MCIArb, Accredited Adjudicator
Nick Walden was born into a Construction family and has, since spending his school summer holiday (aged 8) as a lorry driver’s ‘assistant’, spent most of his life in or around construction.
After studying law at St. John’s College, Oxford, Nick qualified as a solicitor and practiced as a Company/Commercial lawyer for 2 years with law firm Rowe & Maw (now part of Mayer Brown). In 1984 Nick returned to his roots and for over 25 years managed a family group of companies including a contracting company (with redevelopment of listed buildings a specialism) and a company manufacturing and installing high quality joinery. During this time he acquired considerable experience in all aspects of running a construction company, as both main and sub-contractor, including contracts management, quantity surveying and the management of Health & Safety.
During this period Nick retained a considerable interest in construction law and served for many years as a representative on the Construction Confederation Contracts Committee, representing SME Contractors on behalf of the National Federation of Builders and he has served on a number of JCT Working Parties. In 2004 he was one of the Construction Confederation’s representatives on Sir Michael Latham’s review of the Construction Act and for several years subsequently represented the Construction Confederation and Contractors Legal Group in negotiations with government on amendments to the Act. Since 2009 he has been Chair of the CLG.
More recently Nick has applied his legal knowledge and his understanding of the industry to dispute resolution. As an adjudicator he has particular experience of procurement, valuation, quality, extension of time, final account and other disputes at both Main and Sub-Contract levels, where his practical experience is of considerable benefit.
Outside construction and law, Nick has a great interest in education and is Chair of Governors of a successful comprehensive school.