"Anna Wood is assertive, engaged and a clear communicator."

Legal 500 2024

I’m a Partner in Michelmores’ Construction and Engineering team. I work with developers, contractors and consultants to help deliver exciting and often complex new projects. I also specialise in dispute resolution, advising clients on the legal and commercial strengths and weaknesses of their position so that they are best placed to achieve the outcome that is right for them.

My clients and their projects are based all over England and Wales, but I have a strong connection with Gloucestershire and the South West.

I have worked with many of my clients and referrers for over a decade but still enjoy forging new relationships with both private individuals and representatives of organisations of all sizes.

Whilst I enjoy supporting clients on long term projects, I am perhaps best known for being able to react quickly to urgent situations, whether that be a speedy review of a building contract or letter of intent, or responding to a threat of imminent legal action. I love the adrenaline that this urgency brings and work hard to quickly get to grips with the key legal and commercial issues and then bring calm to the situation for my client.

I joined Michelmores in January 2022 having spent over a decade developing my practice at a Gloucestershire-based firm. I was drawn to Michelmores because of its culture of collaboration and aiming to make the world a better place through our work. It is an exciting place to work and I believe that our clients truly benefit from this positivity.

I am also proud to sit on the Board of Constructing Excellence South West. This role really helps me to keep abreast of the issues and challenges faced by the sector which in turn means I am better able to give truly commercial advice.

I am a recommended lawyer for Construction in the South West by the Legal 500.

Recent experience

Advising an agriculture client in relation to delay, defects and cost overrun on a project at their farm. I have worked closely with Ben Sharples to bring together our respective construction and agricultural law expertise to deliver advice and support that is not only legally accurate but firmly based in a true understanding of the commercial context

Advising homeowners in resisting an adjudication on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction

Providing construction support in relation to the multi-million pound sale of a prime piece of real estate in Putney. I advised in respect of liabilities and rights under building contracts for both completed and ongoing works, including in relation to assignment of those rights