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About Eleanor

Eleanor carries out a variety of contentious and non-contentious work for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, registered providers and local authorities. Eleanor works closely with our social housing, property, and development lawyers and specialises in both large-scale developments and dispute management.

Recent Experience

Recent contentious experience:

  • Acting for a registered provider in a claim for defective cladding and fire-stopping works valued at circa £7 million, as well as a claim for indemnity against the new homes insurer.
  • Acting in the TCC for an employer in a successful claim against the guarantor of an insolvent contractor responsible for defective works valued at £2.6 million with a capped guarantee.
  • Acting in an adjudication for a contractor successfully defending an extension of time and loss and expense claim (including issues relating to the validity of payment notices) by a sub-contractor of circa £800,000.
  • Acting for a sub-contractor successfully settling a claim in a payment dispute relating to the scope of works and final account valuation.
  • Advising on early termination of JCT design and build contracts, consultant appointments and trade contractor appointments (including for insolvency) as well as and the practical steps thereafter.

Recent non-contentious experience:

  • Advising on and negotiating amendments to a JCT design and build contract and side agreement for the second phase of a development of circa 550 residential units in South West London.
  • Advising a Registered Provider on a multi-phase mixed use regeneration scheme for construction of more than 3000 homes, community facilities and new parks, including preparation of a framework for design and build and development management services.
  • Advising on construction arrangements in place on a project on which our employer client was seeking to raise development finance of circa £20 million (including establishing an SPV, reviewing and novating the building contract and consultant appointments and providing third party rights to the funder).
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on the marketability of consultant appointments, trade contractor appointments, deeds of novation, bonds, guarantees, collateral warranties and third party rights notices.

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Society of Construction Law

Career Experience

2009 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2005 to 2009: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

2003 to 2005: Trainee, Winckworth Sherwood

Eleanor Kilminster is “highly regarded and has been advising on a number of housebuilding projects.”

Legal 500, 2017