Meet the Trainers

Find out more about our panel of JCT training experts and their specialist areas by clicking on their profiles below.

  • Peter Barnes

    Peter Barnes is a Director of Blue Sky ADR Ltd, and has been actively involved in the Construction Industry for over 40 years. Following a contracting background, in his consultancy work, Peter specialises in quantum and planning claims, contract and commercial advice, management of projects, and dispute avoidance and resolution in relation to the construction industry. Peter frequently gives seminars on contracts and commercial issues and also evaluates contracts and sub-contracts for construction works. Peter acts as an Adjudicator, as an Arbitrator and as a Mediator, and is a Council Member of the JCT.

    Peter has had many books and articles published. Recent publications include The JCT 2011 Building Sub-Contracts, BIM in Principle and in Practice. 2nd Edition, and Delay and Disruption Claims in Construction, 3rd Edition.

  • Nigel Davies

    Nigel has over 25 years' experience in the construction industry, originally gained working as a quantity surveyor working on a variety of building projects, then latterly as a consultant and a solicitor specialising in commercial and contractual management and construction law.  During this period Nigel has worked and acted for employers, architects, main contractors, and specialist sub-contractors in providing quantity surveying, legal, and commercial services on a wide range of construction projects, operating under a variety of standard and non-standard contracts and sub-contracts. These have included shopping centres, commercial offices, leisure centres, underground stations, industrial facilities, refurbishment, prestige residential developments and social housing.

    He predominantly acts as a Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator, and Adjudicator in regards to a broad spectrum of construction and property disputes being registered with the RICS, TeCSA, CIArb, CIC and Ireland. 

    Nigel regularly provides in-house seminars and courses to large publicly-owned organisations on a wide variety of construction and engineering contracts through the RICS and his business Davies & Davies Associates Ltd, which he founded in 2005. 

  • Victoria Peckett

    Victoria Peckett is a Partner in CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP and co-heads the UK Construction Team. She has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of construction.

    She advises a wide variety of clients on the drafting and negotiation of contracts for a broad range of projects both international and domestic. She has extensive experience of all the major forms of standard contract and on preparing bespoke forms of contract when appropriate. She also has extensive experience of assisting clients with the resolution of disputes (both before and after the commencement of proceedings), including through adjudication, arbitration and mediation. She chairs the drafting committee for the JCT, is a member of the British Council of Offices Environmental Social and Governance Group and of the City of London Law Society’s Construction Law Committee and is recommended in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners with comments such as “she is extremely experienced and knowledgeable” and “a leader in the field”.

    Victoria is chair of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee.

  • John Riches

    John is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Builder with more than 40 years’ experience in the construction industry and dispute resolution. He formed and owns Henry Cooper Consultants with a wide remit of consultancy services to the construction industry.

    Presently he acts as Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator. He is an Arbitrator on the RICS Arbitration Panel acting both in the UK and overseas.  

    He has carried out approximately 550 Adjudications, ranging from £5000 to £32m and covering value, liability, loss and/or expense, damages and quality. He acts as tutor and assessor for Adjudicators on the RICS TeCSA and CIOB Panels. He is also qualified as a tutor for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on their Adjudication courses and acts as assessor for the RICS Arbitration Panel.

    John lectures regularly on dispute resolution and contract topics and has acted as in-house trainer for several national contractors and trainer for professional institutions. He has lectured on dispute resolution as far afield as Canada, Malaysia and Barbados.

    He is the author, with Chris Dancaster, of Construction Adjudication - A Practical Guide  (edition 1) published by LLP and Construction Adjudication - A Practical Guide  (edition 2) published by Blackwell Publishing. 

    He is a member of the JCT Board and Council, and vice-chair of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee. He chaired the Payment Review Working Group.


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