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Michael Craik

Michael Craik

Michael Craik

Consultant, Construction
020 3465 4351

Secretary: Jodie Murphy
020 3465 4325

Sector Expertise:

  • Construction lawyer advising on both non-contentious and contentious construction matters, advising a wide range of clients (public and private sector) including funders, developers, contractors and consultants. In-depth knowledge of industry standard forms including JCT, NEC and FIDIC.
  • Extensive experience of drafting and negotiating construction contracts for new build and refurbishment projects in the energy, health, educational and R&D sectors, including PFI/PPP and LIFT projects.
  • Significant experience of resolving construction disputes  through mediation/ADR,  adjudication, arbitration and court proceedings.  This includes cross-border disputes (eg ICC and LCIA arbitration), professional negligence claims and claims arising from insolvency during construction projects such as the enforcement of performance bonds and guarantees.


Professional experience:

  • Advising a number of FE and HE institutions in connection with the drafting and negotiation of a suite of construction contracts for the redevelopment, extension and/or refurbishment of campus facilities.
  • Acting for a multinational building contractor in connection with two PFI health projects and a number of smaller scale LIFT projects. All of the projects achieved financial close.
  • Advising a VCT in respect of its provision of development finance for a number of solar panel projects and, separately, in connection with the funding of new geothermal schemes.
  • Drafting and negotiating a series of construction contracts for the design and construction of privately funded student residences in various locations throughout England and Wales.
  • Acting for a local authority in pursuing a multi-million pound claim over the negligent design and defective construction of a landfill repository. Substantial compensation was recovered.
  • Pursuing and contesting a number of claims for a multinational contractor, including substantial disputes over a mixed-use development in the West Midlands and, separately, an R&D project in Oxfordshire.
  • Acting for a government funded body in connection with the negligent design of a flood alleviation scheme in the West Midlands.
  • Advising and acting for a number of individuals and SME’s in connection with the resolution of a range of construction disputes, including contesting claims arising from insolvency and pursuing claims against professional consultants.


Professional history:

  • Consultant, Maples Teesdale LLP January 2018 to date
  • Partner, Clarke Willmott LLP 2015 – 2017
  • Partner, Martineau Johnson 1999 – 2013
  • Qualified 1991


Professional qualifications:

  • Accredited Mediator
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