Jessica Tresham

Jessica is a name in the sector and is known for her commercial outlook, ability to win cases and deliver commercial solutions for her clients.

Jessica is an experienced construction lawyer. She is known in London and the South for her expertise in high value and technically challenging construction and engineering related contentious matters. Jessica defends and brings claims in the Technology and Construction Court in addition to advising clients in relation to arbitrations, adjudications, all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and insurance related issues.

Jessica is ranked in both Chambers and Partners also in the Legal 500.

"She is exceptional and a real star solicitor. She is strategic, intelligent, engaging on top of the detail and brilliant with clients"

"She is a trusted pair of hands who knows how to get the job done. She will give frank advice and guidance on how to resolve a problem. If something is wrong with your case, she won't drop you in it. It's a collaborative, teamwork approach"

"Her strengths are practical, commercial advice. She gives a proper analysis of your position and practical advice and guidance on how to leverage your position. She is very hands on and keeps in touch regularly"
Chambers and Partners 2024

"Jess Tresham is an excellent leader of a team, a top lawyer and huge driver of a team offering inspiration and responsibility rather than remote delegation."
Legal 500 2023

She is the lawyer of choice for a number of £1 Million+ turnover clients and their trusted advisor on the most complex legal and technical disputes. Jessica views legal advice as being just one factor of the client relationship process. Clear objectives and processes together with reliable cost advice, consistency of method and approach to service are but a few of the ways she ensures the right outcome for her clients.

She regularly delivers talks and training on behalf of the Society of Construction Law , the Chartered Institute of Building, CIArb and RICS. Jessica is recognised in the Legal Journals for her ability, drive and ability to develop a team.


  • Acting for a tier 1 contractor in a dispute concerning multiple defects and delay claims for a landmark hospital project. The dispute settled two weeks before Trial.
  • Acting for a national engineering contractor in a claim concerning a Target Cost contract for hybrid works at an Oil Refinery. Successfully defended an adjudication on jurisdiction grounds and then at Arbitration. Claim value of £22 million.
  • Acting for a UK based solar farm in a claim against a Spanish engineering company in relation to defective panels at a farm based in the west country.
  • Acted for a UK based engineering company in an arbitration in a $25 million Arbitration concerning an energy from waste project.
  • Acting for a rail network in a multi million pound claim against a contractor following a landslide onto the tracks. Settled at mediation.
  • Acting for a well known retailer in a defective roof claim at its prestigious headquarters.
  • Acting for a household name developer advising in relation to numerous adjudications concerning delay and loss and expense post-COVID-19.
  • Acting for a well-known hotel brand in its claims against contractors relating to defective cladding.
  • Acting for a local authority in its claim against a contractor for various fire related defects at a prestigious multi-use development.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2024

    • Career
      May 2024
      Gowling WLG (UK), Partner
    • Rankings & Awards
      Finalist for International Women, Influence & Power in Law UK Awards
  • 2022

    • Community
      Head of DEI and Mansfield lead
  • 2020

    • Career
      May 2020
      Womble Bond Dickinson, Partner
  • 2012

    • Career
      June 2012
      Blake Morgan LLP, Partner
  • 2010

    • Career
      March 2010
      Moore Barlow, Solicitor
    • Education
      College of Law, LLB
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2008

    • Education
      College of Law, LPC
  • 2006

    • Education
      College of Law, GDL
  • 2003

    • Career
      October 2003
      Moore Barlow, Paralegal
    • Education
      Nottingham Trent University, BA Hons