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Gary Ashton


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Gary leads the specialist construction & engineering offering at Schofield Sweeney and advises upon all aspects of construction law with particular focus upon dispute resolution.
Gary has a wealth of experience gained from representing a wide range of clients within the construction chain, from individuals through to large public and private companies, as well as professional consultants.

Gary has considerable experience in relation to all forms of dispute resolution, including High Court proceedings, adjudication, arbitration and mediation (ADR). He has dealt with many complex, high value disputes concerning professional negligence, product liability, extensions of time, delay and disruption, valuation and payment claims (both interim and final) and defective works.

Gary’s area of specialism is construction adjudication acting for claimants and/or defendants. Throughout his career, Gary has personally acted in at least 80 different adjudications, where he has a proven track record of success. He also has specialist experience of adjudication enforcement including several reported cases that have attracted significant attention within the industry (see below).

Gary has a strong reputation for delivering results both financially and commercially for his clients.

Gary’s notable cases involving the enforcement of adjudicator’s decisions include Enviroflow Management Ltd -v- Redhill Works (Nottingham) Ltd [2017] (TCC), Caledonian Modular Ltd -v- Mar City Developments Ltd [2015] EWHC 1855 (TCC) and CRJ Services Ltd -v- Lanstar Limited [2011] EWHC 972 (TCC).

Gary is a member of the Society of Construction Law, the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) and the Adjudication Society.

Some examples of Gary’s previous work include:

  • Acting for Main contractor PLC in successfully defending two separate adjudications brought by a subcontractor claiming sums in excess of £9m in relation to a £64m contract to build an energy from waste plant.
  • Represented international M&E subcontractor against main contractor in both litigation and adjudication proceedings regarding the development of St Pancras, London, which resulted in the recovery of over £600k.
  • Successfully represented a national housebuilder in defending High Court proceedings for damages involving an electrical fire.
  • Acted on behalf of a sub-contractor in an adjudication involving the Mersey Gateway bridge concerning a six-figure claim for an extension of time and delay damages.
  • Represented a well-known national main contractor in successful professional negligence proceedings against a structural engineer which resulted in a £250k settlement by way of mediation.