Construction and engineering specialist Leigh Child has joined the Penrith office of Napthens solicitors.
Senior associate Leigh joins the firm from Burnetts in Cumbria. She qualified as a solicitor at a London construction law specialist.
Leigh will advise clients on all aspects of construction and engineering projects, from procurement through to completion. Areas of support will include preparing letters of intent, building contracts, professional appointments, dispute resolution and litigation.
She has particular experience of advising on large-scale campus redevelopment construction projects for further education and higher education clients, as well as renewable energy projects for rural clients.
Leigh has also built a reputation for her work in public procurement legal advice to public and private sector bodies, from a contentious – such as breach of procurement law – to non-contentious – reviewing documentation and procedures – perspective.
Leigh, who lives outside Penrith, is the latest high profile appointment for Napthens in Cumbria, after well-known local solicitor Kate Mallaband joined the firm to head the Commercial Property service in the county.
Meanwhile, Litigation solicitor Sian Spencer joined the team in Penrith earlier this year. Sian was recently named one of the top ‘influencers and change makers of the future’ by an awards event designed to highlight positive female role models.
James Todhunter, Napthens’ head of Cumbria, said: “Leigh’s appointment as our first dedicated construction specialist in the county is a clear sign that Napthens is committed to growing our services in the area.
“Cumbria is key to Napthens’ growth plans and Leigh is a great addition to the team. Between them Leigh, Kate and Sian, along with recent appointments to our private client teams, offer clients in Cumbria access to quality advice across a wide range of services.”
Leigh added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Napthens following the recent opening of the firm’s second office in Cumbria.
“I look forward to working with existing and new clients in the region and helping the firm to continue its Cumbrian growth.”