Martin Wood

Martin Wood

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

Background 

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 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 (now Herbert Smith Freehills) 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 which have included assessment of extensive documentation, hearing management and assessing evidence from witnesses and experts. 

Martin is also a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in the civil courts and a member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates. Martin has conducted hearings and presented cases in various tribunals including in courts, arbitrations and adjudications. 

He is also a CEDR accredited mediator and has assisted many clients to successfully resolve 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. 

Dispute Resolution 

Martin has considerable experience advising on the resolution of disputes in various tribunals including in the English Courts, arbitration, and adjudication. Martin has been involved in several reported judgments concerning enforcement 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.  He has long standing relationships with Leading Counsel and Expert Witnesses who are experienced in construction and engineering disputes. 

His dispute resolution matters include: - 

  • acting for employer in a dispute relating to substantial claim for extensions of time, loss and expense, LADs and final account claim on an award winning refurbishment project in Central London involving multiple adjudications; 
  • acting for a sub-contractor in respect of substantial claims for variations, extensions of time, loss and expense and other claims in respect of several related waste to energy facilities; 
  • advising a 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 an education body in substantial dispute in respect of the investigation and resolution of a dispute relating to defects in newly constructed school buildings; 
  • advising a contractor in respect of substantial extension of time and loss and expense claims in respect of a prestigious new development in Cambridge; 
  • advising one of the most prestigious colleges in Oxford in respect of various claims relating to refurbishment of historic college buildings; 
  • advising a contractor in respect of a final account claim, extension of time claim and loss and expense claims including adjudication, High Court proceedings, arbitration and proceedings in the Court of Appeal; 
  • advising a contractor in respect of a substantial claim for defects in construction materials including proceedings in the High Court up to and including trial; 
  • acting for a major national sub-contractor in respect of a number of disputes relating to alleged defects at various locations across the UK; 

The reported cases in respect of which Martin was involved include the following; 

  • 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). 

Advisory 

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 the 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;  
  • acting for the owner in relation to construction documents for a large prestigious office development on the south coast including drafting and negotiation of building contract and consultant appointments; 
  • 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 the owner on and preparing construction and associated documents based on NEC3 in relation to one of the largest brownfield remediation projects 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; 
  • advising a contractor on a multimillion pound materials supply contract for the delivery of construction materials over several years for major national infrastructure road development;

Martin also presents seminars on the latest developments in law relating to construction and engineering projects. His most recent presentation was a review of developments in respect of the Construction Act in respect of payment / pay less notices and the recent adjudication cases in respect of those provisions.

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