Expertise

Andrew Fairlie is a highly specialised Managing Associate in the construction team, with 18 years' post-qualified experience focussed in construction and energy projects. Andrew is expert in drafting, negotiating, and concluding construction and renewables contracts in the public and private sectors, having specialised in this demanding and technical area of the law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2003.

Andrew has acted on a variety of public and private sector schemes, bringing both commercial and practical expertise to bear on projects large and small. From large civils transportation schemes to student accommodation, retail & leisure, and social housing, Andrew provides real insight and guidance for the benefit of his clients in the construction and engineering industry.

Experience
  • advising commercial developer advising an airport owner on a multi-million NEC3 contract with a major contractor, providing risk profile advice and industry overview in relation to limitations on liability, design responsibility, interaction between contractor and other land-side contractors, and delay events impacting upon operational activities;
  • advising commercial developer for redevelopment of Perry Barr shopping centre including on development of logistics hub with demolition, enabling works, main design & build and consultancy appointments;
  • acted for Red Rock Power in due diligence for purchase of two separate windfarms in Scotland, totalling more than 50 operational turbines, including balance of plant, electricals, enabling works, public realm, and engineering contract reviews and reporting on risk profile, certification, testing & commissioning regimes, damages entitlements on power curve, noise attenuation, performance, and delay;
  • advising energy developer on development of combined heat and power plant within major industrial setting including negotiation of Project Delivery Agreement, and step-down contracts for gas and electrical connections, I.Chem.E "Red Book" contract for project construction, and plant installation and testing contract;
  • acting for major supermarket in programme of store redevelopment including upgrades, refurbishment, and renewal, together with leading drafting programme of overhaul for in-house template construction contracts for use with contractor frameworks;
  • leading negotiations for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited on four separate design and construction contracts covering overall upgrade project, including dealing with public-sector stakeholder concerns on risk, timing, interaction with operational services, and collateral warranty coverage; providing advice to the operator on the interaction between Operations Agreement and various civil upgrade works contracts, and advising and concluding negotiations on a suitable variation agreement;
  • Acting for Scotland's largest independent waste contractor on a 85,000 tonne per annum energy-from-waste plant;
  • Acted for Co-operative Bank plc (now Close Brothers) in relation to numerous onshore windfarm projects using FIDIC, bespoke, and JCT-based civils and electricals contracts, and negotiating against Siemens, Gamesa, Vestas, Enercon, EWT, and other main onshore turbine suppliers across supply, installation, and O&M agreements (at a previous firm);
  • Acting for major civils contractor on reviewing, reporting, and risk assessment for HS2 civils works packages;
  • Acting for a Scottish housing association on trailblazing district heating scheme in registered social landlord sector, working on ESCO Agreement and providing related construction contract advice (at a previous firm); 
  • advising a marine contractor on NEC3 contract drafting, negotiation, and conclusion in relation to maritime civil repair works under a Framework with major utility, including provision of training to the client's project managers;
  • advising an airport owner on a multi-million NEC3 contract with a major contractor, providing risk profile advice and industry overview in relation to limitations on liability, design responsibility, interaction between contractor and other land-side contractors, and delay events impacting upon operational activities;
  • advising leading student accommodation developers on 20+ projects from project inception, consultancy appointments., design & build contractor negotiation and appointment, and negotiating with third parties such as local authorities, statutory undertakers, Network Rail, operators, lenders, and investment purchasers
Professional memberships
  • Society of Construction Law