Mark Smith - DAC Beachcroft
Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a construction and engineering lawyer based in our Newcastle upon Tyne and Leeds offices. He specialises in dispute resolution for developers, contractors, specialist sub-contractors, consultants and construction professionals with in depth experience of all forms of formal dispute resolution procedures and ADR.

He is familiar with standard forms of contract including the JCT family, NEC, MF/1, IChemE, ICE and FIDIC.

Mark's experience includes:

  • Multi-million pound dispute acting for a specialist pipeline and instrumentation contractor working on a high profile new biofuels plant plant in East Yorkshire. The dispute involved the client contractor's entitlement to extension of time, payment for variations and the lawfulness of the termination of the contract.  The value of the client's claim was £12 million with an intimated claim of circa £20 million from the employer for alleged breach of contract by the contractor.   Representing the client in 4 adjudications before successful final determination of the dispute in the Technology and Construction Court. 
  • Advising and acting for a port authority against a dredging company for breach of contract and failure to complete the contract dredging works in the time stipulated including a claim for demurrage arising from the failure of the dredging contractor to complete on time. Value of claim was circa £1 million.
  • Action in the Leeds Technology and Construction Court for a national building contractor to enforce an Adjudicator's Decision for the client for £1 million against the developer of a water park and associated leisure facilities in Scarborough.
  • Acting for a regional construction contractor on a disputed valuation of the final accounts for two sub-contract works packages with an aggregate value of circa £1/2 million.
  • Acting for an international offshore engineering consultancy providing engineering and vessel design and fabrication services in a dispute with a sub-contractor fabricator on a J-Lay tower project for installation on an umbilical laying vessel to service the oil and gas sectors. Claim value was €7 million.
  • Representing a landlord and developer client in High Court proceedings in a dispute under an Agreement for Lease for the value of tenant fit-out works at an office conversion within the Manchester Arena development. Claimed value was £6 million.
  • Costs recovery proceedings in the Senior Courts Costs Office arising from successful Commercial Court proceedings in the High Court in London following successful determination for the client of a quasi-partnership fee sharing arrangement between an insurance broker and a firm of solicitors.

Mark qualified in 2002 and joined DAC Beachcroft in 2017.

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