David Fearon named as UK Construction Disputes Barrister of the Year

January 8, 2019

David Fearon from Exchange Chambers has been named as UK Construction Disputes Barrister of the Year at the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2018.

The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards recognise legal experts that have influenced the wider legal profession in their jurisdiction. The winners include all areas of the legal profession from high achieving junior associates to long serving barristers. A strict set of measurable criteria are applied in order to produce a list of finalists and the eventual winners in each category.

“I am delighted to have received this award,” said David. “Having transferred to the Bar in 2013 it’s a real honour to receive this recognition so quickly. I am particularly proud to see my commitment to client service recognised in this way.”

David specialises in construction, engineering and process engineering law, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters and professional negligence involving construction specialists and other professionals. He is also an accredited mediator and a registered public access practitioner, and accepts appointments as adjudicator, arbitrator, legal adviser to arbitrators and mediator.

David qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and as a solicitor advocate in 2004 and transferred to the Bar in 2013.  Before qualifying as a solicitor he worked for many years in the construction, engineering and process engineering industries as a quantity surveyor, project manager and costs control manager on a wide variety of projects throughout the UK, Ireland and the USA. He is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), Chartered Builder (MCIOB) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Also recognised as a leading Construction barrister in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, comments from those recommending him include:

“An excellent, practical lawyer who talks the language of the industry.”

“A commercially sharp, able negotiator…”

“Clients love his calm, smooth manner.”

“A great strategist with good client manner.”

“Because he’s been on both sides of the fence he knows how it all works.”

“Fearon…. is known for his pragmatic way of looking at things, carefully balancing the cost and the benefit.”