Index of tables
- Addleshaw Goddard LLP
- Bevan Brittan LLP
- Boodle Hatfield LLP
- Burges Salmon LLP (Bristol)
- Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd
- DAC Beachcroft LLP
- DLA Piper UK LLP
- Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
- Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
K&L Gates LLP
- King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin
Beale and Company Solicitors LLP
- Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP
- Bird & Bird LLP
- Collyer Bristow LLP
Dundas & Wilson LLP
- Farrer & Co
- Fasken Martineau LLP
- Fladgate LLP
- Forsters LLP
- Glovers Solicitors LLP
- Irwin Mitchell
- Maples Teesdale LLP
- Phillip Capper - White & Case LLP
- Rupert Choat - CMS
- Terry Fleet - Nabarro LLP
- Marc Hanson - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Andrew Hibbert - Pinsent Masons LLP
- Hamish Lal - Jones Day
- Bob Maynard - Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Ann Minogue - Ashurst
- Tim Raper - Speechly Bircham LLP
- Michael Regan - Mayer Brown International LLP
- Martin Roberts - Pinsent Masons LLP
- Sally Roe - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Tim Steadman - Clifford Chance
- Simon Tolson - Fenwick Elliott LLP
Marc Hanson heads Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘very cost-effective’ practice. Nazir Dewji is advising Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar on the construction and design of the Shell Centre site redevelopment in central London, and John Hughes-D’Aeth is also recommended for non-contentious work. International dispute specialist David Robertson joined from Fenwick Elliott LLP in February 2013. ‘Pragmatic’ disputes head Bob Maynard is an experienced International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrator.
The ‘ubiquitous’ Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘the top UK supply-chain construction practice’, unrivalled in size and ‘able to field very strong teams’. Simon Mumford and Stuart Barr recently advised Viridor on a 25-year waste treatment DBFO contract with Glasgow Council. Contentious clients include Total, Costain and Balfour Beatty. Richard Foley heads the group, which is steadily increasing its international presence. French dual-qualified lawyer Frédéric Gillion joined from Fenwick Elliott LLP in January 2013.
Ashurst’s practice head Ann Minogue* is ‘simply the best’, and has ‘breathtaking expertise’. She is advising Chelsfield Partners on the £80m redevelopment of London’s former Commonwealth Institute, and Stanhope plc on all current major developments. Disputes specialist and ‘sharp thinker’ Tim Reid has ‘impressive negotiation skills’. Ann Minogue is now with Macfarlanes LLP.
Baker & McKenzie LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice focuses on international energy, mining and infrastructure transactions and disputes. Non-contentious specialist Mike Webster is advising Ma’aden on the $5bn expansion of its phosphate operations in Saudi Arabia. ‘Responsive, business-minded and remarkably efficient’ global head of nuclear Neil Donoghue advises clients such as Korea Electric Power Corporation. Energy and utilities disputes specialist Steve Abraham joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Clifford Chance is ‘just excellent’. Its recent mandates include advising Battersea Project Land Company on its high-profile redevelopment of Battersea Power Station including the Northern Line Underground extension. The contentious practice focuses on international arbitration, representing contractors, developers and funders. Tim Steadman is ‘one of the best-known construction lawyers in the world’, and co-chairs the group with David Metzger, who has ‘impressive legal intellect’. The ‘commercially sensible’ Marianne Toghill and wind turbine expert Tracy London are also recommended.
Fenwick Elliott LLP remains a force despite the recent departure of Julian Critchlow, David Robertson and Frédéric Gillion. In 2013, the niche firm hired engineering specialist Jon Miller from Prettys, and it is set to open an associate office in Dubai in the autumn of 2013. Simon Tolson heads a ‘highly expert’ team, which is advising on contentious and non-contentious aspects of some of the largest international construction projects. Disputes expert Richard Smellie is ‘extremely good’. Also recommended are Toby Randle, whose recent work includes a major oil and gas ICC arbitration, and the ‘strategic’ Nicholas Gould.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘responsive’ team acts for purchasers and suppliers on substantial projects. Group head Jane Jenkins is advising Land Securities on non-contentious construction aspects of several prime central London developments. The firm is also advising Metalloinvest on an iron production facility purchase and a copper mine project. Energy and infrastructure counsel Jane Davies Evans and disputes head Christopher Pugh are also recommended.
The ‘impressive’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP specialises in complex energy, transport and infrastructure projects and traditional commercial property developments. Nicholas Downing heads the non-contentious practice and continues to advise NNB Generation on its nuclear programme, which includes the construction of four reactors. Contentious team head Mark Lloyd-Williams is representing the developers in multiple overseas infrastructure project disputes. Barrister and solicitor advocate Tony Dymond understands the ‘potential pitfalls in disputes’.
At Hogan Lovells International LLP, John Gerszt runs ‘a very good contentious team’ with ‘good industry knowledge and risk assessment capabilities’. ‘Respected’ non-contentious head Gillian Thomas’ extensive experience includes various Mongolian construction projects. Roberta Downey is recommended for offshore wind farms, while Scott Tindall is advising JKC Australian LNG on the $34bn Ichthys LNG project in Darwin.
Nabarro LLP is ‘highly competent across all disciplines’. Group head Terry Fleet advised Google on the development aspects of the purchase agreement and procurement documents relating to its new UK headquarters. The ‘loyal and supportive’ Steven Williams and ‘outstanding litigator’ Jonathan Douglas represented Greater Gabard Offshore Wind in a £500m wind farm dispute with Fluor. ‘Technical’ senior associate Arwyn Jones is ‘up and coming’.
White & Case LLP provides ‘peace of mind’ on the construction aspects of high-value, complex, multi-jurisdictional infrastructure projects and disputes. Practice head Ellis Baker is drafting documents for Qatar Railways Company’s landmark metro system. Mark Goodrich is recommended for highly technical international arbitration work. Phillip Capper is also highly rated.
Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘extremely professional and diligent’ team remains active in the UK waste and PFI sectors. The ‘impressive’ Nigel Pritchard specialises in project finance for energy and infrastructure schemes, and is advising Rio Tinto on the development and funding of rail and port infrastructure for an iron ore project in Guinea. The ‘invaluable’ Trevor Cosgrove handles UK property developments. Litigator Beverley Vara has left private practice.
Victoria Peckett heads CMS’ ‘approachable’ team, and advises Royal Mail on procurement strategy. Construction disputes head Rupert Choat is an experienced domestic litigator and international arbitrator with ‘a unique repertoire of legal, business and technical skills’; he is ‘becoming one of the most reputed lawyers in the field’. Arbitrator Henry Sherman joined Minter Ellison in Hong Kong.
Clyde & Co LLP provides ‘value for money and strength in depth’, and acts for clients such as Carillion, Ryson and The Carphone Warehouse. The ‘sound and pragmatic’ John Morris is advising a joint venture between Native Land and Grovesnor on a £50m residential development in Chelsea. Simon Konsta, Tom White and Stephen Whinder are ‘first class’.
Robert Turner heads Dentons’ ‘competitive’ team, which handles large international infrastructure projects across the transport, renewable and defence sectors. Clients include the Ministry of Defence, Investec Bank and Eko Rail Company. John Woolley continues to work on Africa-related matters, and Andrew Jones handles PFI disputes.
Eversheds LLP remains busy in the energy sector, acting in waste and wind farm disputes and advising EDF on its nuclear programme, and transport is another sector focus for Simon Oats’ team. The ‘sound’ Jonathan Bowley handles procurement matters. Newcastle-based international disputes specialist Mary Anne Roff was promoted to partner in 2013.
Jones Day’s ‘exceptional’ practice head Hamish Lal is ‘in a league of his own’, ‘always wins’ and is ‘a suitable appointment for complex matters involving mega-disputes’. Lal is representing UNAOIL Group in a significant pipeline dispute in Iraq; and China State Construction Engineering Corporation in a $60m DIAC arbitration.
Macfarlanes LLP’s ‘second-to-none’ practice works across the construction industry and is increasingly instructed on international infrastructure projects. ‘First-rate construction litigator’ Simon Nurney ‘puts even the most complex of issues in layman’s terms’. ‘Outstanding strategist’ Doug Wass is advising architects Kohn Pedersen Fox in relation to the design of a new airport terminal in Abu Dhabi.
Mayer Brown International LLP’s team is ‘always to the point’. Clients include Zurich, Morgan Sindall and the Panama Canal Authority, as well as banks and other financial institutions, and the ‘commercially innovative’ Chris Fellowes is advising the US Task Force for Business and Stability Operations on the tender process for mineral prospecting in Afghanistan. The ‘top-drawer’ Michael Regan heads the team, which includes ‘meticulous bargainer’ Jonathan Hosie, ‘dealmaker’ Martin Wright and newly promoted partner Jonathan Olson-Welsh.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Mark Berry ‘adds valuable insights’, and is currently assisting Swakop Uranium with ECPM drafting and negotiations regarding a uranium deposit project in Namibia. Experienced ICC arbitrator Donald Warnock is ‘very flexible, commercial and easy to get hold of’. The team lost two key figures in 2013: practice head Chris Hill retired and Steve Abraham joined Baker & McKenzie LLP.
Reed Smith LLP’s ‘cost-aware’ practice includes the ‘quick’ Peter Cassidy and Lynne Freeman, who ‘knows her way around many complex matters’. Among its recent cross-border work, Vincent Rowan advised Dutch contractor Verwater on a Turkish waste-handling project. Infrastructure associate Christopher Parrott is a ‘very clever rising star’.
Speechly Bircham LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice focuses on UK property and contracting, and international engineering. Supplier clients include Atkins, Bouyges and United House, while purchaser clients include Derwent London and Harrods. Steven Carey and Tim Raper lead the eight-partner team on construction and real estate, respectively. Kevin Forsyth ‘considers every angle’.
At Taylor Wessing LLP, contentious head Laurence Cobb is experienced in national and international building contracts and complex infrastructure schemes. Non-contentious head Helen Garthwaite ‘pays remarkable attention to detail’ and is advising Heron International on City of London developments including Heron Plaza and Milton Court. Associate Aine McCartney is also recommended. Sam Nichols joined Bircham Dyson Bell.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘quick to grasp technical matters and produce novel solutions’, ‘well organised’, and ‘represents very good value for money’. ‘Personable and commercial’ transactional specialist Michael Mullarkey is advising Morgan Sindall on a multibillion-pound search and rescue helicopter base refurbishment contract. ‘Diligent’ and ‘thorough’ contentious head Anthony Yates is representing Genesis Housing Association in a repairs contract dispute with Hanext Europe Construction. Vijay Bange and Merissa Martinez are also recommended. David Mosey stepped down as UK group head in 2013, and is now a part-time consultant.
Wragge & Co LLP represents domestic and international suppliers and purchasers, including public bodies and funds. Simon Baylis runs a ‘responsive, practical and unblinkered’ team, which has ‘strength in depth’ and provides ‘more bang for your buck’. The ‘always available’ Paul Green is recommended for non-contentious work, as is Anthony Wilson for international disputes.
Addleshaw Goddard LLP is advising on a 28-year joint venture between Croydon Council and John Laing to regenerate the outer London borough, and also acts for Volkswagen and Mount Anvil. The team is recommended for smaller PPP and PFI deals and project finance disputes. Peter Hardy and Andrew McVeigh are ‘excellent technically and also fantastic to deal with’. Nancy McGuire handles procurement matters.
Bevan Brittan LLP’s ‘rated’ department head Andrew Tobin is advising the UK Education Funding Agency on delivering up to 20 new schools. Contentious head Louise Robling represents public bodies in claims against PFI contractors. New clients include Hackney Council and the South London Healthcare NHS Trust.
David Johnson heads Boodle Hatfield LLP’s small but ‘dependable’ team, which handles contentious and non-contentious matters across the real estate sector. Johnson advised Grosvenor on various high-value property refurbishments, and represented several homebuilders in separate development disputes.
Burges Salmon LLP’s team is ‘excellent, pragmatic and flexible’. William Gard’s contentious team won several valuable arbitrations for a waste-to-energy client, and also acted in biomass and development disputes. Non-contentious head Marcus Harling advised Spanish contractor and shortlisted bidder CAF on the procurement, design and construction of a £250m Crossrail train depot.
Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd’s niche practice specialises in international arbitration and FIDIC contracts but advises across the spectrum of the infrastructure, energy and engineering sectors, internationally and domestically. Managing director Edward Corbett ‘knows his stuff’.
DAC Beachcroft LLP excels in professional indemnity work. It represents contractors and construction insurers; recent client wins include AMEC, Fairview and Munich Re. Practice head Michael Blackburne and newly promoted partner Mark Roach are ‘an unbeatable combination’.
The ‘excellent’ Stephen Haller is the key name at DLA Piper UK LLP in London. He recently advised Standard Bank of South Africa as the lender regarding a $125m desalination plant in Ghana. UK construction head Jim Pinsent ‘always assists through difficult situations’. Cecily Davis has left the firm.
Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP’s clients include Miramax UK, Accenture and Go-Ahead, as well as several public bodies and energy companies. ‘Affable’ team head Alan Woolston is ‘a very good drafter and quick responder’. Woolston and solicitor Chris Farrell are providing dispute resolution advice to MTV regarding a £10m studio refurbishment in north London.
The ‘dynamic’ Max Wieliczko, the ‘strategic’ Michael Sergeant and Robert Blundell moved their ‘pragmatic and motivated’ practice to Holman Fenwick Willan LLP from Maxwell Winward LLP in April 2013. The team’s experience includes representing international engineering firms in high-value infrastructure projects in the Middle East, and advising contractors on UK rail project documentation.
K&L Gates LLP’s recent non-contentious workload spans the retail, commercial and residential property and rail sectors. Practice head Kevin Greene advised developer Pace Investments on a Cambridge office development, while Cathy Harris advised the preferred bidder for a PFI housing project in Leeds. James Hudson and Matthew Smith represent employers, contractors and consultants in international and domestic disputes.
Kennedys’ disputes-oriented practice has particular strength in professional indemnity claims. James Shaw represents architects in domestic and international cases; practice head Mark Tiggeman represents multinational contractors in overseas disputes; and Birmingham-based adjudication specialist Warren Berwick is ‘a shining light’. Sadly, Geoff Lord passed away in 2012.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s strengths lie in transactional work for the firm’s real estate clients. ‘Old hand’ Julia Court, who is advising The Crown Estate on construction elements of its Regent Street redevelopment, co-heads the practice with the ‘straight-talking’ Stuart Jordan, who continues to advise Nabucco on a pan-European gas pipeline project.
Lawrence Graham LLP acts for funds, landlords, occupiers and developers in transactional and contentious real estate matters. Philip Baker is assisting J Sainsbury with various UK developments. ‘Very good’ associate Marc Wilkins is recommended for disputes.
Clare Reddy and James Levy co-head Lewis Silkin LLP’s ‘speedy’ practice, which remains a dependable port of call for residential developers, including housing associations, and education providers. Reddy is advising on several UK regeneration projects.
Olswang LLP’s ‘excellent’ team acts for investors, purchasers and suppliers in contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent work includes drafting contracts for retail and sporting developments, and Nick Lane acted in several mid-range residential disputes. Andrew Aglionby handles international arbitrations.
Standout mandates for Stephen Malley’s non-contentious practice at RPC included advising AstraZeneca on its new global headquarters and Cambridge R&D facility. The ‘superb’ Robert Hogarth heads the contentious team, which provides ‘excellent’ handling of complex disputes for clients including Carillion, Morgan Sindall and Kier. The ‘dedicated’ Alan Stone is also recommended. International disputes partner Ron Nobbs joined Stephenson Harwood.
The ‘exceptional’ team at Simmons & Simmons has expertise in waste-to-energy projects and complex, cross-border engineering projects. Practice head Richard Dyton is ‘an exceptionally capable specialist construction lawyer’, and Navneet Juty has ‘a wealth of practical experience dealing with troubled project delivery’. Clients include Viridor and Transport for London.
Slaughter and May specialises in project finance and procurement matters. The ‘extremely good’ Steven Edwards heads the practice, and in 2012 advised Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi on financing a $3bn hydro-cracker and coking facility in Egypt. The firm also advised various developers and landowners on UK residential schemes.
Squire Sanders LLP has added several multinational engineering clients to its books following the arrival of practice head Graeme Bradley and Robert Norris from DLA Piper UK LLP in 2012. Recent highlights include advising a Spanish fund on an international procurement. On the contentious side, Norris represented Centro in disputes with a contractor redeveloping Birmingham’s Snow Hill station.
Stephenson Harwood’s ‘increasingly visible’ practice was joined by former RPC litigator Ron Nobbs and international arbitrator Shai Wade, who was previously at Reed Smith LLP. Nobbs successfully represented the claimant in high-profile global claims case Walter Lily v Mackay. Paul Thwaite is advising The Royal College of Art in relation to a £10m campus redevelopment.
The ‘dedicated’ Nick Henchie heads Vinson & Elkins RLLP’s ‘outstanding team’, which focuses on large oil and gas projects for clients including Iraq’s Ministry of Oil and the State Oil Company of Azerbeijan Republic. Associates Scott Stiegler and Susanna Fidoe are ‘rising stars’.
Beale and Company Solicitors LLP’s ‘well-rounded group’ is reputed for front-end work, particularly in the areas of professional negligence and insurance. Antony Smith, Tom Pemberton and new partner Will Buckby are recommended.
Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP’s ‘constructive and commercial’ practice represents construction professionals, design and build contractors and specialist sub-contractors in professional indemnity claims. Middle East specialist Keith Lonsdale is ‘terrific value for money’. Recently promoted partner Peter Stockill focuses on adjudication.
Bird & Bird LLP has ‘specialist expertise’ in data centre design and construction procurement. Ed Cooke is ‘creative and commercially pragmatic’.
At Dundas & Wilson LLP, Siobhan McCloskey-Oudahar handles non-contentious work with a focus on infrastructure and alternative energy matters. Glasgow-based Lindy Patterson is recommended for disputes.
Farrer & Co’s ‘superb’ team has added a number of supplier clients to its established roster of commercial developers and funders. Practice head Clive Lovatt is ‘skilful in all areas of construction law’, and Edward Banyard Smith ‘keeps negotiations moving forward’.
Fladgate LLP’s group head Gillian Birkby is a health and safety expert and German speaker Alan Erwin is recommended for renewable energy projects. David Weare represents facilities management providers. Cathy Lee recently joined from Rosenblatt.
Forsters LLP provides ‘personal and professional advice’, with particular strength in property matters. ‘Commercial, client-focused’ practice head Sarah Cook’s clients include major retailers, funders and landlords. Contentious specialist Andrew Parker’s ‘advice is always sound’. Solicitor Emily Holdstock is ‘diligent’.
The ‘skilful and personable’ David Parton runs Irwin Mitchell’s purchaser-focused practice. He is acting for the London Business School on its redevelopment of Old Marylebone Town Hall, and also advises prime real estate developers.
Osborne Clarke exhibits ‘real pragmatism and commercial common sense in any advice’. Philip Davies, who heads the ‘excellent’ practice, is advising Ultra Electronics Airport Systems on a package for two new airports in Oman. Jonathan Brooks leads on disputes.
The ‘bright and highly competent’ Julian Critchlow left Fenwick Elliott LLP in 2013 to lead Payne Hicks Beach’s push into the construction market. Clients of the team include Mears and Hyde Housing Association.
‘Tenacious and commercially aware’ litigator Nik Haria heads SGH Martineau LLP’s increasingly busy practice. The ‘thorough’ Stephen Belshaw is also recommended.
Sharpe Pritchard’s ‘invaluable, excellent, prompt and professional’ practice advises local authorities on construction procurement. Head of construction Justin Mendelle is a ‘proven commercial negotiator’.
‘Strong negotiator’ Kofi Atta heads Travers Smith LLP’s development-focused practice, which is advising Gracewell Healthcare on rolling out nursing homes nationwide.
Newcastle-based ‘top-notch litigator’ Warren Kemp heads Watson Burton LLP’s team, which ‘punches above its weight’. Clients include WS Atkins, Barking Riverside and Taylor Wimpey.
Suzanne Reeves heads Wedlake Bell LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice, which acts for developers and specialist contractors, particularly in the retail and healthcare sectors. The ‘extremely personable’ Sarah Elliott represents housing associations.
Eleanor Kilminster heads the team at Winckworth Sherwood, whose clients include homebuilders, social landlords and leisure providers. Colin Hall handles renewable energy matters.