Manches construction head moves to Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing has made its second construction hire this year with the scoop of partner Joanne Kelly from Manches, where she formerly headed the firm’s London construction practice.

Kelly made partner at Manches in 2006 after joining the firm in 2001 and has previously been seconded to Canary Wharf Contractors and London Underground.

She focues on infrastructure projects, especially procurement and contract management issues as well as disputes.

Taylor Wessing construction and engineering head Helen Garthwaite said: “Joanne’s hire will give a boost to our existing expertise in construction litigation, particularly in the infrastructure sector, and is in line with our strategy to build our contentious construction practice to service large scale domestic and international disputes work.”

The firm hired construction and engineering partner David Quinlan from Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice in January this year.