Richard Stead

Year of Call: 1979

Inn: Middle Temple

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He is extremely experienced and capable.”

Chambers UK,  2021

Richard has experience and expertise in a large variety of construction and engineering matters. Examples of his experience in specialist issues and subject matter are as follows:

  • Commercial property and residential developments
  • Condensation and thermal insulation
  • Curtain walling
  • Defective works and other contractual disputes
  • Final account, extension of time and defect claims
  • Mundic Block and pre-fabricated concrete construction in residential buildings
  • Product liability with particular reference to building materials
  • Roads, bridges, drains and waterways
  • Sports stadia and leisure facilities

Recent work includes: 

  • Burges Salmon LLP v Temple Quay 20 Ltd – acting for the tenant claiming damages from a developer / landlord for late completion of the development prior to occupation by the tenant.
  • Al Khalaf v Brill & Owen – defending a claim against architects for the design and supervision of building works, with a claim in respect of delay in the completion of the building works.
  • Taylor Wimpey v HGH Groundworks Ltd – defending a claim in respect of defective foundations on an estate of dwelling houses.
  • Castle Building & Construction Ltd v Brake – representing the employer in a construction case.  Sued by the contractor and counterclaiming in respect of defective works and the final account in respect of a holiday development.  2 week trial in TCC.
  • Croydon Hotels v Ardmore Construction Ltd – acting for the claimant in a claim arising out of the defective installation of cladding and roofing materials and a claim for liquidated damages.
  • Denton v TH White Ltd / Delaval  – acting for the claimant farmers in a claim in respect of the defective installation / supply of a milking parlour leading to significant loss of profits – compromised following lengthy litigation including a Court of Appeal decision on relief from sanction [2014] EWCA Civ 906.
  • Leumi ABL Ltd v Tinnelly Construction Ltd  – acting for the defendant contractor in respect of a claim by debt factors acting on behalf of a building cladding material supplier suing for £500k.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Technology
  • Construction Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • MA (Cantab), ACI Arb