John Wright


John Wright’s practice focuses on all aspects of construction law. 

His expertise in this and related fields has been recognised for many years by Legal Directories. Chambers and Partners has noted his “experience and considerable gravitas in major dispute resolution” and his innate sense of good judgment”; it has described him as “calm, cool, clear and concise”; “tactically aware and experienced”; a star, extremely qualified and very pleasant”; and in the 2015 Edition as "wonderful to work with. Very clear in explaining things, has deep knowledge in the field and gives sound advice". The Legal 500 has referred to him as “an exceptional lawyer – very impressive”. He is listed as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers in the 2015 Edition of the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

John acts as Counsel to clients on a whole range of domestic and international construction disputes, and in addition is frequently involved in the drafting of construction contracts. He also has considerable experience in real estate and insurance disputes.

Much of John’s practice now involves him sitting as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member, frequently in the construction field but also encompassing disputes arising in the energy, insurance, real estate, commodity, banking and travel fields.

John is on the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators and is currently sitting on a number of arbitral tribunals and dispute boards in the Middle East, Far East and Europe. He is also listed on arbitration, adjudication and mediation panels in the United Kingdom, Georgia, Dubai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

John is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having been Chairman from 2011 to 2013; he is also the Immediate Past Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association.

John uses his extensive experience as a third party neutral to advise clients dispassionately and objectively on their disputes and also to bring a pragmatic and commercial approach to the drafting of construction documentation.  His long experience of adjudication, where disputes are dealt with in a very tight time frame, enables him to grasp issues very quickly, even in the most complex of cases.

Career highlights

Many of John’s cases have involved Arbitration and Adjudication, which being private processes are confidential.  His reported cases include:-

John Barker Construction Limited –v- London Portman Hotel Limited – the first case in the United Kingdom in which computerised delay analysis software was used; and

Ascon Contracting Limited –v- Alfred McAlpine Construction Isle of Man Limited – a leading case on constructive acceleration and the difficult issue of who owns the float in construction projects.

Out of the office

John is a member of Richmond Golf Club and, when time allows, enjoys playing golf both there and elsewhere.  He is a member of a Book Club and reads widely, particularly on history and biography. He likes to think that he is somewhat of a wine buff.