Matthew Phipps Construction Solicitor Clarke Willmott Bristol

Matthew Phipps

Associate - Construction, Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Bristol

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“Matthew consistently provides clear and sound legal advice, he has an excellent ability to cut straight to the heart of the matter. Matthew is client focused and by developing strategies with us to achieve our the desired outcomes. He works closely with us on our legal disputes providing invaluable support and guidance at every turn.” - Ben Steadman - Commercial Manager, Capital Programmes of CityWest Homes

Matthew Phipps is an Associate in the Construction team specialising in contentious work.  The breadth of his experience includes litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, mediation, adjudication, arbitration and expert determination.

Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2007.  His expertise includes working with a range of employers, contractors and consultants in the public and private sectors.  His experience includes complex and high-value construction disputes working with employers, contractors and consultants.  Matthew also has experience of negotiating, drafting and amending contract documents.

Matthew contributes articles for in-house and external newsletters and presents at client seminars and workshops.

Matthew joined Clarke Willmott in 2013 after working at Wright Hassall LLP in Leamington Spa and BPE Solicitors LLP in Cheltenham.

Matthew is a member of the Adjudication Society, the Society of Construction Law and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Matthew is also a past chairman of the Forum for Tomorrow (West Midlands Branch).


  • Advising a main contractor and seeking declarations in adjudication proceedings as to the effect and consequences of sequential Employer’s Instructions under a Design and Build Contract.
  • Conduct of an adjudication on behalf of the Employer involving issues of defective works and repudiatory breach of contract at a new laboratory and manufacturing facility for medical/healthcare disposables.
  • Delay and disruption disputes.
  • Upstream and downstream payment disputes.
  • Claims for extensions of time and loss and expense.
  • Professional negligence claims.
  • Reported cases include GPS Marine Contractors Limited v Ringway Infrastructure Services [2010] EWHC 283, Benfield Construction Limited v Trudson (Hatton) Limited [2008] EWHC 2333 and Birmingham City Council v Paddison Construction Limited [2008] EWHC 2254.
Service areas
  • Construction