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Stephen McKenna

LLB (Hons) BA (Hons) PGDipEng MCIOB CLCM CMreg ACIArb

Senior Associate

Stephen is a Senior Associate at Quigg Golden and an ICE accredited Contract Manager.

Stephen began working as a project engineer in 2005, and has experience working in a management capacity on contracts in excess of £90m. He has worked on large construction projects in Dublin, Belfast, and Australia.

Since joining Quigg Golden he has also graduated with an honours degree in law.

Stephen lectures on the Institution of Civil Engineers Law and Contract Management course, and has lectured for Engineers Ireland on adjudication, as well as bespoke contract training for main contractors and subcontractors.  He has extensive experience in resolving disputes under PWC, FIDIC, NEC and JCT standard forms as well as bespoke contracts.

Stephen specialises in risk assessing, drafting and running construction adjudications. Notable results include a £2.8m technical adjudication (subsequently enforced in the High Court), and successfully defending a c.1m subcontractor claim.

In terms of his procurement experience, Stephen has drafted procurement suites for tender competitions on behalf of contracting authorities, has sat on a number of marking panels for public procurement competitions, and he has also successfully challenged competitions on behalf of aggrieved economic operators, by way of drafting specialist reports on how competitions were drafted and ran.

Stephen worked for a number of years in the West Australian mining industry on various infrastructure projects for a number of the world’s largest mining companies including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, FMG and Roy Hills.

He is experienced in every stage of the construction process from survey and setting out to final finishing. His Irish construction experience includes working for Ireland’s largest contractor on the redevelopment of the Spencer Dock quarter in Dublin. His civils experience extends to the overlay of one of Ireland’s major roadways, and he was also an integral part of the survey team which topographically surveyed and digitised the rapid transport corridor for the greater Belfast area.

Having worked on commercial, residential, retail and civil projects his approach to contentious matters is complimented by this site experience. Whether on a small housing development or a $200m mine site, Stephen’s attention to detail and quality remains his primary focus.

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