John is a partner in and national head of Weightmans' construction team, with over 25 years experience of working with and in the UK construction industry. After a decade in private practice, John worked in-house as legal adviser for Mowlem plc and Bovis Lend Lease, involved on projects such as Salford Media City and several large PFI schemes. Before joining Weightmans John was General Counsel for the Fulcrum Group, a leading utilities business.

As an experienced purchaser of legal services himself, John is very aware of the need to provide clients with commercial, timely and cost effective legal advice. He negotiates and advises on many forms of construction and engineering contracts (including JCT, NEC and FIDIC), appointments, warranties and security documents and has extensive experience of all major forms of dispute resolution, including litigation and adjudication. John is a keen supporter of alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, which can assist in resolving disputes quickly and at a lower cost. He also advises on issues surrounding gas transportation and licensing and Gas Act compliance.

John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a former Visiting Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University and holds an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration.

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Insights Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

Subject to Parliamentary approval, new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2015.

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John Cleaveley is noted for his 'commercial awareness' and advises developers, funders, purchasers, tenants, contractors and consultants on building contracts, appointments, warranties and subcontracts. Legal 500 2017

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"He's focused, proactive and works well within the wider team."

Chambers & Partners 2018

John Cleaveley is noted for his 'commercial awareness' and advises developers, funders, purchasers, tenants, contractors and consultants on building contracts, appointments, warranties and subcontracts.

Legal 500 2017

John Cleaveley ‘is able to cut to the crux of an issue and focus on the points that are important to the client’.

Legal 500 2016
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