Ruth Griffin

Ruth Griffin is a partner who has over 16 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 her 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 collaborate with clients, colleagues and other advisers, which is key to the success of any C&E transactional 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 with clients and contracts across the construction and engineering sector. Ruth specialises in:

  • advising a variety of Central Government and local government bodies on their construction & engineering projects;
  • acting for contractors and consultants throughout the construction & engineering supply chain and is a trusted adviser to a number of national and international construction and engineering firms, working closely with their in-house lawyers and contract managers;
  • supporting a range of corporates with the management of and investment in their property assets, including one-off, capital expenditure projects, and long-term expansion programmes: Ruth's clients include an number of leading 'names' in the retail and leisure sector as well as the food and beverage market, utilising her 360 degree experience of the construction and engineering sector to guide clients through what is often unfamiliar territory; and
  • property asset management work and new asset classes, such as data centres and senior living, working closely with teams across the firm to provide seamless service to clients.

Experience

  • As part of the firm's appointment as Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Ruth is a member of the firm's executive team for B2022, taking on the role of Operational Lead for Legal Services, the firm is working closely alongside Birmingham 2022's Chief Legal Officer, Caroline McGrory, and her team, to help deliver a successful Games 'on time, and on budget'.
  • Working with a range of public sector bodies:
    • advisor to key central government public sector bodies on a variety of accommodation projects and transition from NEC3 to NEC4, working with them to manage and develop their diverse property portfolios;
    • Working in partnership with a major public sector transportation entity on a high-profile London transportation project, as well their projects involving their private developers.
    • Supporting a public sector stadium operator on its various construction & engineering contracts relating to the operation and maintenance of the stadium;
    • 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, along-side providing its day-to-day construction legal support; and
    • a local borough council's on its leisure PPP scheme and a tenderer on its bid for a PFI pathfinder housing regeneration project, being examples of Ruth's early career experience advising on PFI projects.
    • 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 and a leading high street grocer on each of their rapid expansions in the UK.
  • Supporting a high-end fashion e-tailer with the expansion of their UK HQ and an innovative furniture retailer with their distribution centre acquisitions, and leading food brands with the upgrade of facilities across the UK.
  • 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.
  • Supporting client's with the acquisition, fit-out and construction of new offices, including a number of UK head-quarters.
  • Working as a key part of a utility provider's new connections alliance project utilising NEC3 Option C to create an innovative target cost/pain-gain share arrangement.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

    • Career
      May 2021
      Gowling WLG (UK), Partner
  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), Director
  • 2016

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

    • Rankings & Awards
      June 2015
      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