Roberta Downey is London’s queen of construction disputes. Clients and counsel love working with her. One of the all-time greats. She may actually be without compare – the leading light of her generation perhaps. [Legal 500 U.K., 2022]
The most rewarding part of my practice is working with my clients to see their projects through from inception to completion. By immersing myself and my team in my client’s business, we better understand their objectives. As a result, our advice is more practical, focused, and ultimately leads to better outcomes.
I aim to deliver sound commercial advice and ensure my clients achieve the best possible outcome for the dispute in hand. Sometimes this involves reaching a negotiated settlement, at other times it involves pursuing arbitration or litigation to a hearing and final award or judgment. Either way, the key is really getting to know my clients and their business so that I can tailor my advice to suit their needs and situation.
A lot of people would describe me as a ‘law lawyer. I really enjoy the tactical aspects of the law. For instance, with the cross-border litigation I’ve been involved in, you often have to look into both countries’ laws, how they differ, how they intersect. I love figuring out the mesh between two different legal systems and how you can use that to help your client. It’s like solving a puzzle.