Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has strengthened its construction and engineering practice in the UK with the appointment of Jessica Tresham who joins as a new partner.

Previously a partner at law firm Blake Morgan, Jessica will be based across WBD's London and Southampton offices. She specialises in high value and technically challenging construction and engineering related contentious matters. She has particular experience in defending and bringing claims in the Technology and Construction Court in addition to advising clients in relation to arbitrations, adjudications and all forms of alternative dispute resolution and insurance related issues.

Jessica advises a wide range of clients including household name retailers, large contractors and developers, house builders and social housing providers, universities and educational establishments, defence contractors, banks and insolvency practitioners.

Simon Rowland, partner and UK head of the construction and engineering team, commented:

"We're delighted to welcome Jessica to our growing construction and engineering team. She has a stellar reputation for her commercial outlook as well as having an impressive portfolio of clients across many sectors. Her particular experience in dispute resolution will enhance our offering and provide added value to our clients."

Jessica added:

"WBD has strong credentials in construction and engineering with an exciting client base. The firm is well positioned in this changing legal marketplace for success in the future and I look forward to shaping the further growth of the team in London and across the South East."

WBD's construction and engineering team is highly ranked in UK legal directories, with partners Ian Atkinson, Simon Lewis and Simon Rowland ranked as leading lawyers. Jessica is also featured as an 'up and coming' lawyer in both Chambers and Legal 500 where clients praise her for her technical knowledge and commercial acumen.

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, WBD provides legal expertise across a range of sectors including financial institutions, insurance, public & government services, energy & natural resources, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail & consumer, transport, logistics & infrastructure, private wealth, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology & life sciences and technology.