Janet McCann


Janet McCann

Partner London Corporate and Commercial

Janet joined JMW in September 2021. She originally qualified as a Civil Engineer and worked as a site manager for a number of national contractors before re-qualifying as a lawyer specialising in construction law. Prior to joining JMW Janet spent several years working in the construction law departments of several international law firms.

Janet is highly experienced in advising upon all aspects of construction law, ranging from the procurement of a construction project to resolving disputes arising from construction contracts. In particular she has gained a vast amount of experience and has advised in relation to a wide range of projects including:

  • High-end residential developments
  • large scale residential/commercial development projects
  • engineering projects for the utilities, rail, energy and nuclear industries
  • public and private sector framework agreements
  • partnering contracts
  • PFI projects in social housing, leisure and health sectors.

She has built up a loyal client following and her clients include developers, contractors, sub-contractors, funders, architects and engineers. Janet’s practice typically involves providing legal and commercial advice in relation to the following:

  • Procurement of a project and the allocation of risk/liability
  • Drafting and negotiation of construction contracts/development agreements
  • Advice regarding payment disputes, insurance issues and CDM Regulations
  • Advice regarding the interfaces between the ‘legal’ and ‘technical’ aspects of contracts
  • Settlement of claims
  • Mediation
  • Adjudication
  • High Court proceedings

Her approach to advising clients is influenced by her unique combination of being dual qualified as an engineer and a lawyer. Hence, she balances providing legal advice with adopting a commercial pragmatism to seek the best solutions for her clients.

Outside of the office Janet enjoys spending time with family and dabbling in property renovation.

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