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Andrew ParkerPartner, Head of Cladding | Head of Hotels
Andrew is a Partner in our Construction team and heads up both our Cladding team and our Hotels team.
Andrew has over 17 years’ experience of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. His practice is predominantly focussed on contentious work, acting for developers, building owners, purchasers and tenants, but he also acts for consultants and has experience of acting for main contractors and sub-contractors. He is a leading specialist in cladding advice.
He has experience of all types of construction dispute, from detailed final account and complex delay claims through to defects caused by poor workmanship and/or negligent design. In particular, Andrew has developed specialist expertise in cladding related claims (following the Grenfell Tower tragedy) and claims involving defective M&E systems (for example, heating/ cooling, air conditioning, ventilation, water and drainage). He has acted for clients in the Technology and Construction Court, in arbitration and in adjudication.
Andrew’s experience of non-contentious construction matters, includes drafting and advising on amendments to all standard forms of building contract (particularly JCT), professional team appointments, collateral warranties, third party rights notices, guarantees, performance bonds and escrow agreements.
He is also Head of the Hotels Group at Forsters and has acted on many high profile hotel developments, including the Café Royal and the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square.
Andrew is a member of the Law Society, the Society of Construction Law and the Leisure Property Forum. He is recognised as a Band 5 Ranked Lawyer in Chambers UK 2021 for his contentious construction work.
He read law at University College London before training and qualifying at Wedlake Bell. Andrew joined Forsters in 2011.
Forsters' Head of Cladding, Andrew Parker, appeared on BBC Newsnight discussing what the Housing Minister Michael Gove meant when he stated earlier this week, on 10 January 2022, that he will be “absolutely willing to use legal rules” to make builders pay for the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings between 11-18 metres.
The Covid-19 pandemic created a perfect storm for the hotels sector and, despite ever improving signs of recovery, the resulting devastation will take time and innovation to repair. Unprecedented economic life-support provided by the UK government over the last two years has kept the gathering clouds at bay, but there could well be casualties in 2022 and beyond. This was the conclusion of a roundtable discussion hosted by Forsters on 10 November 2021.
Over the past few weeks, developers and contractors have been assessing the potential implications of coronavirus and COVID-19 on construction projects. Whilst matters continue to change on a daily basis (and this note considers the position as things stand on Thursday 26 March 2020) we have summarised the key contractual principles below.
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"Andrew Parker heads up the property team at Forsters and is a wonderful ambassador for the practice. Andrew’s construction knowledge and calm manner make him an ideal lawyer to have on your side." The Legal 500 UK, 2022
"He prepares and presents cases meticulously - he has an extraordinary knack for quickly getting to the heart of a dispute and identifying the key issues." Chambers UK, 2022