Meet BWL’s new Head of Commercial & Construction, Karissa

The new year means new beginnings for BWL. We’re excited to welcome our new Solicitor, and Head of Commercial & Construction, Karissa Krikken to the Legal Services team.

Karissa trained as a Solicitor in her home city of Glasgow before moving to Aberdeen for a newly qualified position in civil litigation.

Following this, she gravitated towards a more commercial role supporting on bids and ensuring compliance with governance. This led to her relocation to London to develop her career in-house as Legal Counsel. Here she has been able to familiarise herself with complex and long-term contracting agreements and providing legal support to various projects in execution.

Karissa now joins BWL’s Legal Services team based in London, and after a couple of days settling in, we wanted to introduce her properly with a ‘get to know you’ style interview…

What do you enjoy the most about working in commercial law?

I enjoy being involved in a process that helps clients achieve their strategic goals.

I’ve been lucky in my career to have worked for companies that either finance/subsidise and/or create/maintain a tangible ‘thing’ – a wind farm, an offshore substation, trains and so on – you really see the project come alive.

I like that commercial legal work often involves working with other professionals, such as engineers, accountants, operational and commercial managers. There’s always an opportunity to learn. It’s a great feeling when you see contracts signed or projects come to fruition and the whole team shares in the success.

What appealed to you most about working at BWL Consulting?

The culture; and the opportunity to build my client base and team.

What are the highlights of your career so far?

Contributing to major infrastructure projects all over the UK.

Fun Facts about Karissa

Favourite TV show?

Mmm, at the moment - The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – whip-smart, lots of heart, 1950’s fashion, served with a dose of empowerment.

What are your hobbies?

Exploring London – wandering the galleries, trying new places to eat and seeking out places to listen to live music.

Favourite holiday destination?

For me, a holiday should have some charm, involve activity and relaxation in equal measure. Lebanon ticks all these boxes. You can (when the weather permits) ski in the morning and hit the beach in the afternoon. As soon as the political situation stabilises again, add it to your places to visit.

BWL is delighted to welcome Karissa to the team.

Click here to see the range of legal services that Karissa and her team provide.

Karissa is offering all new and existing clients a free one-hour consultation, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific requirements for legal support.

If you are based in or visiting London, please email to arrange a time to discuss your requirements in person. For our clients based elsewhere, preferring to meet in person, we can travel to you. Get it in touch by emailing:

Want to know more about BWL and how our Legal Services can help you mitigate risks in your commercial/construction projects? Submit your details today and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements further.

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