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Paul Brampton


Paul Brampton is a construction and engineering law specialist and advises clients operating in the charity, commercial, leisure, hotel, office, housing, health, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and public works sectors.

In addition to advising on the construction and engineering aspects of transactions, assembling the team and preparing the necessary legal documentation, he acts for parties in adjudications, expert determinations, mediations, arbitrations and court proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court and the Court of Appeal.

Paul is an officer of the London Constructing Excellence Club an organisation which is committed to knowledge sharing and promoting best practice and he is a member of the Society of Construction Law. Paul holds a degree in civil and structural engineering, and has written for Building Magazine, Construction News, Legal Week and the Financial Times.

Paul is ranked as a leading individual in the Chambers and Partners Directory and in the Legal 500 where the construction team is also recommended for its work.

“…some stellar feedback from clients. The group has created a strong profile in the market for both contentious and non-contentious construction” Chambers and Partners UK

“Superb responsiveness and value for money” - Chambers and Partners UK

“Group head Paul Brampton is praised for his efficiency and pragmatism, which match that of the team as a whole.” Chambers and Partners UK

“Paul Brampton is praised by clients for his ‘excellent attention to detail’” - Chambers and Partners UK

“Clients appreciate the ‘expertise and delivery of Paul Brampton’ at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)” Legal 500

Paul has also been listed in the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers directory 2013.

Personal experience

  • Construction due diligence for RBS, HSBC, Deutsche Postbank, Allied Irish Bank, Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Scotland in relation to UK developments including the Courage Brewery site in Bristol and the Unity building in Liverpool
  • Construction advice to Malmaison Hotels and Hotel du Vin in relation to hotel developments at Aberdeen, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London (Old Bailey), Newcastle, Reading, and York
  • Construction adviser to a Guernsey Property Unit Trust Fund in relation to the construction of the Radisson Blu hotel at Broad Quay, Bristol
  • Adviser to Teenage Cancer Trust in relation to its development programme on NHS sites across the UK including the award-winning Skypad at the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Other hospital sites include Addenbrookes, UCLH, the Freeman Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, City Hospital in Nottingham, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, and the Beatson in Glasgow
  • Preparation of construction documentation for use by the Lidl supermarket chain on its programme of UK projects
  • Acted for Toyota UK in relation to a series of successful adjudications against a Japanese building contractor
  • Construction advice to Domino’s Pizza on the construction of its UK commissary facility, UK headquarters and conference facility
  • Adviser to Greenstar on the construction of a materials recovery facility in North London
  • Adviser to ABB Zantingh in relation to Combined Heat and Power plants
  • Adviser to Cummins Power Generation in relation to secondary power systems
  • Acting for local government in relation to disputes concerning public works including the Bath Spa and Paddington Bridge 

Key dates

BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering from Bristol University (1991), qualified as a solicitor (1996)


K & L Gates, Taylor Wessing; joined IBB February 2007

Paul Brampton has produced a free webinar titled: Construction Act Changes.

Legal 500 in 2018 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) fields a team of 'extremely well-qualified, very professional, highly knowledgeable and courteous' construction specialists who provide 'exceptional advice and outstanding value for money'. Clients include major housebuilders, contractors and mixed-use developers on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with notable strength in commercial real estate and the engineering sector. On the contentious front, practice head Paul Brampton ('very formidable and clear thinking') acted for O'Loughlin Leisure in a dispute concerning construction cost overruns, allocation of sale proceeds, and alleged defects brought against the development company, with which the client entered into a joint venture agreement to sell and develop leisure facilities in South London into apartments and commercial premises. Non-contentious highlights included advising Heathrow Top on the conversion and extension of an existing office building in Heathrow to deliver a 244-bedroom Marriott hotel, and assisting with Aviva Insurance on the redevelopment of St Helen's Square in the City of London, the third largest open space in the City". 

Legal 500 in 2017 says:

"The ‘focused and practical’ Paul Brampton heads the department, and recently advised Aviva on the redevelopment of St Helen’s Square in the City of London. The team also acted for Optimise (Water) in a payment dispute regarding SCADA monitoring at several hundred waste water engineering sites across the UK".

Legal 500 in 2016 says:

"Former civil engineer Paul Brampton leads the team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), which is valued for its ‘attention to detail’. Highlights included advising Aviva on construction documents pertaining to Aviva Tower."

Legal 500 in 2015 says:

"At IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), ‘personable, professional’ team head Paul Brampton ‘inspires confidence’ and has ‘extensive knowledge of FIDIC contracts and mechanical engineering’. Brampton, consultant Ross Humphries, and experienced associate Steven Hayward advised Aviva Insurance on the refurbishment of Aviva Tower at No. 1 Undershaft, London. "

Legal 500 in 2014 says:

"IBB provided construction advice to the European Commission in relation to its UK property holdings; and assisted the Teenage Cancer Trust in relation to the documentation for developments at locations including the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre and Castle Hill Hospital in Hull. Paul Brampton heads the team."

Chambers in 2019 says:

"Paul Brampton has extensive experience in both advisory and dispute matters. He specialises in the charity, leisure, hotel and healthcare sectors and is described by a source as 'very knowledgeable and pragmatic'."

Chambers in 2018 says:

"Paul Brampton offers in-depth industry expertise and has a solid practice incorporating both disputes and front-end advice. He acts for clients in sectors ranging from infrastructure to education. Clients say: 'He is very commercial and represents exceptional value for money'."

Chambers in 2017 says:

"Paul Brampton has a wealth of experience in the construction industry, having previously qualified as a civil engineer. He advises on contentious and non-contentious law and is regularly sought by contractors and developers. 'He is helpful and knowledgeable across the construction field,' notes one source. "

Chambers in 2016 says:

"Department head Paul Brampton "has very good attention to detail and provides concise and commercially aligned advice," clients state. He has expertise in contentious, non-contentious and procurement matters."

Chambers in 2015 says:

"Paul Brampton  is head of the construction and engineering team and is a qualified civil and structural engineer. One source states: 'He is a master strategist when it comes to fighting cases. He has a very good knowledge of the sector and grasps technical issues very quickly'."

Team Construction and Engineering Based Capital Court - Uxbridge