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Dr. Francine Baker

Senior Lecturer in Construction Law and Course Leader of M.Sc. Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

School of Engineering

Harris Building, 318a

+44 (0) 1772 89 4228

FBaker1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

Dr. Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Law and Course Leader of M.Sc. Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. She is research active in the areas of renewable and sustainable construction and contractual issues, and dispute resolution.

Full Profile

Dr Baker brings a long and comprehensive experience as a Barrister and Solicitor in Australia and in England as a Solicitor of England and Wales after study at Cambridge University, working in civil law, particularly Property and Construction Law. She has had charge of dispute resolution and litigation departments for High St firms, and has obtained a wide range of advocacy experience with private firms and local and national government authorities, and for clients that have included major listed commercial companies and high net worth individuals.

Her specialist academic experience has run alongside her work as a consultant Solicitor since 2006. This experience includes the delivery of UG and M.Sc. Construction Contract, Procurement, Dispute Resolution, Property Law as well as Environmental and Planning Law modules and external examiner roles.

Whilst primarily working as a Solicitor and consultant, Francine was also a property law external tutor for many years with the College of Estate Management (CEM). She also devised a taught Planning Law module for the University of Reading where she also taught UG and PG Construction Law part time. Later when CEM decided to change to UCEM she was engaged in 2014 to devise their distance learning Environmental and Planning Law module for their new university construction courses.

In more recent years she has been Course Director of Quantity surveying at London South Bank, led construction law in the Faculty, teaching on UG and PG courses in engineering, quantity surveying, project management and property management and estate management, and also represented the then Faculty of Engineering, Science and Built Environment on the University’s Research Ethics Committee.

Whilst then resuming her consultancy, she also managed teaching construction law for Oxford Brookes University’s range of UG and PG Construction, Quantity Surveying  and Project Management courses before then accepting an offer from the University of Central Lancashire to teach and lead construction law across the range of UG and PG courses and to be course leader of its distance learning M.Sc course in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution.

Solicitor of England and Wales, 2004
Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 1992
Barrister & Solicitor of Supreme Court of Victoria, 1991

Doctor of Philosophy, 2005
Master of Arts, (1st cl.) 1996
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 1990

Publications

2016, Baker, F., Have Technology Specific Measures for the UK Electricity Market Reform Gone Far Enough? International Journal of Clean Energy Technologies Vol. 4 No. 2 (JOCET ISSN: 1793-821X available at: http://www.jocet.org/list-6-1.html) by IACSIT Press

2014, ‘The CIC BIM Protocol Revealed: The Legal Aspects of BIM’, The New Constructor, The Journal of the Worshipful Company of Constructors, July 2014

2013, Baker F., ‘Housing and Planning- Ireland and England’ for the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/IJLBE-08-2012-0015

2011, Baker F., ‘The Flipside of England’s Housing Programme’, International Journal of Land Law and Agricultural Science, No. 5 January-June 2011, ISSN: 1989-948X

2010, Baker, F., ‘Climate Change Construction & Environmental Accountability’ 25 pages, in section: Legislative case studies addressing environmental governance, in Environment Ethics and Legal Governance, E. Techera (ed.), Rodopi Press, Amsterdam, New York, pbk., 2010 ISBN: 978-1-84888-034-4 http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/publishing/id-press/books/environmental-law-ethics-and-governance

Research Activities

Renewable and Sustainable Construction and Contract Law, Dispute Resolution

Research group

International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction

Construction Mediation Task Group

Projects

Design and Coastal Engineering Law

EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES

The Cambridge Society

Wolfson College, Oxford

International Bar Association - Committees

  • Arbitration Committee
  • International Construction Projects Committee
  • Litigation Committee
  • Mediation Committee
  • Arab Regional Forum
  • Asia Pacific Regional Forum
  • HRI - Human Rights Institute

Worshipful Company of Constructors (livery)

  • (Events, Publicity and Scholarships Committees)
    (Sustainability Scholarship Panel )

International Building Study Group, London

External Examiner, the University of Bedfordshire

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module Leader for Legal issues, Contract, Tort and Dispute Resolution and Dissertation in M.Sc. Modules and B.Sc. Construction Law BN3050 module leader for the UK and overseas franchises and BN2505 for engineering courses.

 

 

Memberships

MCIArb
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
The Worshipful Company of Constructors
CIB Construction Mediation task group
ICIOB
Society of Construction Law
Adjudication Society
Environmental Law Foundation
UKELA
Commercial Real Estate Lawyers Association

Conferences

Dr. Francine Baker- Conference Proceeding papers- double blind peer reviewed papers

2016  ”To Follow Or Not To Follow Design Standards: A Question For Sustainable Coastal Engineering” ( Contract Interpretation) CIB  World Building Congress June 2016, Tampere, Finland

2014 ‘A Legal Framework for Sustainable Energy in the United Kingdom?, European Network for Housing Research, W22 ‘Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing’, 1-4 July, 2014, Edinburgh, UK.

2014 ‘Has the government done something right? ERR Act Changes to listed building legislation’, 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, 22-25 July 2014, Guimaraes, Portugal

2013 ‘Pre-consultation, Rights, Justice & Housing’, European Network for Housing Research 19 -22 June, 2013 Tarragona, Spain.

2013 ‘The Impact of a new Planning System on Construction in England’, CIB World Building Congress May 2013, Brisbane, Australia

2012 ‘‘The Housing and Construction Industry: New Measures, at the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy (CHLRP) International Conference, 'Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe' 20th – 21st April 2012, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

2011 ‘Mitigate or Adapt to Climate Change? Opportunities for Innovation in the UK Construction industry’, IBEA Conference 2011, Innovation and integration: science, technology and policy in the built environment, London South Bank University.

2011 ‘The Impact and Value of Early Neutral Dispute Resolution in the UK and Internationally’ at The Fourth International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM-2011) 16 - 18 February 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Presented with Excellent paper presentation award.

2011 ‘Mitigate or Adapt to Climate Change? Opportunities for Innovation in the UK Construction industry’, IBEA Conference 2011, Innovation and integration: science, technology and policy in the built environment, London South Bank University.

2011 ‘A Litany of Despair for Housing in England and Wales’ at the European Network for Housing Research 23nd Conference, Mixite: an Urban and Housing Issue? 5-8 July, 2011 Toulouse, France.

2010 ‘UK Housing Developments’ the European Network for Housing Research 22nd Conference, Urban Dynamics and Housing Change,Istanbul Technical University, 4-7 July 2010, Istanbul, Turkey.

2009 ‘Effective Housing- Myth or Progress?’ European Network for Housing Research 21 Conference, Changing Housing Markets,

University of Economics, 28th-31 June, 2009, Prague.

2009 ‘The Climate Change Act and the Property/Construction Industry’ Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, Inter-Disciplinery.net conference, Oxford, United Kingdom 2009, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, 10th -12th July 2009.

2008 ‘Collective Liberty v Collective Security’ Interdisciplinary Net Conference, Evil, Law and the State, Salzburg, Austria, 7 March 2008.