Natalie Pilagos


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Natalie has 15 years of experience in dispute resolution within the construction industry. She leads the contentious construction practice at Wedlake Bell and has successfully resolved a wide range of complex construction project disputes, working with clients across various sectors. Clients describe her as “first-class” and with “great insight, knowledge, tactics”.’

She is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including adjudication, mediation, arbitration and litigation in the Technology and Construction Court. Her clients include corporate occupiers, developers, contractors, consultants, private clients and investment funds.

She has particular experience in being part of a project team to manage live projects, anticipating issues before they arise and preventing disputes from escalating. She has an in depth working knowledge of a wide range of documentation related to construction projects.

Recent Experience

  • Advising clients on claims related to historic building safety issues under the Defective Premises Act and the Building Safety Act.
  • Acting for an international hotel group in a multimillion dispute regarding the refurbishment of their 5-star flagship hotel in the UK.
  • Representing a high-end residential developer in adjudications related to a luxury Belgravia development’s time extension claims.
  • Handling issues related to subcontractor performance for a residential developer and related adjudications.
  • Multi-party litigation for a property investment company in the Technology & Construction Court, relating to defective rainscreen cladding.
  • Representing a wind turbine manufacturer in a £15 million claim regarding defective blades on turbines at a large wind farm.
  • Negotiating the multi-million remediation of a student accommodation complex in Cardiff for a student accommodation developer.

Career History

Natalie has been a Partner at Wedlake Bell since 2021. She is a regular contributor to industry publications including Construction News, Building and Property Week. Natalie is a committee member of the Technology and Construction Solicitor’s Association and a member of the Society of Construction Law.

Natalie holds a law degree from The University of Bristol and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London with Distinction.

Natalie Pilagos is a superb lawyer. Loved by clients and incisive in her analysis. A real winner, who gives everything for her clients.

Legal 500, 2023

Natalie Pilagos is very hands on and provides a lot of attention to detail, also very personable and knowledgeable.

Legal 500, 2023

Natalie Pilagos is exceptional.

Legal 500, 2023



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Partner Promotions

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