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Lorna Carter

Partner, Chartered Legal Executive

Lorna is a highly experienced and pragmatic construction lawyer dealing with both dispute resolution and the drafting of documents for construction works.

Lorna is a Chartered Legal Executive who joined the profession in 1987 as a trainee in general litigation. She has specialised in construction law since 1995.  Lorna joined Greenwoods GRM in 2019 to head up the Construction team.

Lorna has considerable experience with construction disputes of all kinds, including in relation to claims heard in the County Court, the Technology & Construction Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as handling complex adjudications and numerous mediations.  Clients value her down to earth approach and practical but empathetic manner in aiding difficult decision making.

Lorna has acted for a wide range of clients across the construction industry from professionals to trade bodies, contractor, subcontractor and employers and enjoys dealing with the variety of clients that this specialism allows.  Many clients have worked with Lorna for over 20 years – some for longer.  Lorna acted for the Claimant, Mr and Dr West in the leading net contribution clause case of West v Finlay (2014) which ended in the Court of Appeal. She is also highly experienced in drafting building contracts, bonds, guarantees and warranties and other documents supporting development works.

Lorna has been an independent member of the Federation of Master Builder’s (FMB) Standards Committee for many years, which considers the conduct of FMB members as well as wider conduct issues for the FMB.

In the 2019 edition of the Legal 500 Lorna was recognised as a “Leading Individual”.

Lorna has delivered seminars and workshops on a wide range of construction industry topics including industry trends and important changes in case law.

On a personal level Lorna enjoys attending the theatre (and sometimes writing and performing), going to the cinema, reading and her garden – in particular the roses and her herb garden.

What others say: 

‘Lorna Carter is exceptional at her role. Extremely efficient and completely understanding of what legal support is needed by clients.‘  (The Legal 500)

‘Lorna Carter is someone we use regularly for advice with negotiating terms, she looks at the problem from an all-round perspective and gives us valuable help to reach swift agreements.‘ (The Legal 500)

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