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Steven Hayward

Senior Solicitor

Steven is a construction and engineering law specialist who principally advises clients in relation to disputes that arise with construction and engineering projects (whether that be by way of adjudication, mediation, arbitration or Court proceedings), but who also advises on all aspects of transactions including the negotiation of building contracts, professional appointments and security documents.

Steven is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers and Partners Directory and in the Legal 500 where the construction team is also recommended for its work. Click on the links to view Steven’s profile.

Recent personal experience

  • Acting for a main contractor in respect of a claim against the employer in the Technology and Construction Court for unpaid sums - the main contractor succeeding at trial and recovering significant costs from the defendant employer, on an indemnity basis. This matter also involved assisting with a series of interim applications and appeals triggered by the unsuccessful defendant employer (including an appeal to the Court of Appeal), all of which the main contractor succeeded in defending;
  • Acting for developer employer clients and a main contractor client in connection with claims against professional consultants (architect and structural engineer, respectively).
  • Acting for clients in various proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court in relation to claims for unpaid sums, sub-standard design, workmanship defects and time and delay claims.
  • Acting for a developer employer in defending adjudication proceedings – the main contractor claiming in excess of £3m and recovering only a fraction (less than 10%);
  • Acting for a main contractor in defending an adjudication referred by a specialist sub-contractor - the sub-contractor claiming in excess of £500k and recovering only a fraction (less 10%);
  • Acting for employers, contractors and sub-contractors in mediations, in an effort to resolve matters without further costs needing to be incurred;
  • Advising employers in relation to the insolvency of a main contractor, and negotiating the necessary construction documentation enabling the appointment of a replacement contractor;
  • Acting for residential developer and charity clients with the construction of development sites and care homes. This includes the negotiation and drafting of building contracts with housing associations and the main contractor (as the case may be), to the drafting and negotiation of professional consultant appointments and security documentation; and
  • Assisting IBB's real estate group with construction related enquires arising from transactional matters, including the carrying out of construction due diligence and the negotiation of construction related obligations contained in sale/purchase agreements. 

Key dates: LLB (Hons) Law, University of Essex, 2002; LLM (Hons) European Community Law, University of Essex, 2003; Legal Practice Course, Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, 2005

Career: Alsters Kelley Solicitors, 2005-2006; Slaughter and May, 2007; Joined IBB in 2007

The Construction and Engineering team's Paul Brampton has produced a free webinar titled: Construction Act Changes.

Steven has written articles published in Construction Manager:

Back to basics: consequential losses

Rush on to sign contracts to beat new construction laws

Chambers in 2019 says:

"Steven Hayward mainly advises on construction and engineering disputes and is also experienced in various forms of ADR. He also has significant expertise in transactional matters and all related document drafting".

Chambers in 2018 says:

"Steven Hayward acts on contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of clients, including developers, contractors and employers. Clients are impressed by his 'knowledge of the subject matter, attention to detail and customer care'."

Chambers in 2017 says:

"Steven Hayward is an expert in dispute resolution but also continues to advise on a range of non-contentious matters. One pleased commentator describes him as 'very knowledgeable and efficient at all times'."

Chambers in 2016 says:

"Associate to watch Steven Hayward focuses on advising contractors in their disputes. He also handles contract matters. One source says: "He is very detailed in his preparation and makes himself aware of all aspects of the case."

Chambers in 2015 says:

"Steven Hayward works mainly on contentious matters. Clients particularly praise his 'thorough, detailed and knowledgeable' approach."

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'. Steven Hayward has wide-ranging expertise in contentious and non-contentious construction matters and is recommended alongside consultant Ross Humphries". 

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. Consultant Ross Humphries and senior solicitor Steven Hayward are also recommended."

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."


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