Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom También trabaja en Manchester, London

Helen is a Partner based primarily in Kennedys’ Sheffield office. She also works out of our London and Manchester offices.

Helen specialises in advising developers, contractors and consultants on both contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering related matters.

Helen and her team have particular experience in construction and engineering procurement and contract advice and regularly provide advice on all major standard form contracts including JCT, NEC & FIDIC.

Helen is an executive board member of Sheffield Property Association and leads Kennedys’ Sheffield office’s charity committee.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2008

Helen Johnson leads the team superbly – confident, tactically astute and industrious.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Market recognition

  • 'Up and coming' partner and notable practitioner for 'Construction (Yorkshire)'
    "She was very approachable, knowledgeable and flexible in terms of how we engaged her and the team."
    Chambers UK 2022
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Construction (Yorkshire and the Humber)'
    "'Competent and efficient legal adviser' Helen Johnson is recommended for her expertise in risk management relating to the development of large-scale projects."
    "Helen Johnson has been very supportive, and has led us through some challenging contractual issues."
    "Helen Johnson goes the extra mile to make sure we are aware of legal implications, knowing that we focus on the sporting/event matters."
    The Legal 500 UK 2022
  • Up and Coming for 'Real estate: Construction (Yorkshire)'
    "She is very knowledgeable in her subject matter and gives very good advice."
    Chambers UK 2021
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Real estate: Construction (Yorkshire and the Humber)'
    "Helen Johnson leads the team superbly – confident, tactically astute and industrious."
    The Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Associate to Watch for 'Construction (Yorkshire)'
    "She is approachable, very thorough and always responds to emails in a timely manner," remarks a client."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Construction (Yorkshire and the Humber)'
    "Helen Johnson is a pleasure to work with. She is very personable yet at the same time professional. She is very intelligent and competent, can think on her feet and provides on-the-spot advice. At the same time, she is thorough and always takes the time to make sure the client understands the legal jargon and its implications"
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Associate to Watch for 'Construction (Yorkshire)'
    "A good lawyer with a burgeoning practice" who is "calm and highly effective."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Construction (Yorkshire and the Humber)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Contentious work highlights

  • Represented an Austrian contractor with extension of time claim and variation claims arising from the rehabilitation of a rail network in Romania. Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings followed by International Chamber of Commerce arbitration with a combined claim and counterclaim value of c.€140 million.
  • Acted for a structural engineer on a £4 million claim involving ground improvement vibro works.
  • Acted for an Italian contractor managing contractual disputes relating to a turn-key steel works project in Kuwait in advance of formal proceedings.
  • Acted for the structural engineer (through its professional indemnity insurer) in a dispute relating to the subsidence of a leisure centre development resulting in delay to the project and substantial remedial works.
  • Acted for a UK plc in defence of a £7 million agreement for lease dispute and associated action for costs specifically concerning extensions of time and variations claims. Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court.

Non-contentious work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of (including a secondment to) an Italian contractor providing contract administration advice on FIDIC Red Book based contracts in relation to a turn-key steel works project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advised UK national rail company on construction documentation requirements for various property holdings, to include reporting on and negotiating amendment and novation of consultant’s appointments, building contracts and all security documentation.
  • Advised UK-based retailer in relation to fit out contracts for both shops and offices including drafting, review and management of framework agreements, building contracts and professional appointments.
  • Advised an international investor and its legal team in relation to the construction elements of a purchase of 19 hotels in the UK with a purchase price in excess of £500 million.
  • Acted for the contractor on the construction aspects of a series of NHS LIFT hospital and care centre schemes, including managing the circulation and negotiation of a high level of documentation and negotiating and finalising all consultant documentation.
Market recognition
  • Uk Recommended Lawyer 2022

    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2022

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019