Infrastructure & Energy
Judith is a Partner in our Infrastructure & Energy Group which she leads with Ben Sheppard and Tim Jackson-Smith. She has over 30 years’ experience specialising in complex project based real estate work, with a focus on infrastructure and energy work.
Frequently working with ports waste operators and developers, as well as solar and other renewables operators and developers, Judith says, “I feel privileged to work with clients in the infrastructure and energy sector – it’s a challenging and fast-moving sector at the cutting edge of many new technologies”.
Closing large complex deals within tight timescales and finding creative and straightforward solutions to legal issues as they arise is the part of her work that Judith finds most rewarding. These elements play to her strengths in terms of problem solving, and her ability to innovate and drive transactions – all while keeping the client and team engaged and focused on their goals.
Judith works closely with her clients to understand all aspects of their projects, and her wide and varied real estate experience allows her to mould land interests to work to a client’s advantage. “It’s exciting to take land law concepts and adapt them to fit with clients’ needs in this exciting sector”.
This pragmatic approach to client work, coupled with an enthusiastic and confident style, helps Judith to balance the demands of her clients, ensuring that work is managed properly at all levels across the team and that she can be realistic with clients in terms of time scales and innovative in finding solutions.
Judith has been at Walker Morris for 32 years and her working style is very much in keeping with the culture of the firm – something she has no doubt influenced over the years. She says, “I always try and have fun, and be relaxed and friendly”.
Born and raised in Yorkshire, Judith was the first female partner at Walker Morris and the first to go on maternity leave. “I’ve loved every minute of my career in the law and enjoyed the flexibility in terms of focus that my time at Walker Morris has given me.”
Judith is passionate about the development of young talent in the business, and works on a number of talent-based initiatives.
“One of my greatest pleasures is to see our young stars (many of whom I have trained) rising in the business, increasing in confidence and taking on more and more responsibility.”
Judith is described by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as “thorough and focused” and “making the work appear so refreshingly simple from the client’ side”.
“low ego” “capable of gently pulling us back on track if we start to deviate.”
13th January 2022
15th December 2021