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Ian Smith

Senior Associate

Ian Smith


I am a senior associate in the construction department at Fladgate. I specialise in general construction including transactional and contentious matters.

I trained and qualified as a solicitor in Fladgate's construction team in March 2014.

I act for a wide variety of clients including developers, contractors, funders and private clients in preparing and negotiating construction documentation and construction disputes, including adjudications and international arbitrations. I have worked on a number of PFI projects, including their acquisition, variation, and termination, and have acted on disputes arising out of PFI contracts.

Acting on both transactional matters and contentious matters gives me a broad overview of construction issues and permits me to be forward thinking, anticipate problems before they arise, and propose suitable and commercial solutions.

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Construction & Engineering

Dispute Resolution

Energy & Renewables

Projects & Infrastructure

Construction & Engineering Law

Real Estate


  • Representing a trade contractor in the Technology and Construction Court on a large mixed use development on liquidated damages and the implications of the employer taking partial possession.
  • Advised leading residential developer Strawberry Star on a £75 million funding from Cheyne Capital for its mixed-use development, Lu2on. This included the preparation and negotiation of construction documents for the development and satisfying all construction deliverables.
  • Advised Hardwicke Chambers on the letting and fit-out of the newly redeveloped One Gray’s Inn, WC1.
  • Acted for The Random House Group on the fit-out of its new tenancy at One Embassy Gardens, comprising offices for Penguin Random House. One Embassy Gardens will form part of the central London office for Penguin Random House, one of the world’s leading publishing houses.
  • Representing a leading international contractor in five LCIA arbitrations arising out of the refurbishment of one of the largest oil refineries in North Africa.

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