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Natalie Read

Senior Associate - Construction, Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Bristol

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Natalie is a Senior Associate in the Construction team and practices both contentious and non-contentious construction law.

On the contentious side Natalie specialises in all forms of dispute resolution in relation to building disputes and has experience in litigation, the Pre-Action Protocol process, arbitration, mediation, adjudication and expert determination. She has acted for employers, developers, contractors and sub-contractors as both claimant and defendant on matters relating to defective workmanship, negligence, disputed applications for payment and applications for extensions of time.

On the non-contentious side, Natalie has experience of drafting and advising on consultants’ appointments and building contracts including NEC3, JCT and PPC 2000.

Natalie also specialises in insolvency in the context of the construction industry and acts for a number of insolvency practitioners in recovering debts owed to insolvent construction companies.


  • Acting for a large London based sub-contractor in defending a large adjudication and commencing a counter adjudication. Successful outcome achieved. 100% successfully defended (£nil awarded to other side). In addition 100% successful on the defensive counter adjudication.
  • Acting for a large national building contractor in bringing a multi million pound adjudication to recover monies from an employer refusing to pay any further monies to the client. Successful outcome achieved. Payment received and the employer was forced to pay 100% of the adjudicator’s fees.
  • Acting for a joint venture of various national housebuilders in a multi million pound adjudication involving a substantial contractor claim under an NEC3 contract. Outcome achieved: successful defence in the rapid fire adjudication such as to avoid a multimillion pound award, knocking out circa 70% of the sums claimed.
  • Acting for a national house builder (described as one of the UK’s largest) in defending a claim by a consultant (both national & international) for fees allegedly owed. Advising and assisting in seeking to achieve an expeditious resolution to take into account our client’s substantial counterclaim for breach of contract and/or negligence. Successfully achieving a settlement for our client (thus avoiding the need for a court hearing) where liability was reduced by in the region of 85%.
Service areas
  • Construction
  • House Builder
    House Builder