Sarah Shemmings

Consultant Solicitor



Adjudication, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Contractual Advice, Dispute Resolution, Environment, Professional Negligence

Sarah Shemmings has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with construction, professional negligence, environmental and general litigation claims for contractors, sub- contractors, construction professionals, employers, property developers, and landlords

​She was responsible for acting for Higgins Construction plc in the leading judgment from the Supreme Court in the case of Aspect Contract (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction PLC [2015] UKSC 38

She was also the lead partner in the leading environmental case of Cambridge Water Company Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather plc [1994] 2 AC 264 relating to the House of Lords judgment on historic water pollution

Publications & Articles:

“Construction Law and The Environment” co-author

Being Tied Up In Knot(weed)


  • Beumer Group UK Ltd -v- Vinci Construction UK Ltd [2016] EWHC 2283 (TCC)
  • Vinci Construction UK td -v- Beumer Group UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 2196 (TCC)
  • Harding (t/a MJ Harding Contractors) -v- Paice & Another [2015]EWCA Civ 1231
  • Lulu Construction Ltd -v- Mulalley & Co Ltd [2016] EWHC 1852 (TCC)
  • PP Construction -v- Geoffrey Osborne Limited [2015] EWHC 325 (TCC)
  • Department of National Heritage -v- Steensen Varming Mulcahy [1998] 60 Con LR 33
  • Cambridge Water Company Ltd -v- Eastern Counties Leather plc [1994] 2 AC 264
  • Aspect Contract (Asbestos) Ltd -v- Higgins Construction PLC [2015] UKSC 38
  • Capital Structures Plc -v- Time & Tide Construction Ltd [2006] EWHC 591 (TCC)
  • Thameside Construction Company Ltd -v- Arthenella Ltd [2011] EWHC 2695 TCC
  • Harris Calnan Construction Co Ltd -v- Ridgewood (Kensington) Ltd [2007] EWHC 2738 (TCC)
  • Glendalough Associated SA -v- Harris Calnan Construction Co Ltd [2013]EWHC 3142 (TCC)
  • Fileturn Ltd -v- Royal Garden Hotel Ltd [2010] EWHC 1736 (TCC)


“A true specialist in the field and an astute tactician who enthusiastically focuses on achieving a successful outcome for her clients”

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