Graham has worked on the development of numerous major projects throughout the Asia region for over 20 years, seeing many from the planning stage through to operation. He has a particular specialism in drafting and negotiating construction contracts.
Before qualifying as a lawyer in 1999, Graham qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer in the UK after working in the construction industry for 6 years. Most of this time was spent working for BAA plc in the project and contract management of airport developments. Graham also spent time as a site engineer for a civil engineering contractor, and has thus experienced various perspectives on the construction process and the risks associated with it. Graham also worked as a Contracts Engineer for the Hong Kong Airport Authority, responsible for the management of claims.
As a solicitor Graham has specialised in the drafting of all the documents necessary to develop, procure and operate major construction projects.
He has worked across a number of sectors, including power, transportation (i.e. rail, airports and roads), theme parks, waste management, commercial property, petrochemical, hospitals, water, factories and distribution centres, and been involved in projects in a number of jurisdictions including: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, England, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Macau, Malaysia and Indonesia.
He is experienced in many different approaches to procurement, including lump sum, remeasure, target cost, GMP, DBO, BOT, BOOT and PFI/PPP and also worked with most of the industry standard forms, including FIDIC, NEC, HKIA, ICE and JCT. Graham has been extensively involved in the implementation of projects after transaction closure, including negotiating the variation of contracts and settlement of claims during and after completion, and producing associated documentation.
Making use of his detailed knowledge of construction contracts and law, how the industry operates, and extensive experience of implementation issues, Graham has worked on the resolution of a number of disputes in the construction sector, including by way of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. These disputes range in size and complexity from straight forward unpaid certified amounts, to complex claims for extensions of time and additional payment with multiple causes for delay and disruption, to claims in respect of defects. He has represented both developers and contractors.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Chartered Civil Engineer
- Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2000)
- Hong Kong (1999)
- College of Law at York (L.P.C. with distinction) (1996)
- College of Law at Guildford (Diploma Law) (1994)
- Loughborough University (B.Sc. Civil Engineering First Class Honors) (1988)