Stuart attained a degree in Law (LL.B. Honours) from the University of Liverpool in 1989. Having trained with Mills & Reeve from 1990 to 1992, Stuart joined construction specialist firm Masons (now Pinsent Masons) and worked in their construction departments in Bristol and London until 2007.

In 2007 Stuart joined Carson McDowell, becoming a partner in 2010 and he heads up the firm’s Construction and Property Litigation team, which is ranked as Band/Tier 1 by both Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Stuart specialises in both non-contentious contract drafting and negotiating (and has extensive experience of the major industry standard forms such as NEC, JCT, ICC, FIDIC, and many others and of numerous forms of bespoke contracts), as well as contentious construction disputes, regularly acting in adjudications, arbitrations and litigation in the High Court and above. Stuart’s experience includes not just construction projects in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, but major projects in SE Asia, Africa and throughout Europe. He is dual qualified to practice in both Northern Ireland and England & Wales and is active in both of those jurisdictions.

Stuart is recognised as a "Leading Individual" by The Legal 500 and ranked as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers UK.

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