Birketts’ Construction and Engineering Team builds on expertise with appointment of new Legal Director


13 October 2021

Birketts has built on its existing reputation for construction and engineering expertise with the hire of new Legal Director, Patrick Cooney.

Before joining Birketts, Patrick worked for a global law firm with a national and international client base. Patrick is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious construction advice. In particular, his recent experience has been on major infrastructure projects and major capital projects for the transport and logistics sector.  He has previously advised on Highways England’s transition to managed motorways and assisted on the protection of utility company apparatus and ground investigation works for HS2.

On the contentious side, Patrick has experience of resolving disputes using mediation and conciliation, has brought and defended claims in the Technology and Construction Court and undertaken statutory and contractual adjudication.

Bringing fifteen years of experience to the firm, Patrick has particular skill advising on development documentation, including the full range industry standard form building contracts such as JCT, ICE, GC Works, NEC and FIDIC forms. Patrick has worked with a broad range of clients including developers, lenders, local authorities and contractors.

Of his appointment, Patrick commented: ‘I am very pleased to have this opportunity to join one such a highly regarded construction and engineering legal department. With the team highly ranked in the latest Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide, I am looking forward to joining my colleagues in supporting clients across the region and beyond.’

Partner and Head of Construction, Stefan Harris-Wright added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the team. As a firm dealing with all aspects of legal advice on the construction and engineering space, I am certain that Patrick’s rich and varied experience will make him an invaluable addition.’