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Katie Saunders

Katie Saunders

Partner โ€“โ€“โ€“ Manchester

Katie has over 20 years of experience advising on construction contracts in the real estate sector.  Katie is particularly known for her work with housing providers in the UK in procuring regeneration, PFI and investment and asset management projects.  Katie leads the national team advising housing providers and local authorities procuring long term contracts to maintain and improve their housing stock.  She specialises in supporting her clients through the procurement process to select providers and drafting suitable framework agreements and delivery contracts.  Katie is often called upon for her understanding of alliancing and partnering forms of contract.  She is also engaged in the firm's commitment to encouraging modern methods of construction in the housing sector.

Katie leads the Tier 3 ranked (by Chambers UK 2018) construction team in the North West and is herself ranked as a notable practitioner within construction.  Her practice is quoted as having "a notable focus on procurement advice in the housing and extra care sectors.  She has a strong client base among housing associations and NHS trusts.  Clients say: "She provides a good mix of knowledge with practical, pragmatic advice, helping you to get the job done."

Legal 500 2018 describes Katie as providing "meaningful advice which doesn’t get you tied up in legalese"; and specialising in complex housing, accommodation and regeneration projects, and also leads on public procurement matters.

Katie is the Vice Chair of the Manchester Constructing Excellence Best Practice Club and regularly speaks at construction and housing conferences on procurement and construction best practice.  She is a key member of the Housing Forum and part of the working group reporting on Stopping Building Failures as a response to the Dame Judith Hackitt review in 2018.

She is committed to encouraging diversity within the construction sector and is a member of the  committee organising the annual Inspire Summit which encourages more women into careers in the construction sector.  Katie and her team have written a construction law course being taught in schools as part of the Design Engineer Construct course which is sponsored by the construction industry and equips school leavers for careers in the sector.