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David Humphreys

Associate, DWF in Belfast

David is an Associate in the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Team, specialising in the avoidance, management and resolution of disputes.
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David advises a broad spectrum of clients ranging from high net-worth individuals, developers, and Tier 1 contractors, to local and central government departments, overseas territories and protectorates, including high-risk locations. He is often asked to advise on esoteric and disparate areas of law, providing innovate legal advice for complex or novel problems not always covered by existing practice or procedure.

David has developed significant experience across the NEC, JCT, and FIDIC standard forms, as well as advising on bespoke forms of agreement.

Specialising in construction adjudication, David has particular expertise in:

  • Payment, valuation and variation disputes
  • HGCRA 1996 and Scheme payment provisions
  • Breach and termination disputes
  • Performance related damages and LADs
  • Delay and disruption claims
  • Defending global claims for time and money
  • Performance security, bonds and guarantees
  • Professional liability claims against construction professionals


  • Admitted to the roll of solicitors in Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and the Republic of Ireland
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Panellist Adjudicator - UK Adjudicators

Recent cases

  • Advised successful claimant in securing Part 8 declaration striking down adjudicator's decision as unenforceable in Liverpool City Council v Vital Infrastructure Asset Management (VIAM) Limited (in administration) [2022] EWHC 1235 (TCC).
  • Advising a British mining entity with significant assets in Africa on its largest ever capital investment ($70m USD).