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Victoria Peckett

Partner
Co-Head, Construction & Engineering

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Victoria Peckett is the co-head of the Construction team in the UK and has more than 20 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of construction.

She advises a wide variety of employer clients and contractors on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for a broad range of projects both international and domestic.

Victoria has extensive experience of assisting clients with the resolution of disputes (both before and after the commencement of proceedings), including through adjudication, litigation, arbitration and mediation. She works with all the major forms of standard contract (e.g. FIDIC, NEC and JCT) and on bespoke forms of contracts.

She chairs the drafting committee for the JCT, is a member of the City of London Law Society’s Construction Law Committee and of the British Council of Offices Environment, Social and Governance Committee and is on the Consultant Editorial Board for Lexis PSL Construction.

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"She's very good at getting to the bottom of complex issues." "She is very clever at a strategic level."

Chambers, 2016

Client Choice Awards 2015 in association with the International Law Office and Lexology: winner of Client Choice award for Construction in the UK

"she is extremely experienced and knowledgeable."

Chambers, 2018

‘a leader in the field, who is quietly leading the changes to the standard forms produced by JCT’.

Legal 500, 2017

Sources say she is "very clever, highly organised and on top of all the details. She has a good grasp of the strategic overview."

Chambers, 2015

London partner Victoria Peckett is recommended for EPCs

Legal 500 Latin America, 2014

Department head Victoria Peckett is ‘intelligent, organised, and well prepared, and a good strategic thinker'

Legal 500, 2014

Relevant experience

  • An African government in relation to a claim for defective design of a large dam project. Claims concern a potential 3 year construction overrun and costs incurred of approx GBP 20m
  • The Latin American subsidiary of a European energy company on the construction aspects of a USD 1.3bn LNG project, including advice on termination and on associated bond calls.
  • An institutional investor on the drafting of demolition and construction contracts and a suite of consultant appointments in respect of the GBP 200m redevelopment of the London Fruit & Wool Exchange in London
  • A contractor on claims under its sub-contracts for the supply and installation of boilers for a power generation project in Brazil, including on claims relating to delays, calls on bonds, and on the terms of settlement of the disputes
  • An owner in relation to the contracts for a USD 2.5bn mixed-use tourism and real estate development in the Middle East
  • A car manufacturer in relation to the contracts for the construction for a 300,000 vehicle p.a. production line in Eastern Europe
  • A consortium bidding for the role of a delivery partner/contractor with the Environment Agency for a potential 10 year programme of flood risk management works known as the Thames Estuary Phase 1 Programme
  • An owner in relation to claims against its contractor for LADs for delay, termination and losses incurred as a result of termination in respect of a waste management facility in East England. The LADs claims were adjudicated, litigated and mediated  
  • A contractor on the contracts for a GBP 75m development in North West London for the creation of 370 residential units alongside 693 sq m of retail and leisure space
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Education

BA (Law), St John’s College, Cambridge

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5 June 2017
An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law Dis­putes
An in­ter­na­tion­al per­spect­ive
22/08/2017
NEC4: A closer look at the changes in the ECC
At the NEC Users Group An­nu­al Sem­in­ar on 22 June, the new NEC4 suite of con­tracts was launched with much fan­fare and praise by mem­bers of the ICE, Cab­in­et Of­fice, in­dustry and nat­ur­ally, the NEC4 Con­tract Board and draft­ing team.
26/06/2015
An­nu­al re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion law de­vel­op­ments
03/08/2017
MT Højgaard: Su­preme Court rules on fit­ness for pur­pose dis­pute
In a de­cision is­sued today, the Su­preme Court has up­held an ap­peal in the MT Højgaard lit­ig­a­tion restor­ing the TCC’s ori­gin­al de­cision and find­ing the con­tract­or li­able to com­ply with a fit­ness for pur­pose type ob­lig­a­tion con­tained in a tech­nic­al sched­ule des­pite.
30/06/2014
Eng­lish con­struc­tion law de­vel­op­ments 2013
24/07/2017
Con­tract­or claims for delay and dis­rup­tion caused by third parties
A de­cision of the Scot­tish Court of Ses­sion earli­er this month has con­sidered a con­tract­or’s en­ti­tle­ment to claim against third parties re­spons­ible for caus­ing delay and dis­rup­tion to on-site con­struc­tion activ­it­ies.
19/03/2014
Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters - Spring 2014
Cur­rent top­ics in the hotel in­dustry
30/06/2017
NEC4: New dis­pute res­ol­u­tion and dis­pute avoid­ance pro­vi­sions
Last week saw the launch of the much-an­ti­cip­ated NEC4 suite of stand­ard form con­struc­tion and en­gin­eer­ing con­tracts (see our earli­er Law-Now here). In this art­icle we provide an ana­lys­is of the changes to the dis­pute res­ol­u­tion pro­vi­sions and the new Dis­pute.
What does Brexit mean for the UK’s con­struc­tion in­dustry
06/01/2017
When the dust settles: post-ter­min­a­tion calls on on-de­mand se­cur­it­ies
A re­cent Com­mer­cial Court de­cision has re­jec­ted an at­tempt by a bank to res­ist pay­ment of de­mands made un­der Standby Let­ters of Cred­it after the ter­min­a­tion of a large con­struc­tion pro­ject. The de­cision provides help­ful guid­ance as to the ap­plic­a­tion of the.
14/11/2016
On-de­mand se­cur­it­ies: over­com­ing for­eign in­junc­tions
A re­cent Com­mer­cial Court de­cision has re­jec­ted an at­tempt by a bank to res­ist pay­ment un­der Standby Let­ters of Cred­it sub­ject to Eng­lish law and jur­is­dic­tion by ref­er­ence to in­junc­tions ob­tained against the bank in Brazil.
13/06/2016
Ex­ten­sions of time dur­ing peri­ods of con­tract­or culp­able delay
A re­cent TCC de­cision has con­sidered an an­om­aly which oc­curs in tra­di­tion­ally draf­ted con­struc­tion con­tracts where (i) li­ab­il­ity for delay is un­li­quid­ated; and (ii) the con­tract­or be­comes en­titled to an ex­ten­sion of time for an event oc­cur­ring after the con­trac­tu­al.