David Gwillim

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in the Higher Civil Courts.

LL.B (Hons), Wales. M.Sc. in Construction Law and Arbitration, King’s College, London. Associate of King’s College, London. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

David has over 30 years’ experience in construction law. He specialises in advising the construction and engineering industry at home and abroad on procurement, contract drafting, warranties and bonds, insurance, Health & Safety as well as dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, adjudication, expert determination and complex litigation proceedings in Court and before professional disciplinary bodies such as ARB and the RIBA.

He acts for owners, public authorities and private developers, funders, insurers, international and local contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, architects, consulting engineers and quantity surveyors. In fact, anyone involved in the construction process. He is endlessly fascinated by construction and engineering. His aim is to work with his clients to manage construction risk to produce a result that is on time, within budget and to specification.

David is frequently instructed on matters that call for crisis and reputation management including fatalities, construction collapse and urgent applications to Court for injunctive relief.

Having read Engineering at University, he has a sound grasp of and a keen interest in, the important technical issues in construction disputes. He is moderately numerate and can read a plan.
Tutor on the M.Sc. course at King’s College. Regular lecturer and speaker on professional development courses for the professions.

David’s Mother tongue is Dutch but having lived and worked in Germany now speaks only rusty German.

Special interests




  • Philipp Holzmann AG
  • McKenna & Co.
  • Herbert Smith
  • Winward Fearon & Co.
  • Rowe & Maw later Mayer Brown
  • Speechly Bircham LLP


Pittaway and Hammerton: Butterworth’s Professional Negligence Cases

Construction Disputes 21 November 2014

JD Wetherspoon Plc v Harris and others 19 December 2013

New CDM regulations 22 January 2015

Round Table 27 February 2015


Creative and persistent in his lines of enquiry.

Chambers UK, 2010

Very proactive in looking for a resolution to a dispute and will look outside the box to find answers.

Chambers UK, 2012

Personal interests

Formerly vegetable gardening and skiing. Now married with three children and an unruly beagle.

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