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Claudia Russell

Of Counsel

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom
Languages English

Claudia has specialised in construction law for over 16 years. She advises clients from across a number of sectors in relation to engineering and construction contracts for a wide range of projects. 

Claudia has extensive experience of the construction contractual process including the procurement of projects, contractual terms, and commercial aspects. She has an in-depth knowledge of the main standard form contracts (including JCT, SBCC, NEC and FIDIC) and is also frequently involved in preparing bespoke contract documentation including framework agreements, professional appointments, guarantees and bonds.

Claudia acts for clients involved on all sides of projects - developers, funders, contractors, consultants, purchasers and tenants.

Claudia has a Masters in Construction Law and  is recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as being an Accredited Specialist in the field of Construction Law.

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Relevant experience

  • Advising developers, tenants and funders in respect of drafting, negotiating and concluding building contracts, appointments, performance bonds, parent company guarantees, collateral warranties and other associated documentation for newbuild commercial/retail, residential, PRS and hotel developments, including negotiations with funders, tenants and prospective purchasers.
  • Advising investor owners/Landlords in relation to contracts for refurbishment of multi let office premises, and tenants in relation to fit out contracts.
  • Advising investor sellers, purchasers and funders in relation to retail park and office premises transactions, including extensive due diligence and reporting.
  • Advising utility companies in respect of engineering and construction frameworks and contracts for civils works, infrastructure works, subsea cabling, underground tunnelling, and heat from waste contracts.
  • Advising developers and funders in relation to EPC’s, TSA’s, BoP contracts and associated documentation in relation to wind, solar and nuclear energy projects, energy from waste projects, peaking stations and battery storage facilities.

High profile projects which Claudia has recently been involved in includes:

  • Shetland HVDC Connection
  • Hinkley Point C Civils Contract
  • Scottish Water’s SR15 and SR21 Frameworks
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  • 2019 – Accredited Specialist – Construction Law
  • 2014 – Dual Qualification (English Law)
  • 2009 – LLM Construction Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • 2004 – Notary Public
  • 1999 – PG Dip International Trade Policy, Robert Gordon University
  • 1998 – LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen
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