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Areas of expertise: Construction and infrastructure


Jessica is an associate in the construction and infrastructure team based in London. Her experience covers a range of both contentious and non-contentious construction projects and disputes. Jessica has acted for a variety of commercial clients, including developers, contractors, purchasers and social housing associations. She has advised on and negotiated industry standard building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties and development agreements, and has particular expertise in the housing sector.

On the contentious side, Jessica assists professional consultants, contractors and employers on disputes involving extension of time claims, defective works and professional negligence claims. She works with clients on disputes avoidance, outlining the importance of achieving solutions without having to go to court. She also has experience across a range of ADR procedures, including adjudications as well as matters in the Technology and Construction Court.

More recently, Jessica has been involved with a number of fire safety related claims and acts for a range of clients advising them on what options are available, how best to ensure buildings and businesses remain compliant with the evolving legislation in this area, and how best to recover from responsible parties.  

Jessica joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2019. She trained at another leading City law firm, which included a six month secondment in Singapore.

Recent work highlights

  • Drafting and negotiation on the construction documentations for a 580 energy efficient unit development, including affordable housing in Walthamstow.
  • Drafting and advising on a 600 unit development in Wandsworth, comprising 35% affordable housing.
  • Assisting a housing association on a review of numerous portfolios with fire safety defects and advising on how to bring claims against developers.
  • Assisting a private individual employer on a professional negligence claim against its engineer for a property in Dulwich Village.

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