- Called to the Bar in 1997
- Chartered architect
- Chartered arbitrator
- Accredited mediator
Susan's practice is focused on building and engineering related dispute resolution. She has considerable experience in acting as an adjudicator on a range of disputes, and has also accepted arbitral and mediation appointments. She is an accredited adjudicator (Technology and Construction Bar Association) and is on the RIBA adjudication panel. Susan has been appointed to decide:
- Final account and other payment claims
- Defective works/remedial works claims
- Delay claims
- Plant related and plant hire disputes
- Repudiatory breach/termination disputes
- Professional negligence disputes.
As counsel Susan has experience of a wide spectrum of construction and engineering contract claims, including defects, delay and final account claims, under both standard and bespoke contract forms. She also has considerable experience in negligence claims against construction professionals having acted for both claimants and defendants, and has also acted in construction professional disciplinary proceedings both as party representative and as legal advisor to the tribunal. She has also acted in fee recovery claims made by engineers, architects, surveyors and adjudicators.
Before coming to the Bar Susan qualified and practised as a chartered architect. Her architectural experience mainly comprised medium to large-scale commercial projects, in particular hotels and retail, and included being both office and site based. She has practical experience of acting as a certifying architect in traditional contracting arrangements, and of design and build procurement acting for employers, contractors and for a developer/contractor joint venture.