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Jennifer Fitzmaurice, Principal Associate Professional Support Lawyer

Jennifer Fitzmaurice

Principal Associate Professional Support Lawyer

Languages

English and conversational French

Practice areas

  • Construction and engineering

Practice notes

Jennifer is an experienced and technically adept lawyer specialising in the construction, engineering and energy sectors with particular focus on contentious matters.

Jennifer trained and worked in private practice for seven years, acting for national and international clients (including employers, professionals, contractors and specialist sub-contractors) predominantly focusing on risk mitigation and dispute resolution.

She then moved in-house for the last eight years, most recently as head of legal for a construction and sustainable energy company.

She is a trusted legal and commercial adviser who provides a full range of strategic, tactical and commercial advice, training and know-how in relation to all aspects of complex construction and energy projects.

Jennifer is now a Professional Support Lawyer in the contentious construction team at Eversheds Sutherland working three days a week.

Jennifer’s role involves keeping abreast of all legal developments affecting the construction industry in order to disseminate this information to the team, including writing articles, hosting training sessions and writing know-how pieces.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, swimming, spending time with her family and walking her dogs.

Jennifer has given numerous training presentations to clients when in private practice and to her commercial team when working in house. She has also arranged and hosted client events and breakfast seminars.

Professional activities

  • Jennifer is a member of ALPS

Awards and rankings

  • Won Young Inhouse Lawyer of the Year 2014

Client experience

  • acted for a major utilities company on a multi-million pound pipeline project under an NEC3 Option C contract, dealing with various disputes such as interpretation of key clauses, extension of time claims, weather events, defective design and disallowed costs. Taking the matter to a successful mediation and drafting settlement documentation
  • acted for a major civil engineering contractor in relation to numerous disputes and six separate live project adjudications on a tram project under an NEC3 Option A contract
  • day to day management of a complex $850m oil and gas arbitration, which involved leading a team of three lawyers, two paralegals and a trainee through the disclosure process, the preparation of witness statements, liaising with and assisting experts and preparation for and attendance at various procedural hearings
  • dealing with, and successfully defending, a Court application for non-party disclosure
  • acting for the contractor and having conduct of TCC litigation relating to alleged design defects in an innovative town council building
  • responsibility for and managing proceedings for the enforcement of an adjudicator's decision including drafting pleadings and witness statements

Qualifications and education

  • BPP Law School, London 2002-2003
  • Liverpool University, Liverpool 1998-2002 (one year of History degree)
  • King George V College, Southport 1996-1998
  • Merchant Taylors’ School for Girls, Crosby 1991-1996