Peter is a partner in the real estate team, and has specialised in non-contentious construction and procurement law since 2004. He drafts and negotiates development agreements, building and engineering contracts and professional appointments as well as advising on procurement and contract strategy. Peter also provides on-going advice and support in relation to the effective management of existing construction contracts.

Peter acts for developers, landowners and funders as well as for contractors and consultants and has successfully concluded contracts for projects in sectors including residential and commercial accommodation (including several new-build private rental and student accommodation projects), transport and other infrastructure, large regeneration schemes, energy, industrial and process plant, secure accommodation, cultural & entertainment, education and health both in the UK and internationally.

Peter has worked successfully with most standard form contracts and has developed bespoke contract documents as required. He has particular expertise in relation to JCT, NEC and ACA contracts, long-term strategic contracts and frameworks, early contractor engagement and EU procurement.

Peter joined Russell-Cooke in June 2016, bringing many years of construction experience to the team.

Residential and commercial development

  • Acting on behalf of a developer to draft and negotiate development agreements, JCT building contracts and professional appointments for the delivery of several large new private rental developments and related infrastructure at construction values of up to £120 million.

  • Acting on behalf of a developer in connection with the funding and construction arrangements using JCT contracts for a new hotel and associated commercial and residential accommodation in central London.

  • Acting on behalf of many ‘household name’ developers and local authorities in connection with projects for the construction of residential accommodation ranging from a few units or a single high-value property to phased development projects delivering hundreds of new properties.

  • Acting for a number of institutional investors in relation to the construction aspects of disposals and acquisitions of commercial property as well as significant development projects.

  • Acting for clients including private estates, property managers, landowners and contractors in connection with individual contracts and longer-term strategic arrangements for the refurbishment and fit-out of commercial and residential property.

  • Acting for a London Borough to draft and negotiate a building contract and associated performance security and professional appointments for its award winning civic centre building.

  • Acting for London Boroughs and other local authorities in relation to the construction aspects of large urban regeneration schemes including LB Enfield’s £2 billion Meridian Water project and LB Greenwich’s £300 million Greenwich Estates project.

Infrastructure, engineering and construction

  • Acting on behalf of a main contractor to draft and negotiate the main NEC3 contract and related sub-contracts for UCLH’s unique proton beam therapy facility including the development of a complex pricing and incentive strategy and reconciling significant amendments to the standard form main contract.

  • Acting for a FTSE250 property management and investment company in connection with the long term maintenance and improvement of a portfolio of 600 commercial and industrial properties in the UK under NEC3, ACA and JCT contracts.

  • Acting for an investor in a significant unique power project in the UK dealing with various specialist and civil engineering packages under heavily amended NEC3 and FIDIC (Red and Yellow Book) contracts.

  • Acting for a government department to produce standard form amendments to the NEC3 main contract under pricing options A and C and advising on the use of those amendments on specific projects.

  • Acting for a contractor appointed under a heavily amended NEC3 contract to deliver highways maintenance and improvement projects including drafting and negotiating pricing and incentive mechanisms and sub-contract arrangements.

  • Acting for a London Borough to conclude both a framework for remediation works and the contemporaneous procurement of individual NEC3 contracts for specific sites under pricing options A, B and C.

  • Acting for a government department to develop and trial an NEC3-specific form of early contractor appointment setting out robust processes for the development of the necessary contract documents and pricing information. That approach is now widely adopted in government projects.

  • Acting on the construction aspects of various engineering projects in the Middle East including ports, power plants and desalination plants under FIDIC contracts (Red, Yellow and Silver books).

Long-term contracts and frameworks

  • Acting for a government department on its procurement (and the subsequent operation) of a £1.8 billion framework of contractors to deliver that department’s entire programme of significant infrastructure projects over a period of six years.

  • Acting for a developer to procure a ten-year framework of four contractors to act as preferred bidders for the delivery of residential and commercial developments.

  • Acting for a large private estate in central London to deliver the comprehensive strategic re-procurement of asset management and development contracts for a term of ten years.

  • Acting for a government department in connection with the maintenance and lifecycle replacement of secure accommodation over a term of 20 years under an unusual contract arrangement based on the NEC term service contract.

  • Acting for various registered providers of social housing and local authorities in connection with the procurement and operation of long term contracts and framework agreements for the maintenance and improvement of housing and related assets. Peter has acted on the two largest such procurements in the sector and delivered the first VAT-grouped joint venture vehicle to be concluded through procurement.

EU-regulated procurement

  • Acting for a government department and working with the government’s trial project steering group in relation to the development of the new models of construction procurement now endorsed by the Cabinet Office.

  • Acting for a government department on its procurement under the restricted procedure of a £1.8 billion framework of contractors to deliver that department’s entire programme of significant infrastructure projects over a period of six years.

  • Acting for various London Boroughs and other local authorities on the procurement of regeneration schemes and long-term contracts for the maintenance and improvement of social housing and related property through competitive dialogue.

  • Advising a government department on the availability of the negotiated procedure without advertisement following a failed procurement under the restricted procedure and on the application of the 2015 Regulations to changes under a concluded contract.

  • Advising various public bodies on the complex rules governing procurement within group structures and particularly on the application of the Alcatel strand of case-law and its subsequent codification under the 2015 Regulations
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law and the Procurement Lawyers’ Association