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Ciaran G. Williams

Associate
+44.(0)20.7360.8190
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001
Ciaran Williams is an associate in the firm’s London office and focuses his practice on contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Mr. Williams advises on negotiating and drafting construction documentation and on the various forms of dispute resolution. Mr. Williams has extensive experience advising developers, contractors and consultants on numerous standard form contracts (particularly NEC3 and JCT) and appointments, as well as bespoke forms.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Williams was a construction solicitor at a national UK law firm. Ciaran qualified in 2012 and is qualified in England and Wales as well as Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Society of Construction Law Member
  • INTO University Volunteer
  • Global Day of Service Committee Member

Speaking Engagements

  • K&L Gates client workshop “NEC People Conference Past, Present and Future” (June 2015)
  • K&L Gates client workshop “NEC People Conference: from Procurement to Close Out (not fall out)” (June 2014)
  • Delivered a seminar to a local authority on completing the contract data of the NEC3 and the contract particulars of the JCT Design and Build (November 2013)
  • Advising a major rail provider on and drafting all contract documents for an Automatic Train Control signalling upgrade contract (c. £760m) using an amended NEC3 Option C.
  • Assisting in the preparation of contract documents for an Automatic Train Control contract (c. £600m) using an amended NEC3 Option A.
  • Advising a major rail provider on its procurement of escalator control systems and this involved drafting and advising on its negotiations with the selected contractor.
  • Advising Tube Lines Limited in relation to its Transmission Based Train Control signalling system contract and assisting on a new supplemental agreement to the long-standing high-value contract (c. £750m).
  • Assisted on advising a contractor on its bid for the EPC contract relating to a power station. This involved a visit (as the sole lawyer advising the client) to Germany to negotiate terms with the designer/supplier of equipment relating to transportation and treatment of the biomass feedstock.
  • Acting for the Employer in relation to a £20 million contract for the refurbishment and extension of a historic building in central London. This involved negotiating the building contract, the consultant’s appointments and the related warranties.
  • Acting for an institutional investor in relation to a £10 million construction contract for the refurbishment of offices in central London.
  • Acting for an American contractor and negotiating a bespoke construction contract with an international pharmaceutical company for the construction of a pharmaceutical factory in Brazil.
  • Assisted on advising a health care provider on using the NEC3 Term Service Contract for the maintenance of their extensive property portfolio.
  • Advising an international contractor in relation to its dispute with an energy provider concerning the construction of a gas storage facility in the UK. This involved an adjudication followed by a negotiated settlement.
  • Advising a large oil and gas provider on potential claims and disputes in relation to a $3bn EPC contract based on FIDIC to engineer, procure, construct and commission a Liquefied Natural Gas Plant and Associated Facilities in West Africa.
  • Assisting on a multi-million pound dispute for an employer, involving several adjudications on a road project.
  • Acting for a London housing association in relation to its dispute with a contractor over delays and other issues arising from an agreement for lease.
  • Assisting on a three million pounds arbitration brought by a subcontractor in administration.
  • Assisted on an adjudication relating to a payment dispute. The dispute centered on whether the payment provisions under the contract were compliant with the Construction Act.