Julie Teal


Julie is a partner in the real estate team with a focus on construction.

She specialises in non-contentious work for the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Julie established the real estate construction team at Withers in October 2013. Her clients include high-net worth individuals, charities and other not-for profit organisations, institutional investors, hotel groups, developers (commercial and residential), universities and major retailers.

Her practice also extends to advising contractors, specialist sub-contractors and consultants. Julie undertakes a wide variety of contract work for her clients - drafting and negotiating documents such as building and engineering contracts, framework agreements, professional appointments, security documents and associated transaction documents. She also advises on EU procurement law in a construction context and provides project support services (including pre-dispute and settlement advice) for a number of clients.


Julie has been a trusted legal advisor and integral part of our team for some time now and has played a very important part in the success of our developments.  We are delighted that we can continue to rely on the advice that Julie offers us across all stages of the development process, ranging from building contracts and appointments, through to insurance and funding requirements.  Julie’s wealth of experience gained in acting on both sides greatly assists us and ensures that her advice is always commercial, sensible and above all practical.

Nick Pendlebury - IPSUS

Julie Teal and the team provide us with reliable, responsive legal advice on many of our construction contracts.  The team’s long experience of working at all levels in the industry (from specialist trades through to funders) means that there are few situations they haven’t dealt with, and they consider all aspects of each situation to ensure that their advice is both comprehensive and commercial.

Emma Barnard - Apex Lifts

Withers and RPP share a common goal to deliver the best results for our clients through thinking outside the box and creating pragmatic solutions that achieve our clients’ aims. Julie and I have developed an excellent working rapport over the years, whereby we maintain close communication throughout each project to share ideas and to deal with issues as a team.

David Meghan, Director of RPP - Rex Procter and Partners





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

England and Wales, 1997

Recent developments in payment and security documents

Contributor to ‘Construction Law’

International Bar Association

Society of Construction Law


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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