Paul Whittle is an experienced quantity surveyor and a highly sought commercial mediator specialising in construction, engineering and property disputes.  He has been directly involved in projects ranging from a few thousand pounds to mega-projects totalling over 20 billion pounds.  In his current role as a surveyor he specialises in the measurement and management of claims and compensation events on major construction projects.  Paul is one of only a small number of mediators who sits on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) President Panel.

 

Professional Background

Paul has spent his entire working life in construction. He began working for a construction business in 1994 working on a range of domestic, commercial and industrial projects. He quickly moved into a managerial position supervising small to medium sized sites, organising and controlling labour and plant resources. Paul’s management and control progressed on to larger and more complex projects. His management successfully completed many new-build homes (many with very high specifications), and many civil engineering and industrial projects including mechanical engineering (M&E) installations. Paul’s work spanned from the creation of tenders and estimates on a range of projects, from the management of live projects, and the valuation of interim applications and the negotiation of final accounts.

 

Through both his management of projects and his high levels of academic and professional education, Paul has gained expert knowledge of the standard forms of contract (JCT and ECC), both contract and construction law, and the negotiation and resolution of construction, engineering and property disputes.

Recent Mediations:

  • Luxury residential apartments in Central London – claims against structural engineering consultancy for excessive fees / over-engineering.
  • National house-builder - Defects caused by missing DPC to luxury ground floor apartment.
  • Self-builders claim for non-completion of electrical works and losses that followed.
  • Contractors claim for non-payment and employers counter claim for defects, delay and losses under a contract to construct 4 new houses.
  • Refurbishment defects to multi-million pound apartment in central London
  • Electrical contractor claims for works carried out to a warehouse.
  • Boundary dispute focused upon Party Wall issues and infringements.
  • Boundary dispute focusing on removal of trees and boundary line.
  • Home-owner claiming for defective works carried out by a joinery company.
  • Roofing sub-contractor claims against large national contractor over works to a supermarket for international supermarket chain.
  • Contractual claims extension of time and claims arising from a new build industrial warehouse.
  • Employment dispute - Construction company accountant and non-payment of invoices by main contractor.
  • Dispute over defects and non-payment to new-build home.
  • Dispute over defective liner and claims for damage and losses that followed.
  • Dispute between Charitable Trust and Contractor over non-payment for works carried out

 

Endorsements

  • "The dispute had been going for over a decade and it was complex however, with information subsequently provided on the day, you managed to understand a very complex and drawn out litigation. In the end, I am happy with the outcome after being sceptical that mediation would work. Well done." - Party - Litigant in person

  • "Paul was very helpful and helped the negotiations without putting any pressure on myself. I would recommend Paul without any hesitation." Party - Litigant in person

  • "Top drawer mediator! I have extensive experience in the building industry and have encountered every form of building and construction dispute from time to time, ranging from a few thousand pounds to around £50m. Had I known of Mr Whittle sooner, finding the right path for resolve and at the right rate would have been achieved then as well as now. Highly recommended!" - Defendant party

  • "Both parties were adamant over their positions and the matter had dragged on for too long without any change. Paul enabled the £80,000 gulf to be resolved in a matter of hours. Both parties have had to give a bit, but the matter is now history and they have both learned something important in business." - Solicitor for defendant

  • "Paul Whittle was brilliant, before the mediation, during and after. Both party's came to satisfactory agreement which I believe would not have been possible without Paul's amazing mediation skills." Party - Litigant in person

  • "Great manner during the mediation, quickly developed rapport and was alert to emotions” - Solicitor for claimant

  • "Used professional experience to fully reality test the parties..." - Solicitor for defendant

  • "Put my client to ease immediately, great mediator" - Solicitor for defendant

  • "Paul was extremely professional and was fully cognisant with the type of business he was mediating" - Solicitor for claimant

  • "Right choice of mediator, especially as other party was litigant in person, Paul was approachable and friendly, and did well to get the party's to settlement." - Solicitor for claimant

  • “I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all your help and for letting me observe over the last few weeks. I have learned a heck of a lot from you and think you did a fantastic job in getting both disputes to settlement (especially the last one!).” - Observer

 

Other Experience

Holds a Masters in Quantity Surveying and also a Masters in Construction Law and Practice.

  

Panel Memberships

  • Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB)

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

  • Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

  • Society of Construction Adjudication

  • Society of Construction Law

  • Academic member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

  • RICS Presidents Panel Mediator

 

Personal Interests

Paul is married with two young sons. He has an interest in many sports but especially golf for which he is a past Suffolk county champion.

 

Areas of Specialism

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Property



Get in Touch

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020 3600 5050
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Office Hours
Monday to Thursday - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Out of Office Contact
Mark Belford +44 7703 308 923


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