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Sophie Phillips

Sophie Phillips

Associate, Bird & Bird
I am an associate in Bird & Bird's UK Construction Group based in London and am part of the wider Real Estate Group. I am an experienced non-contentious construction lawyer advising on a range of construction projects, including real estate and infrastructure developments in the UK and internationally, across a wide range of sectors, including data centres, logistics, hotels, student accommodation and general commercial projects. I act for a mix of commercial clients, including project sponsors, employers, developers, contractors, purchasers and tenants. I advise on, report on, draft and negotiate building contracts (including JCT, NEC, FIDIC and bespoke forms) and call off framework agreements, as well as pre-construction services agreements, letters of intent and professional team appointments and ancillary documents, including letters of reliance, parent company guarantees, bonds and collateral warranties. I have a particular interest in data centres, logistics and sustainable construction and am part of the Data Centre and International Supply Chain and Logistics groups at Bird & Bird LLP. My recent experience includes drafting and negotiating the building contract for a business critical data centre for a high profile end user in the Nordics. This involved meeting the end user’s exacting requirements whilst also remaining commercially and institutionally acceptable in the market. The project required the negotiation of high value supplier framework agreements to sit alongside the building contract and ensuring that all contracts were integrated effectively in order to allow for a successful project. My experience on projects like this means that I always look to understand each client’s different priorities in detail and tailor my advice accordingly, depending on the different commercial and practical pressures each project faces. My Admissions Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2015

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