Addleshaw Goddard has hired Clarissa Smith as a partner in its fast-growing construction and engineering team.

Clarissa, who primarily specialises in cross-sector disputes for clients within the construction industry, previously worked as a partner at Trowers & Hamlins. Her practice has focused on all forms of alternative dispute resolution, adjudication, meditation and the resolution of claims under the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes. Previous clients have included some of the UK's largest developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and local authorities.

Clarissa's recent experience includes advising large private residential developers on issues ranging from defect claims, building safety defects, final and interim payment disputes. She has extensive experience in advising clients on the implications of the Building Safety Act.

Clarissa was ranked in Chambers UK 2022 as 'Up and Coming' within the Contentious Construction (London) category.

Addleshaw Goddard's construction and engineering team has provided legal advice on some of the most significant real estate projects in the UK, including Battersea Power Station and the restoration and redevelopment of the Palace of Westminster.

The firm recently opened four new offices (Dublin, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Munich) and in August reported a gross revenue increase of 18%. Addleshaw Goddard currently represents 46 FTSE100 clients and was recently ranked within the top ten of the Thompson Reuter's UK Law Firm Brand Index.

Jonathan Tattersall, Partner and Head of Construction and Engineering at Addleshaw Goddard, said:

"Our construction and engineering practice has grown exponentially over the last few years and has become a true market-leader in the sector.

"Clarissa is an excellent addition to the team. She is trusted by some of the largest construction business in the UK to provide advice on complex disputes and has an excellent track record for success."