Dandara construction law expert heads to Shoosmiths


Law firm Shoosmiths’ national construction and engineering team has hired a new dispute resolution partner from a major house builder. 

Pictured: Jody Kite. Credit: Shoosmiths.

Jody Kite arrives at the firm’s Manchester office from Dandara where he spent eight years developing and leading the housebuilder’s construction law and dispute resolution function and advising on non-contentious matters and forward funding transactions.  

As part of the construction and engineering practice, he will be advising leading developers, financial institutions, employers and contractors. 

Kite specialises in advisory work, adjudication, arbitration, litigation and the mediation of construction, engineering, infrastructure, energy and related professional negligence disputes.   

“Shoosmiths has a formidable reputation in the real estate industry, with its construction and engineering practice spearheading some of the UK’s most ambitious developments – spanning urban regeneration, major infrastructure projects and investment deals,” said Kite. 

“What attracted me to the firm was the team’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to focus on what truly matters for clients. Having spent time working within a national developer and contractor at board level, I understand the needs of real estate and construction businesses and what they seek from their advisers. Shoosmiths gets it. This is why I’m thrilled to be part of the firm, contributing to its success.” 

Ian Hardman, construction and engineering partner at Shoosmiths, added: “Jody brings 20 years of experience advising on a range of contentious construction matters across a broad range of sectors. His unique understanding of working within a national real estate developer and contractor will be invaluable to clients that consistently turn to Shoosmiths’ construction and engineering practice for legal expertise, but also incisive thinking, and a deep commercial understanding.” 

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