Justine Brazil

Justine Brazil

Partner - Construction & Engineering, Commercial and Company Secretarial
Solicitor, LLB (Hons), GradICSA

justine@spencer-west.com

mob: +44 (0)7917 703409
tel: +44 (0)20 7925 8080

Specialisms: construction, commercial, projects, company secretarial duties, disputes, GDPR, MSA, PFI/PPP, procurement, housing maintenance, FM, environmental and waste, energy.

"My significant in-house experience enables me to take a proactive and pragmatic approach to dealing with legal issues in a commercial context."




 

“I understand from experience the pressures and demands that businesses operating in these sectors face.   Particularly the need to ensure that all necessary documentation is finalised and signed off in a timely manner and in accordance with the program.  I am therefore able to work as part of your project team offering a ‘cradle to grave’ approach with the ability to provide advice and assistance at all stages within the life cycle of major projects.   This may be from inception, including procurement advice and pre-tender documentation through to reviewing and negotiating all necessary contract documents to project close and beyond such as assisting with ongoing issues and disputes as and when they arise on projects.”Justine has 20 years’ experience advising businesses in the construction, projects, housing management, energy services, facilities management and environmental industries.

In addition to core construction law expertise, Justine provides in-house and company secretarial services to businesses. As a previous general counsel at Willmott Dixon and with many years’ experience working within in-house environments at Mace Group and Kier Group, Justine has significant experience operating as a trusted legal adviser to boards and their commercial and operational teams.

Before moving in-house, Justine spent several years in city practices including the construction and engineering team at Eversheds, the international projects team at Trowers & Hamlins (including 18 months based in the Bahrain office) and trained with Devonshires Solicitors.

Justine has an excellent working knowledge of all major standard form construction contracts including: the JCT suite, NEC suite, ACA suite (PPC/TPC/SPC), GC Works, FIDIC) and has advised on many large multi-million pound projects in the UK including projects in the retail, education, leisure, hotel, health, housing, environmental, housing maintenance and commercial office sectors. Projects have involved new build, refurbishment and fit-outs based on standard contracting, design and build, management contracting, PFI and LIFT.

Justine has significant experience advising businesses in relation to corporate compliance and governance programs in relation to the ABC, competition, GDPR and Modern Slavery legislation. Justine is also able to provide company secretarial services to businesses having recently qualified as a chartered company secretary.

Justine also regularly provide seminars and training on all areas within her specialisms. Justine is a member of the Law Society, ICSA and the Society of Construction Lawyers.

 


What clients say

“The model professional – extremely knowledgeable and with a definite ‘can do’ attitude.”

“An excellent lawyer with strong technical skills and fantastic commercial and common sense.”

“Justine is a pleasure to work with – responsive, resilient, innovative and outcome focused – and I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.”

“Swift, pragmatic and efficient, Justine is a fantastic people person and great attribute to the team, with sound environmental counsel and support on wide range of aspects. Nothing is too much trouble, always resulting in clear action and outcome.”

“Justine has been my legal-advice ‘go to’ for a number of years now. She has assisted me with the resolution of numerous disputes and has always been on hand to provide contractual advice when I need it. The feedback from our Customers towards Justine has also been very complementary, as they have really appreciated her pragmatic and practical approach to concluding our building contracts.”

“Knowing that Justine was part of the team, always ready to provide practical and pragmatic legal advice and opinion was always comforting to know. Her understanding of not only the law, but the complexities encountered in the Contracting, Development and Support Services sectors was impressive.”

“Justine’s wide skill set enables her to quickly pinpoint the most pressing issues regardless of the industry/sector, enabling both strategic and everyday challenges to be successfully addressed.”

“Arguably the most approachable and pragmatic lawyer I have ever worked with. Bringing calmness and clarity to every situation.”

“A leader is the truest sense and a trusted pair of hands who always gets the job done.”

 

What I say

“I understand from experience the pressures and demands that businesses operating in these sectors face.   Particularly the need to ensure that all necessary documentation is finalised and signed off in a timely manner and in accordance with the program.  I am therefore able to work as part of your project team offering a ‘cradle to grave’ approach with the ability to provide advice and assistance at all stages within the life cycle of major projects. This may be from inception, including procurement advice and pre-tender documentation through to reviewing and negotiating all necessary contract documents to project close and beyond such as assisting with ongoing issues and disputes as and when they arise on projects.”