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Lorna Carter

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Legal Director


Lorna is highly experienced in dealing with disputes across the entire construction industry including between main contractors and subcontractors, commercial/domestic clients and contractors as well as construction professionals (e.g. architects, structural engineers) and their clients. This includes professional negligence claims.

Lorna has assisted a wide range of clients using alternative dispute resolution methods of negotiation and mediation as well as the construction industry’s most popular form of dispute resolution, adjudication. Lorna also advises on and has a wealth of experience with the more traditional methods of arbitration and Court action, the latter naturally including the Technology and Construction Court.

In regard to non-contentious matters, Lorna advises in on the construction documentation required for developments including drafting building contracts, professional appointments and collateral warranties where she find her experience in litigation supports the specialist nature of this work.


Lorna joined Hewitsons in January 1987 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in November 1994.  Initially a member of our commercial litigation team she has been specialising in construction law since 1995. 

Lorna has recently acted for the Claimants in the reported case of West v Ian Finlay Associates which went to the Court of Appeal.  This was a construction dispute decided at first instance by the now head of the Technology and Construction Court Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart and is the key case concerning net contribution clauses .

Lorna sits on the Federation of Master Builders’ National Standards and Conduct Committee as legal advisor and has worked with the FMB to produce a series of standard form contracts.

East Anglia: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Lorna Carter - Hewitsons

Within: Construction

Hewitsons handles high-profile projects that encompass commercial, residential and infrastructure projects such as the Northstowe project in Cambridgeshire for the Homes & Communities Agency, which is now known as Homes England. This multimillion-pound project will see the creation of 10,000 new-build homes and will see Northstowe become the largest new town since the development of Milton Keynes. The work included drafting the NEC3 contract for a tender for the highways and infrastructure contractor for the development of Northstowe, and assisting with detailed and complex contract negotiations. The practice is now led from Milton Keynes by Tim Richards but the Cambridge office has experienced construction lawyers in managing partner Colin Jones and legal director Lorna Carter, who have worked together for more than 20 years. Carter led the Northstowe project. She also worked with Jones on behalf of the UK's largest family-owned business, Marshall Group Properties, on an £80m development project that will see the creation of 1,300 homes, a primary school, shopping centre, replacement petrol filling station, playing fields, allotments and open space infrastructure. Another key project for Carter was a £25m project for St Andrew’s Healthcare to expand its mental health facilities at a site in Birmingham.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Construction

Hewitsons acts for developers, contractors and consultants on a range of commercial, residential and infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the education sector. In an illustration of is track record in education sector related construction mandates, practice head Tim Richards was part of a team advising Mansfield College, Oxford on a teaching and student accommodation project, which involved handling all the construction documentation, and acted for the Woolf Institute on a project to develop a new HQ at Westminster College, Cambridge. Other recent highlights include advising MK Gallery on the expansion of its exhibition space to accommodate a range of new facilities including a cinema, performances and events, historical and contemporary exhibitions and a café. Colin Jones and Lorna Carter are also recommended.

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