Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

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Victoria Kempthorne
Senior Solicitor

I am a solicitor in the construction, engineering and environmental projects group at Clarkslegal LLP where I specialise in acting for both public and private sector clients, drafting and negotiating bespoke and industry standard appointment documents and ancillary agreements. I also advise on and help to resolve all forms of construction industry disputes.

Prior to Clarkslegal LLP, I worked as legal counsel for a global engineering, management and development consultancy advising on contractual, legal and commercial issues during all phases of a project life cycle.

I am a board member of G4C (Generation for Change), which is part of Constructing Excellence and a member of the Society of Construction Law.

I have advised on worldwide construction and engineering contracts and professional appointments across a range of industry sectors including transport, energy, waste, health and education.

I have particular experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating appointment documents (industry standard forms of contract such as JCT, NEC, FIDIC and World Bank and bespoke) including framework agreements (for both public and private sector clients) and ancillary agreements such as collateral warranties, joint venture agreements, consortium agreements and security documentation such as parent company guarantees and bonds.

Having worked in-house, I have an understanding of the pressures and issues clients face in relation to project delivery. I particularly enjoy advising clients on how they can mitigate contractual risk throughout the project from contract negotiation to dispute avoidance and clarifying and establishing entitlements under the appointment agreement.

I have advised a variety of clients on major infrastructure projects, PPP/PFI/PFI2 projects and EPC contracts in relation to schools, healthcare, transport and energy.

I have experience in advising on construction disputes in respect of professional negligence claims involving engineers, architects, surveyors, contractors, sub-contractors and other commercial organisations.

I have acted for both defendants and claimants in litigation and adjudication arising out of disputes in the UK and internationally.