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Focus on…Natalie Keyes

13 Sep 17
Natalie
Q&A with Natalie Keyes from our Construction Team.

  • Describe your role at Watson Burton

I am a construction and insurance solicitor at Watson Burton having trained with the firm following a summer vacation placement in 2008.  I have experience in both contentious and non-contentious work advising on the drafting and negotiation of contracts and associated documents such as bonds and warranties and the resolution of disputes, adjudication, mediations and court proceedings. 

  • What do you find to be the most appealing aspect of your job?

My role is to de-risk my client’s activities and provide a solution if something has gone wrong. Being able to take a client’s problem and find a solution or resolution to that problem to enable them to carry on with business as usual is where I get the most satisfaction.

  • What trends are you noticing in the construction industry?

Since commencing my training with Watson Burton there has been a noticeable increase in the number of adjudications taking place.  In my view the recent developments in construction law, specifically around the topic of entitlement to payment in the absence of payment notices (smash and grab adjudications), have been instrumental in that change.

  • What has been your career highlight so far at Watson Burton?

It is hard to pick out just one example. Any case where the team achieves a resolution or settlement which our client is happy with is always a highlight!

  • What would have been your second career choice?

At school I was interested in a career in engineering.  However, I ultimately decided to study law at university as I thought this would give me a good foundation for considering further careers after my studies.  Little did I know that I would ultimately qualify in the construction and insurance department at Watson Burton bringing me back full circle to the work that I was interested in all those years ago.

  • How do you spend your leisure time (e.g. hobbies, volunteer work, sports etc.)?

I have recently bought a property so all of my leisure time has been spent working on that!  When I’m not pouring time and energy into home renovations I enjoy running. I intend to run the Great North Run 2019 and at some point in my lifetime I have grand plans to run (or hobble) a Marathon.