Associate (Australian Qualified)
Gemma is an Associate (Australian Qualified) in the Construction & Infrastructure Team.
She is admitted in the High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Queensland (with a right of audience in all Supreme Courts of Australia) and is currently undertaking the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test to become admitted in the United Kingdom.
Gemma has worked across commercial, residential, oil, gas and energy projects, ultimately increasing her knowledge and experience in jurisdictions such as Australia, the United States of America, Vanuatu, and New Zealand. Gemma assists primarily with contentious matters.
Prior to joining Ashfords, Gemma worked in Australia including two secondments as in-house solicitor for a large mining company and a leading property information, analytics and services provider in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, utilising both her law and finance degrees.
Gemma is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.
- Employer: Advising an employer in connection with a contractual dispute in relation to an anaerobic digestion plant in Cornwall, including advising in connection with termination of the contract. Assisting and advising the client in connection with defending arbitration proceedings brought by the contractor and pursuing a counterclaim exceeding £7 million due to significant delays and defects at the plant.
- Council: Advising a Council in a claim seeking in excess of £11.5 million relating to defective work at a bespoke school.
- Several builders: Acting for several builders in relation to notices issued for failing to comply with a direction to rectify, defective work claims, and failure to have a construction contract in writing.