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Contracts and claims manager

Job Profile

The advisory and programme delivery division delivers services to projects ranging in scale and complexity from £million’s to £20bn, through the technical disciplines of programme management, project management, project controls, scheduling, cost management, estimating, infrastructure finance, management consulting, digital consulting, education and healthcare management.

The Unit brings together the UK management services operating in the Buildings, Energy, Environmen​​​​​​​​​t and Water, Transportation and, Education, Health and Care.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a contract and claims manager with strong experience to assist with varied workload of contract and contentious claims/dispute resolution matters.
Matters include English law and some foreign law matters.
Working under and closely with the contracts and claims practice lead, the successful candidate may be a contracts/claims experienced QS or experienced contract administrator with strong contract legal disputes bias.
Alternatively, the candidate may have worked in legal practice, in-house legal department and/or have postgraduate legal qualifications (eg Masters in Construction law)

Candidate Specification

  • A strong attention to detail and be able to work independently
  • Need to work on new matters as well as familiar matters and adapt in fast moving situations
  • Have outstanding drafting, communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Be practical, pragmatic and flexible in their approach
  • Be willing to work on projects across a broad spectrum of complexity

Experience will include:
  • Construction law claims principles (concurrency, delay and disruption, cost and expense claims, Extension of time)
  • Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act (HGCRA) knowledge
  • Construction payment systems and payment disputes knowledge
  • Contract administration
  • Quantum disputes and principles
  • Foreign law experience an advantage (eg Civil code jurisdictions)
  • Contract clauses drafting/amendment and negotiations
  • Analysis of contractual terms
  • Variations/contract change experience and understanding
  • Preparation of advices, letters of claim or defences
  • Good awareness and previous use of different construction contract forms (NEC, IChemE, FIDIC, JCT)
  • Claims experience
  • Disputes (tiered contractual and third party proceedings)
  • Third party proceedings - court, arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert determination
  • Case preparation/argument formation– advancing and defending claims
  • Document and evidence preparation
  • Drafting witness statements
  • Negotiating and finalising legal settlements
  • Procedural considerations – Regulatory, contractual, third party proceedings (eg adjudicator appointment steps and timings)
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