Michael Craik

Consultant, Construction 020 3465 4351 mcraik@maplesteesdale.co.uk vCard
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Michael is a 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. He has an in-depth knowledge of industry standard forms including JCT, NEC and FIDIC and 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. Michael has 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
  • 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

Professional history:

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

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Awards and recognition:

  • ‘Sam Nichols and Michael Craik give excellent client service.’ Legal 500 2023
  • ‘The team is experienced, client focused, and commercial.’ Legal 500 2023

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