Sarah Rock

Sarah is a principal associate in the Construction and Engineering team practicing transactional law.

Sarah advises clients in relation to various construction matters and specialises in advice relating to sporting projects and digital construction.

Prior to entering the law, Sarah worked in industry as an electrical contractor and CAD engineer where she gained valuable experience of tendering for and managing new build and refurbishment works allowing her the ability to take a commercial and pragmatic view when assisting with negotiations and drafting.

Sarah has a special interest and knowledge of digital construction and smart cities. Sarah sits on the Centre for Digital Built Britain's (CDBB) Digital Framework Task Group acting as the representative for the legal aspects of the national digital twin project. The CDBB is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction.

Sarah co-authored 'The Winfield Rock Report' published by the UK BIM Alliance which considered the understanding of BIM legal and contractual issues among the legal community and those who instruct them. The Winfield Rock Report was nominated for the Building Magazine 'Digital and BIM Initiative of the Year 2018' and was a finalist in the Construction News 'Digital Construction Excellence Awards 2019'.

In addition, Sarah has had various articles published dating back to 'BIM - Is it legal?' in Construction Law in October 2013. Sarah is a named contributor to the Chartered Institute Of Building's 'Complex Projects Contract' (now termed the 'Time and Cost Management Contract'), having assisted with the drafting of the clauses relating to BIM. Sarah also wrote a chapter discussing the legal requirements of BIM for 'The Construction Manager's BIM Handbook' published in September 2016.

Sarah was awarded the ICES Publishing Prize for 2017 for her article 'A Powerful Gatekeeper – Who Should Host The Common Data Environment' which discussed the legal implications relating to BIM following the decision in Trant Engineering Ltd v Mott MacDonald Ltd [2017].

Sarah has presented at various seminars and conferences in the UK and Dubai where she spoke about the procurement issues, contractual options to aid collaboration and specific clauses to look out for on a digital construction enabled project. Sarah also sits on the judging panel for the annual BIM Show Live awards.

Sarah also has a specialist knowledge of design and construction projects in the sporting sector. Sarah is part of the firm's team delivering the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and also advises a Premier League football club.

Experience

  • Advising a Premier League football club on various projects including a new £100m training facility, new fanstore, new floodlighting installation and £100m stadium expansion.
  • Sarah is a member of the firm's team acting as Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games advising on design and construction aspects.
  • Advised a major infrastructure client in relation to digital construction and use of BIM for their rail project.
  • Advised a major property investment and development company in relation to all aspects of their £400million development of a mixed use scheme in London's west end.
  • Advised a multi-national pharmaceutical company in procuring the design and construction of their £400million new global R&D facility in Cambridge.

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RT @HolgerHke: More great opportunities for #scientists and #engineers to shape crucial policy decisions! If anyone in my network wants to… Sarah Rock (@sarahrocklaw) Oct 24,2020

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Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      July 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
    • Career
      March 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2013

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2013
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales