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Dan Preston
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Dan Preston is head of RPC's Construction and Projects team and a specialist in supplier-led contentious and non-contentious matters on construction, engineering and facilities management projects.

Predominantly acting for main contractors on disputes and projects across the full range of standard form and bespoke contracts, Dan has extensive experience of adjudication on a wide range of disputes from defects claims, payment notices and final account disputes to the performance of renewable energy plants. He also has experience of leading high value litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, arbitration and all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and is an advocate of structured mediation to resolve complex construction disputes. 

His non-contentious experience includes particular specialism in some of the UK's highest value and most complex infrastructure projects.

Dan gained considerable commercial benefit from time spent seconded in-house to contractor clients and is a former Board Member of G4C, part of Constructing Excellence, promoting best practice, BIM, the Change Agenda and the Leaders 4 the Future programmes within the construction industry.

He contributes regularly to industry publications including Construction Manager and the JCT Newsletter.

Directory quotes

He is technically able and commercially focused. If I could give him all my work I would. - Chambers UK 2018

Dan Preston has a growing supplier-side practice acting in both disputes and transactional matters for some high-profile domestic clients. One client states that he "has a very clear manner and approach and knows construction contracts exceptionally well." - Chambers UK 2017

Dan is the gold standard in terms of external legal support - Client Choice 2017

Dan Preston gives "practical advice" - Legal 500 UK 2016

Memberships

Society of Construction Law

Build UK

Relevant work

125 OBS v Lend Lease Construction - acting for the Claimants in the widely reported £15m TCC litigation arising from failures in glazing at 125 Old Broad Street caused by nickel sulphide inclusions

Amec Group Limited v Morgan Sindall Group plc – acting for Morgan Sindall defending high value TCC defects claim on projects under a business sale agreement

A38 Dobwalls bypass – defending contractor in £12m adjudication proceedings arising from alleged defective design and construction of the A38 in Cornwall

LS Bankside v Overbury plc – defending Overbury in £multi-million TCC litigation arising from a diesel spill during the construction and fit-out of Bankside 2

Interserve v Defence Infrastructure Organisation - advising the CarillionAmey joint venture as interested party/intervener in the legal challenge by an unsuccessful tenderer to the award of £4bn of defence estate construction contracts

Transactional - advising various contractor clients and negotiating building contracts, professional appointments and associated documents on high profile and complex construction and infrastructure projects including various aspects of Crossrail and HS2, Hinckley Point, Sellafield, the redevelopment of Kingston Power Station and several waste to energy plants