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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 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 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, FIDIC, 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. Stephen McKenna has had articles published in Thompson Reuters and in Construction Law magazine including two of his own adjudication cases, which were successfully enforced by the High Court: here and here.

In terms of procurement experience, Stephen has drafted procurement suites for tender competitions on behalf of Contracting Authorities, has assisted tenderer with bids and clarifications/ queries and has sat on a number of marking panels for public procurement competitions. He has also successfully challenged competitions on behalf of aggrieved Economic Operators / Contractors, by way of drafting specialist reports on how competitions were drafted and ran, and writing to Authorities to have competitions collapsed.

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 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.

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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