I initially qualified as a defendant personal injury solicitor with Weightmans LLP, before moving to DWF LLP to re-train in the area of construction and infrastructure law, in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects.
I subsequently moved to Addleshaw Goddard and have continued my training and development in this area with the firm, continuing to undertake a mix of contentious and non-contentious work so as to ensure a broad spectrum of experience and development on my part, and ensuring I can assist the firm's client's in all aspects of the construction process from inception, to completion, through to any disputes or issues which may arise.
I undertake a variety of non-contentious work, including (i) client due diligence (primarily reporting to those institutions providing finance and/or re-finance) (ii) assisting developers/contractors in respect of their obligations and/or the contractual process (iii) considering and advising on the involvement for third parties such as a prospective tenant/purchaser to ensure their own requirements are met and adequate security has been provided.
On the contentious side I have advised and assisted with litigation, adjudication and arbitration, to include pre-action settlement discussions.
- Assisting the Canal and River Trust with the development of two sites for commercial and retail use, including the negotiation and agreement of the development agreement(s), building contract(s), professional appointments, third party documents and security documents to be provided to the client as ultimate owner of the site, and the tenants.
- Advising various finance providers in regards to finance/re-finance for both developments to be constructed and/or those which have previously been completed prior to the involvement of the finance provider. This includes considering, reporting on, and where required or allowed negotiating the content of the contractual documents to include the security which is to be provided.
- Assisting Alumno with the development of student accommodation in Norwich and other locations, to include drafting and negotiating the deeds of consultant appointment with the respective providers, the client and third party funder.
- Advising Bruntwood in regards to the development of the Kellogg Building in Manchester, including assisting with drafting the contractual documents (following procurement via the Construction Management route) and drafting the necessary consultant appointments/security documents to be provided to various tenants.
- Advising Liverpool City Council in regards to defective equipment which had been installed at a Council owned property, including attendance at mediation and subsequent agreement and settlement of the dispute, which involved 4 separate parties, and the Council.
- Advising Nobles Construction in regards to various disputes and or issues which have arisen both during the course of the construction process, and post completion.