Specialising in the resolution of construction and engineering disputes, Joe spends an increasing amount of his time helping clients by giving strategic dispute avoidance and risk management advice on ongoing projects.

Where disputes cannot be resolved Joe specialises in construction and engineering professional negligence and design liability/defects claims together with insolvency/real estate/banking related construction disputes. He has substantial experience of adjudication, mediation, litigation in the Technology and Construction Court together with domestic and international arbitration arising from projects in the Middle East and the Americas, acting for developers, funders, contractors, sub-contractors and construction professionals.

Joe speaks regularly on construction law issues, risk management and dispute resolution.

He acted for William Hare Ltd, successfully, in the Court of Appeal in the important decision on 'pay when paid' clauses in construction contracts.

Joe is valued by clients who have commented: "Joe was proactive [and] very quick to understand a very complex matter. I think that the way this was handled from start to finish was probably as good as you could get."

Professional memberships
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Year qualified: 1994
  • The College of Law (now The University of Law), Chester – Law Society Finals
  • University of Exeter – Law

"One source compliments his "clear, objective style and his focus on dispute and risk avoidance"." Chambers and Partners UK (2016)

"Joe Wilkinson is a specialist in disputes and risk management. Clients comment that "he knows the sector inside out and is good at understanding the commercial angles as well as the legal issues"." Chambers and Partners UK (2015)

"Joe Wilkinson is incisive, sharp and strategic." Legal 500 (2015)

"Head and shoulders above the rest" The Legal 500 (2014)

"[Joe] specialises in dispute resolution…gains praise for "providing clear, objective & honest advice"."Chamber and Partners UK (2014)

"The 'gifted' Joe Wilkinson specialises in contentious construction…[and] also regularly offers strategic advice…" Chambers and Partners UK (2013)

"Described by sources as a 'great tactician'." Chambers UK (2012)