Louise is a consultant in the property and construction team. She is a knowledgeable and respected specialist adviser with over 20 years’ experience of contentious construction and engineering disputes acquired in the road and rail sectors, in PFI, on tunnelling and dredging projects, and in the residential, retail, hotel, education, and health and leisure sectors. Louise has particular expertise in working for clients delivering mechanical and electrical engineering services.
Louise advises main contractors and subcontractors, consultants, and employers on all aspects of their construction and engineering needs, from advice on contracts and issues of design and construction, to disputes over payment, performance, and termination. She particularly enjoys advising on complex contract incorporation and interpretation issues, on final and interim account disputes, and on issues relating to delay and disruption, loss, and expense. Her experience includes advising on the usual standard form construction contracts including JCT and NEC, and on PFI and bespoke contracts.
Louise is a Fellow and SW Committee Member of the Forum for the Built Environment and a member of the Society of Construction Lawyers, the Adjudication Society, Constructing Excellence, Interact Bristol, and the Structural Timber Association (“STA”) (previously known as the UK Timber Frame Association). She is a frequent speaker at STA regional events and committee meetings. Louise regularly blogs and tweets to a growing audience on topical issues affecting the sector.
Louise Garcia of Keystone Law represents contractors, subcontractors, consultants and employers in significant disputes. One interviewee reports that she is "dedicated and thorough in her approach, and very knowledgeable in her field."
Chambers UK 2017
At Keystone Law, Louise Garcia, has notable experience in contentious construction matters.
Legal 500 2016
Louise Garcia of Keystone Law acts for a wide range of clients on contentious matters. One client reports that she “tells it to you straight - she lets you decide whilst fully explaining the risks and opportunities around her advice.”
Chambers UK 2016
Louise Garcia of Keystone Law has extensive experience of contentious and non-contentious matters. She advises on construction contracting and procurement, contractor and subcontractor insolvency matters and dispute resolution.
Chambers UK 2015
Before joining Keystone, Louise was Head of the Construction Team of her previous firm, based in Bath. Chambers and Partners UK 2013 rates Louise as a Band 1 adviser in construction and engineering in her location and comments that Louise is noted by clients for “cutting to the chase” and “negotiating well”. She is “respected for her abilities as a contentious practitioner, and sources describe her as“a very accomplished litigator who knows what she's doing.” Comments from the 2012 review note: “Clients consider her to be extremely client-focused, highly competent and an excellent and persuasive communicator. She possesses a most welcome and natural ability to explain complex legal arguments in plain English.”
The Legal 500 UK recommends Louise and describes her as “very knowledgeable”,commenting also on her team-leader focus of delivering a service which is described as “very strong, personable …, and provides good value for money”.The Legal 500 quotes clients commenting on Louise as having “the ability to crystallise the important issues and communicate them succinctly and effectively”. She is“extremely client-focused, highly competent and an excellent and persuasive communicator”.
Fellow of Forum for Built Environment and Great Western Branch Committee member
Member of the Society of Construction Law
Member of the Adjudication Society SW
Member and current Bristol Chair of Interact
Member of Constructing Excellence Southwest
|2014||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2006-2014||Withy King | Partner and Head of Construction|
|2004-2006||Beachcroft LLP | Partner|
|2000-2004||Osborne Clarke | Associate Solicitor|
|1998-2000||Courtenay van der Borgh Shah | Solicitor|
|1992-1998||Nabarro Nathanson | Solicitor|
|1990-1992||Turner Henneth Brown | Trainee Solicitor|
|1992||Qualified as a solicitor|