Martin Wood

Martin Wood

Direct Tel: 01733 302415
Email: martin.wood@spw-law.co.uk

Martin has specialised in construction and engineering matters for over 25 years and has acted for clients across a range of construction and engineering fields.  His clients include contractors, employers, funders, consultants, sub-contractors, insurers and public authorities. 

Martin’s work has taken him across the world from visiting on an off-shore platform in the North Sea to travelling to a process plant near Perth, Western Australia. He has been involved in a wide range of projects including offices, highways, bridges, leisure, food production, industrial facilities, storage and distribution, gas platforms, railways, process plant, housing developments, power generation, brownfield remediation schemes, water treatment, sewage plants, waste recycling, wind power and other green energy technologies. 

Martin read Law at Nottingham University and is a partner of Sloan Plumb Wood. He was a partner at Greenwoods and prior to that a solicitor in the construction team at Herbert Smith in London. 

He is the author of ‘The Construction Act – A Practical Guide’, foreword by Sir Michael Latham (published in 1999).   Martin is also a contributor to the leading legal online resource Westlaw Insight who recently published his papers “Delay Damages” (2015) and “The Interpretation of Contacts” (2015). 

Martin is also a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) and is a TeCSA Adjudicator. Martin has been appointed as an adjudicator by TeCSA in respect of several substantial disputes. Martin is a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in the civil courts and a member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates. 

He is also a CEDR accredited mediator and has assisted many clients in resolving disputes through mediation.  He has been recommended by the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as one of the leading individuals in the construction field in his region and by Legal Business as an expert in construction law. He is also a member of the Society of Construction Law. 

Martin has considerable experience advising and negotiating engineering and construction contracts, consultants’ appointments, guarantees, performance bonds and associated financing documents and some of his projects include: 

  • acting for owner in respect of the construction documents for a multimillion- pound refurbishment of a residential tower block and related buildings near the Olympic Park, Stratford.  
  • drafting a range of bespoke package of construction documents (including contracts, orders, warranties, guarantees and security documents) for a major national contracting group and packages of bespoke documents for sub-contractors and suppliers. 
  • advising on and preparing construction and associated documents based on NEC3 in relation to one of the largest brownfield remediation in the UK. 
  • advising the owner in respect of construction related issues including procurement of a substantial development of nine blocks of residential flats on a complex site in South West London and preparing construction documents. 
  • advising various owners on construction documents in respect of several prestigious bespoke new build houses and refurbishments of historic properties in Central London and the Home Counties and other new build residential schemes. 
  • advising major national suppliers of construction materials on sale and purchase agreements and long term framework supply contracts in relation to the supply of construction materials to major UK contractors. 
  • advising a developer on construction documents for a multimillion-pound new build residential scheme in South London.

Martin’s practice also includes the resolution of disputes in the courts, arbitration, and adjudication as well as enforcement proceedings in respect of adjudicator’s decisions.  Martin has acted in numerous adjudications and in several high profile disputes in the TCC and the Court of Appeal in respect of construction and engineering projects and adjudication.  His dispute resolution matters include: - 

  • acting for Employer in a dispute relating to substantial claim for extension of time, loss and expense and final account claim on an award winning refurbishment project in Central London involving multiple adjudications. 
  • acting in respect of substantial claims for variations, loss and expense and other claims in respect of several related waste to energy facilities. 
  • advising contractor in relation to multimillion-pound claims for alleged defects in relation to mixed use development and leisure facility including complex multi-party High Court proceedings and mediations. 
  • advising education body in respect of the investigation and resolution of a dispute relating to defects in newly constructed school buildings. 
  • advising contractor in respect of final account claim, extension of time claims, loss and expense claims including adjudication, High Court proceedings, arbitration, proceedings in the Court of Appeal and mediation. 
  • advising contractor in respect of substantial claim for defects in construction materials including High Court proceedings 

His reported cases include Trafalgar House v Railtrack plc (1995) (Multiple Arbitrations under the JCT Standard Form of Building Contract), Cape Durasteel v Rosser & Russell (1995) (Definition of Adjudication), Edmund Nuttall  v R G Carter (2002) (Meaning of dispute in adjudication proceedings), R G Carter  v Edmund Nuttall (2002) (Appointment/Impartiality of an Adjudicator), IDE Contracting Ltd v R G Carter Ltd (2004) (Procedure for appointment of an Adjudicator), Speymill Contracts Limited v Baskind (2010) (Court of Appeal) (Enforcement of Adjudicator’s Decision). 

Martin also provides training and presents seminars on matters relating to construction and engineering contracts, adjudication and on the latest developments in law relating to construction and engineering projects.

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