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Working with the Soho House Group on the construction aspects of projects in the UK and internationally: liaising with funders and other stakeholders, drafting and negotiating the principal construction documents and creating framework contracts for delivering specialist hospitality/retail led fit out schemes
Advising the trustees of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the trustees of the Royal Free Hampstead Charities on procurement matters. In conjunction with each Charity’s development team, preparing/negotiating documents for the design and construction of new research and hospital facilities
Supporting the commercial development activities of a Family Office active in London and the regions, advising on procurement issues, funding requirements, institutionally acceptable delivery documentation and the construction aspects of property acquisitions and disposals
Providing procurement advice and construction documentation to the joint venture delivering and operating The Ned, a landmark hotel and members’ club in the City of London
Advising a high net worth family on the extensive refurbishment of a listed property in an exclusive London location. The scheme needed a change of direction and management to best achieve the family’s aspirations for the property. Working closely with the professional team, a project support service is being provided in addition to contract drafting and negotiation
Assisting other high net worth families and their intermediaries with the contracts needed to deliver substantial, distinctive and innovative projects in rural as well as urban settings
Developing framework agreements and call-off-contract contracts in respect of three national procurement exercises undertaken on behalf of the Football Foundation, Sport England and related parties.
Supporting an Irish investor in connection new acquisitions: construction due diligence, negotiation/approval of developer’s documents and advising on payment security matters, including escrow agreements
Advising a specialist contractor and interior designer on an extensive refurbishment and new build project for a high net worth family at their listed country residence on construction and planning risk associated with previous work at the property and preparing a suitable form of turnkey building contract
Working with developers of anaerobic digestion and other waste to energy schemes on EPC contracts, direct agreements and other supporting documentation
Advising a lift specialist on contracts associated with various landmark buildings in London
England and Wales, 1997
Recent developments in payment and security documents
Contributor to ‘Construction Law’
International Bar Association
Society of Construction Law
Me in a minute
I am fascinated by the built environment, building processes and all aspects of design
Had I worked harder at maths, I would have been an architect. I am fascinated by the built environment, building processes and all aspects of design. So as a trainee, I was excited to discover that construction law was a real (and growing) practice area on which I could eventually focus. In the early years I had a mixed practice combining transactional work, project delivery and dispute resolution.
I soon realised however that my heart lay in ‘front end’ work and that has been my focus for over 16 years. I love the team dynamic of working on construction matters. When a project reaches completion, very often I will have worked with some of the most talented designers, technicians and contractors in the industry to realise a client’s vision.
The work product is so tangible, something to appreciate both pre and post completion, and for that reason I always encourage my team to visit the sites of the schemes they are working on to better understand the environments in which their contracts operate.
The diversity of my client base is something I really value at Withers. Project support for private clients presents quite different challenges for a construction lawyer in contrast to working for developers and institutions who know the ropes.
I am most proud of the work I do with charity trustees and other institutions delivering large capital projects for research, healthcare and educational purposes. Earlier in my career I also advised a main contractor delivering one of the principal sporting venues at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The venue was award winning, continues to attract large numbers of visitors, and was a thrill to work on.
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