Our Team


  • Solicitor, Director
    John Wallace

    John graduated from the University of Liverpool before qualifying at Nottingham Law School in 2005. He went on to spend three years in the Paris and London offices of Eversheds.

    For more than 10 years, he has advised a range of stakeholders in the construction and property industries on contentious and non-contentious matters. He conducts adjudications and high court litigation on behalf of developers, contractors and other participants, with a pragmatic and ‘thinking outside the box’ approach to settlement.

    With years of experience of the enforcement of adjudication awards at the High Court, John has advised on matters relating to subsistence, liquidated damages claims, extensions of time/delays and a range of other matters. He has a great deal of experience in advising clients on property-related fraud and in providing commercial brokerage. John has been published in numerous journals and magazines.


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  • Consultant Senior Solicitor
    John Starr

    John specialises in construction and engineering disputes, with experience in defects, extensions of time, loss and expense, delays, practical completion, defects liability period, adjudication, litigation, arbitration, mediation, JCT, NEC, technology and construction court, claims, projects, experts, professionals, PI, professional negligence, architects, engineers, QS, construction professionals, contractors, employers and building contracts.

    Graduating from King’s College London in 1986 and going on to achieve his Msc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution there in 2015, John was Senior Associate Construction Lawyer for Dentons for 15 years before setting up his own consulting firm. He has also been a columnist for the Property Law Journal since 2010.


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  • Associate
    Cecilia Stefanelli

    Having gained her combined BA and MA Degree in Law at Università degli Studi di Padova in Veneto, Italy, and gone on to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Law at London’s BPP Law School, Cecilia joined Ridgemont in February 2020. With a focus on property and construction litigation, multi-lingual Cecilia also works to expand Ridgemont’s already thriving Italian desk.


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  • Consultant Senior Solicitor
    Alex Standish

    Alex is in the enviable position as having been managing director of a main contractor business for ten years, before training as a solicitor at national firm Wragge & Co (now part of Gowling WLG). Alex moved to Veale Wasbrough in Bristol and was quickly made Partner. In 2002 Alex set up his own practice, Standish Associates, which was acquired by Ridgemont in 2020.

    Technically excellent, Alex’s sector experience enables him to grasp issues quickly and provide clear, pragmatic advice. Alex always seeks to ensure swift, personal service, informed advice and cost effective solutions.


  • Consultant Senior Solicitor
    Anna Russell-Knee

    Anna studied law at the University of Leicester. After completing her LPC at the University of Law in London, she trained at Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents where she qualified in 2010, before joining Ridgemont as a consultant.

    Anna represents Claimants, Defendants or Interested Parties in Judicial Review proceedings, and Appellants or Respondents in planning/enforcement statutory High Court appeals.

    Anna advises on Section 106 obligations; with commercial awareness and attention to detail, Anna carefully negotiates terms that are tailored to suit each client. She also advises on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

    Anna represents property owners/occupiers in defending enforcement investigations and prosecutions brought by their local authority. She can also advise on applications for Certificates of Lawful Development (CLDs), and on matters relating to protected trees.

    In addition, Anna deals with maladministration complaints against local authorities and escalates complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) where necessary.

    Since May 2017, Anna has been an active member of the Law Society Property Section Committee; writing articles, providing training, and arranging and participating in Law Society events.


  • Consultant Senior Solicitor
    Andrew James

    Andrew has over 25 years’ experience of handling a wide range of private company and business sales and purchases, joint ventures and a very broad range of corporate and commercial advisory and contract work. He qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has been a Partner at two regional firms. Andrew is adept at quickly identifying commercial issues and priorities, gets to the root of complicated issues and provides pragmatic strategic advice.

    Andrew works closely with clients, to understand all aspects of their business and looks to add value at an early stage of transactions, by anticipating and preventing problems and identifying opportunities.