Matthew Olorenshaw - DAC Beachcroft
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Matthew Olorenshaw's Expertise

 

Matthew Olorenshaw

Matthew has extensive experience of dispute resolution within the construction and engineering sphere. 

His main practice area involves advising major insurance clients on defending claims against construction professionals both in the UK and abroad, including architects, engineers, D&B contractors and specialist consultants.  He advises insurers regularly on complex policy coverage issues.

He has also acted directly, in major disputes, for parties on all sides of the construction industry in the UK and abroad, including employers, developers, main contractors and subcontractors.  Matthew is familiar with various standard form construction contracts, including JCT, NEC and FIDIC.

Matthew has conducted large and complex pieces of litigation, arbitrations (including ICC) and adjudications.  He is experienced in all forms of ADR, including mediation, negotiation and expert determination.

Matthew's recent experience includes:

  • Defending a Main Contractor in respect of a claim arising from the design and installation of a seating system at a major events arena.
  • Advising on a claim against a firm of Architects arising from the design and construction of a major road project in Scotland.
  • Defending a claim against the Insurers of an insolvent Main Contractor arising from external glazing defects at a land mark high-rise building.
  • Defending a claim against a firm of Engineers arising from the design of a cantilevered roof at a high-end residential development in London.
  • Defending a claim against a Main Contractor arising from the design and installation of an external wall insulation system at various high-rise tower blocks around the UK.
  • Defending a claim against a firm of Building Services Engineers arising from a power failure at a large UK data centre.
  • Advising on a claim against a Main Contractor arising from the design of the foundations for an on-shore wind farm.

Endorsements

Matthew’s Chambers UK 2017 entry describes him as "The "excellent" Matthew Olorenshaw…building a broad-based and international professional indemnity practice, which places particular emphasis on construction disputes. Sources say: "He gets an idea quickly. Lots of people strive for that, but he has it naturally.""

Matthew is a ranked individual for Professional Negligence in the 2020 Edition of the Legal 500.

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