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Dan Cudlipp

Senior Associate, Construction

Dan is a solicitor in the Construction team and specialises in providing advice and assistance to clients involved in contentious construction matters and disputes.

He advises clients of all types and sizes, including individuals, consultants, contractors, developers and institutional investment funds, and has experience in acting for social housing providers, renewable energy technology providers, and a well-known supermarket chain. He acts for clients involved in mediation, adjudication and litigation, representing both those pursuing legal action and those defending it. He also frequently assists clients who wish to resolve their disputes without recourse to legal proceedings. He has experience advising on a range of matters, including payment disputes, design and workmanship issues/defects, delay claims, poor performance, termination and insolvency.

He has particular expertise in construction disputes concerning buildings with cladding systems that do not provide adequate protection against the spread of fire. He is presently involved in advising a number of owners of very large buildings seeking to remediate and bring claims in respect of fire safety issues in the external walls including the use of combustible materials (such as cladding panels made of aluminium composite material or high pressure laminate cladding panels and insulation made of phenolic foam or XPS) and/or missing/inadequate fire stopping and cavity barriers.

Dan also has expertise in advising clients in the event of contractor insolvency, providing advice on the immediate protection of the employer's position, maintaining progress towards completion of the project and recovery of the employer's losses arising from the insolvency.

As well as his contentious practice, Dan has experience in advising clients on non-contentious matters, including preparing and negotiating building contracts, consultant appointments, collateral warranties and letters of reliance.

Dan graduated with an LLB from King’s College London in 2012. He then worked as a paralegal in industrial disease litigation, before moving to Clarke Willmott LLP in 2014, where he subsequently trained. Upon qualification in September 2017, Dan joined Forsters.

"The people are highly intelligent, hard working whilst also being welcoming and supportive. No question is a silly question and it feels like there is no hierarchy here, all the partners are happy to help and it never feels scary asking them for advice."
Sonny Stewart, Trainee Solicitor
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