John Redmond BA, FCIArb

john redmond. ArbDB Chambers,Arbitrators, Mediators, Adjudicators and Dispute Board Members. London. Dubai. Singapore

Arbitrator, Adjudicator & Mediator 


  • University of Kent at Canterbury 

  • College of Law, Chester 


  • ​BA (Law) 1973

  • Solicitor 1976

  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 1993

  • Chartered Arbitrator, 1996

  • Arbitrator Member, Society of Construction Arbitrators

  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration 

  • Member of the following Panels of Adjudicators and / or Arbitrators:

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Construction Industry Council                

  • Technology and Construction Solicitors Association

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

  • Royal Institution of British Architects

  • The Law Society

  • CEDRSolve

Professional Career: 

  • Trainee Solicitor, Cobbetts, Manchester 1974-76

  • Assistant Solicitor, Clyde & Co London 1976-78

  • Assistant Solicitor and Partner, Laytons Bristol 1978-2000

  • Partner, Osborne Clarke 2000 – 2010

  • Consultant, Osborne Clarke, 2010 – 2018

  • Independent Arbitrator, Adjudicator & Mediator 

Recent appointments as Arbitrator and similar include

  • Dispute Review Board Member, light rail project, Denmark

  • Sole arbitrator in dispute about civil engineering project, Caribbean  

  • Sole arbitrator in sports hall development project dispute

  • Expert for Expert Determination, PFI hospital construction dispute

  • Sole arbitrator in property development dispute (value c £90million)

  • Party appointed arbitrator in motorway construction dispute, Kazakhstan.

  • Sole arbitrator in dispute about commercial refrigeration unit used in agricultural production

  • Chairman of FIDIC Dispute Adjudication Board, dam construction project, Sudan (parties Chinese Contractor and Sudanese Government) (2 references)

  • Sole member ICC Dispute Board, photo-voltaic plant in France (French, German and Spanish parties)

  • Expert (ICC appointment) to determine dispute re disputed termination of road construction contract in Nigeria (parties Nigerian contractor and Nigerian State Government)

  • Adjudicator in over 300 UK construction adjudications (value up to £12 million)

  • Sole arbitrator, dispute about international distributorship agreement (parties in UK and Spain)

  • Sole arbitrator (ICC appointment) in international shareholder dispute re professional football club (parties in UK and Japan).

  • Sole Arbitrator in an Irish Civil Engineering dispute involving road construction

  • Sole arbitrator (ICC appointment) in dispute relating to international distributorship agreement for medical equipment (parties in Belgium and Austria).

  • Sole arbitrator in several construction and engineering disputes in UK

  • Expert for expert determination proceedings involving IT software escrow account dispute between major Irish public authority and software provider

  • Arbitrator in dispute re professional fees in international ship building dispute (parties in UK and Turkey)

  • Arbitrator in several professional partnership disputes, including accountancy and solicitors’ practices.

  • Arbitrator in several landlord and tenant and other property disputes.

  • Regular appointments as Mediator in wide ranging variety of disputes, including multi party cases. 


Recent appointments as Mediator have related to a wide range of disputes such as:


  • Main Contractor v Employer: claim for extension of time and loss and expense re 3 social housing projects (claim value circa £500,000)

  • Main Contractor v Local Authority Employer re costs of Japanese Knotweed clearance from major development site (claim value circa £9 million)

  • Architect v Local Authority for professional fees (claim value circa £150,000)

  • Employer v Contractor re defective building works in residential property (claim value circa £200,000)

  • Contractor v Employer re final account for building work to residential premises (claim value circa £350,000)

  • Owner of residential property v Building Surveyor re negligent survey (claim value circa £250,000)


As Solicitor, a specialist in construction contract disputes since 1980. Head of Construction Law for Laytons and subsequently Osborne Clarke nationally. Extensive experience of construction litigation and arbitration in civil engineering and conventional building projects and related fields. 

Indicative reported UK cases include Birse Construction v St David (recognised as the leading case on disputes arising out of partnering relationships), Tesco v Costain (limitation issues in negligence) and Birse Construction v Eastern Telegraph (measure of damage in defects claims). Regularly acting for employers, contractors and subcontractors in a wide range of projects and disputes, including the collapse of a port complex, power plant construction, sports stadia and several underground railway and road tunnel projects (eg London Underground Jubilee Line Extension, Docklands Light Railway and Channel Tunnel Rail Link).

International cases include disputes relating to the refurbishment of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the construction of Dublin Port Tunnel, a highway project in Ghana, commercial and diplomatic buildings in Moscow, a residential development in Budapest, a sports stadium in Korea, an international hotel in the Ukraine, process plant projects in Fujeirah and South Africa and a pipeline project in Brazil.


National Chairman, Society of Construction Law, 1996 - 1998

Author of Adjudication in Construction Contracts  and Civil Engineering Claims (with Douglas
Stephenson) (third edition).

Regular contributor to publications such as Building and speaker on construction law and dispute 
resolution topics in UK and Europe. 

May 2021