Commercial Solutions in Construction

Alison Coutinho - October 2021
Head of Delivery - Brick By Brick

“I hired Steve's services for a tricky commercial account. His wealth of experience enabled him to systematically wade through an enormous amount of information, distil it, analyse it and make recommendations that were of invaluable use. What I appreciated the most about working with Steve was his ability to identify opportunities and make connections that were not immediately obvious, and this is what brought enormous value to Steve's commission.”

Chris Slidel November 19
Divisional Commercial Director, Galliford Try

"Steve’s experience and expert guidance enabled our project team to present valid claims to our customer in a manner which avoided an unnecessary formal dispute. As well as leading the preparation of our documentation, Steve then engaged on our behalf with the customer and their consultants and successfully negotiated the final account.”

Andy Burley - Jan 19

Project Commercial Director, Kier

"Steve, thanks for the commercial and contract risk advisory work you carried out for us in support of our tender negotiations for this important major project. Your diligence and expertise, combined with extensive practical experience has been a great help to the project team."

Craig Morrison
Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

“I have worked closely with Steve in resolving a number of difficult, complex and high value construction contract disputes while he was working for one of the UK’s largest main contractors.  His drive, enthusiasm and tactical nous on each dispute ensured that the “team” (both internal and external) were clear on the strategy, the required actions, the timeframes and the ultimate goal. I have no doubt that having such clarity of purpose allowed the team to deliver the required outcomes on each of the disputes on which we worked. He’s not only a really good guy to have in the team when issues arise, he’s a really good guy to lead the team in dealing with and resolving those issues.”

Dean Jones - Oct 18

Commercial Manager, Curo Construction

Thank-you Steve. 

Your comments and advise are much appreciated.

Mark Winterburn - Jun 18
Managing Director, Arburies Ltd

"Thanks Steve for your very comprehensive review of the EA1 contract, ....I really appreciate the great efforts you’re going to"

Georgina Boyd 

Contracts & Commercial Director and Chartered QS

“Steve is efficient, knowledgeable and approachable with a highly professional outlook. He was always able to provide succinct advice and direction to me during our time working together on different aspects of commercial and contract management. I highly recommend him.”

Paul Philips
Managing Director, Project & Building Consultancy

“Steve was quick to provide regional management intervention and guidance for the Contractor’s project delivery team at critical points during the Beaconsfield project. As Project Manager we really trusted in Steve’s ability to help us find solutions to problems which mattered most to our client.”

Adam Jeffery
Senior QS, Balfour Beatty

“Steve and I worked together on a claim in 2017. Steve had a way of making sure everyone in the room fully understood the work that needed to be done irrespective of discipline and level of experience. Prior to Steve’s involvement the team lacked focus, once Steve joined this changed and was one of the major reasons we were able to achieve a positive result.  Steve was a great mentor and it was a pleasure to work with him.“

Rob Ingram
Senior QS, ISG

"Steve was instrumental in my development at Balfour Beatty with great people skills and a natural gift for getting the best out of individuals"

Rob Wardlaw - Sep 18
Commercial Manager, Hesler Homes

"During my training programme, Steve’s support and guidance was invaluable. I felt I could always approach Steve. If I had any difficulties, rather than just telling me the answer he engaged with me and encouraged me to propose the solution. Allowing me to develop and take ownership of the problem. Thanks to Steve’s input, I have developed into the person I am today and continued to enjoy my career as a QS."

Mark Newman

"Steve was able to demonstrate his skills in any number of large projects. He communicated very well and in a manner that would enable him to operate at the highest level in any organisation. He understood the challenges we presented and came up with some interesting points that further demonstrated his calibre."

Amanda Winder
Director, Strive Development Ltd

"I worked with Steve at Balfour Beatty Construction for four years. He was Commercial Director and I was Training Manager. During our time together Steve was very supportive of training and our graduate scheme. Steve assisted me in revising our graduate scheme to include a rotational element and was instrumental in developing the Commercial aspect for non-commercial graduates. I would recommend Steve to deliver commercial training whether to commercial or non-commercial staff."

Dr. Tim Fenn

Sustainability Master Planner and University Lecturer

”UCSA asked Steve to provide guest lecturing support for the ‘Construction and Commercial Management Practice’ module of the part time BSc course I was tutoring. His engagement was excellent, drawing on his very extensive industry experience and particularly the way he brought ‘real-life’ scenarios and case studies into the academic content.”

James Adby
Senior QS, Wilmott Dixon

"I always valued what you had to say and had a lot of respect for you and your leadership skills. You certainly made my decision to leave BB a difficult one."