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Brenna
Conroy

"Exceptional case management" - Chambers UK

Year of call: 2010

Introduction

Brenna specialises in construction, professional negligence and property damage work and is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2017 as an “Up-and-coming junior who is increasingly taking on significant litigation, adjudications and international arbitration. Her burgeoning practice wins her the praise of solicitors and peers alike.”

In relation to her construction work, Brenna is noted in Chambers and Partners for her “exceptional case management work” and is described as “good with clients and very easy to work with”. Brenna has also received judicial praise in a number of her reported cases for her succinct and skilful advocacy.

Brenna has recently been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel and is currently writing a book on Construction Professional indemnity Insurance with Paul Reed QC, which is due to be published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2017.

Legal Directory recommendations

Brenna is recommended for Construction in Chambers UK.

Work highlights

During her first 4 years of practice at Hardwicke, Brenna has been instructed as junior counsel on a number of complex, high value disputes including:

  • Ro-Bal Steel Fabrications Limited v G Jones Site Services Limited [2016] EWHC 292 (Ch): case concerning the winding up a company on the basis of a payment notice and failure to issue a pay less notice.
  • Deluxe Art & Theme Ltd v Beck Interiors Ltd [2016] EWHC 238 (TCC): Instructed as sole counsel in a dispute concerning the interpretation of Paragraph 8(1) of the Scheme for Construction Contracts, in which enforcement of an adjudicator's decision was successfully resisted on the basis that the adjudicator did not have jurisdiction to adjudicate upon multiple disputes in separate adjudications at the same time.
  • Henia Investments Inc v Beck Interiors Ltd [2015] EWHC 2433 (TCC); [2015] B.L.R. 704; 161 Con. L.R. 51; [2015] C.I.L.L. 3727: Instructed as junior counsel in a £3m dispute regarding the ambit of Interim Applications and Pay Less Notices under the 2011 JCT suite of Contracts and the HGCRA 1996 (as amended by the LDEDCA 2009).
  • Wycombe Demolition Ltd v Topevent Ltd [2015] EWHC 2692 (TCC); [2015] B.L.R. 765; defending enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision on the basis that he had considered multiple disputes and had decided the issue of valuation based on his own novel approach rather than the case advanced by each of the parties.
  • Rydon Maintenance Ltd v Affinity Sutton Housing Ltd [2015] EWHC 1306 (TCC): led by Nigel Jones QC, challenging enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision on the basis that the adjudicator had breached the rules of natural justice in predetermining the outcome of the dispute and exhibiting apparent bias and/or a lack of impartiality.
  • Defending a leading construction company in Dubai in an ICC arbitration against a contractor claiming 35 million dirhams for delay and variations.
  • Accolade Wines v Volkerfitzpatrick: a six party £150m property damage and business interruption claim brought by Accolade Wines, described by the Lawyer as one of the biggest cases in the TCC in 2014/15.
  • £200m arbitration in relation to a long running dispute over the refurbishment and rebuilding of a government military base.
  • National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside Board of Trustees v AEW Architects and Designers Ltd [2013] EWHC 3025 (TCC); [2014] 1 Costs L.O. 39 and [2013] EWHC 2576 (TCC) and [2013] EWHC 2403 (TCC): a lengthy trial in the High Court (TCC), defending a £4 million damages claim brought by the National Museum of Liverpool for remedial works that were alleged to be necessary because of design defects in the museum.

Qualifications

  • BA (Oxon) – Modern History 2003 - 2006
  • GDL – BPP London 2008 - 2009
  • BVC – BPP London (Outstanding) 2009 - 2010
  • Called to the Bar 2010
  • Keating Chambers, Legal Research Assistant  2010 - 2011
  • Hardwicke, Pupil  2011 - 2012
  • Hardwicke, Tenant 2012
  • Kennedys, 2012 - 2013

Awards

  • Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, GDL
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn, BVC
  • Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn, BVC
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn, BVC Examination
  • Cholmeley Studentship, Lincoln’s Inn, Pupillage

Professional associations

  • TECBAR
  • BILA
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Society of Construction Law

Publications

  • Co-author of Construction Professional indemnity Insurance due to be published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2017.
  • Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance (2014, Sweet & Maxwell).
  • Researcher, Keating on Construction Contracts, 9th Edition (2012, Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Researcher, "Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors" in Professional Negligence and Liability (loose-leaf), 19th Issue (2011, Informa Publishing)
  • Researcher, Keating on JCT Contracts (2010/2011, Sweet & Maxwell)