Laughlan Steer


Laughlan is an experienced and well-rounded construction lawyer.

As part of Goodman Derrick’s highly regarded construction team he provides specialist dispute avoidance/resolution advice and non-contentious advice to an array of clients, including employers, architects, contractors and sub-contractors.

His construction disputes workload often relates to defects, design, delays and final account valuations in both adjudications and litigation (including enforcement proceedings). Laughlan has also led a number of successful mediations.

Laughlan is also experienced in the preparation, review and negotiation of contract amendments and ancillary documents, including consultants’ appointments and collateral warranties.

Lectures and training

As well as advice Laughlan also provides talks and bespoke training programmes for clients. Recent topics include payment, delay, design liability, variations, and renewable technology.

Contentious construction experience

Favourably settled food processing plant dispute.

Successfully defended 3 concurrent adjudications relating to the renovation of a five-star London hotel.

Advised main contractor on securing delay and special damages on a Combined Heat and Power plant at a leading university.

Secured substantial settlement for steelworks subcontractor at a London landmark.

Favourably settled technical concrete dispute at a Surrey golf club.

Non-contentious construction experience

Negotiated contract for Michelin-starred restaurant fit-out on behalf of main contractor.

Negotiated multiple subcontracts on airport lounge fit-out on behalf of main contractor.

Drafted contract suite for an eight figure domestic renovation.

Advised on site acquisition and Heads of Terms for a biotech renewable project.

Advised architects and home-owners on contract procurement and management.


Member of Society of Construction Law, London Solicitor Litigation Association and Arbitration Club (Law Courts Branch).


Laughlan joined Goodman Derrick in 2020 after four years at a disputes boutique. He trained with Charles Russell Speechleys LLP.


Prior to his legal training at BPP Laughlan received a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek from the University College London (UCL). Previously he attended Merchant Taylors’ School.

Out of the office

Laughlan has travelled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean.

More commonly he can be seen on a squash court and, at some point in the future, on stage performing an occasional stand-up comedy routine.