Partners

Specialist solicitors to the construction and engineering industries

Daniel Silberstein

Daniel joined Hawkswell Kilvington in 2005 and became a partner in 2011.

Daniel has extensive experience of dealing with complex and high value construction disputes, representing clients in all forums of dispute resolution. He regularly advises in relation  to disputes involving issues such as valuations, extensions of time and liquidated damages, loss and expense, defective works and construction related professional negligence claims.

He has successfully led large teams of solicitors, experts and counsel in adjudication proceedings, arbitration proceedings and litigation in the Technology and Construction Court. Daniel is also highly experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, and has successfully resolved many claims by way of mediation, early neutral evaluation and expert determination.

Daniel has been praised by clients for his “full understanding of what we do and the outcomes we need”, together with his “experience, commitment, legal knowledge and negotiation skills” and is ranked as a top construction solicitor in both the Chambers UK guide and The Legal 500.

Thomas Salter

Having joined the firm as a trainee in 2008, Thomas became a partner in 2017. Thomas focuses on contentious matters and advises on complex construction and engineering disputes throughout the contractual supply chain.  Disputes frequently concern extensions of time, variations, non-payment and contract formation.  Thomas has extensive experience of all standard forms of contract including JCT, NEC and FIDIC and is frequently asked to provide contractual and commercial advice to clients during on going projects.  Thomas is regularly instructed to represent clients in adjudication, litigation (usually in the Technology and Construction Court), arbitration and mediation.

Thomas is described by Chambers and Partners as providing “sound advice that is not only pragmatic, but easy to understand,” and is recommended by clients as a practitioner who “understands construction matters and deals with them very efficiently“.

David Spires

David joined the firm as Partner in 2019, having previously been head of construction at Watson Burton LLP. David’s twenty years of experience as a specialist lawyer extend to all aspects of construction and engineering law, however his primary focus concerns the resolution of complex disputes through litigation, arbitration, mediation and in particular adjudication, where his career has run in parallel with the growth of this forum into the UK industry’s principal means of dispute resolution.

An assured negotiator, David’s pragmatic approach to the resolution of complex issues has seen him described by clients as “very personable” and “a pleasure to work with”, and as managing cases “effectively and proactively”.

Gary Ashton

Gary specialises in all aspects of construction and engineering law, with particular focus upon dispute resolution. With over 15 years’ experience, he has a wealth of knowledge gained from representing a wide range of clients, from individuals to large public and private companies.

Gary is recognised for his expertise in relation to all forms of dispute resolution, including High Court proceedings, adjudication, arbitration and mediation. He has dealt with many complex, multi-party, high value disputes. Gary has particular expertise in construction adjudication, with a proven track record of success, having personally acted in over 100 adjudications.

Gary is praised in the Legal 500 “for his ability to quickly formulate a strategy to solve complex problems. His thoroughness is outstanding” and described as “a breath of fresh air, understanding the construction industry and being proactive in ways that are not often thought of. He has a great wealth of knowledge”.