Lorna specialises in construction law including resolving disputes connected to the construction industry and drafting the documentation required for developments of all sizes. Lorna is also is a member of the firm's Banking and Finance Group.
Lorna is highly experienced in dealing with disputes across the entire construction industry including between main contractors and subcontractors, commercial/domestic clients and contractors as well as construction professionals (e.g. architects, structural engineers) and their clients. This includes professional negligence claims. Lorna has assisted a wide range of clients using alternative dispute resolution methods of negotiation and mediation as well as the construction industry’s most popular form of dispute resolution, adjudication. Lorna also advises on and has a wealth of experience with the more traditional methods of arbitration and Court action, the latter naturally including the Technology and Construction Court. In regard to non-contentious matters, Lorna advises in on the construction documentation required for developments including drafting building contracts, professional appointments and collateral warranties where she find her experience in litigation supports the specialist nature of this work.
Lorna joined Hewitsons in January 1987 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in November 1994. Initially a member of our commercial litigation team she has been specialising in construction law since 1995. Lorna has recently acted for the Claimants in the reported case of West v Ian Finlay Associates which went to the Court of Appeal. This was a construction dispute decided at first instance by the now head of the Technology and Construction Court Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart and is the key case concerning net contribution clauses . Lorna sits on the Federation of Master Builders’ National Standards and Conduct Committee as legal advisor and has worked with the FMB to produce a series of standard form contracts.
The 2014 edition of the independent and respected Chambers’ has ranked Lorna as a leading individual. The 2017 edition of the Legal 500 ranked Lorna as a recommended Lawyer.