Sue Ryan

With her time split equally between the London and Birmingham offices, Sue Ryan supports her construction and infrastructure-sector clients on the avoidance, management and ultimately resolution of their disputes. She has two decades experience of acting for contractors, employers, developers and consultants. Sue is often instructed in relation to professional negligence claims for and against construction and engineering-related professionals.

Sue has extensive experience of adjudication, arbitration and litigation, in both the High Court and also the Court of Appeal, together with mediation, expert determination and conciliation.

Sue provides structured training on dispute avoidance and management to her clients and also provides contractual and risk management advice during the course of major projects in order to assist in their management and delivery.

She is also an elected member of the TeCSA Committee and a Protocol Referee.

Sue has experience in all of the major forms of contract together many bespoke contracts.

Recognition

Clients say: "She is straightforward, succinct, able to ask the right questions and to provide clear advice and recommendations." (Chambers & Partners, 2018) and is one of the nine partners in our construction and engineering team "hugely respected group with a strong offering in both the contentious and non-contentious space" and "…they are the market leader with huge expertise on tap." (Chambers & Partners, 2018). Sue is a ranked Construction lawyer in both London and the West Midlands in Legal 500 2017. She was also a finalist in the European Women in Construction Women in Construction Law in 2017.

Highways Infrastructure

Sue has acted for contractors and contractor JVs in many high value disputes including for the contractor JV which built the M6 Toll (which included a trip to the Court of Appeal), disputes in relation to the M66 motorway and the A5 Glyn Bends on North Wales. She also acted for a contractor client in a long-running arbitration arising out of the construction of the M2 to Iwade extension.

Tunnelling and Engineering Infrastructure

Sue has been involved in a number of tunnelling and civil engineering disputes including acting for the successful party in the case of AE Yates Trenchless Solutions Ltd v Black & Veatch Ltd EWHC 3183 (TCC), [2009] CILL 2669, [2009] TCLR 4 and 124 Con LR 188 concerning horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and acting for the contractor in connection with a dispute arising out of the design of the Hastings Sewerage Tunnel in a claim against its design consultants.

Rail

Sue has acted for a national rail engineering contractor in relation to disputes arising out of rail and platform construction in the North East and the renovation  of Victoria Station. She also acted for another long-standing contractor client in relation to rail works at Westfield's Stratford Shopping Mall, disputes with its HV electrical works sub-contractor on various projects, engineering issues during the construction of DLR and engineering works for LUL.

PFI

Sue has acted on a variety of PFI disputes including schools, hospitals, roads and leisure facilities.

Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Sue has acted for clients including developers, employers, contractors and designers in many high value disputes arising out of the construction of hotels, leisure facilities, retail developments, office renovation and extensions (including listed buildings). She acted for Volkswagen UK Limited in linked disputes arising out of then then largest Audi retail building in the world in West London. 

Sue has acted for the developers and/or owners in large defects disputes arising out of defective design of foundations including acting for the successful party in Commercial Management (Investments) Ltd v Mitchell Design and Construct Ltd & Anor [2016] EWHC 76 (TCC)

Housing and Mixed Use Schemes

Sue has acted for contractor clients in disputes arising out of the construction of housing and mixed-use developments and is currently acting for the developer in relation to an entertainment-led mixed use commercial and housing development in South London.

Sue also acts for a number of social housing providers around the country.

International Arbitration

Sue acted in disputes arising out of the construction of La Chi Kok Viaduct in Hong Kong.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2010

    • Career
      2010
      Wragge & Co, partner
  • 2007

    • Career
      2007
      Wragge & Co director
  • 1999

    • Career
      1999
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
  • 1998

    • Career
      1998
      Neil F. Jones, solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1998
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1996

    • Career
      1996
      Neil F. Jones, trainee
    • Education
      1996
      Birmingham City University, LPC (distinction)
  • 1995

    • Education
      1995
      Birmingham City University (part-time), LLB (Hons) 2:1