Michelle is a Managing Associate Practice Development Lawyer specialising in construction law. She has 13 years' prior experience of advising clients on construction and engineering matters.
Amongst other things, she is responsible for:
- Ensuring that the Construction and Engineering team is kept fully up-to-date with relevant legislation, case law and industry developments
- Developing and maintaining a large suite of construction and engineering precedents
- Writing and delivering training
- Assisting with articles and publications
- Horizon scanning, including the content co-ordination of the construction and engineering interactive timeline
- Assisting with technical queries
- Being actively involved in the firm's client development initiatives.
Before moving into the role of Managing Associate Practice Development Lawyer, Michelle gave clients practical legal advice and guidance on a wide range of projects, including in relation to:
- Energy – e.g. (on and offshore) wind farms, solar energy projects, wave and tidal projects, and biomass/waste to energy projects
- Engineering infrastructure and bridge projects
- Developments – e.g. commercial new builds and refurbishments and town centre redevelopments.
She drafted and negotiated all kinds of construction and engineering contracts – from bespoke contracts to those based on published standard forms of contract (e.g. JCT, FIDIC, MF/1, ICE, LOGIC, NEC, ACE, GC/Works and RIBA) – as well as all associated ancillary/related contracts (e.g. consultants' appointments, collateral warranties, bonds, novations, letters of intent, agreements for lease, and development agreements). Her client base included developers, local authorities and public bodies, landlords and tenants, funders, contractors and consultants.
Examples of experience include advising:
- Several onshore wind farm projects throughout England and Scotland, with varying numbers of turbines (both with and without bank financing)
- A large offshore wind farm project off the coast of England
- Several other renewable energy projects including a wave energy project in England, a tidal energy project in Wales, and one of the first solar energy projects in England
- An engineering project involving the relocation/reconstruction of railway infrastructure in Wales
- The new build or refurbishments of commercial properties around the UK for a well-known commercial tenant.