John Dugdale - Partner
John specialises in construction and property disputes.
As regards construction, John advises on the entire project delivery process from end to end. He is familiar with the drafting and negotiation of all of the standard forms of contract used in Northern Ireland and elsewhere including the JCT, NEC and FIDIC forms. He has extensive experience of working with contractors, subcontractors, consultants, clients, funders and insurers in a wide variety of market sectors.
John's dispute resolution expertise includes mediation and negotiation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. His recent experience has included insurance coverage disputes, negligence claims and bond claims in addition to general construction claims.
John also has extensive experience in property litigation, having worked for a number of high profile clients on a variety of contentious real estate issues, including security of tenure, lease termination and dilapidations. He also frequently advises clients on issues such as nuisance, breach of quiet enjoyment and derogation from grant arising out of active and proposed property developments.Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020 states:
John Dugdale advises clients on construction contracts relating to local projects. He also handles contentious matters and offers experience acting for clients in arbitrations. Sources praise him as "knowledgeable" and "practical to deal with," noting his "understanding of the market."
John Dugdale regularly assists with high-value property disputes. A client says of a recent matter: "During the whole process he provided top-class legal service, inspiring my confidence in his expertise and his experience. He added real value beyond the legal advice."
John Dugdale is a standout associate for contentious construction and real estate mandates. A client describes him as a "very responsive and very organised" practitioner, who "kept us updated and mobilised quickly."