Martin Collingwood

Martin Collingwood

Profile

Martin is Head of our Construction Department. With over 40 years’ experience both nationally and internationally working within construction, Martin advises clients on a broad range of contracts, including PPP, PFI, BSF, and other bespoke forms of contracts.

Martin’s work in this sector has also led to a close working relationship with clients and associates in the renewable energy sector, having spent over 25 years advising on the design, development and construction of facilities.

As an accredited mediator and member of the CIARB, Martin mediates on a regular basis for companies and individuals with disputes arising from a variety of different areas.

Testimonials

  • "He is prompt in his responses and has good knowledge on a variety of different contractual issues. He also makes very complex issues understandable." "He is very thorough and is knowledgeable on construction contracts and disputes."

    Chambers UK 2022
  • "Martin continues to provide valued and trusted insight throughout our dealings together. We are never in any doubt that our legal interests are in safe hands and would recommend his services without hesitation"

    Jimmy Kitchen Kitchen Civils
  • "We required a swift legal advice as part of our contract negations. Martin was able to provide us with the information we required allowing us to meet our deadline. Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Christopher Cowell Omega Environmental Services Ltd
  • “Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from both small and large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout the many years we have worked together.”

    Aspect 4 LImited
  • "Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Integra Buildings Limited
  • "Martin has provided valued and trusted insight throughout our dealings together. We were never in any doubt that our legal interests were in safe hands and would recommend his services without hesitation."

    Dawber Williamson Ceilings Ltd
  • "Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Kitchen Civils
  • "Martin has provided valued and trusted input throughout our dealings together. We were never in any doubt that our legal interests were in safe hands and would recommend his services."

    Grantside
  • "Martin's specialist knowledge of our complex sector and keen attention to detail have provided an invaluable service to our business. In particular, his knowledge of the necessary legal provisions and considerations that are involved when working with multiple partners both nationally and overseas ensured that every detail was considered in protecting our commercial interests."

    Specialist Marine Consultants
  • "Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Grant Plastering Limited
  • "Martin has assisted us with a number of construction disputes and issues. He is experienced, understands our business concerns and always provides us with legal advice which is clear, practical and delivered in a proactive manner"

    Ron Osborne, Managing Director Daifuku Logan Ltd
  • "... and I would wish to thank you for your prompt assistance in resolving this matter. We would have no hesitation in using your practice in the future for our legal matters and would recommend your services to friends, family and colleagues. Thank you."

  • "He has the ability to very quickly assimilate information and the nature of a matter, and is very measured in his approach."

    Chambers UK 2021
  • "Very knowledgeable."

    Chambers 2020
  • "He provides very precise and fast advice."

    Chambers 2020
  • “He’s very good and very knowledgeable.”

    Chambers 2019
  • “As a company, we do not have a lot of experience working with the NEC3 Professional Services Contract and when a client stipulated it as the contractual platform, we looked to Martin who provided valuable expert advice in a responsive and timely manner”

    Neil Barnard OSL Consulting Engineers
  • "We have had a long standing working relationship with Andrew Jackson LLP Solicitors. We approached them to review our T&C’s and, as always, received a good and impressively prompt service. I would recommend Martin Collingwood of Andrew Jacksons to any business in need of similar contractual advice."

    Ian Cook Mason Clark
  • "Martin's knowledge and support contributed greatly to achieving the desired outcome of the contract negotiation as well as assisting us to avoid potential legal 'pitfalls' along the way. His conduct and professionalism was commendable."

    Michael Farmery Nippon Gohsei
  • "We have recently engaged the services of Martin Collingwood, to review several collateral warranty contracts on our behalf and in summary he has translated complex legally binding documents in to plain English for us and as a result as assisted us in winning such projects as a direct consequence. I would highly recommend both Martin and Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP."

    Gareth Rounding BW Industries
  • "Martin has worked with us on various matters over the years, including construction payment disputes, complex construction project issues, adjudication work and mediation as well as providing advice on general company matters from time to time. Martin is responsive, he offers excellent guidance and works very efficiently for us."

    Christine Boyd Daifuku Logan Ltd

News & Events

News

Andrew Jackson advises marine business on multi-million pound energy contracts

We are delighted to announce that we are advising Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) on numerous contracts for energy projects with an aggregate value in excess of £12 million, as the Yorkshire-based business continues to deliver its expertise to the global marine and energy industry. Martin Collingwood, head of construction …

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‘Smash and grab’ adjudications and recovery of costs

Two recent cases have considered a number of issues in relation to 'smash and grab' adjudications and the recovery of costs in construction contracts, so it's important to consider their implications if you're involved in the construction industry. Martin Collingwood, the firm’s head of construction law, has …

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Articles

The Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill

Read our latest article from Martin Collingwood on The Building Safety Bill 6.4.2022 if you work in the construction industry and would benefit from the expertise of our dedicated team, please contact Martin Collingwood on martin.collingwood@andrewjackson.co.uk or call 01482 325242…

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Construction law update: what's on the horizon in 2022?

Construction law update: what's on the horizon in 2022?

There have been a number of noteworthy construction law cases and developments in recent months, including draft legislation and proposals for alternative dispute resolution, some of which are highlighted below: - 1. The Building Safety Bill The Building Safety Bill, which is currently progressing through Parliament, will impact every stage of …

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Construction Law : Recent Developments of interest

Construction Law : Recent Developments of interest

Martin Collingwood, head of construction at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, has provided a timely summary of legal developments of relevance to businesses involved in the construction industry Collateral Warranties A recent Court decision has confirmed that the two-tier system applies for collateral warranties - with far reaching implications for construction …

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Building Safety Bill: What changes are on the horizon?

Building Safety Bill: What changes are on the horizon?

In July 2021 the Government introduced the Building Safety Bill into Parliament.  The Bill proposes a regime overseen by a new Building Safety Regulator (BSR) with particular emphasis on higher risk buildings. In doing so, it creates obligations that apply throughout the building's lifecycle; introduces requirements relating to the …

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Adjudication: The effect of Liquidation and Limitation

Adjudication: The effect of Liquidation and Limitation

In the case of Bresco Electrical Services Limited (In Liquidation) v. Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Limited [2019] the Supreme Court had an opportunity of reviewing the impact of liquidation on adjudication. At first instance, the Court held that the effect of insolvency set-off was that an adjudicator lacked jurisdiction …

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New Facilities Management Contracts: What do they mean for procurement and project delivery?

New Facilities Management Contracts: What do they mean for procurement and project delivery?

On the 26 January 2021 the NEC published a new suite of Facilities Management Contracts (FM Contracts). These were published with the support of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. The suite includes four contracts, a number of user guides and two flowcharts, which have been designed for use …

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Brexit: Dispute Resolution Governing Law Jurisdiction and Enforcing Judgement

Brexit: Dispute Resolution Governing Law Jurisdiction and Enforcing Judgement

The UK-EU Trade & Co-Operation Agreement is now in place and, although hailed by both sides a success, the deal does not specifically address important matters of civil judicial co-operation. The impact for civil disputes is therefore, effectively, a no deal Brexit in which the UK has …

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Construction update: VAT Reverse Charge to apply from 1 March 2021

Construction update: VAT Reverse Charge to apply from 1 March 2021

New VAT rules for construction services will come into effect on 1 March 2021 in a major change to the way VAT will be collected in the construction sector. The new domestic reverse charge regime of VAT accounting must be used for most supplies of building and construction services. It …

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Brexit: What does it mean for the Construction Industry

Brexit: What does it mean for the Construction Industry

The recently concluded Trade and Co-operation Agreement, which came into effect on the 20 January 2021, is likely to impact on the construction industry in the UK in four main respects namely: A new UK regulatory framework and harmonisation standards; A mutual recognition of goods and product marketing; Movement …

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What are the differences between the current EU framework for Civil Justice and Judicial Co-Operation and the position post Brexit?

What are the differences between the current EU framework for Civil Justice and Judicial Co-Operation and the position post Brexit?

The EU framework rules governs the following aspects of civil justice and judicial co-operation: Determining which court will have jurisdiction – recast Brussels Regulations. Ascertaining the law that applies to contractual and non-contractual obligations respectively under contractual and non-contractual disputes – Rome II Whether leave to serve English proceedings …

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CIC Lower Value Disputes Resolution Procedure

CIC Lower Value Disputes Resolution Procedure

The above procedure was launched on the 1 May 2020 and provides a streamlined Construction Act procedure for dealing with uncomplicated disputes of a value of £50,000 or less. The procedure provides that where the issues are clear and uncomplicated an adjudicator nominated can determine whether the procedure applies …

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Construction Update: New Initiatives Support Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

Construction Update: New Initiatives Support Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

Many readers will already be aware of the various alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods that exist as a means of resolving disputes away from the courts. ADR methods, including mediation, arbitration, adjudication, conciliation and expert determination, have long been of interest to parties who wish to minimise the cost of …

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Collateral Warranties : When might the protection end?

Collateral Warranties : When might the protection end?

In the recent case of British Overseas Bank Nominees Ltd and others v Stewart Milne Group Ltd [2019] the Inner House of the Court of Session in Scotland, whose decisions are of persuasive authority in England, considered the terms of a collateral warranty granted by a design and build contractor …

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Construction Contracts: Build UK sets out recommendation on terms

Construction Contracts: Build UK sets out recommendation on terms

Build UK, a leading representative organisation for the construction industry, has published a non-binding recommendation on contract terms, which seeks to form a new common ground between clients and the supply chain in the construction sector. It aims to promote collaboration, encourage a fairer allocation of risk through the …

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How will reverse charge VAT affect my business?

How will reverse charge VAT affect my business?

In less than six months' time, HMRC will change the way it collects VAT from construction organisations, so businesses operating in the sector would be wise to prepare for the changes now. From 1 October, the government's new reverse charge taxation system will come into force as part of …

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What happens when the liquidated damages end?

What happens when the liquidated damages end?

The question of whether liquidated damages can be claimed after termination is relevant in the current climate, where contracts are often terminated following contractor insolvency, among other things. Recently I commented upon the case of GPP Big Field LLP v Solar EPC Solutions which concerned the recovery of liquidated damages …

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Contract law update: Do liquidated damages clauses amount to unenforceable penalties?

Contract law update: Do liquidated damages clauses amount to unenforceable penalties?

Case background In GPP Big Field LLP & Another –v- Solar EPC Solutions SL, GPP engaged a contractor, Prosolia UK, on five separate EPC contracts for solar power generation plants in the UK. Each contract allowed for liquidated damages in the event of the contractor's failure to achieve the …

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Court of Appeal confirms the death of knell of smash and grab adjudications

Court of Appeal confirms the death of knell of smash and grab adjudications

Earlier this year, I reported on the significant judgment of Grove Developments Limited v. S&T (UK) Limited where Mr Justice Coulson had left a significant legacy in the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) before his elevation to the Court of Appeal.  His judgment confirmed that a party does …

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Contract Law: varying the law of variations

Contract Law: varying the law of variations

The recent case of Rock Advertising v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited [2018] confirmed that a contract containing a no oral modification (NOM) clause cannot be amended orally. It also raised the question of how contracts are varied and what is the variation, says Martin Collingwood At its most basic …

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Rock solid: No oral variation clauses

Rock solid: No oral variation clauses

In the recent case of Rock Advertising Ltd v. MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited [2018],the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment and concluded that a contract containing a no oral modification (NOM) clause, which states it may only be amended in writing, cannot be amended orally. In …

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Renewables Round 3 - an update

Renewables Round 3 - an update

Given the ageing nature of our power generating fleet and the fact that some coal and oil fired power stations as well as nuclear stations are due to close, the Government is seeking alternative ways of providing power. Renewables is a great candidate and the UK has made good progress …

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Construction Contracts: Issues and trends

Construction Contracts: Issues and trends

2016 and 2017 have seen developments concerning two of the UK’s major forms of construction contracts. Our head of construction, Martin Collingwood, considers the implications for industry. Amendments to the JCT suite of contracts The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) began to publish an updated suite of contract documents in …

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Pre-Action Construction Dispute Mechanism Revised

Pre-Action Construction Dispute Mechanism Revised

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes (the "Protocol") made its appearance some 16 years ago and has now been revised following a wide consultation. The Protocol applies to all construction and engineering disputes (including professional negligence claims) although there are some exceptions to its applicability. The key …

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    "He is prompt in his responses and has good knowledge on a variety of different contractual issues. He also makes very complex issues understandable." "He is very thorough and is knowledgeable on construction contracts and disputes."

    Chambers UK 2022

    "Martin continues to provide valued and trusted insight throughout our dealings together. We are never in any doubt that our legal interests are in safe hands and would recommend his services without hesitation"

    Jimmy Kitchen Kitchen Civils

    "We required a swift legal advice as part of our contract negations. Martin was able to provide us with the information we required allowing us to meet our deadline. Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Christopher Cowell Omega Environmental Services Ltd

    “Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from both small and large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout the many years we have worked together.”

    Aspect 4 LImited

    "Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Integra Buildings Limited

    "Martin has provided valued and trusted insight throughout our dealings together. We were never in any doubt that our legal interests were in safe hands and would recommend his services without hesitation."

    Dawber Williamson Ceilings Ltd

    "Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Kitchen Civils

    "Martin has provided valued and trusted input throughout our dealings together. We were never in any doubt that our legal interests were in safe hands and would recommend his services."

    Grantside

    "Martin's specialist knowledge of our complex sector and keen attention to detail have provided an invaluable service to our business. In particular, his knowledge of the necessary legal provisions and considerations that are involved when working with multiple partners both nationally and overseas ensured that every detail was considered in protecting our commercial interests."

    Specialist Marine Consultants

    "Martin is clearly very knowledgeable in his area of the law and highly experienced in the legal issues that can arise from large scale development projects. We were very satisfied with the advice and service we received from Martin throughout this matter."

    Grant Plastering Limited

    "Martin has assisted us with a number of construction disputes and issues. He is experienced, understands our business concerns and always provides us with legal advice which is clear, practical and delivered in a proactive manner"

    Ron Osborne, Managing Director Daifuku Logan Ltd

    "... and I would wish to thank you for your prompt assistance in resolving this matter. We would have no hesitation in using your practice in the future for our legal matters and would recommend your services to friends, family and colleagues. Thank you."

    "He has the ability to very quickly assimilate information and the nature of a matter, and is very measured in his approach."

    Chambers UK 2021

    "Very knowledgeable."

    Chambers 2020

    "He provides very precise and fast advice."

    Chambers 2020

    “He’s very good and very knowledgeable.”

    Chambers 2019

    “As a company, we do not have a lot of experience working with the NEC3 Professional Services Contract and when a client stipulated it as the contractual platform, we looked to Martin who provided valuable expert advice in a responsive and timely manner”

    Neil Barnard OSL Consulting Engineers

    "We have had a long standing working relationship with Andrew Jackson LLP Solicitors. We approached them to review our T&C’s and, as always, received a good and impressively prompt service. I would recommend Martin Collingwood of Andrew Jacksons to any business in need of similar contractual advice."

    Ian Cook Mason Clark

    "Martin's knowledge and support contributed greatly to achieving the desired outcome of the contract negotiation as well as assisting us to avoid potential legal 'pitfalls' along the way. His conduct and professionalism was commendable."

    Michael Farmery Nippon Gohsei

    "We have recently engaged the services of Martin Collingwood, to review several collateral warranty contracts on our behalf and in summary he has translated complex legally binding documents in to plain English for us and as a result as assisted us in winning such projects as a direct consequence. I would highly recommend both Martin and Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP."

    Gareth Rounding BW Industries

    "Martin has worked with us on various matters over the years, including construction payment disputes, complex construction project issues, adjudication work and mediation as well as providing advice on general company matters from time to time. Martin is responsive, he offers excellent guidance and works very efficiently for us."

    Christine Boyd Daifuku Logan Ltd

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