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Frederick Simpson

Call 2018

Construction & Engineering

Frederick has a busy construction practice, principally comprising advice and representation in litigation and adjudication. He regularly advises on strategy, liability and quantum, drafts pleadings and other paperwork, and represents his clients in the TCC and County Court. His practice spans the full range of construction work and clients, including disputes between construction professionals and claims by both commercial and domestic employers against their contractors.

Frederick co-edits two chapters of Emden’s Construction Law: Chapter 5 (on employers’ obligations) and Chapter 13 (on contractual claims and valuation).

Selected Cases

  • Sole counsel for a sub-contractor in a long-running dispute with a main contractor in which the sub-contractor’s claim for unpaid fees was met with very serious allegations of fraud. In a double adjudication the fraud allegations were wholly dismissed and both adjudications were decided in the sub-contractor’s favour. Then enforcing those decisions in the High Court (TCC). Value £860,000.
  • Sole counsel for an adjudicator in a High Court claim concerning his jurisdiction and entitlement to his fees.
  • Sole counsel for an employer in an adjudication brought by an insolvent former contractor challenging the termination of its employment. Successfully defended the whole of the claim. Value £140,000.
  • Sole counsel for a sub-contractor in a multi-party dispute concerning damage to buried services.
  • Advising the collective leaseholders of a high-rise building on liability for unsafe cladding.
  • Multiple payment disputes (both substantive and technical) and ‘smash and grab’ adjudications between employers, contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Multiple claims by domestic homeowners against builders and construction professionals.
  • Summary enforcement of various adjudication awards in the County Court.
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  • MA Philosophy (Cantab)
  • GDL, BPTC (University of Law)
  • Academic Scholar, Christ’s College Cambridge
  • ‘Best Junior Officer’ Sword, Irish Guards
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Debating Shield, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn


  • SCL

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