Ruth Griffin

Ruth Griffin is a director who has over 13 years' experience of construction and engineering transactional work, acting for all parties involved in such transactions including employers, contractors, consultants, sub-contractors, funders, purchasers and tenants. She advises clients on how to most effectively manage the varied risks arising from the carrying out of construction and engineering projects by reviewing, drafting and negotiating the multitude of documents involved in such projects in order to reflect clients' interests and objectives, be they carrying out the works or services in relation to a project or procuring, financing or utilising the project.

One of Ruth's key strengths is her ability to work in a team and project management, which are key skills in  transactional construction work, for example, as part of a client's project team for a long term expansion projects; quickly constructively engaging with  in-house lawyers unfamiliar with construction and engineering law in order to guide them through one-off capital expenditure projects; and building long term relationships with contractors to ensure that they can most effectively manage risk within its business.

Ruth is very 'down to earth' and practically minded, allowing her to build long term relationships in the construction and engineering sector. Ruth specialises in:

  • acting for contractors and consultants throughout the supply chain and is a trusted adviser for a number of national and international construction and engineering firms and works closely with their in-house lawyers and contract managers;
  • supporting leading retailers and leisure companies on construction projects relating to management and expansion of their property assets, utilising her 360 degree experience of the construction and engineering sector to guide clients through what is often unfamiliar territory; and
  • advising a variety of Central Government and local government bodies on their building projects.  

Experience

  • Leads the Construction and Engineering Team's non-contentious practice advising UK and Non-UK contractors, consultants,  sub-contractors, manufacturers and suppliers working in the UK construction and engineering sector.
  • Working as part of the delivery team for a high street bank's rapid expansion in the UK finance sector, the speed at which the client is meeting its objectives is very exciting and it is great to be able to work with a client that positively encourages its advisers to step in to their shoes.
  • Working together with a leading high street retailer's in-house lawyers to agree, within a particularly tight timescale, the construction documents relating to the installation on one of its distribution centres of one of the biggest roof-mounted solar panel array in the UK.
  • Advising a Premiership rugby club on drafting and negotiating the suite of construction documents including building contracts, professional consultants' appointments and third parties' collateral warranties for a £14.6 million stand in their home stadium seating over 10,000.
  • Part of the firm wide team that facilitated a local borough council's completion of its leisure PPP scheme, negotiating the construction elements of the Project Agreement and ancillary construction documents.
  • Advisor to a public sector body on a single source accommodation project, working closely with the client's in-house lawyers and procurement team. Ruth also advised the client on interim solutions where the project team where unable to meet key dates in the contractual process.
  • Supporting a tenderer on its bid for a PFI pathfinder housing regeneration project procured by Manchester City Council.
  • Working in partnership with a major public sector transportation entity's in-house lawyer to agree bespoke drafting relating to the construction requirements for a high-profile London transportation project.
  • Warwickshire County Council on the delivery of a new parkway station in Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry City Council on the upgrading of the passenger services for Coventry to Nuneaton.
  • Working closely with a major housing association in order to comprehensively update its standard form building contract and to draft a bespoke 'arm's length' term maintenance contract with its dedicated supplier.
  • I am a member of the firm's data centre team, advising operators, developers, employers, end-users, funders and contractors on a wide range of major data centre construction projects, providing specialist advice at every stage of the development process - from project conception and choice of procurement through to the tender process, complex contract negotiations and financing.
  • Co-ordinating the construction due diligence reporting and conditions precedents for numerous high value re-financing deals by a leading data centre provider.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), director
  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, principal associate
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      June2015
      Star Legal Writer, The Lawyer
    • Career
      2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, principal associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, associate
  • 2007

    • Career
      2007
      Wragge & Co LLP, associate
  • 2004

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2004
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      2004
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor
  • 2002

    • Career
      2002
      Masons, trainee
  • 2001

    • Education
      2001
      College of Law, York, Legal Practice Course
  • 1999

    • Education
      1999
      The University of Sheffield, Law, MA
  • 1996

    • Education
      1996
      The University of Sheffield, Social and Political Studies BA SocSci