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Ian Lavelle

Associate

 

Ian is an associate based in our London office.

He defends claims against those engaged in the construction and engineering sector including engineers, architects, design and build contractors and specialist sub-contractors. He advises on products and public liability claims in the same sector as well.

Ian also handles D&O claims and disputes involving other professionals including estate agents, surveyors, solicitors, IT professionals and recruiters.

Ian has particular expertise in advising London based insurers on Irish disputes. He is dual qualified in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland, where he practised for four years prior to joining Weightmans.

At present he is defending over 850 claims in the Irish courts, stemming from the alleged supply of aggregate contaminated with pyrite used in the construction of residential properties. The claims give rise to issues yet to be finally determined by the Irish courts and involve appeals to the Irish Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Notable reported cases of his in England and Wales include:

  • Commercial Management (Investments) Limited v Mitchell Design and Construct Limited and Regorco Limited (Formerly Roger Bullivant Ltd) [2016] EWHC 76 (TCC)
  • Venulum Property Investments Ltd v Space Architecture & Others [2013] EWHC 1242 (TCC).

Examples of recent experience:

  • Acting for a design and build contractor in a £5 million claim against it and its specialist groundworks sub-contractor arising from a latent defect at an industrial premises.
  • Defending proceedings against a firm of geotechnical engineers in a claim by a developer who alleges that our clients were negligent in the preparation of a site investigation report.
  • Representing an affordable housing consultancy, one of nine defendants, in proceedings brought by a property developer against its entire professional team.
  • Defending an earthworks contractor in a £10 million tripartite claim concerning damage to a school allegedly resulting from the supply of expansive aggregate.