Brabners’ fast-growing real estate practice adds another construction specialist

Construction specialist Jennie Jones joins our firm from Freeths and brings significant additional dispute resolution and transactional construction experience to the firm’s 95-strong real estate practice. Jennie specialises in advising contractors, developers, design consultants and funders on both contentious and non-contentious issues, including contested accounts.

Jennie’s appointment to the construction team, which has added ten new lawyers in the last two years, further strengthens our support for clients operating in the construction sector, with significant challenges anticipated throughout the supply chain as projects continue to be affected by the economic effects of Covid-19.

Operating across Brabners’ Manchester, Liverpool and Preston offices, Jennie will work alongside the firm’s construction lead, Barry Goodall, and real estate sector lead Andrew Waugh.

The appointment comes as our real estate team targets further growth having increased its practice revenue by 10 per cent in the last year.

Our managing partner Nik White said: “The real estate sector has long been a strategic area of growth for us, particularly as the North West continues to deliver some of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects. The growth we’ve delivered to date is testament to the ambition of the region’s developers and contractors but it’s clear they face new challenges in light of the ongoing pandemic. Jennie’s additional experience will prove vital at a time when our portfolio of construction clients is expanding in response to these unique pressures, as we look to ensure that the construction industry is best-placed to play its part in the economic recovery.”

Jennie Jones said: “While recent activity levels appear encouraging, a significant number of construction projects are being cancelled or delayed due to unreliable supply chains, workforce management challenges, and financial reserves being stretched to their limit. The construction team at Brabners has vast experience in advising clients on how to navigate through these testing times to emerge in a position of strength. The culture of the team and the wider firm means that it attracts lawyers who put clients at the heart of everything they do. It’s a privilege to be joining such an exceptional team and I look forward to providing guidance and support to our clients during what is an uncertain time for many.”