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Karen Spencer


  • Location: Manchester
  • Email: Karen Spencer
  • Direct Telephone: +44 (0) 161 836 7888
  • Direct Fax: +44 (0) 0161 836 7701
  • Mobile: +44 (0) 7850 862 282


Karen is a partner in the Construction team. She is a nationally recognised expert in surety law, specialising in advising on bond wordings and disputes in relation to performance bonds, indemnities and guarantees issued in connection with construction projects.


Karen advises on resolving construction disputes, commercial disputes, warranty claims arising out of the sale and purchase of businesses and professional negligence cases. She also has particular expertise in advising on disputes arising in relation to nuclear decommissioning projects.


Advised a leading surety syndicate in respect of a £400 million pension bond syndication deal.

Drafted expert determination provisions to be included in performance bond wordings.

Negotiated and advised on wording of performance bonds; includes advising on bespoke and unusual wordings.

Advised in relation to claim on performance bond following insolvency of contractor where liability was not in issue but quantum was.
Successfully resolved at a without prejudice meeting.

Advised contractor on claim for Compensation Event arising under NEC3 form of contract based on ground 12 – physical ground conditions. Successful result in favour of contractor following adjudication.

Acted for developer/contractor in connection with claim for damages for professional negligence against former legal advisers who had failed to acquire the whole of a piece of development land on behalf of the client. Involved interesting and novel point of law in relation to calculation of damages. The matter went to court where the Judge found in favour of our contractor client and awarded diminution in value and sums expended by client.

Acted for national company in connection with dispute with energy supplier regarding defective meters and / or defective meter readings. Issue concerned amount of energy supplied. Successfully resolved at mediation.