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
    Tim Seal

    Tim has spent nearly 20 years advising all parts of the construction supply chain. Tim has worked for some of the largest commercial law firms in the UK, before becoming a consultant. He joined the Ridgemont team in December 2020 adding huge experience and know-how.

    Tim focuses on dispute resolution and has advised clients on all of the different contract forms that you find in the construction industry. Tim also carries out a lot of advisory work. He has an excellent knowledge of all suites of standard form domestic and international contracts. Tim has advised both public and private sector clients.

    Tim has published articles in specialist media, sat on legal know how boards and presented numerous talks and seminars.

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  • Consultant Senior Solicitor
    Anna Rabin

    Anna graduated from Leeds University with an upper second-class degree in Law with European Law and studied the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London. Anna was articled with Nabarro Nathanson and qualified in 1998.

    Anna is a respected authority on the law relating to construction and engineering. Acting for a broad range of clients – developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, purchasers, tenants and funds – she advises on all aspects of the documentation used in construction projects, including building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, bank and surety bonds, insurance issues and on the construction aspects of development, lease and funding agreements. Anna's expertise and opinion in her specialist areas have frequently been sought by the professional press and by leading publishers. She has written for construction, engineering and legal journals and is a key contributor to the 2004 reissue of Volume 5 (Building and Engineering Contracts) of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents and to the 2006 reissue of Volume 38(1) and the 2007 reissue of Volume 38(3) (Sale of Land) of the same publication (LexisNexis Butterworths). Anna was a principal contributor to the textbook “Delay Clauses in International Construction Contracts” (2010: Kluwer publishing). In 2018 Anna was appointed as Consultant Editor for Halsbury’s Laws of England reissue of volume 6 Building and Building Contracts (LexisNexis Butterworths).

    Anna is a member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL) and of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA). Anna has also taught construction law to junior lawyers at the College of Law.

    Since 2016 Anna has won various awards including Construction Lawyer of 2016 and 2017 in the Women in Law Awards and won the category of Legal Services for the Best Business Women Awards in 2018.

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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.

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  • 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. She then continued working as a solicitor in private practice for over ten years 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.

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  • 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.

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