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Sarah A. Drinkwater

Senior Associate
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Sarah Drinkwater a senior associate within the construction and infrastructure practice group in the firm's London office. She acts for clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Sarah previously worked as an associate at a multinational professional services company with many high profile infrastructure clients High Speed 2, Heathrow Airport, Anglian Water, Transport for London and Network Rail, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge of the UK infrastructure industry.

Further, Sarah supports our Asia Pacific region and is a key member of our water and wastewater infrastructure sub-group at a global level.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Drinkwater worked at a construction and project management consultancy firm in London, where she assisted with various commercial tasks in relation to procurement strategies and contractual arrangements.


  • Young Achiever of the Year - Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards 2016 - shortlist
  • Building Magazine Woman of the Year (2016) - shortlist

Professional/Civic Activities

New Zealand Law Society

Additional Information

  • New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
NEC Experience
  • Acting for Transport for London on the procurement of and construction documentation for the proposed river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, which will be a significant and iconic London development. We have advised on the procurement strategy and the proposed contract structure relating to engaging the design and build contractor with a view to entering into a building contract based on NEC3.
  • Advising Transport for London on a wide range of non-contentious matters including drafting and advising on their template suite of construction contracts. Examples of such instructions involve reviewing TFL’s template NEC3 short forms of contract with bespoke amendments which are tailored to TFL’s needs and intended use of each form.
  • Instructed by a high profile client to advise in respect of a dispute with the main contractor responsible for the design and construction at a prominent London train station. The dispute arises out of an NEC 3 Option C contract and relates to issues of M&E work carried out by the contractor.