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The ‘excellentBrowne Jacobson LLP provides ‘advice that is, without exception, timely and insightful’. Between the ‘insightfulMichael Sadler and Peter Westlake, the team covers an array of construction mandates, both contentious and non-contentious, with recent highlights including advice for J Coffey Construction on the negotiation of a £50m trade contract package on the Battersea Power Station project to carry out work on the four main towers. Additionally, the group acted for Miller Birch on the development of the Nottingham City Centre Guildhall site, advising on the construction documents strategy to cater for the varying demands of potential purchasers. Mace, Willmott Dixon and Clegg Group are also clients.

Freeths LLP’s ‘commercially minded’ team acts for a largely national client base. Newly minted practice head Chris Holwell took over the role from Guy Berwick, who is now national head of dispute management. Amy Morley is another key practitioner. The team advised ALDI on the construction of its network of supermarkets and the corresponding regional distribution centres, involving both new-builds and extensions. It also acted for Scape Group on the review of the legal terms of the National Construction Framework Contract and the Regional Construction Framework, involving NEC3 and NEC4-related advice. Tarmac, Gleeds and Novartis Pharmaceuticals are also clients.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a particularly strong contentious practice, encompassing adjudication, Technology and Construction Court litigation, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. The team also handles non-contentious matters such as risk management in procurement contexts. The group is especially active for developers, contractors, clients from the healthcare sector and professional practices such as architects. Practice head Alex Smith recently joined forces with real estate colleague Kevin Sumner to advise Code Students on the development of a large new student accommodation scheme in Coventry, including the negotiation of the construction documentation. Other highlights included advising Bildurn on the development of an extensive new commercial office development in Nottingham, involving advice on the demolition and the building contract. The client list also features Zone Developments, Lloyds and new client Rotherwood Group.

Buckles Solicitors LLP specialises in matters related to social housing, student accommodation, engineering and renewable energy, acting for a mix of private and public sector clients that includes developers, contractors and sub-contractors, funders, education players and commercial occupiers. James Coppinger heads the practice. Hill Partnerships and Taylor French Developments are clients.

The ‘excellent and professional’ practice at Flint Bishop LLP is praised for its ability to ‘act as an extension of internal commercial teams’. Sector strengths include energy, retail infrastructure, leisure and education. ‘Very responsive’ practice head Andrew Perry ‘has the ability to focus on the crucial points and risks’ and is especially well-versed in contentious work and procurement advice.

Spearing Waite LLP’s expertise encompasses domestic and European procurement contracts, especially in the tourism and leisure sector, retail development projects, and renewable energy projects, with an emphasis on anaerobic digester plants. Rail sector projects and international engineering contracts are other focus areas for the practice, which is headed by Piet van Gelder . Recent work includes advising Bernhards Sports Surfaces on a final account claim in the Technology and Construction Court in relation to the installation of a 3G artificial soccer pitch at Whyteleafe Football Club, Surrey. It also acted for Bailgate Court on the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts for a residential conversion project. Other clients include Submarine Manufacturing & Products and new client SIG.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘very strong’ team ‘has an excellent understanding of the various dispute resolution mechanisms used in the construction industry’, and also handles non-contentious matters. The client list includes contractors and specialist sub-contractors, funders, and developers as well as professional service providers. Recent non-contentious work includes advising Abode Hallam on the construction aspects of the disposal of a £32m PRS Development in Sheffield. The ‘highly responsive’ and ‘highly practicalCathryn Selby leads the team.

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