The global expertise of Atkin Chambers’ members in construction and energy & natural resources continues to be highlighted in Chambers Global […]
14th Feb 2019
She is recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in the fields of Construction and Professional Negligence, and also in Chambers Global for Construction. Contributors remark in particular that she is “very impressive and a clear thinker”, “an excellent barrister who is very responsive and commercial”, “enthusiastic and a very capable team player”, “calm, collected and unflappable” and that she has “absolutely first-rate legal knowledge”.
Jennifer’s main areas of specialisation are construction and engineering, professional negligence and energy, and she also has valuable experience in disputes concerning the construction and enforcement of guarantees/ bonds and of jurisdictional and conflicts issues, which regularly arise as incidental to other matters. It is in the nature of construction disputes that they give rise to particularly complex strategic and factual scenarios, either because of the number of different parties and contracts, or because disputes are being fought out in different fora. Jennifer particularly enjoys the tactical challenges inherent in managing these complicated disputes and in doing everything possible to obtain the best result for her clients.
Jennifer has acted for the full range of parties in disputes arising from the design and construction of a wide range of building and civil engineering projects, including process plant, infrastructure procured by PFI and commercial and residential properties. She has expertise in issues relating to loss and expense, delay and disruption, defects, design, delay, diminution in value, contractual termination and quantum meruit claims. She is also familiar with the main Standard Form contracts. Her experience includes:
Jennifer has experience of dealing with a variety of professional negligence claims involving a wide range of professionals and consultants in the construction and engineering sector, including architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors. Her experience includes substantial recent experience of cladding disputes, including in relation to concerns about the safety of cladding. Given the involvement of insurers in professional negligence disputes they are often multi-party and Jennifer has particular expertise in, and experience of, managing the strategic implications of a dispute involving a number of participants, from the perspective both of the Claimant and the Defendants. Her experience includes:
Jennifer has been involved in a number of cases for purchasers, contractors, designers and operators arising out of issues with energy installations. When she first started working in this field she prioritised power stations and offshore installations utilising traditional energy sources. Whilst she continues to work those areas she is also instructed on an increasing number of cases concerning renewables. Cases include:
Jennifer is familiar with the issues concerning the proper construction of bonds and guarantees, and regularly advises on the nature and meaning of these documents, together with acting in the following notable examples:
Jennifer has both advised clients on the availability of injunctive relief and appeared in Court to obtain the same, in both with and without notice cases. Her experience includes:
Jennifer has also acted in a range of general commercial disputes including:
Jennifer has been instructed in a number of Party Wall Act matters. In particular, she has:
Jennifer has been instructed to advise and defend a basement works sub-contractor prosecuted under Health and Safety legislation for a serious fall from height on site.
Jennifer has a good working knowledge of French and some conversational German.
Jennifer is an accredited TECBAR adjudicator and a lead advocacy tutor for Lincoln’s Inn.
She is a member of TECBAR, COMBAR and the SCL.