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A bit about me

I thrive on project work and enjoy being a part of large developments, giving legal, commercial and even technical support on everything from contract drafting and security documentation to resolving disputes. My clients include universities, banks and developers. I also act for main contractors as well as specialist sub-contractors working on major London projects.

I give practical, clear and structured advice, finding robust solutions to issues and getting to the heart of the matter quickly. I’m also direct, pragmatic and highly experienced having worked across a number of challenging contentious and non-contentious construction and development projects.

Outside of work I enjoy playing netball, reading, being part of the Campaign for Real Ale and good food.

Want to know more?

Read your contracts – keeping them in mind, using the terms properly and fairly will keep the projects running smoothly. They are not just there for the “divorces”.

Talk openly about risk allocation.

Use all of the available construction industry professionals – they really do add value.

Can I let the contractors start works on a Letter of Intent?  

Yes, if there is a proper agreement for a distinct piece of work, at a fixed sum and time period, and you have a good reason as to why you’re unable to let the full contract.

How do I get paid?

Make sure your employer is worth the risk and agree sensible payment terms. Consider direct contracts for large sub-contract packages and follow the contract.

Where I work

Hear what our clients say about our Partner Lucinda Baker

Team expertise supports new build industrial unit acquisition

When a safety footwear business needed storage and warehousing to support its growth, they were able to...

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Quick, professional and competitively priced

One of our clients in the energy sector said: “The service is very quick, professional and competitively p...

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In-depth knowledge garners praise from energy client

One of Lucinda Baker’s clients in the energy sector said of her: “Lucinda is the single big...

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latest articles

Adjudication in insolvency is now back on… or is it?

The Supreme Court has given a robust and clear headed review of the use of…

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Tackling cash flow problems in the construction sector until Government Covid-19 support arrives

Covid-19 is causing significant disruption to supply chains, sites, programmes, distribution channels and the workforce…

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What impact does social distancing have on the performance of your or your sub-contractor’s works?

Social distancing is a health and safety issue first and foremost. On any construction site,…

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Will Covid-19 close down construction sites?

It is likely that some building sites will close, following the Prime Minister’s announcement about…

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HCR makes law (again!)

LJH Paving Limited -v- Meeres Civil Engineering [2019] EWHC 2601 (TCC) Acting for the claimant,…

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Don’t let milestone payments become a millstone around your neck

Milestone payment in an off-site contract Bennett (Construction) Limited v CIMC NBS Limited (formerly Verbus…

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Changing attitudes to use of space for work, homes and businesses

Breakout space, flexible working, re-purposing of retail space for offices – the property landscape in…

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Building work post-Carillion: what should I think about?

There are a number of steps which a school can take to minimise exposure to…

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The Spectre of Contractor Insolvency

The current Carillion liquidation throws into sharp relief one of the key risks on a…

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5 Top Tips for a successful build project

Lucinda Baker, a Partner in our Construction and Engineering team, who specialises in education capital…

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How final is the final account? Harding –v- Paice: Court of Appeal

This was a saga of adjudication followed by cross adjudication, injunction and further adjudication. The…

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HSE Guidance – Maintenance & Facilities Management (FM)

Q. Does CDM 2015 apply to all maintenance work? A. The definition of maintenance work…

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