Tom Pemberton


Tom has many years’ experience of advising clients involved in the procurement, management, design and delivery of high profile building and infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally in the transport, energy, power, waste, process engineering, leisure, residential, retail and office accommodation sectors. He specialises in drafting and negotiating development agreements, construction contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, guarantees, bonds, direct agreements and other ancillary documentation. Tom works closely with clients to identify their objectives and the risks associated with the project, and takes a pragmatic approach to drafting and negotiating contract terms to support the achievement of a successful outcome. 

One of Tom’s clients has commented that “Tom’s legal and industry knowledge are often critical in facilitating a business appropriate risk assessment and decision. This in turn is what we see as value for money. The support and response time we often agree depending on urgency of the matter are always met with a margin.” 

Tom sits on the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Liability Panel, and is a well known speaker on a wide range of topics, including standard construction contract forms, alliancing/collaborative contracting and case-law on issues such as consultants’ and contractors’ design liability.

Tom writes regular articles for the construction law press and speaks at seminars for clients and construction specialists and professionals.

Career highlights

  • Advising on the construction contract documentation and issues arising in relation to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, the Thameslink and Crossrail upgrades, the Shard, and the refurbishment of the Great Western Royal Hotel (now the Hilton Hotel) at Paddington.
  • Advising African state entities in relation to their housing and roads upgrade programmes.

Out of the office

In his free time, Tom follows the fortunes of Charlton Athletic and enjoys cycling, running, playing tennis at his local club in Reigate, and spending time with his young family.