Paul Whittle Commercial Mediator
MSc LL.M GDL BSc (Hons) DipAdj DipSurv MRICS MCIOB FCIArbProfile
Paul practices as a commercial mediator who has specialised for a number of years in construction and engineering disputes. Paul is one of only a small number of mediators who sit on and is appointed via the RICS President's Panel. Paul is accrediated as a commercial mediator by the RICS, MATA and the ADR Group. In addition to mediating disputes, Paul is a chartered quantity surveyor for Thomas Sands Consulting based in the Thames Valley. Paul has worked on major projects in London, Paris and the Middle-East.
Paul has been directly involved in projects ranging from a few thousand pounds to mega-projects totalling over 20 billion pounds. For Thomas Sands Consulting, as a Chartered Surveyor, Paul specialises in providing contract solutions, quantum expert reports, construction contract advice, issues regarding payment, payment notices, claims for loss & expense, suspension, termination, party representation and support.
Paul has spent his entire working life in construction. He began working for a construction business in 1994 working on a range of domestic, commercial and industrial projects. He quickly moved into a managerial position supervising small to medium sized sites, organising and controlling labour and plant resources. Paul’s management and control progressed on to larger and more complex projects. His management successfully completed many new-build homes (many with very high specifications), and many civil engineering and industrial projects including mechanical engineering (M&E) installations. Paul’s work spanned from the creation of tenders and estimates on a range of projects, from the management of live projects, and the valuation of interim applications and the negotiation of final accounts.
Through both his management of projects and his high levels of academic and professional education, Paul has gained expert knowledge of the standard forms of contract (JCT and NEC), both contract and construction law, and the negotiation and resolution of construction, engineering and property disputes.
In addition, Paul is the author of Construction Claims for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors resource website ISURV. The content of Paul's work covers some one hundred pages of case law and legislation, NEC and JCT terms, quantum meriut, payment under the Act, withholding notices, certification, variations, delay, LAD's, EOT, losses, claims, termination and much more.
Paul has been appointed as lead mediator over 60 mediations since 2011.
Claim for non-payment against a consumer and a counter-claim for defective works.
Family dispute concerning construction and property development.
Claim and counter claim of £750k for non-payment versus remediation works and patent defects of a new-build care home.
Claims against an engineering consultant for over valued works carried out to a luxury central London residential development.
Claims against builder for non-completion and defects in workmanship.
Claims against a leading national housebuilder for defects to luxury apartment.
Self-builders claim for non-completion of electrical works and losses that followed.
Contractors claim for non-payment and employers counter claim for defects, delay and losses under a contract to construct 4 new houses.
Refurbishment defects to multi-million pound apartment in central London.
Electrical contractor claims for works carried out to a warehouse.
Boundary dispute focused upon Party Wall issues and infringements.
Boundary dispute focusing on removal of trees and boundary line.
Home-owner claiming for defective works carried out by a joinery company.
Roofing sub-contractor claims against large national contractor over works to a national supermarket chain.
Construction extension of time and claims arising from a new build industrial warehouse.
Employment dispute - Construction company accountant and non-payment of invoices by main contractor.
Dispute over defects and non-payment to new-build home.
Dispute over defective liner and claims for damage and losses that followed.
Dispute between Charitable Trust and Contractor over non-payment for works carried out
Dispute between contractor and homeowner over non-payment and defects.
Dispute between a property development company and the main contractor over variations.
Dispute for a lease agreement on a commercial property between the landlord and tenant.
Dispute over interim applications from a bricklaying sub-contractor to main contractor.
Construction & Surveying Experience
Alteraions, refurbishment and extensions
Mechanical and Electrical
Plumbing and Heating
Railway Systems & Rolling Stock
Education and Professional Career
2006 - Diploma in Surveying
2005 – Appointed Company Secretary
2008 – Appointed Construction Director
2010 - BSc (Hons) Construction Management
2011 – RICS & MATA Accredited Commercial Mediator – trained under Mr David Richbell
2014 - LLM (Master of Law) Construction Law and Practice
2015 - Graduate Diploma in Law
2015 - ADR Group construction specialist mediator
2016 - MSc Quantity Surveying
2017 - RICS Diploma in Adjudication
2015 - Pupillage under the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators – mentored by Finola O’Farrel QC of Keating Chambers in arbitration and adjudication.
Chartered Construction Manager
Fellow - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member - Society of Construction Law
Member - Adjudication Society
Student member - Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
"First of all let me thank you for your invaluable expertise and very good professional advice regarding this worrying issue. The way you handled the whole thing was most reassuring and comforting, resulting in the reasonable settlement figure. All now concluded. I will of course retain your details on file but trust that from a selfish point of view, we do not have to utilise them again."
" The dispute had been going for over a decade and it was complex however, with information subsequently provided on the day, you managed to understand a very complex and drawn out litigation. In the end, I am happy with the outcome after being sceptical that mediation would work. Well done." Litigant party.
"Paul was very helpful and helped the negotiations without putting any pressure on myself. I would recommend Paul without any hesitation." Party - Litigant in person.
"Top drawer mediator! I have extensive experience in the building industry and have encountered every form of building and construction dispute from time to time, ranging from a few thousand pounds to around £50m. Had I known of Mr Whittle sooner, finding the right path for resolve and at the right rate would have been achieved then as well as now. Highly recommended!" - Defendant party.
"Both parties were adamant over their positions and the matter had dragged on for too long without any change. Paul enabled the £80,000 gulf to be resolved in a matter of hours. Both parties have had to give a bit, but the matter is now history and they have both learned something important in business." - Solicitor for defendant.
"Paul Whittle was brilliant, before the mediation, during and after. Both party's came to satisfactory agreement which I believe would not have been possible without Paul's amazing mediation skills." Party - Litigant in person
"Great manner during the mediation, quickly developed rapport and was alert to emotions’ - Solicitor for claimant.
"Used professional experience to fully reality test the parties..." - Solicitor for defendant
"Put my client to ease immediately, great mediator" - Solicitor for defendant
"Paul was extremely professional and was fully cognisant with the type of business he was mediating" - Solicitor for claimant
"Right choice of mediator, especially as other party was litigant in person, Paul was approachable and friendly, and did well to get the party's to settlement." Solicitor for claimant.
“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all your help and for letting me observe over the last few weeks. I have learned a heck of a lot from you and think you did a fantastic job in getting both disputes to settlement (especially the last one!).” Observer
Paul is married with two young sons. He has an interest in many sports but especially golf for which he is a past Suffolk county champion.