Name Jennifer Charlson
Job Title Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Subject(s) Constructiuon and Engineering Law
Tel 01902 322271


Jennifer Charlson is qualified as a Chartered Engineer and Solicitor with an MBA. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture and Built Environment School at the University of Wolverhampton. 

She is a Joint Co-ordinator of the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction)  W113 Law and Dispute Resolution Working Commission.

Before moving into academia, Jennifer worked as a Senior Solicitor for Carillion plc having qualified as a solicitor in private practice.  She previously worked for the BBC as a Projects Engineer.  Her first degree is in Engineering Science from Oxford University. 

Jennifer is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Higher Education Academy. She specialises in researching and lecturing on construction and engineering law.  

  • Construction and engineering law
  • Construction and engineering law
  • Master of Arts (University of Oxford)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court

Journal Papers


  •  Charlson, J. and Oduoza, C. (2016) “Construction industry legal risk identification for SMEs” Construction Law Journal, 32 (6), pp.630-643.
  •  Wall, R., Ankrah, N. and Charlson, J. (2016) “An investigation into the different styles of the lawyer and construction specialist when mediating construction disputes” International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 8(2), pp. 137-160.

  • Charlson, J. and Smalley J. (2015) “Expert Witness Update for 2014” Construction Law Journal, 31(4), pp.210 – 219


  • McKenna L. and Charlson J. (2015) “The Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 versus Collateral Warranties in the UK Construction Industry” Construction Law Journal, 31(6), pp. 320-337


  • Hetherton T. and Charlson, J. (2015) “When Statutes Collide: Potential Recovery of Own Party Adjudication Costs” International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 7(3), pp. 214 – 230
  • Charlson, J. (2014) “Law for engineering undergraduates on accredited courses”  Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Management, Procurement and Law, 167 (MP4), pp. 201–206.


  • Charlson, J., Baldwin, R. and Harrison, J. (2014) “Early perceptions of allowing adjudication of oral contracts” International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 6(3), pp. 233-249.


  • Smalley J. and Charlson J. (2014) “A Critical Review of the Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Construction Disputes” Construction Law Journal, 30 (5), pp. 268 – 285.


 Conference Papers


  • Charlson, J. and Donovan, J.(2017), “The Environmental Law Challenges to the Regeneration of Brownfield Land”. In: Elkadi, H. and Ruddock, L. (Eds.), Proceedings of CIB 2017 International Research conference, 11-12 September, Salford, UK.

  • Charlson J and Oduoza C (2014) Legal risk identification for SMEs in the construction industry In: Raiden, A B and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds) Procs 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 507-515.


  • Charlson J and Chinyio E (2013) A case study of joint procurement and provision of legal services to a group of  universities in the Midlands In Smith, S.D and Ahiaga-Dagbui, D.D. (Eds) Procs 29th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2013, Reading, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 493-502.


  • Charlson, J. (2012) Online Pedagogy for Construction Law in UK Higher Education. The Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference of the Royal Institution of the Chartered Surveyors. Held at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA by Arizona State University 11-13 September. London: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.