I am not your average senior construction law solicitor.
Of course, I have strong drafting skills, geek out over payment provisions and proofread my own emails... but I am also a business adviser, legal risk assessor, contract negotiator (and a pretty good desk organizer, so I have been told).
I’ve successfully helped many businesses draft contracts that best reflect their interests.
I am here to help you minimise the time and cost of lengthy disputes through clever risk assessment and allocation at the onset of your transaction.
But first, I’m sure you’d like to hear my story.
A non-traditional background
My name is Adriana Badescu, I am an ex City lawyer juggling that comes with running a growing business as a self-employed Senior Consultant Solicitor.
After spending over 9 years working at top international city law firms, including Ashurst and Dentons, I decided to take a different path by setting up my own consultancy business and becoming a Senior Consultant Solicitor with Alston Asquith.
My background, while extensive, isn't traditional.
I started as a newly graduated in law in 1999 from a top Romanian University.
After completing my studies, I practiced as “jurisconsult” for a local law firm specialising in general commercial law and I also worked as a lecturer at the University where I graduated from, before moving to London in 2002 where I continued pursuing my legal career.
The idea of moving to London and qualifying as an English solicitor was a challenge in itself.
I was soon to find out that it was only the beginning of a highly competitive, but rewarding journey.
After successfully completing the GDL (with Commendation) and LPC (with Distinction) at the University of Law in London (formerly known as The College of Law), I was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) – Second Class Honours, First Division.
Hard work and perseverance during my studies paid off and I was offered a handwritten and signed training contract offer (which I still treasure as a reminder that anything is possible) from Ashurst LLP.
I started my training contract with Ashurst in September 2007. My trainee profile was published in Ashurst’s 2008 Graduate Recruitment Brochure and I was involved in several law fairs and mentoring schemes.
I qualified as NQ solicitor in Ashurst’s Energy Transport and Infrastructure department in September 2009.
During my career at Ashurst I specialised as a general commercial, construction and projects solicitor and I was involved in several high profile, large scale domestic and international PPP/PFI projects.
I worked across a wide range of sectors, including general commercial, energy, education and transport and infrastructure with focus on renewable energy – energy from waste.
As senior construction law solicitor my clients included financial institution and banks, private companies and consortiums and public local authorities.
I advised clients across the entire life of a project from contract negotiations and draft documentation to contract administration and risk management.
As much as I enjoyed my time at Ashurst, the work involved long hours and I was starting to feel the pressure that comes with working for a big international City law firm.
I left Ashurst in late 2013 in a bid to find better work life balance and I joined Dentons UKMEA LLP in January 2014 in Denton’s Energy Transport and Infrastructure Department.
With hindsight, it probably wasn’t the move meant to achieve my goal as I jumped into an even bigger ship!
The hours got longer, the hands-on client relationship started to drift away as mainly partners oversaw the client relationship and more than ever, I felt the “hamster wheel”.
Although the quality of the work increased and I was involved in high profile energy projects, the premature birth of my daughter (at 7 months) made me reconsider my career.
As a last turn of the wheel, after an extended maternity leave, I joined Bevan Brittan LLP in 2017 as senior construction law solicitor.
This was an unusual move for an ex City lawyer, but at this time I was more interested in creativity outside work.
After moving firm, though, my priorities gradually changed.
The smaller firm was an interesting environment. Working with entrepreneurs and developers was stimulating and they were delighted to find advice of a "City" quality in this different context.
So, I started to consider whether it was possible to be creative while remaining within that context, using the skills I had.
My career turning point
In another twist, my husband and I decided that after 16 years in London it was time for us to seek some sunshine. We moved with our daughter to Valencia, Spain in early 2018, a decision which felt was the end of my career in law.
But if there is a will, there’s a way…
Giving up the comfort of a stable source of income and starting my own business as self-employed Senior Consultant Solicitor in 2018 has been my biggest professional challenge to date.
But the most rewarding by far!
A senior construction law solicitor with a difference
I believe that we, as humans, should live to work, not work to live.
As a consultant, I have greater autonomy and efficiency, enabled by technology, while remaining serious about being a lawyer.
I believe the legal services market is changing.
Legal services are disaggregating and unbundling.
No longer are law firms the only option for clients with legal work.
Clients now have a wider menu of providers to choose from.
And so, I offer people and businesses an alternative legal service, based on a Consultancy model, while preserving the high standards of my City background.
With some fresh thinking and a smart use of technology, my new business model offers a unique opportunity for me to carry on the very snappy, commercial style of advising that I'd developed while working in the City, but without the full-blown traditional infrastructure.
Although I came a long way since receiving that handwritten training contract offer, my journey has begun again, two decades since graduating in law, three countries later.
Instead of opting to leave the profession to do something else entirely, I am looking forward to building a formidable practice as a self-employed Senior Consultant Solicitor.
How can I help you?
Whether you are a developer, main contractor, sub-contractor or construction consultant, business owner or an individual, a SMEs, corporation or a local authority, I'd like to hear about your legal queries.
I provide legal advice on all procurement routes and construction documentation.
Similarly, I assist with construction aspects of agreements for lease and development and funding agreements.
In addition, I help businesses and individuals on a spectrum of general commercial contracts. Some of my recent instructions include business to business (B2B) contracts, agency, distributorship, collaboration, services, software, reseller, confidentiality, consultancy agreements and much more.
Why choose to work with me?
My mission is to help you grow your business through clever legal risk assessment and allocation.
I've worked on multi-billion pounds transactions, coordinated international teams of lawyers and drafted bespoke EPC contracts worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
I've also worked with small start-ups or individuals and advised on general commercial contracts worth much less than that.
Therefore, I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I've learned to adapt to my clients' needs, always maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
I can help you navigate through your contractual commitments so you can focus on growing your business.
You can benefit from my experience as senior construction law solicitor in all principal building and engineering contracts including JCT, FIDIC, NEC and MF/1 as well as sub-contractual arrangements for both civils and technology work.
You can also benefit from my extensive knowledge advising on performance security documentation, for instance advance payment bonds, performance and retention bonds.
I can also help you draft and negotiate professional appointments and bespoke forms of domestic and international construction contracts, such as operation and maintenance (O&M), facilities management (FM) and service agreements.
I advise businesses - just like yours - across the entire life of a project.
I am involved from procurement analysis, contract drafting and negotiation to contract administration and risk management.
Have a look at the Services page for more details on areas where I can help your business.
You can also find my profile on the Alston Asquith's website, an SRA regulated law firm, for which I consult.
What is different about my legal services?
I work in partnership with my clients.
I take pride in offering my clients a more personal, yet business minded approach to building a working relationship.
After all, no one sees a lawyer because they want to so why make the experience more stressful than already is?
I’ve learned from the best City law firms.
I offer all my clients a high level of expertise and professionalism shaped at the school of some of the largest and most demanding law firms in the world.
Above all, clients get my undivided attention in understanding their business and finding a tailored, bespoke solution that works best for them.
No copy and paste of templates with me!
I offer competitive fees.
With no full-time wages to pay, no office or desk space expenses, I am passing all these savings to you through competitive fees for my services.
I offer fixed fees and/or hourly rates based on your needs, under consultancy agreement/engagement letter with your business.
In other words I offer City law firm legal services at high street prices!
Get comfortable with your contractual arrangements now!
Are you concerned about giving an indemnity or accepting a fitness for purpose obligation?
Do you have questions about how a payment mechanism is structured?
Or you might be worried about your rights to suspend work for non-payment?
Why not call me or email me for an informal chat?
The solution to your legal problem might be one phone call or email away!
You can call me on:
Direct: +34 642197206; or
WhatsApp: +44 7710 533 246
Alternatively, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I always answer my phone and emails!