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Ian Yule

Ian Yule



  • Construction and engineering
  • Disputes
  • Commercial
  • Real estate

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Ian is a construction lawyer with some 25 years’ experience. He has advised on various large projects, with a particular emphasis on power stations and process plants. His wide experience means that he is well-equipped to guide employers, contractors and consultants through the construction phase and beyond. He is experienced in adjudication and all other form of dispute resolution. He has been ranked in the legal directories for many years. Legal 500 says he “has a technical background which is most helpful in analysing and preparing claims and witnesses, which he does exceptionally well”.

His recent experience includes:

  • acting for a substantial contractor on a time and money claim, in which a multi-million pound sum was awarded in adjudication;
  • guiding a university through a lengthy dispute with its FM contractor;
  • advising a project management company on a complex High Court claim;
  • acting for a health sector developer in an extension of time adjudication; and
  • defending a sub-contractor in an arbitration that was then resolved by mediation..

Ian joined Shoosmiths’ construction and engineering team in 2017 having previously been a partner at Wragge and Co (now Gowling WLG) for ten years.

He is a regional organiser for the Society of Construction Law in Birmingham, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a member of the Technology and Construction Court Solicitor’s Association (Tecsa). He writes regularly in “Building” magazine

Areas of Practice

Commercial | Construction and engineering | Disputes | Real estate


Adjudication: Is the “Multiple Dispute” Challenge a Thing of the Past?
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2021

For some years, contractors and subcontractors have been using an effective tactic in adjudication. That is to pick off discrete elements of a large time or money claim and to obtain a series of favourable declarations in adjudications on those elements. The declarations can then be used as a bargaining tool to leverage a settlement of the full claim. Or they can be converted into payment orders by way of a further adjudication...

Proof by Sampling in Construction Cases
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

How does one resolve a dispute involving thousands of individual items where it is impractical to deal separately with each one? A recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court provides some guidance - but raises further questions. The case is Standard Life Assurance Limited v Gleeds (UK)(a firm) and Others (December 2020, TCC). Standard Life had engaged Costain as its main contractor for the development of a large residential and retail development in Berkshire...

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