Joanne Kelly Partner, Head of Construction

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Joanne Kelly joined Memery Crystal in 2016 as the Head of our Construction and Engineering team. Joanne has a wealth of experience  having acted for developers, development managers, funders, contractors and sub-contractors.

Joanne’s main practice is advising clients on procurement routes in order to maximise value and ensure the construction documents are investment standard for onward sales and funding. She has experience of JCT, NEC3, FIDIC, IChemE. She also advises on consultants’ appointments and third party rights/collateral warranties.

In addition to real estate development, Joanne also advises on energy projects mainly in the renewable energy sector.

Joanne also advises on dispute avoidance and adjudications and court. The disputes experience is invaluable when drafting the construction contracts and appointments as she understands where the disputes are likely to arise.

She is ranked as a ‘Recognised Practitioner’ in the latest Chambers UK rankings, and is praised for her ‘commercial, no-nonsense approach’ in the latest Legal 500 UK rankings.


  • Chambers UK 2019 Leading Individual

"Joanne Kelly is a star of the Memery Crystal offering. She has a strong team around her."

Legal 500, 2020

In detail

Recent experience

Advising Telford Homes on the pre-development agreement and the building contract for a 1000 unit PRS scheme at Battersea with Greystar.

Advising on the successful redevelopment of the iconic Sea Containers House on the South Bank.

Advising a London-based developer on a final account adjudication of a permitted development and redevelopment from office to residential – it also involved contract errors on liquidated damages processes.

Advising a boutique hotels developer on the roll out of six London hotels.

Advising a residential developer on projects in Mayfair and Kensington.

Advising Big Yellow Construction on newly acquired sites which they refurbished and converted into a self-storage centre.

Career history

  • 2016 – Present: Partner and Head of Construction, Memery Crystal
  • 2011 – 2016: Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP
  • 2001 – 2011: Partner, Manches LLP
  • 1999 – 2001: Associate, DLA Piper

What our clients think about us

“Joanne Kelly’s wide ranging experience and expertise means that clients have the benefit of commercial and astute advice across a range of project types. The team is really friendly and approachable, very on the ball, enthusiastic and talented.” – Legal 500, 2020

“Joanne Kelly is a star of the Memery Crystal offering. She has a strong team around her.” – Legal 500, 2020

“Joanne Kelly is excellent. She has a very firm grasp of legal issues, gives clear advice but at the same time is very practical, which clients really appreciate.” – Legal 500, 2020

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