Leading construction law expert Keith Blizzard has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys as a partner, based in the firm’s Birmingham office. His colleague Maria Stevens, who is secretary of the West Midlands Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, has also joined the team.
Keith, who is also an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner, brings a wealth of construction law experience to his new role – not only is he a chartered quantity surveyor, construction manager and arbitrator, he also lectures on construction law issues nationally and internationally. He was recently the keynote speaker at an international conference of quantity surveyors in Qatar and at an international research symposium in Sri Lanka. He also contributed to a Government White Paper on ADR and civil justice reform as part of a small team from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He has been involved in most aspects of quantity surveying, project management and contract administration from inception to completion on a wide range of projects and under a number of different forms of construction contract. Keith is also a panel adjudicator, accredited and panel mediator, accredited dispute board member, forensic surveyor and visiting lecturer.
Keith not only decides construction disputes referred to him but he uses his experience to advise clients on a wide range of construction matters in order to avoid as well as to resolve construction related issues, some with a multi-million pound value, concerning everything from building defects to the interpretation of construction contracts.
Andrew James, Head of Construction and Engineering for Harrison Clark Rickerbys, said: “I’m delighted that Keith, and his colleague Maria Stevens, have joined us – they are both well-known and highly respected within both the construction industry and their field of law. Keith’s approach is both practical and commercial, and his experience adds to our expertise, enhancing our multi-disciplinary team which already includes quantity surveying experts Helen Pearce and David Simons.”
Keith said: “I am delighted to be joining such a multi-talented team and both Maria and I look forward to working with our new colleagues and the wider firm to further develop the services we offer to our clients.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 400 staff and partners based at offices in Cheltenham, the Wye Valley, Hereford, Worcester, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.