Jonathan More

Partner – Construction, Engineering & Projects

Jonathan More

Jonathan More

Partner – Construction, Engineering & Projects

Jonathan has 22 years’ experience as a qualified lawyer working in every sector of the construction and engineering environment, 8 of which were spent working in senior in house roles.

He has significant experience on high profile heavyweight major infrastructure and engineering projects including Edinburgh Trams, London Overground East London Line extension, Crossrail, and the construction of the Scottish Parliament.

Throughout his career Jonathan has also consistently worked on construction disputes in the UK working in both Scottish and English jurisdictions on all dispute resolution procedures: adjudication, arbitration, court (both Court of Session and TCC), expert determination, and mediations.

He has advised on matters in the UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Hong Kong.

His time in house expanded his experience with him providing full project support from procurement through to contract close-out in those roles.

Career background

His career started in Scotland working for 8 years in private practice including at Biggart Baillie (now DWF) and Masons (now Pinsent Masons).

For eight years prior to joining Fenwick Elliott LLP, Jonathan developed his commercial construction experience as in-house lawyer at Jacobs Engineering Inc., Transport for London and Crossrail .

Jonathan spent over 5 years at Fenwick Elliott where he became a Partner. During this period Fenwick Elliott became ranked Tier 1 for Construction in the Legal 500, Top Ranked in Chambers and Partners, and one of the Times Top 100 Law Firms [more...].

During this time Jonathan was consistently involved in high quality, high value construction and engineering work for some of the biggest UK and international contractors.

He also had the opportunity to be involved in significant energy disputes, in particular in relation to sustainable and renewable power plants both in the UK, and abroad. Work included advising and Employer in a FIDIC DAB dispute in relation to a hydro power plant in Eastern Europe, and ADR of a renewable fuel power plant dispute in the UK.

Jonathan was involved for over 3 years in a near $1billion dispute mediation then international arbitration under ICC Rules relating to a dispute relating to a significant Rail Metro project in the Middle East.

Jonathan has advised on every stage in the construction process, using the most commonly used standard forms of contract (JCT, NEC, FIDIC), and has experience of some of the UK’s most significant projects (civils and engineering) in the last decade in particular major infrastructure rail and energy projects and all forms of dispute procedures (court, adjudication, DAB proceedings and international arbitration) and dispute avoidance/ADR/mediation.

His career to date has provided him with a wide range of experience advising in both the public and private sectors, and on a client/employer, contractors and subcontractors, and design, i.e. engineering and architectural, consultancy basis.

Jonathan is as comfortable working on a dispute relating to a residential property as he is grappling with a complex high value major engineering or infrastructure project.





Specialisms

Construction, Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure Disputes and ADR

Qualifications

    • LLB (Hons) in Scots law, Aberdeen University
    • Diploma in Legal Practice

Career

  • Fenwick Elliott LLP
  • Jacobs Engineering, Transport for London, Crossrail
  • Masons

Jonathan says...

I consider myself as much a person who works in, and is part of, the construction industry itself, as I do a construction lawyer. I feel hugely privileged and lucky in my career to date; not only to have worked for the fantastic law firms and organisations I have, but also to have been involved in work which results in something tangible at the end: award winning buildings; railways and stations which improve the lives of those who use them. My interest extends beyond just the law. I am excited about the future of the industry with innovation and technology initiatives gaining momentum. I am also passionate about doing what I can to highlight and do what I can to help improve the mental health and wellbeing issues the industry suffers from.