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Browne Jacobson LLP handles a range of matters relating to high-profile national and international construction projects, including contentious and non-contentious work and procurement advice. Peter Westlake represented the main contractor in a high-value dispute pertaining to a major overseas project, while Michael Sadler continues to advise the Homes and Communities Agency on issues arising from national construction projects financed through the Builders Finance Fund Scheme. Mace, HMRC and WE Hewitt & Son are also clients.

The ‘exceptionally professional’ team at Freeths LLP specialises in procurement matters and construction dispute resolution. Front-end procurement specialist Chris Holwell, who splits his time between London and Nottingham, provides ‘well-considered and pragmatic advice’; he is assisting RPW (Southampton) with the £450m Royal Pier development project and advising Tarmac on tendering for construction and maintenance contracts. Amy Morley, who is recommended for disputes, represented Nottingham City Council in a Technology and Construction Court case concerning payment notices under the Construction Act. Other highlights included advising Travis Perkins on the development project for the construction of new Travis Perkins and Wickes stores. Guy Berwick leads the practice.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises clients such as developers, regional contractors, consultants, retailers, education institutions and nursing homes on various construction projects from inception to completion. It also handles disputes and provides assistance with risk management and procurement matters. Alex Smith is advising Zone Developments on the £15m construction of student accommodation blocks in Leicester, assisting Calthorpe Estates with contractual matters arising from two mixed-use development projects and a demolition package, and acting for Paragon Property Development Company in several new retail store construction projects across the Midlands. The group is also handling contractual arrangements for Everards Brewery’s £30m development project in Leicester, and advised Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on funding and lease arrangements for the development of a hub facility shared with two other public bodies.

Buckles Solicitors LLP handles construction matters associated with social housing, student accommodation and renewable energy projects, among others. With experience in contentious and non-contentious matters as well as procurement, the team attracts instructions from private and public sector clients such as housing associations, contractors, subcontractors and commercial occupiers. Practice head James Coppinger is assisting a developer with drafting and negotiating a full contractual framework for the development of a national student accommodation project. The group is also advising a housing association on procurement and contractual matters pertaining to housing development schemes.

Flint Bishop LLP’s practice is led by the newly promoted Andrew Perry, who ‘assimilates voluminous documents quickly’ to provide ‘to-the-point, easy-to-digest, robust and commercially minded’ advice. The group handles contentious and contentious matters in complex engineering projects and remains active in the retail and infrastructure sectors. It assisted Clowes Development with drafting documentation for the construction of a distribution centre at the former Didcot Power Station and represented a contractor in a delay and interruption dispute.

The practice at Spearing Waite LLP is led by Piet van Gelder, who joined from Wilkin Chapman LLP. The group handles work in the construction, engineering and renewable energy sectors, assisting developers, contractors and other involved parties with contentious and non-contentious work. Procurement is another area of expertise. The team is advising Submarine CLS Civil Engineering on contracts, schedules and associated documentation related to the Brocklesby Estate 3.5MW anaerobic digester plant construction project. It is also assisting a developer with drafting and negotiating agreements pertaining to a multinational project in the hospitality industry.

The team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for medium-sized contractors, specialist subcontractors, design professionals, funders and small- to medium-sized developers. Simon Trees and associate Nichola Faith handle a range of non-contentious matters, while team head Cathryn Selby specialises in professional negligence claims against architects, engineers and surveyors. The group recently acted for a contractor in several disputes pertaining to the construction of an electrical substation for solar power.

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