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Melanie Tomlin

Senior Associate

Melanie advises developers, major construction companies, construction professionals and insurers in relation to projects both in the UK and internationally.



Melanie is an experienced construction and engineering lawyer, providing advice across the full scope of construction issues ranging from procurement and contract strategies through to dispute avoidance and resolution. Her expertise includes advising on procurement of projects, standard form contracts (including JCT, ICE, NEC, FIDIC, GC/Works, MF/1, LOGIC, IChemE) including PFI and alliance contracts, subcontract terms and consultancy agreements, bonds and guarantees, collateral warranties, development agreements, agreements for lease, pre-construction services agreements and letters of intent.

Melanie's dispute management experience covers all of the principal forms common to the industry, including mediation, expert determination, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.

Melanie also has significant in-house experience, having completed two senior secondments within the rail and highways divisions in the largest infrastructure consultancy in the UK, WS Atkins Plc, and so has direct experience of the requirements of organisations working within the infrastructure and engineering sectors. She is co-author of the "Procurement Route" chapter in the recently published ICE Manual of Construction Law and the editor of the RICS online portal (iSurv) for the section on NEC3 contracts.

Melanie is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Advising an IBA processing plant operator on a NEC based contract in a substantial liquidated damages adjudication.
  • Advising contractors and consultants on a range of major infrastructure projects and disputes, including roads and rail systems.
  • Advising in all construction aspects relating to the refinancing of a major UK science facility.
  • Advising on all construction aspects in relation to the sale of a multi-million pound care home portfolio.
  • Advising a world famous London hotel in a substantial final account adjudication regarding the refurbishment of their penthouse suites, as well as in respect of their £multi million refurbishment scheme and related tunnel contract.
  • Advising on several EPC and O&M Contracts for various PV solar and wind turbine projects across the UK.

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