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  2. Leading individuals

Led by the ‘brilliant' Marc Hanson, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘outstanding' department is ‘very strong' and ‘at the top of its game', and has a growing international practice. It is advising the University of Cambridge on the North West Cambridge Project, a 120-hectare mixed-use development, and is also acting for the Grosvenor Estates joint venture on the redevelopment of a 1.5-acre site at Hyde Park Corner. The ‘focused' Bob Maynard heads the contentious practice, with Terry de Souza noted as ‘very personable and commercial, and a very good strategist and tactician'. Nazir Dewji and John Hughes-D’Aeth are recommended for non-contentious work.

The ‘top-notch, committed, focused, highly commercial but professional' practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘a true leader in construction', and stands out for its ‘sheer breadth of experience'. On the non-contentious side, Catherine Workman led advice to the Zagreb Airport International Company consortium on the Zagreb Airport Concession PPP project, while clients on the contentious side included Costain, Balfour Beatty, Ferrovial and Kier Group. The ‘brilliant' Richard Foley heads the disputes practice; Richard Laudy heads the infrastructure practice; Sarah Thomas heads the mining team; and Michael Watson leads the projects practice. Jon Hart ‘lives up to his fantastic reputation'. On the contentious side, Andrew Hibbert is ‘excellent at the detail and playing the long game to ensure the best result for his client'; and Martin Roberts is also recommended. Michael Stewart is now with K&L Gates LLP.

‘Disputes expert' Tim Reid heads the ‘thorough and commercial' construction department at Ashurst, and is ‘very practical and provides a top-quality service'. The firm is advising The British Land Company on the construction aspects of a number of major developments, including 5 Broadgate, The Broadgate Circle and NEQ, Regent’s Place; and is also acting for Quadrant Estates in relation to the Carmelite Riverside and 100 Cheapside office redevelopments. Matthew Bool and the ‘knowledgeable' Ben Patton were promoted to partner in May 2013.

The ‘first-rate' team at Baker & McKenzie LLP has ‘a fantastic international practice', and is led by the ‘professional' Mike Webster, who is recommended for his non-contentious expertise. The firm advises on large-scale international projects in the oil and gas, mining and power sectors as well as on the construction of major transport and social infrastructure domestically and internationally, and is also noted for its ‘excellent contentious practice'. Neil Donoghue is leading advice to Sonangol regarding the $10bn development of the Sonaref Refinery in Angola. Other clients include Ma’aden, KEPCO and Southern Water.

Boosted by the firm’s merger with Dundas & Wilson LLP, CMS has an ‘impressive', ‘very strong' construction team underpinned by ‘excellent' energy, infrastructure, disputes and projects capabilities. It advised a subsidiary of GDF Suez on the development of an LNG facility in Rio del Plata, Montevideo; and also acted for the Hackney Empire in its high-profile dispute with Aviva. Experienced construction litigator Adrian Bell is ‘very involved in the detail, and sensible tactically'; and department head Victoria Peckett is ‘intelligent, organised, and well prepared, and a good strategic thinker'. Karen Clarke and Paul Smith are also recommended. Rupert Choat joined Atkin Chambers in March 2014.

Clifford Chance is ‘truly excellent' and ‘has the resources to be able to manage work at short notice'. The non-contentious team is led Tim Steadman, who has ‘an outstanding reputation', and David Metzger, who ‘combines strong intellect with commercial and workable outcomes'. Alex Panayides leads the contentious and international arbitration practice. The firm continues to advise Battersea Project Land Company in relation to the high-profile Battersea Power Station project, and is also acting for a group of nine Turkish lenders on the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir Highway and Izmit Bay Crossing Bridge project. Marianne Toghill is also recommended. Tracy London joined Bracewell & Giuliani (UK) LLP in November 2013.

With ‘great strength in depth', Eversheds LLP’s construction department is led by the ‘brilliant' Simon Oats, and is noted for its expertise across energy and transport in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients include Network Rail, Centrica, Lend Lease and EDF Energy. Richard Ward is ‘a clear expert in his field with huge experience', and Jonathan Bowley is ‘first rate'.

The ‘excellent' Simon Tolson heads Fenwick Elliott LLP’s ‘first-class', ‘always accessible' team. It advises on a range of domestic and international infrastructure projects, with notable expertise in high-rise developments, and also has a ‘fantastic' contentious practice. Clients include Merlin Entertainments Group and Astaldi SpA. Richard Smellie is ‘experienced', and Tony Francis and Karen Gidwani are ‘commercially and strategically astute'. Toby Randle are Nicholas Gould are also singled out by clients.

The ‘first-class, knowledgeable, experienced and very effective' team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles high-profile, complex contentious and non-contentious mandates, and has ‘unbeatable attention to detail'. It is advising Defra on the Thames Tideway Tunnel development, and is also acting for Almacantar on the redevelopment of Centre Point and Marble Arch Tower. The practice is led by Jane Jenkins, who ‘combines strong leadership with excellent people skills', and the ‘clear and decisive' Sally Roe. Jane Davies Evans joined Crown Office Chambers in May 2014.

With ‘strong technical and market knowledge', Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has expertise across commercial property, regeneration, energy, transport and infrastructure projects both domestically and internationally. It continues to advise Capital & Counties on its £5bn redevelopment of Earls Court and Olympia, and is also acting for London Wall Place on the redevelopment of a prime City of London office development. Nicholas Downing has ‘an excellent reputation' and heads the non-contentious practice, while Mark Lloyd-Williams leads on the contentious side. Senior associate Tim Healey is ‘one to watch'. Tony Dymond joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in February 2014.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘dedicated' and ‘incredibly strong' construction team includes John Gerszt and Gillian Thomas, who head the contentious and non-contentious teams respectively. The firm advised King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership on the £2bn King’s Cross Central development, and Alstom, RWE, JGC Corporation and EDF are also clients. Tony Marshall is ‘a real expert'.

Mayer Brown International LLP advises on contentious and non-contentious construction matters across sectors including insurance, energy, transport, mining, retail and waste. Recent work includes acting for Galliford Try in claims in the High Court against a consulting engineer and ground improvement contractor. Team head Michael Regan is ‘impressive', and Sally Davies takes ‘an excellent strategic approach'. Chris Fellowes and Jonathan Hosie are also recommended.

Nabarro LLP’s ‘diligent and responsive' team is experienced across infrastructure, energy and development projects, and has a ‘strong' disputes practice. It is representing GJ3 Limited and GJ4 Limited in the high-profile Accolade Park dispute, and is also advising Frogmore Real Estate Partners on the development of a residential tower in London Docklands. On the disputes side, department head Steven Williams is ‘a calm and measured operator who is good on strategy and has an excellent manner with clients', and Jonathan Douglas is ‘very astute, and always displays a strong grasp of technical detail'. Alistair McGrigor and Penny Moore are recommended for non-contentious matters. Terry Fleet is now based in Dubai, and Matthew Jones joined Taylor Wessing LLP.

With ‘excellent strength in depth', White & Case LLP has expertise in high-value international projects and disputes. It continues to advise Qatar Railways Company on the development of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project, while other clients include Alstom, Blumenthal, Carbon Holdings and Eurotunnel. Team head Ellis Baker is ‘a technically excellent construction lawyer'; Paul Cowan is ‘a very good performer and has in-depth knowledge'; Mark Goodrich is ‘incredibly bright'; and Phillip Capper is ‘a star performer in hearings and is also very focused when it comes to administering submissions'. Associate Julian Bailey joined from CMS.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘strong and innovative' team provides ‘clear and concise advice', and has expertise in engineering, social infrastructure, housing, urban regeneration, energy, utilities, and PPP and PFI projects, covering both contentious and non-contentious matters. It is acting for United Utilities on its AMP6 program of works, involving its entire water and wastewater infrastructure; and is also instructed in relation to the restoration of Kew Gardens’ Temperate House. Team head Andy McVeigh is ‘a great negotiator and sees construction from the developer’s point of view'. Jonathan Tattersall on the disputes side and Nancy McGuire are also recommended. Luke Baines joined from DLA Piper as legal director.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘very well-connected team' is ‘extremely professional and diligent'. It is advising Infrastructure UK on the The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, and is also acting for Trans Adriatic Pipeline in relation to the cross-border gas pipeline from Greece to southern Italy, transporting natural gas from Azerbaijan. Team head Nigel Pritchard has ‘real insight and excellent knowledge', and Trevor Cosgrove is ‘a fantastic talent'.

Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘responsive' team of ‘real experts' recently advised Terrace Hill on mixed-use, office and retail projects throughout the UK, and also acts for Carillion, Criterion Capital and Hawkins Brown Architects LLP. Team head John Morris ‘provides helpful, sound and pragmatic advice', and Anthony Albertini and Robert Meakin are also recommended. Richard Moody joined from RPC in February 2014.

Dentons is advising Galliford Try in relation to the Brunswick Social Housing PPP contract in Manchester, and is acting for Hammerson as joint developer with Standard Life Investments on the redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre. It also counts the MoD and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets among its clients. Team head Alastair Young is ‘excellent'. John Woolley heads the non-contentious practice, and Robert Turner is recommended for energy-related construction work.

Jones Day’s construction department ‘continues to go from strength to strength', and has ‘vast sector expertise', fielding ‘first-class lawyers with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the industry and the ability to apply sound legal reasoning'. It is advising China State Construction Engineering Corporation on the project financing of the $1bn Viceroy Hotel in Dubai, and provides contentious advice to SPX Corporation. Team head Hamish Lal is ‘a thinker and a strategist', and ‘his analysis and work ethic are second to none'.

K&L Gates LLP’s ‘excellent team' is led by Kevin Greene. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across a variety of sectors, notably acting for TfL, Qatar Rail, Henderson Global Investors, Laing O’Rourke Group and Tube Lines. Cathy Harris is recommended for PPP and PFI work, and James Hudson and Matthew Smith are also highly rated. Michael Stewart joined in July 2013 from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Macfarlanes LLP is appreciated for its ‘prompt service and excellent attention to detail', and delivers ‘excellent client service'. It is advising The British Land Company on projects including The Leadenhall Building, 5 Broadgate, and the Paddington Estate; and is also acting for Stanhope on a number of developments. Other clients include Sir Robert McAlpine and Arora International Hotels. The ‘exceptionally experienced' Ann Minogue and ‘brilliant' Doug Wass head the team, in which Angus Dawson and Andy Mather have been promoted to partner.

Providing clients with ‘a very high level of service', Norton Rose Fulbright is advising DP World on the London Gateway (Port and Logistics Park Development) project. Peter Hall leads on energy matters, with Mark Berry heading the infrastructure team and the ‘very focused' Donald Warnock leading the disputes practice.

The ‘expert' department at Reed Smith LLP is advising the project sponsor in relation to the Northern Marmara Motorway Project in Istanbul. Other clients include Doosan Lentjes UK, AMEC and Deutsche Postbank. Peter Cassidy, Lynne Freeman, Richard Ceeney, Nick Speed and Vince Rowan are key figures in the practice.

Led by Steven Carey, Speechly Bircham LLP’s ‘very professional' department covers UK real estate and international engineering matters. It is advising Derwent London on the redevelopment of a corner site at Old Street in London, and is also acting for Pocket Living LLP on its low-cost housing scheme. Tim Raper is ‘first class', and Kevin Forsyth takes a ‘thorough' approach. Paul Henty was promoted to partner, while Jonathan Rosshandler has retired and David Gwillim has joined Pitmans LLP.

Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘an excellent service' to clients, covering matters ranging from finance and disputes to major project restructuring and infrastructure work, and is particularly noted for its expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. It is advising FLI on the development of an anaerobic digestion plant and biogas upgrade facility in the UK, and gained Brentford FC and the University of Surrey as new clients. The ‘expert' Laurence Cobb heads the team, with Joanne Kelly and David Quinlan also recommended. Matthew Jones joined from Nabarro LLP, while Helen Garthwaite has moved to Wedlake Bell LLP.

The ‘extremely knowledgeable' team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP advised AmeyCespa on its £200m waste PPP deal with Milton Keynes Council, and is also acting for the Berkeley Group on a number of projects. Anthony Yates ‘has a pragmatic attitude and is very personable', and leads the contentious team. Stephanie Canham is national department head, and Charles Morrish leads the team in London. Michael Mullarkey is also recommended. Susannah Davis is now with Devonshires Solicitors.

With resources in both London and Birmingham, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP ‘consistently provides a superb level of service' and gives ‘clear, comprehensive and accessible advice'. It advised St. Modwen Properties on a £2bn deal to redevelop New Covent Garden Market. The ‘strong' Sue Ryan heads the contentious practice, with the ‘practical and approachable' Richard Green and Paul Green recommended for non-contentious work. Former head of disputes Anthony Wilson joined Beale and Company Solicitors LLP in April 2014.

Andrew Tobin heads the ‘top-notch' team at Bevan Brittan LLP, which is advising the Department for Education on the Priority School Building Programme and is also acting for Nottingham City Council on the regeneration of Nottingham Enterprise Zone. Louise Robling is recommended for contentious matters. Jonathan Turner was promoted to partner. Martin Howe joined Keystone Law.

The team at Boodle Hatfield LLP ‘delivers excellent response times' and is led by the ‘knowledgeable' David Johnson. Headline clients include Grosvenor and Marriott International. The team is also advising PMB Holdings on a range of projects in London and the home counties.

Burges Salmon LLP houses an ‘efficient and knowledgeable' construction and engineering team with expertise across infrastructure, renewable energy, manufacturing and transport. Clients include Costain, the Greater London Authority, Helius Energy, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The ‘accessible' Marcus Harling heads the department, with William Gard leading on the contentious side. Steven James is also recommended.

Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd is experienced in international construction law, particularly FIDIC contracts; it has handled international arbitration for clients including the governments of Gibraltar and Romania, and also advises large international contractors. Managing partner Edward Corbett is ‘first rate'.

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides ‘very commercial advice', and has ‘an excellent client manner'. Michael Blackburne ‘excels under pressure' and heads the contentious team, whose clients include McLaren Group, Swiss Re, Zurich and VINCI. Nicholas Taylor heads the non-contentious team, which recently advised The Community Stadium on the construction of new facilities for Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

Cecily Davis now heads Fieldfisher’s construction department, following the departure of Alan Woolston for Fladgate LLP in November 2014. Colin Gibson is recommended on the contentious side. Clients include Systra, the Highways Agency, the British Pipeline Association, and BP.

Holman Fenwick Willan’s contentious team advised Hochtief Solutions and Hochtief Construction on the tunnel collapse at Glendoe hydroelectric plant, while its recent work on the non-contentious side includes advising Volker on a joint venture regarding the provision of flood defences and drainage for United Utilities. Department head Max Wieliczko, Michael Sergeant and Robert Blundell are recommended.

The ‘innovative' team at Kennedys has ‘strong contentious construction experience', and is particularly recommended for international matters. Clients include ACE European, AMCO Engineering, AIG and Balfour Beatty. Department head Mark Tiggeman is ‘brilliant, and extremely knowledgeable'.

The team at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has ‘excellent all-round knowledge'. It advised Lagos State Government and LAMATA on a PPP to design and construct a light rail system and related stations in Lagos, Nigeria; and is advising The Crown Estate on the redevelopment of Regent Street. It is also noted for its contentious expertise. The practice is led by Stuart Jordan and the ‘calm and knowledgeable' Julia Court.

Clare Reddy heads the construction team at Lewis Silkin LLP, whose client base includes a number of residential developers. Sadly, James Levy passed away in 2014.

Olswang LLP is particularly noted for its leisure and retail expertise. Clients include Gilliam Properties, Melia Hotels International and Warner Music UK. Team head Francis Ho is recommended alongside Andrew Aglionby. Nick Lane is now with Mishcon de Reya.

Payne Hicks Beach’s construction department ‘goes from strength to strength'. It is advising Marriott Hotels on procurement and construction matters relating to its new hotel in Berners Street, London. Julian Critchlow has ‘superb technical expertise', and new arrival Carl Asser, who joined from Dundas & Wilson LLP, is ‘a real expert'.

Recent work for the ‘user-friendly' team at RPC includes advising Newington Butts on the development of 40-storey residential tower in Elephant and Castle, and acting for VolkerFitzpatrick and VolkerWessels in a TCC dispute. Robert Hogarth is valued for his ‘pragmatic and innovative solutions', and heads the contentious practice. Stephen Malley leads on the non-contentious side, and Alexandra Anderson heads the construction insurance practice. Alan Stone is also recommended. Richard Moody moved to Clyde & Co LLP.

Simmons & Simmons‘strong' department advises on a range of construction projects in sectors including energy, transport and international engineering; it is instructed by clients such as Beckton Dickinson, Etihad Rail, and Turner & Townsend. Department head Richard Dyton is ‘very responsive', and Navneet Juty is ‘very experienced'.

Slaughter and May is experienced in energy and infrastructure projects. Its recent work includes advising Lend Lease on the regeneration of the Olympic Village; acting for Arsenal FC on the sale of Queensland Road North East; and advising NTT Urban Development Corporation on the refurbishment of 1 King William Street, London. Team head Steven Edwards is recommended.

Graeme Bradley, Olivia Bateman and Robert Norris are recommended at Squire Patton Boggs. Clients include several multinational engineering companies.

Stephenson Harwood is ‘technically very good for construction and engineering matters', and takes ‘a very commercial and practical approach to problem solving'. On the contentious side, it continues to act for ABB in a £50m dispute with BAM Nuttall, and is acting for Accolade Wines in its high-profile £150m dispute regarding the design and construction of a wine production, storage and distribution facility. Non-contentious highlights included advising the University of Greenwich on two substantial developments. Paul Thwaite heads the team, and Ron Nobbs has ‘superb judgement, is an excellent strategist and tactician, and is also fantastic with clients'.

Notable for its expertise in the oil and gas sector, Vinson & Elkins LLP ‘operates at an extremely high level', and has ‘an enviable client base'. It is advising a state-owned oil and natural gas corporation in Azerbaijan on the construction, development and financing of a greenfield oil refinery in Turkey. Nick Henchie heads the team, and is ‘truly one of the best construction lawyers in the UK'. Andrew Nealon is also recommended. George Burn joined the team from Dentons in July 2013.

BLM has a team of ‘bright lawyers with the ability to take on board the detail of complex construction issues'. Michael Salau and Keith Lonsdale, who stands out for his Middle East experience, are ‘fantastic'. The firm has a strong construction professional indemnity practice, and acts for clients including Griffiths & Armour, Aviva, Arup, and Opus International Consultants.

With ‘its finger on the pulse of the industry', Beale and Company Solicitors LLP is ‘very swift in picking up the important issues in very complex matters', and is highly regarded for its construction professional indemnity practice. Clients include Arup Group, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, Mott MacDonald, and White Young Green Engineering. Simon Delves heads the team, and is recommended alongside Antony Smith, Tom Pemberton and Will Buckby. Anthony Wilson and Ben Mellors joined from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP and Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP respectively.

Noted for its experience in construction procurement and IT infrastructure projects, Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘proactive' team is instructed by clients such as Digital Realty, Interxion and Utilyx. Ed Cooke is ‘first class'.

The ‘responsive and timely' practice at Bracewell & Giuliani (UK) LLP is dedicated to energy-related construction matters, and was boosted by the arrival of Tracy London from Clifford Chance. Julian Nichol is also recommended.

Collyer Bristow LLP’s clients include Persimmon Homes and Crest Nicholson. Team head Jonathan Pawlowski is ‘thorough and focused', and specialises in construction disputes.

Recent work at DLA Piper includes advising the Arcadia Group on the refurbishment of its head office on Oxford Street. Jim Pinsent heads the department, and Stephen Haller is recommended for his contentious expertise.

Devonshires Solicitors has a significant public sector client base, including registered providers of social housing and local authorities. Department head Mark London is ‘extremely knowledgeable and reassuringly experienced', and is particularly noted for his disputes expertise.

Noted for its ‘common-sense approach', Farrer & Co gives ‘continually reliable advice which inspires confidence and demonstrates unparalleled depth of knowledge', and acts for a number of major purchasers, banks and investors as well as private clients. Clive Lovatt heads the department, and Edward Banyard Smith is ‘a good team player'.

The ‘practical' department at Fladgate LLP, led by Gillian Birkby, handles complex disputes and building, engineering and development projects. Alan Erwin gives ‘straightforward advice', and is recommended alongside David Weare. Alan Woolston joined from Fieldfisher in November 2014.

Forsters LLP is noted for its ‘speedy response times' and is strong in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients include British Airways Pension Trustees, LXB Retail Properties, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre Trust, and McDonald’s Restaurants. Andrew Parker and ‘very commercial' team head Sarah Cook are recommended.

Glovers Solicitors LLP is instructed on a range of matters by Sir Robert McAlpine. Philip Eyre heads the team.

Irwin Mitchell is advising Innovation City, a joint venture between Delancey and Infinity SDC, on the development of the former press and media centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London into a creative and digital cluster. The ‘approachable and knowledgeable' David Parton heads the team.

Led by Paul Matcham, Maples Teesdale LLP’s ‘first-class' department focuses on the property market in England and Wales, and acts for clients such as Legal & General and Calthorpe Estates.

Orla O’Sullivan heads the team at Maxwell Winward LLP, whose clients include LaSalle Investment Management and Argent.

The ‘responsive and practical' department at Mills & Reeve LLP advised the Environment Agency on its procurement of a long-term partner to support it in the maintenance of flood defences. Ron Plascow heads the team, and Stuart Thompson was promoted to partner. Stuart Pemble gives ‘well-thought-out advice'. Catherine Kay heads the practice in Manchester following the firm’s merger with George Davies.

Mishcon de Reya’s construction team is noted for its expertise across contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients include Delancey and Winston Group. Practice head Simon Hunter and Richard Gerstein are recommended. Nick Lane joined from Olswang LLP.

Osborne Clarke ‘really understands the needs of the client'. Philip Davies leads the department and is recommended for construction and engineering procurement matters, and Jonathan Brooks and consultant Edward Butler are recommended for contentious work. The firm is advising Development Securities on a number of UK developments.

Led by Nik Haria, SGH Martineau LLP advises major lenders, developers, construction companies and property investors.

Sharpe Pritchard is recommended for its projects expertise, with recent work including advising West London Waste Authority on the West London Residual Waste Services PPP. The ‘hardworking' Justin Mendelle heads the team.

Steptoe & Johnson’s team is ‘the real deal', with ‘incredibly intelligent practitioners' such as department head Jonathan Raynes. The firm counts as Gatwick Airport and O’Keefe Construction Group among its clients.

Clients of the ‘first-rate' team at Travers Smith LLP include Voreda LLP and North Colonnade. The ‘outstanding' Kofi Atta heads the department.

Led by Suzanne Reeves, Wedlake Bell LLP’s ‘personable, knowledgeable, competent and commercial' team advises developers, funders, purchasers, contractors and consultants, and recently acted for Care UK on the acquisition and development of five care homes. Sarah Elliott is ‘a class act'. Helen Garthwaite joined from Taylor Wessing LLP.

Winckworth Sherwood has ‘good, in-depth knowledge of the sector' and gives ‘excellent advice covering different angles'. It advised BDW Trading on the planned design and construction of a development at Enderby Wharf in Greenwich, London. Eleanor Kilminster and Colin Hall head the team.

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