Trevor Drury

I offer expertise in: construction, building, energy and engineering disputes concerning payment issues, delays, disruption, extensions of time, loss and expense, damage claims and building defects. 

I represent parties in adjudications under the Housing, Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. I am also an adjudicator and an accredited mediator.

My approach

I am very thorough, well organised and flexible to meet my client’s needs. I am use to dealing directly with domestic and corporate clients having been a consultant for many years prior to becoming a barrister.

I am happy to have an initial free telephone conversation with my clients of up to 30 minutes, after which I will need to have a meeting (conference) with you in my chambers.
I am prepared to travel to my clients, although I would charge the costs of my time and travel expenses.

Costs: I usually set fixed fees, so that you know exactly how much you will have to pay or for larger work hourly or day rates with an estimate of how long the work will take.

My work

I have pursued and helped defend many disputes over the last 20 years as a dispute resolution practitioner from relatively small disputes to multi-million pound claims on large construction projects and power stations. I have also been appointed as an expert witness in quantity surveying and project management.

I have represented clients seeking payment in numerous adjudications and have defended clients in adjudications brought against them.

I have recently provided a written opinion to a client on a final account settlement concerning a school building, the liability of the builder for defects and how much the client should pay in order to obtain a good settlement, whilst protecting its position if further latent defects arise. On the basis of my advice, a settlement was reached in this long standing dispute. I was then asked to draft the settlement agreement for signing by the parties. A very good result for my client.

In another dispute, I had to defend a client who had suddenly found itself in two adjudications on two separate housing projects simultaneously. The total in dispute being a large six figure sum for outstanding monies on a final account.  I managed to almost halve the amount to be paid. Again a very good result for my client.

About me

I was called to the Bar in 2011 but I have over 35 years’ experience within the building and construction industry as a quantity surveyor, project manager, claims and dispute resolution consultant. I have worked for both construction companies and consultancies. In my career, I became an Executive Director of an international construction dispute resolution consultancy and have run my own consultancy specialising in expert witness and dispute resolution for 14 years. I have also been a group board member of a housing association.

I have over 20 years’ experience in construction dispute resolution and I joined 12 Old Square chambers in 2017 having undertaken my pupillage there.

The benefit to my clients is that, in addition to being a barrister, I am a very experienced building and construction professional, being both a Chartered Surveyor, a Chartered Construction Manager and Project Manager. 

I am married with two sons both in their twenties. In my spare time I enjoy watching football, Formula 1 motor racing and I am a volunteer signalman on the West Somerset Railway, a preserved heritage line. I enjoy good food, the countryside and visiting historic buildings with my wife.

What my clients say

‘’Trevor Drury was instructed in respect of a construction dispute and gave sound reasonable advice and acted with the utmost professionalism and was extremely efficient in dealing with the matter.’’ - Berlad Graham LLP, Solicitors

Professional & academic

Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
Graduate Diploma in Law 
MBA in Real Estate & Construction
Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (RICS)

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building/Chartered Construction Manager (FCIOB)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
I was called to the Bar in 2011 at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple 

Society of Construction Law
Adjudication Society
Consultant Quantity Surveyors – Chairman
Chartered Institute of Building Bristol Hub – Vice Chairman
The Worshipful Company of Joiners & Ceilers - Liveryman

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