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Portrait of William Meredith
Areas of expertise: Construction and infrastructure


William is an associate in the construction and infrastructure team based in London, specialising in non-contentious construction matters. He has acted for a wide range of commercial clients including developers, housing associations, charities and commercial tenants.

William’s work has involved drafting, advising and negotiating industry standard construction contracts including the JCT suite of contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties and security documents including parent company guarantees and performance bonds. He also has extensive experience in advising developers on the impact of contractors’ insolvencies, and has assisted with the termination of building contracts where applicable. Finally, he has worked closely with the firm’s commercial real estate team in carrying out due diligence on the particular construction elements of a transaction.

Prior to joining Penningtons Manches Cooper, William qualified in October 2021.

Recent work highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating a JCT Design and Build 2016 building contract with bespoke amendments, professional appointments and collateral warranties for a corporate client relating to the development of a £12 million unit on a new business park.
  • Advising multiple clients on the impact of various mid-tier contractor insolvencies and, in particular, any securities and termination rights available to them under the terms of their respective building contract.
  • Drafting and negotiating a scaffolding licence and access licence for extensive works carried out adjacent to a client’s property.
  • Reviewing and reporting on the terms of a suite of collateral warranties that a client received as part of the commercial purchase of a newly constructed hotel.

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