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"Meeting needs,
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Key people

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Melvyn D Smith

FInstCES FFB

Managing Director

Melvyn joined Leach in 1965 and is currently engaged in expanding Leach’s international portfolio of work.  He also has some responsibility for UK post-contract dispute work and is based in Chippenham when in the UK.  He has extensive building, civil engineering and M & E experience in preparation and negotiation of contractual claims and in the provision of assistance to legal teams in arbitration and litigation proceedings. Melvyn also acts as a quantum expert witness. Melvyn is also a Corporate Reviewer for the ICES and a member of the ICES Contracts and Dispute Resolution Panel. He is also a member of the DRBF.

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Andrew L Charters

Bsc (Hons), MRICS

Director

Andy joined Leach in 1989 and is responsible for most UK post-contract commissions with Contractors and Subcontractors.  He is based in Chippenham and is experienced in the preparation and negotiation of claims, acting for the claimant or respondent in adjudications and the negotiation of final accounts.  He has also carried out due diligence reports for banks, has acted for liquidators and regularly prepares pre-tender risk assessments for Contractors. He also has extensive experience in the use of all standard forms of contract used in the UK.

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Paul A Crabb

BSc (Hons), MRICS

Director

Paul joined Leach in 2002.  He is responsible for all the UK pre-contract services offered by Leach and is based in London.  He also acts as Employer’s Agent/Contract Adminstrator on building contracts.  He has special experience in the health and education sectors, in particular PFI/PPP work and until recently was active in many LIFT and P21 schemes for Leach clients. He also acts as the Finance Director for Leach.

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James Robertson

BSc (Hons), MRICS, MCIArb, Dip Adj

Associate Director

James joined Leach in 2005 and is responsible for Leach’s post-contract services   based in the York office. He is experienced in contract vetting, contract administration, preparing claims, running adjudications and in the settlement of final accounts for Leach’s Contractor and Subcontractor clients.

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Paul R Branston

BSc

Pre-contract services manager

Paul joined Leach in 2012 and heads up a small but expanding team in Chippenham carrying out the preparation of bills of quantities for Leach’s Contractor clients.

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Simon F Fegen

MRICS, FAArb, MCIArb, CEDR Accredited Mediator

Director

Simon joined Leach in 2008 and specialises in the preparation and negotiation of contractual claims for Leach’s global Contractor and Subcontractor clients.  When in the UK, he is based at Chippenham. Simon also prepares and conducts training courses on dispute avoidance and contract administration.  He is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

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world map
"Meeting needs,
exceeding expectations"
  • ICES
  • DRBF
  • RICS