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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 McKenna began working as a project engineer in 2005 and has experience working in a site management capacity on contracts In Ireland 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 is also an accredited Mediator.

Stephen is a lecturer on the Institution of Civil Engineers ‘Law and Contract Management’ course. He also has lectured for Engineers Ireland on the Public Works Contract (PWC) in Ireland, and in construction adjudication. As well as this Stephen provides bespoke contract training for Employers, Main Contractors and Subcontractors. He has extensive experience in providing advice and resolving disputes under PWC, RIAI, NEC and JCT standard forms, as well as under bespoke contracts.

Stephen specialises in risk assessing, drafting and running construction adjudications. Notable results include a c.£2.7m technical (“smash-and-grab”) adjudication (subsequently enforced in the High Court), and successfully defending a c.£1m subcontractor’ spurious claim for alleged variations.   He has had articles published including two of his own adjudication cases, which were successfully enforced by the High Court as can be seen: here  and here.

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.

His Irish construction experience includes working for Ireland’s largest Contractor on the redevelopment of the Spencer Dock city 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.  He is experienced in every stage of the construction process from survey and setting out, to final finishing.

Having worked on commercial, residential, retail and civil projects his approach to contentious matters is complimented by this site experience.

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