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Eleanor Kilminster

Position: Partner

Core Areas: Real Estate, Social Housing, Dispute Resolution & Roman Catholic Church

Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer 2017

Eleanor acts in all areas of construction law for national house-builders, Registered Providers of Social Housing, private developers, contractors, charitable trusts and police organisations.

Eleanor works closely with our social housing, property, and development lawyers and specialises in both large-scale developments and dispute management. She regularly deals with building contracts, development agreements, consultant appointments, partnering agreements, framework agreements, collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees, as well as disputes in the Technology and Construction Court and adjudications. She is also experienced in various forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation.

Recent experience

Recent non-contentious experience:

  • advising on and negotiating amendments to a JCT design and build contract between a Registered Provider and Mansell Construction Services Limited relating to the development of a £70 million project for social housing and other properties in West London
  • advising a Registered Provider on the construction aspects of the latest phase of its mixed-use development with Countryside Properties at Grahame Park
  • advising Barratt Homes in connection with its construction management role relating to the £100million redevelopment of a site in London E1
  • advising an employer on construction issues arising from inter-group land transfers including the requirement for assignments and novations of construction contracts, warranties and security documentation
  • advising an Academy on pre-construction arrangements and the subsequent negotiation of a building contract, consultant appointments and security documentation related to the design and construction of the new school
  • advising a local authority on works contracts for the design and construction of social housing following the receipt of funding under the HCA Kickstart scheme

Recent contentious experience:

  • advising a Registered Provider on the proposed termination of a repair and maintenance contract with Connaught Partnerships Limited in the period leading up  to its insolvency. Subsequently advising on the implications of the insolvency
  • representing a police organisation in relation to a claim in the Technology and Construction Court for negligence against oil companies following the destruction of the organisation’s property during a large explosion at an oil storage depot
  • advising a Registered Provider (as employer under a design and build contract) in relation to its right to terminate for poor performance as well as defective payment/ withholding notices issued by the Employer’s Agent, which resulted in a pre-emptive adjudication requesting valuation of the works in order to avoid making a further payment to the Contractor
  • representing a Registered Provider in connection on a £2million claim against  a contractor in the Technology and Construction Court alleging negligent design and workmanship of a development which resulted in significant damage
  • representing a Roman Catholic Diocese in relation to a claim by a main contractor in arbitration for an extension of time and loss and expense following significant delays to works under a design and build contract

Professional memberships

Law Society of England and Wales

Work history

2009 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
2005 to 2009, Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood
2003 to 2005 Trainee, Winckworth Sherwood


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