Robert Norris is a partner in our Construction Practice, focusing on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of engineering and construction dealing with major infrastructure, rail/light rail, civil engineering, energy, process plant and building sectors. With a first class master’s degree in civil engineering, Robert has both the legal experience and industry expertise to successfully operate in the engineering and construction industries.

    Robert has been involved with projects in both the private and public sectors. These projects have adopted a range of forms of procurement and a number of these projects involved bespoke and innovative approaches in order to deliver the project objectives.

    Robert works closely with clients, external consultants and colleagues within Squire Patton Boggs and has experience advising on documents such as EPC contracts, building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, bonds, guarantees, project agreements, development agreements, agreements for lease, concession agreements, funding agreements and other documentation relating to the engineering, procurement and construction aspects of projects.

    Robert also advises clients regarding domestic and international disputes and has experience of a broad range of dispute resolution techniques including litigation, arbitration, expert determination, adjudication and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

    Chambers UK 2011 states that “The “diligent and courteous” Robert Norris impresses clients with his contractual work as well as his advice on contentious matters.”

    ABB Limited describe Robert as “a very knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer with a sound understanding of his client’s needs.”

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    Major Infrastructure/Development

    • Advising the Olympic Delivery Authority regarding London 2012 – in particular, the Olympic aquatic center (NEC Option A) and tailored contracts regarding the surrounding infrastructure (including bridges and highways).
    • Advising a UK government authority, Birmingham City Council, on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of New Street Train Station, valued at more than £300 million.
    • Advising Centro, a UK government agency responsible for the delivery of transport and infrastructure projects, on claims arising in relation to the £20 million construction of a second access way and associated tunneling and civil works by way of an ICE sixth form of contract through a Victorian viaduct at Snow Hill Train Station, Birmingham. The matter also involved drafting and agreement of a bespoke form of ADR process.
    • Advising a syndicate of banks (Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Barclays) on a £60 million development neighboring the M25, including tunneling works beneath the motorway. Contract based on New Engineering Contract (NEC) Option A and also included negotiating related agreements with the Highways Agency.
    • Acting for a UK bank in relation to the £400 million development of its strategically important data centre – the largest in Europe.
    • Advising Blackpool Borough Council, a UK government authority, on two contracts (16 kilometers of track and associated infrastructure and a new depot facility) in relation to the £120 million new light rail scheme NEC Option A. (non-con). Providing ongoing advice during the course of the project.
    • Advising Georgia Reconstruction & Development Company in relation to the redevelopment of Tbilisi railway station by way of FIDIC yellow book.

    Energy and Process Plant

    • Advising a main contractor in relation to claims and cross-claims relating to construction and engineering works UK power station. Claims related to additional costs and defects involving MF/1 based contract. The dispute was settled by way of a facilitative mediation.
    • Advising the main contractor in disputes up and down the contractual chain regarding the construction of the largest sub-station in Europe. Upstream contract based on FIDIC (red book) and downstream contracts were of varied types including ICE 6th. Disputes resolved by way of a series of adjudications.
    • Advising Shaw Group as the contractor in relation to a turnkey FIDIC yellow book based contract for the supply and installation of pipework and associated equipment at Europe’s largest CHP (circa 730 MW) gas-fired power station.
    • Advising the Carbon and Energy Fund in their £1.2 billion investment program across the NHS hospital estate over the next four years in relation to energy services contracts – CHP and related systems and construction works including long-term (approximately 15 years) O&M regimes. Bespoke contracts based on NHS version of the standardized PFI contract.
    • Advising Kodak on the UK element of its worldwide footplate reduction program, which included demolition and infrastructure works at its process plant facilities at various sites in the UK. (NEC Option A).
    • Acting for an energy services contractor, EnerG Combined Power Limited, in relation to numerous contracts in the public and private sectors in relation to the provision of energy services/provision of combined heat and power process plant – to be designed, built and operated by the main contractor. (O&M typically for a period of 10-15 years). Bespoke forms of contract based on NHS version of SoPC3. Downstream contracts based on MF/1 and bespoke forms of contract.
    • Acting for the Grangeworth refinery in various matters relating to WHRB installations and related packages. Various claims and cross claims relating to the construction of the works and defects/performance issues.

    Education

    • De Montfort University, Law Society Finals, 1993
    • University of Birmingham, C.P.E., 1992
    • University of Birmingham, M.Eng., 1991

    Admissions

    • England and Wales
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Construction, Midlands
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Construction
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for construction
    • Recommended in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 UK
    • Listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK as a leading individual

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