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 heads the ‘very strong’ construction team at Memery Crystal LLP, which specialises in purchaser-led work. Kelly is praised for her ‘commercial, no-nonsense approach'."

Legal 500, 2019

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 at Memery Crystal LLP

2011 – 2016: Partner at Taylor Wessing LLP

2001 – 2011: Partner at Manches LLP

1999 – 2001: Associate at DLA Piper

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