Rachel Murray-Smith

Senior Associate
020 7405 4600
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I came in for the training on Friday and thought it was one of the best third party training sessions I have attended. The speakers were really good, especially Rachel who clearly knows this area so well.

West Sussex County Council.

Rachel is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and always willing to help. She’s been a real asset to our project and we value both her advice and her approach

Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.

Practice areas:

Sector experience:

Rachel specialises in projects and procurement matters, with a particular interest in and focus on construction.

Rachel’s provides commercial and solution focused legal advice, with an emphasis on proactive engagement with her clients and proactive management of legal and commercial risks. The projects that Rachel advises on invariably involve multiple stakeholders, numerous commercial risks/considerations and tight deadlines.

Sectors she specialises in include: commercial contracts, construction and procurement. Rachel has built up extensive non-contentious construction experience and works across a range of construction contracts. She advises clients regularly with regards the use of JCT, NEC3 and NEC4 standard form contracts together with preparing all ancillary documentation. She provides end-to-end support commencing at the procurement strategy phase all the way through to project completion.

Rachel also plays an active role in the firm’s dedicated adjudication unit (Sharpe Pritchard Adjudication) and has advised in relation to issues such as interim application disputes, final payment disputes, defects liability and overpayment claims.

Case highlights

  • Acted for BT Plc in the outsourcing of its legal services for claims and real estate work. This was the largest legal outsourcing project in the UK market in 2019.
  • Acted for a London Borough in its procurement and construction of a development for new 4, 5 and 7 storey blocks to locate 80 dwellings with common areas, communal heating network and the landscaping and associated infrastructure.
  • Central Government Department: Assisted on updating and streamlining its full range of contracts used for the provision and funding of a range of education services. 

Publications

  • The Show Must Go On! Managing Main Contractor Insolvency Issues – published in Sharpe Focus