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Called to the Bar in 2016, Ryan previously worked as a paralegal at regional and global law firms in corporate and private client departments. He has also acted as an advocate for the Communities Empowerment Network, representing secondary school pupils at risk of permanent exclusion. Ryan presently takes instructions in all of Chambers' practice areas, including commercial, property and personal injury disputes. He regularly appears in the County Court in trials and interlocutory applications and has an active court-based practice. Ryan has been involved in several disputes arising out of large national and international infrastructure projects. He is familiar with a broad range of standard form and bespoke contracts used for such projects, including the JCT, NEC and FIDIC forms. Ryan also has experience in claims brought by or against the National House Building Council, the market-leading insurer and warranty provider for new-build and refurbished properties in the UK.
A notice of adjudication and referral notice have been served by post at the address for the responding party stated in the contract, however, it transpires that the responding party no longer occupies that address and the documents have been returned to the sender. The address given in the contract is different to the responding party's registered office address. The contract is silent on whether documents can be served via email. How can the referring party ensure valid service?
Are there any provisions that permit unclaimed funds originally deposited with the Court Funds Office to be repaid to the original person who deposited them if those funds remain unclaimed after a certain amount of years?
Can a third party debt order be made against solicitors currently holding funds from the sale of a property part owned by the judgement debtor?
Does an employer need to allow a contractor to rectify defects in the defects liability period if the extent or nature of the defects discovered give the employer significant concern as to the contractor's performance?
Does an employer still get the benefit of a collateral and/or manufacturer’s warranty if it carries out remedial works itself or will it lose the benefit?
Does the Construction Pre-Action Protocol apply to a low value dispute between a homeowner and builder? Does it make a difference if the homeowner is the potential claimant?
How can a party request more time to submit a defence in a fast track claim so that they can obtain legal advice? Can they agree an extension with the other side and how long can this be for? The acknowledgment of service has been sent. There are no solicitors on the record.
If a claimant accepts a defendant Part 36 offer pre-action but the parties fail to agree costs, what does the claimant need to do seek recovery of its costs?
If the claimant has made a mistake in the naming of the defendant in the claim form and particulars of claim, what should the defendant do? Does it make a difference what the nature of the mistake is?
Is it possible to rely at trial on a witness statement that has been filed/exchanged but the witness has since died? If so, what procedural steps are required and how will the court treat such evidence?
Is there a right to adjudicate after termination or rescission of a contract? What other rights will a party retain after rescission or termination?
What steps should a claimant take where, during fast track proceedings still in the County Court Money Claims Centre, the defendant makes a Part 36 offer that the claimant wants to accept? Specifically, is there any formal notice of acceptance that needs to be sent to defendant, or will a letter suffice? Does the claimant need to apply to court on Form N244 for approval of the consent order or Tomlin order incorporating the terms of the settlement? Is it necessary to ask the defendant to confirm its agreement in writing to the court? How should the matter of costs be dealt with?
When requesting permission to rely on a supplemental skeleton argument under CPR PD 52C, para 32(2), what form does that request need to take—is a formal application required or is a written request sufficient? If a written request would suffice, what form would that take? For example, would a letter addressed to the Civil Appeals Registry complying with CPR PD 52C, para 32(2) be adequate?
When will a reference to counsel’s opinion in inter partes correspondence amount to a waiver of legal professional privilege? Will the disclosing party be required to disclose the opinion in its entirety?
Where a sub-contractor has a number of unpaid invoices, can it commence a single adjudication in respect of all of them or would this constitute multiple disputes?
Where client A is legally represented when concluding a settlement agreement, does this give rise to an inference that A must have understood the terms of the settlement? If A maintains that they did not understand the agreement when entering into it, what action can A now take vis-à-vis the settlement agreement and/or their legal advisers?
Hall Committee Member, Middle Temple
Society of Construction Law
LLB (Hons) King's College, London 2014
BPTC (Outstanding), The University of Law 2016
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