Natasha Frayne has around a decade of experience in construction and engineering. She specialises in the transactional and noncontentious aspects of engineering and construction, dealing with major infrastructure, utilities, energy, process plant, transport, development and building projects. She has a broad range of transactional and engineering matters with a particular specialism in infrastructure and energy sector work with significant project advisory experience within those fields.

She advises on the full range of procurement and construction documents, including contract forms NEC, IChemE, FIDIC and bespoke contracts for traditional, design and build (D&B), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), EPC and maintenance (EPCM), funding agreements, construction management organisation, alliance contracts, agreements for lease, development agreements, private finance initiatives and subscription agreements relating to a variety of projects.

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  • Drafted amendments to an IChemE Blue EPCM book to address a more complex EPC/EPCM hybrid commercial agreement.
  • Acted as key adviser for a major energy client on contracts for development work for carbon capture and storage and hydrogen pipelines across a major UK industrial region; drafted contracts that largely took the form of an NEC4 PSC with bespoke amendments across the lots for front-end engineering design, construction, etc.
  • Advised a national water utility company on a long-term water supply project; drafted a contract based on an NEC4 PSC with bespoke amendments for the client partner, with payment Option C and Option E applying to different phases of the services.
  • Drafted contracts for a UK gas distribution network for works delivery frameworks, based on NEC4 call-off contracts and £600 million incentivised construction management contracts to manage the planning and delivery of its 10-year mains replacement programme across its networks.
  • Drafted and assisted with bespoke contracts for a national network on infrastructure projects in the UK, including joint delivery alliancing contracts, framework agreements and rail industry standard form contracts.
  • Acted – in quasi secondment – as primary lead for a local government authority and assisted with enquiries concerning the full JCT and NEC3 suite of contracts; drafted a highways framework agreement and NEC4 call-off contracts with guidance notes to assist the internal legal, capital programme and highways teams project management.
  • Drafted and advised on an NEC3 ECC Option E contract for a leader in modified wood timber technology for mechanical installation, piping fabrication and installation, and pipe support fabrications and installation works.
  • Advised a major energy client on a minor works-based NEC4 stand-alone contract and framework with NEC4 ECSC call-off both for their internal refurbishment works and governor improvement programme, and drafted bespoke multiactivity contracts.
  • Drafted bespoke supply, installation and maintenance contracts following the launch of a £1.42 billion second-generation joint initiative procurement.
  • Drafted a variety of bespoke and FIDIC contracts for a production company for works in Vietnam.
  • Drafted contracts on behalf of a large utilities organisation for the supply and installation, and supply only, for the restoration of capacity to an interconnector.
  • Drafted a number of contracts for a global science and chemical company to address adapted complicated hybrid procurements – these include contracts with a cross-jurisdictional element, such as projects in China and Finland (approximate value £200 million) which largely took the form of IChemE or NEC.
  • Assisted with the competitive dialogue process for a facilities management provider and attended Stage 1 and 2 meetings with various bidders to discuss the scope of NEC4 TSC terms and Z clauses.
  • Assisted in drafting a client’s response and collating documents for the Metropolitan Police as part of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advised territorial police forces on the contract breach notice process (NEC3 TSC with bespoke amendments), their entitlement to terminate and a service transfer period, liaising with procurement/employment colleagues on connected issues such as TUPE, a contested final account and an extension of time that led to the negotiation and drafting of a deed of variation and settlement.
  • Acted for universities and further education providers in relation to procurement of new-build and refurbishment projects.
  • Assisted in drafting consultant and subconsultant documents and the supply framework for the electrification scheme on a UK rail project (approximate value £260 million). Reviewed the main contract to understand the core obligations and risk profile, and drafted a traffic light report on those provisions, which could be passed down the contractual chain, and subsequently cross-referencing the suite of documents once drafted.
  • Advised on a JCT D&B 2011 (contract sum of £4.5 million), which had been entered into with no provision for funder’s rights. Redrafted the documents and negotiated with the funder, contractor, consultants and subcontractors to recover the drawdown facility, which enabled the works to complete without dispute.

Education

  • Leeds Beckett University, M.Sc., Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, 2018
  • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C., 2012
  • University of East Anglia, LL.B., (Hons), 2011

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 2015
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