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Troy Edwards¬†heads the construction team at Allen & Overy LLP, which continues to advise Horizon Nuclear Power and Hitachi on all construction aspects related to the ¬£14m Horizon nuclear power projects in the UK, as well as a number of major international infrastructure mandates, such as the highly strategic ‚ā¨6bn Trans Adriatic Pipeline project. Other clients include European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Goldman Sachs, and CitiBank. Nigel Pritchard¬†retired.


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John  Wevill heads the transactional team at Boodle Hatfield LLP, which specialises in residential and urban development. The team also regularly acts for professional consultants such as architects, engineers, insurers and project managers in relation to the drafting and negotiation. In London, the team has advised on the refurbishment and redevelopment of numerous mixed-use landmark London properties. The firm also has a strong client base of wealthy international families, for whom the team continues to act on construction matters, drafting appointments and collateral warranties. Clients include Grosvenor, Marriott International, Bedford Estate, PMB Holdings Limited, IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd. Senior associate Joe  Ivatts is also a key contact. David Johnson has retired.

Tracy London¬†heads the transactional team¬†at Bracewell (UK) LLP¬†bringing ‚Äėunparalleled¬†knowledge and deep sector-specific expertise in energy projects, particularly renewable energy.‚Äô The team continues to advise Ophir Energy Plc in relation to the proposed EPCIC and IMR contracts of its floating LNG project in Equatorial Guinea, worth¬†$2bn, as well as advising on multiple solar and wind farm projects for¬†Alcazar¬†Energy Partners in Egypt and Jordan.¬†Senior associate Tom Swarbrick¬†is ‚Äėable to step up and lead in the absence of a partner, bringing strong customer focus and great work ethic‚Äô.¬†Associate Kirsty Law¬†is also recommended.

Clive Lovatt¬†heads the ‚Äėhelpful, engaged and friendly‚Äô non-contentious team at Farrer & Co, which acts principally for major purchaser clients, leading the team‚Äôs advice on The Royal College of Surgeons ¬£100m reconfiguration at its premises in Lincoln's Inn Fields.¬†‚ÄėParticular thorough and advice of precise,‚Äô Edward Banyard Smith¬†has been advising the Duchy of Cornwall on their longstanding ¬£50m development at Poundbury in Dorset. Other clients include Highbridge Properties, Deutsche Bank, Coutts & Co, Somerset House and Lloyds Banking Group.

The ‚Äėvery pragmatic and supremely responsive‚Äô Gordon Anderson¬†heads the transactional team at Irwin Mitchell, which acts for developers on residential-led, mixed-use schemes for clients such as Caudwell Properties, Market-Tech, Spaces and¬†Redevco.¬†Anderson also specialises in ‚Äėcut and carve‚Äô commercial development projects for clients such as Blackstone, bringing strong experience of civil engineering projects such as bridges over Network Rail operational railway. Recent work includes advising Blackstone on the ¬£15m construction of a pedestrian bridge at Chiswick Park.¬† The team is also advising Eric Wright Group on a complicated ¬£100m development near Preston, involving the construction of new highways infrastructure to create a new motorway junction, on-site infrastructure works to enable Ikea to construct a home store and the development of the adjoining retail plot at Cuerden.

Sam Nichols¬†heads non-contentious work at Maples Teesdale LLP, which has seen recent expansion with Michael Craik¬†joining in January 2018 from Clarke Willmott LLP¬†where he was head of construction, and Mary Romanov¬†¬†joining from New Zealand firm Meredith Connell. Recent highlights include advising on the construction elements of the sale of the world‚Äôs largest ‚Äúco-living‚ÄĚ scheme at Old Oak Common in West London; and advising on the ¬£170m design and construction of a new high-rise building including 706 units of residential accommodation at Canary Wharf. The firm was also appointed by Conran and Partners to advise on current schemes including Centre Point London, Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Joanne Kelly¬†heads the ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô team at Memery Crystal LLP,¬†which specialises in purchaser-led work. Kelly is praised for her¬†‚Äėcommercial, no-nonsense approach.‚Äô Recent work includes advising global corporates such as Nordex on the procurement of a 50MW wind farm in Pakistan; acting for major UK hotel developers such as Shiva Hotels on the development and refurbishment of multiple hotel projects in central London; and advising self-storage giant Big Yellow on the ¬£15.3m conversion of newly acquired sites. Other clients include Metro Bank and Asda. Senior associate¬†Nikola Lowry-Lee¬†is¬†‚Äėorganised and responsive, with excellent technical knowledge.‚Äô

Richard Cooke heads the transactional construction team at Penningtons Manches Cooper, which acts for clients including Aviva Investors, Viridian Housing, Sovereign Housing Association, Thames Valley Housing Association and Hoxton Hotel Group. Francis Ho is advising the joint venture on a major Private Rented Scheme in central Manchester worth £125m for Aytoun Street Developments Limited, and is advising Harlow Properties on a regeneration scheme with multiple data centres planned. Peter  Stockill joined in March 2018 from BLM’s London office.

Wedlake Bell LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive to any client matters raised, providing good industry knowledge, and assistance through any contractual issues.‚Äô Sarah Elliott¬†provides ‚Äėsound advice in JCT contract negotiation,‚Äô¬†acting principally for developers, funders and property investors. Recent work includes advising longstanding client City Developments Limited on various high-specification residential and hotel developments worth ¬£100m across London. The team is also advising the Bank of Ireland on the construction aspects of a significant financing for the remodelling, extending and refurbishing of a former city department. Associate Ed Phillips¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėlevel-headed, no-nonsense approach.‚Äô Suzanne Reeves¬†heads the transactional team

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive,¬†providing¬†a high degree of clarity in communication¬†and ¬†very thorough and pragmatic¬†approach.‚Äô Bob Maynard heads the contentious side, where the firm acts for an increasing number of¬†Korean and Japanese contractors including, SK Engineering and Construction, Samsung Engineering, Doosan and Hyundai Engineering and Construction. The practice has impressive domestic clients¬†in both the contractor and employer¬†spaces:¬†contractor clients serviced from London include AES Corp, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Andritz, Arabtec and Balfour Beatty. It was also appointed to¬†Kier‚Äôs¬†panel of external advisers.¬†On the employer side, the firm acts for¬†National Grid, Thames Water, and the¬†University of Cambridge.¬†‚ÄėTrusted adviser‚Äô Marc Hanson¬†heads the non-contentious team. Gareth Stringer¬†is advising on the¬†construction aspects of¬†Canary Wharf Group's ¬£1.3bn sale of joint venture interest in 20 Fenchurch Street.¬†Nazir Dewji, who¬†has¬†‚Äėa deep understanding of the industry conditions and is not afraid to tackle key issues head¬†on,‚Äô¬†assisted¬†Landsec on the completion of Nova¬†at London Victoria, one of the largest single real estate construction contracts in the UK market. John Hughes-D‚ÄôAeth¬†continues to¬†advise HE,¬†the Government-owned company that manages England‚Äôs motorway and trunk road network,¬†on new contract forms.¬†Adriano Amorese¬†is also recommended. James Clarke¬†relocated to the Singapore¬†office.

‚ÄėIt is difficult to identify a better firm at the moment¬†than' CMS, which is¬†'incredibly capable and also very well resourced.‚Äô The ‚Äėastute, focused and no nonsense‚Äô Adrian Bell¬† and¬†‚Äėexcellent strategist‚Äô Steven Williams¬†co-head the contentious¬†team.¬†Williams acts for both purchasers and suppliers and has a strong client following including Multiplex,¬†Lendlease,¬†Dragados, Arup and AECOM. Bell specialises in dispute avoidance and resolution and also works for both purchasers and suppliers in the UK and internationally.¬†Recent highlights include advising and representing Neptune E&P UK Limited (formerly ENGIE) in a High Court dispute concerning its ¬£1.5 billion Cygnus Project and contract with¬†Heerema¬†Hartlepool Limited for the construction and fabrication of topsides for the Cygnus Field, which at its peak is set to contribute 5% to UK gas production. On the non-contentious side,¬†David Parton¬† and Victoria Peckett¬†co-head the team. Parton has been acting for Chinese developer¬†R&F Properties¬†Group on their multi-billion pound portfolio of major London developments, consisting of Vauxhall Square, a hostel at¬†Wendle¬†Court and The Nestle Tower, London. Peckett advises SSE plc, a¬†large national energy utility,¬†in its negotiations with HS2 on a programme of diversionary works and asset protection measures. Other clients include Google, Lendlease and the Wellcome Trust on the purchaser side, and Laing O‚ÄôRourke, Balfour Beatty and Wates on the supplier side.

'An excellent specialist firm¬†with¬†real depth of expertise in the¬†field, both in UK litigation and international arbitration‚Äô,¬†the construction practice at Fenwick Elliott LLP¬†has been expanding, with three new associates and¬†four¬†promotions¬†in the past year. Simon Tolson¬† leads the contentious team. Richard Smellie¬†comes very highly recommended:¬†‚Äėsecond to none‚Äô, with ‚Äėhuge experience of international arbitration, and a sure touch with tribunals‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly experienced¬†and¬†focused‚Äô Tony Francis¬†is¬†‚Äėalways to the point on the advice¬†given‚Äô,¬†regularly advising¬†on PFI disputes and large-scale civil and process engineering projects including rail,¬†road, water, waste to energy and wind farms.¬† Thomas Young¬†is¬†‚Äėindefatigable,¬†always on top of the detail, and a¬†shrewd thinker‚Äô, and Andrew Weston¬†brings¬†‚Äėa wealth of experience...and a sensible and commercial head‚Äô.¬†Jatinder Garcha¬†and David Bebb¬†lead on the non-contentious side. Garcha specialises in the renewable energy sector and the energy from¬†waste sector (PFI and non-PFI). Ted Lowery¬†is also recommended, recently advising on contractual ambiguities for a German contracting company specialising in the construction of alternative energy power plants. Associate Edward Colclough¬†is also recommended.

Neal Morris¬†heads¬†the construction¬†team ‚ÄĮat¬†Pinsent Masons LLP. On¬†the transactional side, Morris has been advising¬†a¬†JV¬†of the UK‚Äôs largest¬†contractors¬†on¬†the¬†UK‚Äôs largest new¬†infrastructure ‚Äėmega project',¬†the 25km long, ¬£4.2bn new ‚Äėsuper sewer‚Äô under¬†London. Shy Jackson¬†‚ÄĮhas been assisting with¬†ongoing legal advice to the Skanska,‚ÄĮCostain ‚ÄĮand STRABAG¬†JV¬†on its successful¬†bid for and‚ÄĮsubsequent delivery of two¬†multibillion pound¬†HS2 phase 1 civils contracts.¬†On the contentious side, Helen Waddell¬†is advising¬†contractor‚ÄĮBreen House¬†on a¬†¬£300m¬†high-profile claim¬†against the government by various participants in the solar‚ÄĮphotovoltaic electricity generation industry,¬†in relation to losses of renewable energy subsidies.¬†Other clients include Bouygues; Balfour Beatty; Kier Group; Carillion; Morgan Sindall; Costain; Ferrovial; ACS Dragados; Laing O'Rourke; and Westfield. Kevin Joyce¬†joined from CMS, and Clotilde Lemari√©¬†joined from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP.¬† Sofia Parra Martinez¬† moved to the Madrid office, Fraser McMillan¬†to the Australia office, and Andrew Denton¬†joined from the Australia office.

White & Case LLP's construction team is¬†‚Äėextremely hardworking, highly motivated and a group of first-class lawyers‚Äô, with significant expertise in international disputes. Ellis Baker¬†is ‚Äėhugely experienced at both front end and contentious work‚Äô and a ‚Äėleading expert on the FIDIC suite of contract‚Äô. Recently made up, Rebecca Shorter¬†is ‚Äėa very conscientious new partner who drafts well and is unflappable under pressure.‚Äô Mark Goodrich¬†is ‚Äėincredibly tenacious‚Äô and an ‚Äėexcellent cross examination lawyer‚Äô, and Julian Bailey¬†has ‚Äėan encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law as it applies in the UK, the Middle East and Australia.‚Äô Recent work includes representing¬†Grupo¬†Unidos¬†por¬†el Canal and its shareholders in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project. On the non-contentious side, Philip Stopford¬†and Kirsti Massie¬†have been advising Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and Al¬†Nowais¬†Investments LLC on the construction of a 2,640 MW coal-fired power generation plant in¬†Ayoun¬†Moussa, Egypt, including the procurement process and drafting the EPC term sheet. Daniel Garton¬†has been advising the FAST Consortium on their mandate from the Riyadh Development Authority to design, develop and construct various lines of the Riyadh Metro project, worth US$8 billion. Associate David Inns¬†is also recommended. Other clients include Samsung, Carbon Holdings, and EMCOR Engineering Services Limited.

Clifford Chance LLP¬†works within ‚Äėthe tightest deadlines, whilst providing top-class advice on very complex issues‚Äô. Alex Panayides¬†leads the contentious team, and is representing an international oil company in connection with an equity redetermination of two hydrocarbons blocks offshore Nigeria, valuing US$2bn, as well as an international oil company in an ICC arbitration in connection with one of the largest oil fields in the Middle East. David Metzger¬†heads the transactional side and recently advised¬†on all construction aspects of the ¬£9bn Battersea Power Station development; and PFA and PKA on their acquisition of a 50% interest in the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind project, worth approximately ¬£2 billion. Marianne Toghill¬†is ‚Äėan absolute expert: calm during negotiations, very knowledgeable about the UK development market and ready to assist on new and complicated matters.‚Äô Senior associate Edward Bretherton¬†offers ‚Äėvery good expertise‚Äô, and senior associate Irina Steinberg¬†comes highly recommended. Tim Steadman¬†has relocated to the Abu Dhabi office.

John Morris heads the construction team at Clyde & Co LLP. On the contentious side, Anthony Albertini is recommended for construction and engineering cases, with particular experience in the resolution of national and international construction disputes. On the transactional side Morris and associate VanWyck Johnson advised on the design and construction of an £80m multi-storey development in a city centre site in Manchester; and on the demolition of an existing structure and the design and construction of a £26m eight-storey, 395 bedroom Travelodge hotel in central London for The Cromlech Property Company Limited. Morris also provides ongoing assistance for Nicolas James Group in connection with a development project in Southampton involving the construction of a luxury hotel and residential developments worth £40m. Other clients include Urban & Civic; Imperial Chemical Industries Limited/AkzoNobel; Associated British Ports; Wates Group; and Daejan (Brighton) Limited.

The construction team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is particularly strong in advising clients from the energy and infrastructure sectors. On the transactional side, infrastructure specialist Alex Carver advises on greenfield financings through to brownfield acquisitions, with a focus on aviation and transport and strong experience in CEE/CIS. On the disputes side, Sally Roe advises purchasers on a range of UK and international construction and engineering projects, PPP projects and procurements. Jane Jenkins represents both suppliers and buyers in procurement litigation, specialising in the defence, energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†has¬†‚Äėknowledge of large complicated construction projects that is unmatched by many firms.‚Äô James Doe¬†leads the contentious team, where he mainly works in international arbitration, leading cases under the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and other major institutional rules. Ann Levin¬†is the client relationship partner for two of the firm's key clients, TfL and Babcock International; she is recommended alongside senior associate Noe Minamikata¬†as being ‚Äėvery adept at quickly understanding the issues and providing good, clear, commercial advice‚Äô. Nicholas Downing¬†heads the non-contentious practice and has ‚Äėoutstanding understanding of complex issues and how to apply them to project documentation‚Äô. Recent work includes a major extension to the entrance of a flagship shopping centre serving North London, including a new bus station, car parking and infrastructure works. Tim Healey¬†continues to advise on all construction aspects of the ¬£5bn redevelopment of Earls Court and Olympia, including the phased affordable and private residential development at Lillie Square. Samantha Scott¬†'brings a robust yet practical approach to contract drafting‚Äô. Ibaad Hakim¬†¬†joined from White & Case LLP, and Arash Rajai¬†joined from King & Wood Mallesons. Jillian Chung¬†departed for an in-house role at EDF.

‚ÄėOne of the strongest firms in London for running complex construction litigation‚Äô, Hogan Lovells International LLP‚Äôs contentious team is led by Roberta Downey, who brings¬†particular expertise¬†in¬†ADR. ‚ÄėVery bright,¬†extremely able, and¬†a great strategic thinker‚Äô,¬†Downey has a¬†wealth¬†of experience in¬†complex¬†trials and highly¬†technical disputes¬†related to large infrastructure projects. Tony Marshall¬†comes very highly recommended for construction arbitration.¬†Rupert Sydenham¬†is ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô, acting¬†with members of the Moscow office¬†in an LCIA Arbitration seated in London in relation to disputes¬†arising under a joint venture¬†agreement for the construction of a¬†US$200m¬†mixed-use¬†development in Russia. Associate Katie Duval¬†is ‚Äėan extremely hardworking, focused and able solicitor‚Äô.¬†Gillian Thomas¬†¬†heads¬†the non-contentious team and leads in advising¬†King's Cross Central on all construction aspects of the ¬£2bn¬†King's Cross Central development. Senior associate Phil Hassett¬†¬†¬†'resolves issues quickly and without fuss‚Äô. Previously in-house EMEA lead for¬†Mitsubishi¬†Hitachi Power System‚Äôs coal- and gas-fired power¬†business, Angus Rankin¬†joined¬†the team in¬†November¬†2017. Other clients¬†include¬†Argent, Bechtel, BP, Department for Transport, EDF, Rio Tinto,¬†and¬†RWE.

Mayer Brown International LLP¬†has ‚Äėdeep knowledge of international construction law and FIDIC Contracts, and a lot of experience with international contracts and dispute resolution.‚Äô Michael Regan¬†heads the contentious team, and Chris Fellowes¬†heads the non-contentious team. Sally Davies¬†is ‚Äėexceptionally good both from a legal and practical perspective‚Äô and jointly leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team. Jonathan Hosie‚Äôs¬†‚Äėexpertise rivals anyone within the industry‚Äô, and Kwadwo Sarkodie¬†is ‚Äėa machine: his work ethic is second to none.‚Äô Hosie and Fellowes lead on all of Wates' main contract dispute work.¬†Tom Duncan continues to advise¬†Costain¬†and its insurers on a number of issues which have arisen at 3 microbiological treatment plants and 4 IVC plants in Manchester; and acts as claims and advisory¬†counsel¬†to a joint venture of SSE, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and SDIC Power as the developer of a ¬£2.6bn offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. Raid Abu-Manneh¬†is ‚Äėa brilliant attorney‚Äô, particularly for international arbitration, and senior associate James Morris¬†is ‚Äėvery strong and exceedingly organised.‚Äô Other clients include QBE, Zurich, SSE,¬†Galliford¬†Try, Kier,¬†Costain, Panama Canal Authority, Hyundai Corporation, British Land, and Randgold Resources.

Norton Rose Fulbright's transactional team is headed by Mark Berry¬†and Richard Hill.¬†Berry specialises in EPC and EPCM contracts and on the delivery of PPP projects, with particular expertise in the natural resources sector, recently advising JG Pears on the construction of a $100m thermal energy plant. Hill has a growing practice in transmission and renewable energy projects as well as advising various major corporates on energy and construction procurement. Other recent work from the team includes Matthew Hardwick¬†and senior associate Michael Weissman¬†advising on the renovation of the Rijeka refinery in Urinj, Croatia, which included the procurement, manufacturing, transportation and erection of a new main column for the crude distillation unit. Donald Warnock¬†heads the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô disputes team. Also recommended are¬†Simon Ramsden¬†and James Rogers, who¬†is ‚Äėthorough, with an incisive understanding of construction law and practice‚Äô.

The construction team at Ashurst, led by Tim Reid, is ‚Äėvery proactive, with excellent industry and subject matter knowledge.‚Äô On the transactional side, Ben Patton¬†continues to advise longstanding client Westfield on all construction aspects of its ongoing works at the existing ¬£2.3bn Westfield London development at White City in London.¬†David Wadham¬†is advising Japanese Bank for International Cooperation on the development and construction financing of the 950 MW Moray Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland.¬†Michael Smith¬†is advising CEC on the ¬£150m development of the Edinburgh tram system between York Place in the centre of Edinburgh and Newhaven in Leith. Jan Sanders¬†is ‚Äėextremely able, pragmatic and approachable,‚Äô and counsel Nicholas Hilder¬†is recommended as ‚Äėoutstanding: extremely pragmatic, thoughtful and collaborative.'

Arbitration specialist Steve Abraham leads the contentious team at Baker McKenzie, with Mike Webster heading up the transactional team. The firm principally acts for employers or owners on large and complex heavy engineering and process plant projects, often in the context of privately financed structures, but also has a booming practice in high-profile commercial, residential and industrial developments in the UK and internationally. Recent highlights include advising Maybank and a consortium of lenders in relation to the $215m financing of the initial phases of the Royal Wharf development in the Docklands; and advising a consortium of Suez and Itochu as the successful sponsors on their bid for the 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.

Beale & Co¬†is a specialist international construction practice with a good reputation for advising the supplier side of the industry. Sheena Sood¬†heads the team, with clients including Arup Group Limited; Association for Consultancy and Engineering; Mott MacDonald; Colas; NIRAS; Aecom; WSP; BAM Nuttall; WYG; and Atkins. Will Buckby¬†and Antony Smith¬†are also key contacts. Recent work involved representing contractors on large-scale, complex matters within the infrastructure and power sectors. Michael Salau,¬†the ‚Äėcalm, sensible and unruffled‚Äô Keith Lonsdale¬† and ‚Äėtechnically strong‚Äô associate¬† Chris Bates¬†joined the team in December 2018 from BLM.

The ‚ÄėVery approachable, commercially astute, pragmatic and clear‚Äô¬†Steven Carey¬†leads the construction team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Fiona Edmond¬†advises central London commercial developers on a wide range of construction projects and property transactions, including office and mixed-use developments, for both purchaser and vendor. Edmond also brings expertise in acting for data centre providers and landlords on the development of science parks. Recent work has ranged from projects as diverse as the Wembley National Stadium, the Opus Business Bay in Dubai and a mixed-use development in Ghana. Contentious clients include Derwent London PLC, Countryside Properties, Howard de Walden Estate and Crest Nicholson in the development sector; and Bouygues Construction, Thyssenkrupp Group, Permasteelisa Group, WS Atkins Plc, Ferrovial Aggroman, Mace Group, Tata Steel in international construction. Two senior associates were recently made up to partner: Rupa Lakha¬†and Michael O‚ÄôConnor,¬†who is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, commercial, collaborative and invests his time to get to know the business so that he can advise appropriately.‚Äô On the non-contentious side, O‚ÄôConnor has been advising the Dover Harbour Board on its ¬£250m flagship redevelopment for the Port of Dover, consisting of a new cargo terminal, and new marina pier.

Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd's¬†Edward Corbett¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėexcellent academic and practical ability, coupled with extensive experience.‚Äô Recent work includes acting for GBS in its ¬£24m dispute with the EU on the design and construction of the 5-building Palace of Justice complex for the state of Kosovo, the first time the EU has been taken to ICC arbitration; and an instruction by the Georgian Roads Department to advise on several multimillion euro contract terminations matters involving three separate contractors. Director Andrew Tweeddale's expertise includes arbitrations;¬†¬†George Rosenberg¬†has ‚Äėextensive experience and provides considered advice‚Äô; Dominic Helps¬†has ‚Äėa brilliant mind;‚Äô and Victoria Tyson¬†has a ‚Äėdiligent and considered approach.‚Äô

Dentons¬†is a major player in the London and international construction disputes market, with ‚Äėreal strength across all levels of seniority making it adept at handling big-ticket litigation.‚Äô Akin¬† Akinbode¬†and Gurbinder Grewal¬†head the contentious team; Akinbode is ‚Äėstrategically astute, with an excellent following in technically complex international construction and infrastructure disputes‚Äô. As an adjudication specialist, Grewal is ‚Äėan oracle of construction law and a master tactician'; he¬†advice to the official receiver and special managers on the construction aspects of the liquidation of Carillion.¬†Grewal is also representing the ground remediation contractor Geofirma in ¬£30m multi-party court proceedings relating to the defective design and construction of a warehouse in¬†Winsford, Cheshire.¬†Senior associate Esther McDermott¬†is ‚Äėdetermined, hard-working and always on top of the case‚Äô, playing ‚Äėa leading role in Dentons‚Äô major disputes.‚Äô Associate James Scagell¬†is ‚Äėdedicated, committed, a real winner‚Äô, and also one to watch.¬† John Woolley¬†leads on the non-contentious side, recognised for his work in the power and infrastructure sector. Recent work includes advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited, a joint venture between longstanding client Mota-Engil and Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited, on the development of a new US$418 million international airport in Rwanda under a PPP structure with support from the Government of Rwanda. The team are also advising Kenyan developer Gulf Energy on delivering Kenya's first coal power as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport project (LAPSSET), a major international project to link Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan with a rail, road, fibre-optic and pipeline corridor.

Mark Hilton¬†heads the contentious team at DLA Piper, which has 'excellent knowledge of all aspects of construction disputes across the UK and elsewhere.‚Äô Hilton and Edward Shaw, who was made up in May 2017, are recommended as ‚Äėstandout partners in London, and particularly easy to work with under pressure.‚Äô The team is acting in a $45m dispute for Samsung Engineering Trinidad Co Ltd against Petrotrin, in an international arbitration concerning the design and construction of a continuous catalyst regenerator platformer complex. Other contentious clients include Samsung Engineering Co Ltd, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Sinopec Engineering (Group) Co. Ltd. Stephen Malley¬†heads the transactional team, principally advising developers and other purchaser clients on property development, head office projects or R&D facilities. Recent highlights include advising Quintain on the ¬£2.5bn Wembley Park project; the team‚Äôs appointment as Merlin Entertainments sole legal provider for construction work in the UK and globally; and advising a ¬£200m City of London office redevelopment for LaSalle.

Jonathan Douglas heads the London construction team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which acted in a £17m dispute that arose between Mailbox (Birmingham) Limited and Galliford Try Building Limited concerning the refurbishment of the iconic Mailbox development in Birmingham. The practice also acted for EPC contractor Wartsila in its $70m dispute with a Korean company concerning the construction in the Middle East of the world's biggest tri-fuel power plant. On the transactional side, the team is acting for Legal & General on the £48.3m business acquisition from Urban & Civic of a Hampton by Hilton franchise at Stansted Airport; advising on the maintenance, regeneration and upgrade of a high-end residential and commercial multibillion-pound portfolio in the West End and Mayfair; and advising Letter One on all construction aspects of the corporate disposal of 11 student accommodation developments in the United Kingdom, worth £850m. Other clients include Qatar National Bank, Hammerson, Dairy Crest, Sisk Group, NVT, and SNC Lavalin. Simon Oats is global head of construction based in the London office.

Max Wieliczko heads the construction team at HFW, specialising in major international infrastructure and energy projects. On the disputes side, the team is acting for Hochtief following the high-profile collapse of a 6km tunnel at the Glendoe hydroelectric scheme in Scotland; as well as advising Julius Berger Nigeria plc on potential claims arising under an EPC contract for the construction of an open cycle gas turbine power station in Nigeria in relation to foreign exchange losses. On the transactional side, the team is regularly instructed by South Korean EPC contractors in relation to major FPSO projects across the Middle East, as well as by many contractors in the offshore wind industry in the UK, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Experienced FIDIC lawyer Ben Mellors joined in March 2017.

Kevin Greene¬†and Matthew Smith¬†head the construction team at K&L Gates LLP.¬†On the contentious side, Greene is advising TH Real Estate and group companies including St James Edinburgh Unit Trust on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, a mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of ¬£850m. Greene is also advising Vanquish Properties UK Limited Partnership on construction documentation for 40¬†Leadenhall, one of the largest retail and office space projects in the City of London, worth ¬£40m. Smith is ‚Äėan excellent litigator, highly knowledgeable,‚Äô who can ‚Äėhandle complex technical disputes with¬†ease‚Äô; he is advising MRT Corp on the ¬£9.2bn construction of a third line for the¬†Klang¬†Valley MRT (‚ÄúKVMRT‚ÄĚ) project in Malaysia, drafting complex turnkey contract and related documentation and managing the technical and commercial aspects of the new procurement route. Smith is also leading on a new Hitachi instruction to advise on the drafting, negotiation and agreement of multiple UK depot works contracts worth ¬£50m. Clarissa Coleman¬†joined from Addleshaw Goddard, bringing ‚Äėfirst-class client management skills‚Äô;¬†she is recommended for international construction arbitration. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Sarah Drinkwater¬†is also recommended. John Gilbert¬†joined¬†Bracewell (UK) LLP. Other clients include TfL, Crossrail, Laing O‚ÄôRourke, IPS Angola LNG Limited, Interserve, Investec Bank plc; Mass Rapid Transit Corporation¬†Sdn¬†Bhd, Hitachi Rail Europe Limited,¬†Renfe,¬†Grupo¬†Pacadar and¬†Amazon.

Macfarlanes LLP¬†is ‚Äėan excellent contentious construction firm that handles high-calibre work‚Äô. Doug Wass¬†heads the contentious construction team, Recent ¬†work includes advising EP2, the project company, on the ¬£10m renovation, operation and maintenance of the HM Treasury building in central London; and advising Grove Developments in relation to its dispute with the main contractor, S&T, appointed to complete the ¬£14m construction of a Premier Inn hotel at Heathrow, Terminal 4. Associate Mark Lawrence¬†is¬†‚Äėa strategic thinker, offering clear and thoughtful advice to his clients‚Äô. Angus Dawson¬†heads the non-contentious team, which advised L&G‚Äôs flagship PRS fund on the acquisition and development of various sites across the UK, ranging in value from ¬£40m to in excess of ¬£100m. Senior consultant Ann Minogue¬†leads in advising Stanhope plc on various developments, including the multi-phase ¬£400m transformation of the BBC Television Centre at White City into a 2.3m¬†sq¬†ft¬†mixed use development; and managing a ¬£240m¬†Royal Albert Docks office redevelopment. Associates, Ed Llewelyn-Evans,¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Richard Rowlatt¬†and Fred Snowball¬†are also recommended.

Reed Smith LLP's¬†Vincent Rowan¬†is ‚Äėone of the best in technical construction knowledge', bringing deep experience in contract management. Rowan heads the contentious team, acting primarily in international arbitration and as project counsel, also specialising in the power and petrochemicals industries. Peter Cassidy¬†acts on a number of construction and engineering disputes. Nick Speed¬†handles indemnity claims.¬† Richard Ceeney¬†leads the non-contentious team. Ceeney and ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô senior associate Laura Riddick¬†are both ‚Äėvery proactive in terms of offering solutions in a very practical way.‚Äô Senior associate Chris Parrott¬†is also highly recommended, with ‚Äėsolid knowledge and understanding in the energy sector.‚Äô

RPC¬†is a ‚Äėstandout panel firm for construction disputes requiring an insurance angle.‚Äô ‚ÄėExcellent lawyer‚Äô Dan Preston¬†took over from the ‚Äėerudite, smart and well-respected' construction insurance expert Robert Hogarth¬†in March¬†2018 to head the construction team. Preston is the relationship partner for key clients including Sir Robert¬†McAlpine¬†and SPIE, and is advising Morgan Sindall and Bechtel JV on their ¬£3bn tender for the HS2 south stations contracts. On the non-contentious side, the team has particular expertise with NEC forms of contract. Hogarth¬†has been advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of their new ¬£400m Global R&D Centre and¬†Corporate Headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The ‚Äėtruly impressive‚Äô Jonathan¬† Hutt¬†has an established reputation acting for suppliers¬†on PFI matters, acting for SPIE on all variations required within the portfolio of nine PFI¬†projects to which they supply¬†FM services. ‚ÄėThorough and conscientious‚Äô senior associate and adjudication specialist Jamie Key¬†is advising Imperial College in the update of its suite of construction and consultant documents, with the anticipated value of works to the portfolio over the next 10 years coming to ¬£1bn. David Thorne¬†was promoted to partner in May 2017 and is well regarded for ‚Äėhis legal knowledge and ability to find solutions to large infrastructure disputes.‚Äô Associate Philippa¬† Lutter-Paz¬†is ‚Äėan upcoming star.‚Äô

Stephenson Harwood's disputes team is led by Ron Nobbs (who is 'a fantastic strategist with outstanding commercial acumen') and Paul Thwaite ('a very calm and determined litigator'). Recent work includes acting for ENGIE in relation to a £6.6m dispute with Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd relating to alleged defects in the design and construction of the major refurbishment of the government building at 100 Parliament Street; and advising Multiplex following the high-profile insolvency of one of its subcontractors, the Dunne Group. Graeme Barton heads the transactional team, specialising in the energy, hotels and leisure and education sectors. Rebecca Carter is also recommended for her experience in infrastructure projects as well as outsourcing and strategic service delivery projects. In the past year the team have notably continued to attract a number of new rail instructions, acting for Abellio, Northern Rail, Arriva and CAF. Other highlights include advising Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group on all aspects of the £50m restoration and renovation of its flagship Knightsbridge hotel.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†provides ‚Äėvery good industry knowledge, acumen and commercial understanding.‚ÄôAnthony Yates¬†heads the contentious team.¬†Theresa Mohammed¬†is advising S&T¬†as main contractor on a ¬£40m dispute with Grove Developments Limited concerning the build and fit¬†out of hotels at Heathrow Terminal 4.¬†Stephanie Canham¬†leads the non-contentious team,¬†specialising in large-scale¬†residential-led and¬†mixed-use developments for¬†private sector developers. Recent work includes advising¬†The Berkeley Group on construction matters, including on mixed-use schemes such as South Quay¬†Plaza, Stephenson Street,¬†Southall Gasworks and White City. James¬† Huckstep¬†is advising the Museum of London on all procurement and construction aspects¬†of its proposed relocation of¬†the Museum from its Barbican site to a new location in Smithfield Market. Assad¬† Maqbool¬†is advising the Secretary of State for Education on its ¬£1.5bn construction programme, consisting of approximately 100 school¬†building projects per year, the government's largest capital investment programme in the education sector. The ‚Äėconsidered and tenacious‚Äô Clarissa Smith¬†comes highly recommended, as does Paul Bartter¬†for transactional work, and¬†Tim Hillier¬†for contentious.¬†David Grant¬†joined¬†the firm as consultant from the TCC in Birmingham. Andrew Vickery¬†retired.

Nick Henchie  leads the team at Vinson & Elkins RLLP, which focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sectors. The team continues to represent the Panama Canal Authority on its $4bn dispute concerning the Panama Canal Expansion Project. Andrew Nealon specialises in project development and finance, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėexcellent for strategy, negotiation and quick responses.‚Äô Andy McVeigh¬†and the ‚Äėexcellent and smart‚Äô Jonathan Tattersall¬†jointly lead the construction team. McVeigh heads the London construction team, specialising in residential development and student accommodation, where he continues to advise UPP on all of its student accommodation schemes; recent instructions include closing a ¬£160m transaction with the University of Hull for the development and operation of 12 new student accommodation blocks. Julia Court¬†joined the team from King & Wood Mallesons, and has been advising on infrastructure, early works contracts and construction issues relating to the Battersea Power Station ¬£8bn redevelopment. Nancy McGuire¬†is advising on the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO world heritage site and Grade 1 listed building. In the transactional space, Luke Baines¬†has international experience includes working in Western Australia on major energy and resources projects, such as providing the construction documentation for a AUS$7bn iron ore mine and a US$34bn LNG project. Associate Keith Browne¬†works for a number of the firm‚Äôs key clients, such as Britvic, ABF, Nationwide and Travelodge, providing advice on both civil and engineering projects, as well as PPP schemes. The transactional team also acts on some of the largest PFI disputes in the UK, being particularly strong in healthcare PFI, acting on the Peterborough (JLIF and Infrared), Norfolk & Norwich, Birmingham, Central Manchester, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Liverpool hospital disputes.

The disputes team at Akin Gump LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent, with huge knowledge of the international construction sector.‚Äô Head of team Hamish Lal¬†is very highly recommended: ‚Äėa stand out litigator with an astute brain‚Äô possessing ‚Äėunparalleled legal knowledge‚Äô.¬†The team specialises in international arbitrations, particularly those seated in Dubai. Recent work includes acting for China State Construction Engineering Corporation on the $100m Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal Building disputes in international construction arbitration seated in Dubai; an arbitration acting for the claimant in respect of the high-profile Meydan Racecourse Project in Dubai, worth $140m. Lal has also acted in an arbitration regarding a $1.3bn project under construction in Kazakhstan, raising highly complex technical issues and legal questions about invalidation and deliberate concealment. On the transactional side, the firm has ‚Äėstrong and deep skills‚Äô, particularly in energy and oil and gas in MENA and Latin America.

BLM's recent work includes advice to Turner & Associates on the ¬£300,000 conversion and refurbishment of an existing office building in Dorchester and work for structural engineers on the construction of a ¬£4m residential home that featured on Grand Designs, which incorporated a substantial basement in a challenging location.¬†Guy Lane¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced, diligent, and a strong black letter lawyer‚Äô. Michael Salau, Keith Lonsdale¬†and associate¬†Chris Bates¬†¬† left the firm in December 2018 to join Beale & Co¬†.

Fladgate LLP¬†fields ‚Äėexperienced personnel, who know how to tailor their approach depending on the client, the other side and the facts of the case‚Äô.¬†Alan Woolston¬†heads the construction team, with expertise in hotels, energy¬†(particularly offshore), rail¬†and PFI/PPP projects. David Weare¬†represented a substantial PFI fund on ¬£30m worth of claims arising out of defects in the¬†¬† passive¬†fire protection systems across 50 or more education sites. Digby Hebbard¬†advised Chapman Lang Ltd and successfully resisted enforcement of a ¬£160K claim over a refurbishment works dispute concerning¬†a house in Central London; the case at Technology and¬†Construction Court has refined and developed the law on breaches of natural justice.¬†In the transactional space,¬†the firm continue to advise Go-Ahead Group Plc, the owner of one¬†of the UK‚Äôs largest collective¬†transport franchises, on a range of construction works and¬†professional appointments worth ¬£70m. Hebbard led an instruction to draft and negotiate the ¬£30m building contracts and associated documents¬†in relation to the new Medicine galleries, groups entrance and Wonderlab¬†acoustic¬†ceiling for the Science Museum, South Kensington, as well as advising on the ¬£50m new Exhibition Road Quarter project, the V&A‚Äôs largest ever capital project.¬† Barry Hembling¬†is also recommended.

Kennedys¬†is recommended for its ‚Äėexcellent business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô. ‚ÄėWidely recognised and trusted for heavyweight infrastructure litigation‚Äô, Iain Corbett¬†heads the construction team, which acts for construction contractors and consultants. On the contentious side, the firm advised the Norwegian insurer of the Grenfell Tower, Protector Forsikring ASA, and Protector Insurance, the property and liability insurer of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and its Tenants Management Organisation. John Farrell¬†'is an adept strategist who is particularly good in complex and hard-fought disputes‚Äô. Michael Hogg,¬†meanwhile, advised contractor Volkerfitzpatrick in proceedings regarding a ¬£3m claim made against the contractor by a privately owned Holiday Inn based in North London, which suffered substantial structural problems. Also recommended is the ‚Äėhugely knowledgeable and experienced‚Äô¬†Gina Watson¬†as well as Louis Foscolo¬†, who is recommended as a ‚Äėstandout construction associate.‚Äô On the transactional side,¬†James Shaw, whose¬†‚Äėwide experience and knowledge are invaluable‚Äô,¬†has over 25 years‚Äô experience advising on non-contentious construction-related contracts.

Osborne Clarke LLP provides 'strong legal advice, made more valuable by thoughtful commercial overlay and regulatory understanding.' Rob Horne heads the disputes team, which traditionally acts for employers, with a notable specialism in solar projects. Philip Davies and energy-from-waste expert Carl Thompson head the transactional team and split their time between London and Bristol. Thompson is recommended for his 'excellent knowledge of market participants and the positions they will accept.' Recent work includes advising Gazeley on the construction aspects of its £120m UK development programme of industrial logistics warehousing; and advising Brighton and Hove City Council on the redevelopment of the existing Brighton Conference Centre including the construction of a new £150 million arena and conference centre, and the extension of the Churchill Shopping Centre.

The 'very responsive and commercial' Richard Dyton¬†heads the transnational team at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in PPP/PFI concessions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Momentum Infrastructure, a JV of three leading contractors bidding for enabling and civil works on the HS2 project, on their bid documents and risk analysis. The team have also provided English law advice to Russian law firm Ivanyan & Partners for their purchaser client, who are under an¬†‚ā¨85m contract for the supply and installation of coal handling equipment at Vanino Port. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Emily Monastiriotis¬†heads the disputes team. James Pollock¬†is recommended. Rob Horne¬†departed in October 2017 for Osborne Clarke.

Regional firm Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides¬†‚Äėa very polished and sophisticated service,‚Äô with all members of the team splitting their time between London and the firm‚Äôs HQ in Bristol.¬† William Gard¬†heads the London construction team,¬†specialising in energy, transport and infrastructure projects. On the contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the ¬£3.8bn PFI-funded Greater Manchester Waste Project, and the design and construction contracts of the 42 waste facilities across 27 different sites therein. Recently promoted partner¬†Richard Adams¬†is ‚Äėclever and incisive.‚Äô On the non-contentious side, the team advised new client Highways England on the ¬£1.4bn A303 Stonehenge tunnel project.¬† Marcus Harling¬†(‚Äėvery experienced, smooth and sophisticated)¬†is acting for the The Crown Estate on a central London development and is leading the firm‚Äôs panel relationship with the Greater London Authority. Steven James¬†has ‚Äėexcellent client skills and a very good eye for what is and is not a good argument‚Äô; recent work includes advising a major water utility on an agreement between the client and a project company for a major infrastructure development, including the letting of three framework agreements. The team also has expertise in the renewables sector, particularly solar PV and energy storage deals; it is advising Marks and Spencer on the deployment of rooftop solar arrays across its stores.¬†Lloyd James¬†is a key contact.

Mark Roach heads the contentious team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which acts for clients including Bouygues and its UK subsidiaries, McLaren Construction Ltd, Brogan Group, Taylor Wimpey, Crest Nicholson Plc, Total Lindsey Oil refinery Limited, Keller Limited and Keller plc. Nicholas Taylor heads up the transactional side, principally acting for the firm's larger developer clients on high end residential developments in SE1 and Mayfair, on retail parks and other commercial developments, recently acting for Zurich on the construction aspects of the purchase of a number of properties in to its recent property investment fund, initially capitalised at £100m. Taylor and Christine Burrows assisted on DAC’s instruction from Property Alliance Group on all aspects of the construction of £30m Axis Tower in Manchester. Matthew Olorenshaw joined from DWF, Rando Howard from BLM, and Harriet Sykes from Bevan Brittan LLP.

‚ÄėA highly competent and skilled firm‚Äô, the construction practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†is led by Lord Peter Goldsmith QC¬†and the ‚Äėprolific, top-class strategic thinker‚Äô Tony Dymond. The firm has a leading international arbitration practice, with a strong presence in Latin America, representing owners and contractors in high-value disputes, including major international construction and infrastructure clients. Senior associate Robert Hoose¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėexcellent legal and technical expertise.‚Äô Infrastructure and construction disputes expert Wendy Miles QC¬†joined from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP.¬†Mining and energy specialist Samantha Rowe¬†was promoted to international counsel in May 2017.

Large-scale developer and housing association specialist Devonshires Solicitors LLP is led by Mark London, who advises on all aspects of construction law with a particular emphasis on contentious work and the Party Wall Act. The team recently acted for Shepherds Bush Housing Association in a £4.5m delays dispute arising from a mixed commercial and residential scheme in the heart of Hammersmith, successfully obtaining an adjudication seeking a declaration that the contractor was not entitled to any further time or money. It also acted for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, including supervision of  investigation into the circumstances and cause of the fire. Clients also include Trafford Housing Trust and Lea Valley Developments Limited.

Louise Elmes heads the contentious team at Fieldfisher, bringing expertise in the energy, hotels and maritime sectors. On the disputes side, the team is advising developer Cannon Corporate Limited in a £30m dispute regarding a new-build marquee London hotel. Elmes also has a significant practice in very high-end domestic residential property, particularly for CIS clients. Transactional lead James Flynn’s practice focuses on the student accommodation, as well as the residential, hotel and energy sectors.  Recent work includes advising on the £25m acquisition and construction of a new research centre of excellence for Caudwell Children.

Forsters LLP specialises in UK development projects; recent highlights include advisingThe Crown Estate in relation to the acquisition of Central London properties from Standard Life Assurance Limited; and acting for British Airways Pension Trustees Limited in relation to the redevelopment of Piries Place in Horsham. The team also advised HIFML UK Property Fund on the redevelopment of the 11-acre former Britvic manufacturing site in Chelmsford, to construct multiple industrial and retail units. New clients include Valor Real Estate Partners, Peel Logistics and Q Investment Partners, and the team has also been re-appointed as the RFU's preferred supplier of contentious and non-contentious construction advice. Sarah Cook heads the practice.

Goodman Derrick LLP's ‚Äėvery professional and responsive‚Äô team is headed by Tim Mould, who is advising IPCO (Nigeria) in an ongoing case against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court concerning the enforcement of a New York Convention award in connection with a design and construction contract for a petroleum export terminal. Mould was also instructed by the subcontractor of a ¬£55m power generation facility in the Falkland Islands for an injunction to prevent maintain access to the project‚Äôs ¬£3m design database following the breakdown in relations between other contracted parties. Richard Bailey¬†has ‚Äėan extremely good knowledge of UK construction disputes‚Äô. ‚ÄėExtremely knowledgeable and thorough‚Äô transactional partner Tom Pemberton, who joined the firm from Beale & Co¬†in September 2017, is also recommended.

Birmingham-based Michael O‚ÄôShea¬†heads the disputes practice at Gowling WLG. Daniel Wood¬†and senior associate Jack Cantwell¬†represented E.ON in connection with a ‚ā¨26.25m claim arising out of defects encountered at their Robin¬†Rigg offshore wind farm development, in the Solway Firth. Sue Ryan¬†acted for BAE Systems in a multi-party action in the TCC arising out of the defective design and construction of a substantial High Bay Warehouse in Cheshire. On the transactional side, practice head¬†Richard Green¬†has a particular focus on large-scale infrastructure and energy/process plant contracts, and an international focus on the Middle East. Green is advising Aston Martin¬†Lagonda¬†in relation to the construction aspects of a new multimillion-pound car manufacturing facility in South Wales.¬†Philip Baker¬†is advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on the construction aspects of various elements of the ¬£8bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

Offering ‚Äėa streamlined and effective service to clients‚Äô, Mishcon de Reya LLP¬†‚Äėprovides robust advice to clients and are particularly good at advising in relation to specialist disputes.‚Äô On the contentious side, Richard Gerstein¬†leads: ‚Äėa very robust lawyer with a good nose for the merits and likely outcome of a dispute‚Äô.¬†Justine Ayto¬†is a ‚Äėpractical lawyer, who deals with matters swiftly‚Äô; she is leading advice for¬†Capco¬†Covent Garden retail developments, valued at ¬£2.1bn, and is acting for The Office Group in relation to the construction aspects of its 20-year lease of the office space to be constructed at Meyer Bergman‚Äôs ¬£300m development of the¬†Vinopolis¬†site next to Borough Market. Simon Hunter¬†heads the non-contentious team. Phoebe Roberts¬† joined in May 2017 from Australian firm Minter Ellison.

Construction head Justin Mendelle¬†leads the team of ‚Äėsuperb, proactive problem solvers‚Äô at Sharpe Pritchard LLP, which acts for local government and councils and is ‚Äėindustry-leading‚Äô in procurement work. On the contentious side, Mendelle recently acted on a very high-value series of disputes between a council and a highways contractor over the definition of ‚Äėcompensation events‚Äô in an NEC3 contract, worth ¬£101m. On the transactional side, key clients include the Houses of Parliament, Ministry of Justice,¬†Thames Water Utilities Limited, a significant number of London councils,¬†Homerton¬†University NHS Hospital Trust, East Sussex County Council, Wakefield Council and Suffolk County Council. The team advised on the London Borough of Southwark‚Äôs Primary School Expansion Programme, involving the extension, refurbishment, remodelling and new build works in relation to 12 primary schools worth ¬£68.5m; and have been instructed by the Houses of Parliament in respect of the ¬£150m redevelopment of Richmond House on Whitehall, a major, Grade II listed building that forms part of Parliament‚Äôs Northern Estate. Timothy Farr¬†is recommended for his depth of knowledge and experience of competitive dialogue procurement and service partnership contracts.

Taylor Wessing LLP¬†provides an ‚Äėincredibly high level of service with focus on quality and detail whilst maintaining accuracy.‚Äô Matthew Jones¬†heads the construction team and is acting for Cushman & Wakefield on its role delivering construction projects for a third-party client pursuant to a global master services agreement, and in relation to the roll-out of their design and build business in Europe. David Quinlan¬†acts for clients including City Pride Limited, Canada Life Limited and Wainbridge.¬† Alan Evans¬†and counsel Jane Hilton¬†have ‚Äėan exceptional level of technical understanding and apply that in a commercial manner.‚Äô Kristian¬† Perussich¬†departed for the Dubai¬†office of¬†Norton Rose Fulbright.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP¬†is ‚Äėdeveloping an outstanding reputation‚Äô in the contentious field, particularly in the energy sector. Andrew Ward¬†is acting in English High Court proceedings for Vatounio Investments Limited in a ‚ā¨55m dispute between JV partners relating to a Berlin property development. The ‚Äėextremely conscientious and immensely hardworking‚Äô Rebecca Williams¬†recently advised Strabag on the design for certain sections of the HS2 network in London, including the tunnel sections. Williams also acted for Hitachi-Zosen Inova in disputes concerning delays to taking over, the interpretation of the contractual revenue credit scheme and disputed liquidated damages in the construction of an energy-from-waste plant in Severnside, UK. Senior associate Emmanuel Ninos¬†is highly recommended for offshore wind matters.¬†Andrew Savage¬†heads the disputes team.

Eleanor Kilminster¬†and Colin Hall¬†jointly head the construction team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP. ‚ÄėVery approachable and always clear in her advice,‚Äô Kilminster is advising Redrow Homes on the design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London over a 10-year period. Hall is advising on the development and construction of a heat scheme at One Crown Place, a mixed-use development and refurbishment in the heart of the City of London comprising new offices with a tower of flats above. Andrew Murray¬†and senior associate Charis Beverton¬†are also recommended for their knowledge of development partnership contracts and building contracts.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†is an ‚Äėexcellent firm with an economic approach taken towards claims‚Äô. ‚ÄėVery knowledgeable and proactive‚Äô Simon Lewis¬†heads the disputes team, where David Skelton, Helen Pearce¬†and Belinda Fox¬†are recommended as ‚Äėexcellent at contentious construction matters.‚Äô¬†The highly recommended Alex Hirom¬†leads on the transactional side. Hirom is advising Venator on EPC, construction and procurement contracts on the reinstatement of its Tioxide Plant in Pori, Finland, which was badly damaged by a fire in January 2017. The firm also has expertise in the renewable energy sector, regularly advising power generation developers on new gas, wind, solar and bio-diesel plants, as well as downstream oil and gas and chemicals projects, refineries, rigs, jackets and subsea installations. The team continues to act for SABIC on the conversion of its gas cracking plant at Teesside. Other clients include Huntsman Group, Southern Water, ATCO Power Limited, STRABAG AG, and Network Rail. Emily Monastiriotis departed for Simmons & Simmons.

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