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Elizabeth Donnelly was called to the Bar in 2020. She joined Keating Chambers as a tenant in September 2021, upon completion of her pupillage.
Elizabeth is developing a practice which spans Chambers’ core specialist areas. During pupillage, she assisted on a wide variety of contractual disputes and professional negligence cases arising in the construction, engineering and energy sectors.
Before coming to the Bar, Elizabeth spent a year as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice McCombe in the Court of Appeal. Prior to that, she undertook a six-month traineeship with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration team in Paris, where she worked on several international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations.
Elizabeth is fluent in French, and speaks Spanish to an advanced level.
- Drafted Particulars of Claim on behalf of a building contractor for unpaid fees relating to a residential project disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Assisted in drafting a Reply and Defence to Counterclaim on behalf of a mechanical design-and-build contractor in its claim against an electrical engineering consultant for breach of contract and negligence.
- Assisted in drafting the Defence to an insurer’s Additional Claim against a residential property developer, against whom allegations of negligence had been made.
- Assisted in drafting the Response in a final account dispute referred to adjudication by a fire safety engineer.
- Assisted in advising a building contractor on whether a sub-contract had been validly executed as a deed.
- Assisted in advising an employer on the scope of a design-and-build contractor’s duty of care in tort in respect of the design and construction of cladding works.
- Assisted in advising a theatre manager and operator on issues of force majeure and grounds for contractual termination in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Assisted in advising a Local Authority on the robustness of its stance in commercial settlement negotiations with a private contractor. The advice also covered risks of challenge under public procurement law to contractual variations proposed by the private contractor.