I am a part-time professional law teacher at Cardiff University. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and work full-time as a Partner at Blake Morgan LLP, a full service law firm, based in Cardiff. I specialise in Construction and Engineering law and have particular expertise in a field of alternative dispute resolution commonly used in construction contracts (Adjudication). I am a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) and the Adjudication Society. I am a Regional Representative for the Society of Construction Law. I was appointed to the RIBA's Professional Conduct Panel in 2016.
I was born and grew up in Leicester.
I studied law at Cardiff University at undergraudate level and also obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Law (LPC) at Cardiff University. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Construction Adjudication from Kings College, London.
I qualified as a Solicitor in 2001, having first completed a two-year training contract with a law firm (Morgan Cole).
I have specialised exclusively in Construction and Engineering law since qualification. My practice involves advising clients on contentious (disputes), non-contentious (contract negotiation and drafting) and professional negligence issues.
Honours and awards
I am rated as a Construction Law practitioner in the leading guides to the legal profession. The Legal 500 provides:
“The ‘extremely intelligent, diligent and thorough’ Rachel Gwilliam is particularly accomplished on the contentious front and is praised for ‘quickly evaluating nuanced and difficult situations’.”
Chambers & Partners (2018) provides:
“Rachel Gwilliam handles both transactional and contentious matters, and is an expert in the construction aspects of housing developments. Clients say: "She provides balanced and realistic advice, encouraging negotiated settlement of disputes and taking control of outcomes."”
I won a Commendation in the 2010 Society of Construction Law Hudson Prize for mypaper “Open Season for Ambush? How “Disputes” Have Changed from Nuttall v Carter to Cantillon v Urvasco”. My paper ‘Protocoligorically Correct? Recoverability of adjudication costs under the Pre-Action Protocol’ was “Highly Commended” in the 2012 Society of Construction Law Hudson Prize competition. My paper ‘Recovering adjudication costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act’ won Second Prize in the 2015 Society of Construction Law Hudson Prize competition.
- Solicitor of the Supreme Court
- Member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA)
- Member of the Adjudication Society
- Member and Regional Representative of the Society of Construction Law