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Pinsent Masons LLP fields a β€˜pre-eminent’ that β€˜stands out for its dedication and commitment to the industry’ and attracts praise for its β€˜breadth and depth of experience’. The team, which has β€˜an excellent track record in delivering high-value projects’, handles a range of complex UK and international projects for clients including blue-chip companies and public sector bodies. Its project expertise spans the energy, transport, hotel and leisure, social infrastructure, defence, commercial development and waste management sectors. The team is advising the Cayman Islands government on the structuring of new procurement models for its infrastructure investments, including the design and construction of a $50m access road and infrastructure works in Grand Cayman and a $200m PPP project for a new ferry berthing facility at George Town Port. It is also acting for Connect Plus (M25) in a dispute with Highways England Company. Other clients include Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Electricite de France and Capita Property and Infrastructure. β€˜Construction specialist’ Graham Alty leads the transactional construction and projects team, while Michael Hopkins heads the disputes practice. Anthony Bradley combines β€˜exceptional legal skills with sound judgment and an acute sense of the client’s commercial interests’; he handles large-scale construction and civil engineering contracts, with a particular focus on legal risk management and dispute resolution. Mark Job heads the engineering team and is recommended alongside legal directors Sian Hughes, who is β€˜responsive and reliable’, Katherine Sneddon, who is β€˜very experienced and committed to meeting her client’s needs’, and Ian Fairclough, who joined in 2016 from Ashurst.

Addleshaw Goddard attracts praise for its β€˜first-class’ handling of contentious and non-contentious construction, engineering and infrastructure mandates. The team advises on a range of major development schemes in the North West, and nationally, and is noted for its expertise in high-value PFI construction disputes. Clients include developers, employers and public sector entities including Octagon Healthcare, for which the team is handling a multi-party claim against John Laing Construction and John Laing relating to extensive defects in the mechanical and electrical installations at one of the UK's largest PFI hospitals. The team has also been appointed as sole construction law adviser for the Houses of Parliament on the restoration and renewals programme for the Palace of Westminster and the Northern Estate. Other highlights included representing Guinness in disputes relating to Diageo's global headquarters and the Park Royal development; and advising Manhattan Loft Gardens on the development of a mixed-use tower in Stratford, London. It is also assisting Omega Warrington with the Β£1bn development of the 575-acre Omega site near Warrington. Nancy McGuire is national head of the construction, engineering and environment group. Jonathan Tattersall splits his time between Manchester and London and heads the contentious construction, engineering and environment group; he attracts praise for his β€˜measured and commercial advice’. Also recommended are legal director Steve Ormand, who handles non-contentious construction and engineering matters, and senior associate Philip Withey, who handles construction and engineering disputes, with a particular emphasis on PFI projects. In 2016, the team was bolstered by several hires at associate level, while Alison Fagan and Robin Jack left the firm to join DLA Piper UK LLP, and Adam Jason joined United Utilities.

DLA Piper UK LLP is praised for its β€˜responsiveness’ and its β€˜high level of industry knowledge’. The firm’s North West construction and engineering team handles non-contentious development matters, as well as contentious construction and engineering mandates, with an emphasis on PPP and PFI disputes within the infrastructure sector. Cheshire West & Chester Council is instructing the team on the Β£300m Chester Northgate mixed-use development. Other highlights included acting for UPS on the construction of its new sorting and delivery facility at the DP World London Gateway Logistics site, and assisting Downing Group with the construction documentation for a purpose-built student development in Vauxhall and Nine Elms, London. UK head of contentious construction Paul Giles β€˜picks up the detail of complex matters very quickly’ and β€˜is good on strategy and very client friendly’. Contentious construction specialist David Moss is β€˜well known and respected in the market’ and handles project management, contract administration and the resolution of claims in the civil, heavy engineering, power and building industries. Consultant Nigel Proctor advises on owner-funded infrastructure projects, with particular expertise in the procurement of EPC contracts, as well as operating and maintenance contracts. Legal director Elspeth Christie heads the Liverpool team and specialises in non-contentious engineering and construction work. Also recommended are Alison Fagan, who is β€˜outstanding’ in PFI and PPP disputes, and senior associate Robin Jack, who recently joined the team from Addleshaw Goddard.

DWF’s department provides β€˜timely and precise’ advice, with expertise covering the energy, education, student accommodation and hotels sectors. The non-contentious team handles a wide range of procurement matters, including compliance and drafting development and construction contracts. The contentious team is known for adjudications, arbitration and litigation, and other forms of ADR. Highlights included advising West Midlands Combined Authority on the Programme Alliance Agreement (PAA) for the Midlands Metro, and assisting Swinton Group with the construction aspects of its move to a new head office. The team is also advising Warrington Borough Council and Muse Developments on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of Warrington Town Centre. International head of construction and infrastructure Paul O’Kane advises on procurement strategy and project structures, as well as complex disputes, and North West department head Paul Barge advises on construction and engineering contracts. Director Chris Henshaw specialises in construction procurement with a particular focus on complex energy from waste, transport and other major infrastructure projects, as well as high-value development projects.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a β€˜technically able’ construction and engineering team that advises on procurement strategies, risk allocation, and the drafting and negotiation of all types of construction and engineering contracts related to high-value and complex construction and engineering projects. Highlights included advising National Grid Interconnector Holdings on the contracts for the construction of a 200km high voltage sub-sea electricity cable connecting the Shetland Islands with the Scottish mainland electricity transmission network. The team also advised Network Rail Infrastructure on the upgrade of the route from Manchester Victoria to Leeds and York, and is acting for the same client on the construction agreements for the delivery of a new retail development at London Waterloo station, as well as a wider programme to increase train and passenger capacity at the station. The team is also advising English Cities Fund on the Salford Central Regeneration Scheme. The β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Simon Chamberlain heads the construction and engineering team in the North and advises private and public sector clients on the procurement of construction and engineering contracts, as well as handling strategies for resolving complex construction and engineering disputes. Chris Pickens β€˜always provides an excellent service’ and advises on the procurement of construction and engineering contracts for high-value projects. Principal associate Gregory Buckley and β€˜star’ senior associate Lucy Frith handle complex construction and engineering disputes.

Gateley Plc fields a team of β€˜excellent communicators’ that attracts praise for its β€˜detailed responses’. It regularly advises national developers and housebuilders on regional and national developments involving student accommodation, leisure, sports, residential and mixed-use projects. It is also noted for its experience in contentious bond and surety work. Highlights included advising Everton Football Club on all construction aspects relating to the development of a new training complex, and assisting the same client on redevelopment works at Goodison Park. Other clients include Keepmoat, Manchester City Football Club, Zurich Insurance, QBE Insurance (Europe) and CityBlock. Team head and surety law specialist Karen Spencer advises on bond wordings and handles disputes relating to performance bonds, indemnities and guarantees issued in connection with construction projects. Emlyn Hudson handles construction disputes and contentious and non-contentious surety matters. Also recommended are senior associate Hayley Sullivan, who is national head of the construction banking team, and associate Gemma Wilson.

Hill Dickinson LLP fields β€˜a good team of lawyers across both its Liverpool and Manchester offices, who offer great breadth and depth of experience’, and which is β€˜well equipped to deal with matters efficiently’. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters across the energy, industrial, renewables, transport infrastructure, insurance, retail, and further education sectors. Highlights included advising Nxet Trains on design, supply, installation and maintenance contracts in relation to 27 railway stations, and advising M J Quinn Industrial on a major tender for maintenance of IT and facilities to Transport for London. It is also advising Peel Group on a development at Manchester Ship Canal, including the installation of a new lift bridge, and is advising Neptune Projects on the redevelopment of Lime Street in Liverpool. Clients single out β€˜outstanding’ construction head Alan Pugh and the β€˜commercially astute’ David Chinn, who is β€˜able to give a clear and concise view’ and is praised for his β€˜excellent attention to detail’. Also recommended are Michael Woolley, who handles contentious and non-contentious matters; David Oram, who is singled out for his β€˜experience’ in contentious matters; Tricia Morrison, who β€˜gives very clear instructions’ and β€˜strives to give the very best to her clients’; and senior consultant Edward Davies. Eleanor Stirrett recently joined Brabners LLP.

Clients of Squire Patton Boggs rate the β€˜legally and commercially knowledgeable’ team for its β€˜ability to present advice clearly and succinctly’. It handles contentious construction and engineering work in the private and public sectors, and is experienced in infrastructure, transport and nuclear projects, as well as regeneration schemes. On the non-contentious side, it handles renewable energy and energy storage and property development projects. Highlights included advising Princes Limited on its Β£40m redevelopment project in Bradford, West Yorkshire; assisting Gildemeister Energy Solutions with its contract to engineer, procure and construct a solar farm in Scotland; and advising Lagan Construction Group on its bids relating to the procurement, design and construction of energy from waste facilities in Bedfordshire and Bristol. Contentious construction and engineering specialist Sean McCay, who is β€˜able to cut to the key issues and identify the best solutions quickly, and without fuss’, is recommended alongside Julian Scott, who handles non-contentious construction mandates. Matthew Grellier joined Slater Heelis LLP in 2016.

Brabners LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable and approachable’ team advises developers, contractors and subcontractors on port infrastructure and commercial developments, and is experienced in projects in the power, retail, and student accommodation sectors. The team also has dispute resolution expertise and is praised for its β€˜commercial and practical’ approach. Highlights included advising T J Morris on the construction of five new stores, assisting Glenbrook CHD with the development of residential apartment blocks, and acting for The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company on numerous infrastructure projects. Ian Hardman specialises in non-contentious and contentious construction and engineering matters, and is rated for β€˜presenting detail in a clear and concise manner’. Barry Goodall handles contentious and non-contentious mandates, with particular experience in projects and disputes relating to power stations, petrochemical plants, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, nuclear reprocessing plants, and road and rail projects. Senior associate Eleanor Stirrett joined from Hill Dickinson LLP.

The β€˜prompt and practical’ department at Trowers & Hamlins LLP delivers β€˜comprehensive advice’ on non-contentious and contentious construction mandates across the private and public sectors, and is particularly noted for its public procurement expertise. The team advised Wates Construction on the establishment of a joint venture between Wates Construction and THT Developments, and is acting for Trant Group on a number of projects including a five-year engineering framework with National Grid and an EPC contract for a recycling facility in Corby. Other highlights included advising United Living in the North West on its bids for major construction work in the housing sector. David Vayro heads the construction and projects team and advises private and public sector end users, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and funders on procurement, construction and engineering matters. Katie Saunders β€˜provides meaningful advice which doesn’t get you tied up in legalese’; she specialises in complex housing, accommodation and regeneration projects, and also leads on public procurement matters. Senior associate Tom Holroyd focuses on contentious and non-contentious private-sector infrastructure and engineering work.

Weightmans LLP’s β€˜responsive’ department is commended for its β€˜personal approach’ and has an β€˜excellent’ track record in complex, high-value construction disputes. The team recently acted for Southside Regeneration on newbuild office accommodation at the First Street development in Manchester. It is also advising Total Fitness Health Clubs on the expansion of 17 health and fitness clubs across the North of England and Wales, and advised Merseyside Police on the drafting and negotiation of an NEC 3 building contract relating to a new operational command centre. John Cleaveley is noted for his β€˜commercial awareness’ and advises developers, funders, purchasers, tenants, contractors and consultants on building contracts, appointments, warranties and subcontracts. Also recommended are David Rogers, a β€˜clear thinker’ with β€˜vast experience of construction disputes and litigation’; and associate Tom Collins, who is also recommended for construction-related disputes.

CMS’s infrastructure, construction and energy group handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious matters, including major development and regeneration projects and complex litigation. The team is also singled out for its expertise in PFI disputes. Highlights included advising Bupa UK on the construction of its new headquarters at the Regent Building in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, and acting for Marcus Worthington Group on the Β£70m 125 Deansgate development in Manchester. It also represented Stanmore Contractors in a Β£3m claim issued by Bellway Homes regarding alleged defects to dry-lining and insulation works at a property development in Kent. Chris Hallam, who joined in March 2016 from Pinsent Masons LLP, heads the infrastructure, construction and energy group, and is noted for his expertise in structuring, negotiating and drafting of contracts for complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects across the energy, transport, waste management, defence, education and health sectors. The team was also joined by β€˜exceptional’ senior associate Arwyn Jones, who relocated from the firm’s London office and specialises in contentious matters, and associate David Turner, who relocated from the firm’s Sheffield office and handles non-contentious matters.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a wide-ranging track record in national and international construction mandates, including contentious construction and property work, insurance claims, non-contentious contract and documentation advice, and procurement and regulatory matters. The team is acting for The Co-operative Group on issues arising from the defective design and installation of refrigeration at multiple premises owned by the client, and is advising Cheshire West and Chester District Council on major construction and retail development works with a major developer and retailer in Cheshire. CPD Powerline, BBL Company, Black and Veatch, Dawn Construction Glasgow and Alpha Real Capital are also clients. Phillip Fry specialises in construction disputes, and also provides non-contentious advice to owners, developers, contractors and consultants. Regional senior partner Ian McConkey is noted for construction-related professional negligence matters. Harald Loeffler and senior associate Claire Randall-Smith are also recommended for disputes.

Freeths LLP handles a range of construction and engineering disputes, and has developed a particular specialism in acting for large, Spanish EPC contractors on their projects in the UK. The team acts for Duro Felguera on a number of disputes, and recently advised on disputes arising out of its new gas-fired power station in Carrington. Enwesa Operaciones, Bathsystem UK, BDO and Styles & Wood are also clients. The β€˜exceptional’ James Driver heads the team and is singled out for construction and engineering disputes. Senior associate Jennie Jones handles a range of disputes and transactional matters. Hayley Kennedy left the firm in 2016 to join Schneider Electric.

Mills & Reeve LLP is β€˜always pragmatic’ and is β€˜first-class in terms of response times; it has an excellent understanding of the issues, and can pull in a variety of specialists as and when required’. Its expertise spans construction matters in the education, healthcare, arts and entertainment sectors. Highlights included advising Cheval Group on the redevelopment of 55-93 Knightsbridge, London, and assisting The HallΓ© with the appointment of the design team for stage one of the St Peters Church project. The team also advises L Rowlands (Retail) on a number of projects. Catherine Kay is singled out for her ability to β€˜grasp issues quickly and distil advice into plain English’; β€˜her knowledge of construction in Manchester, and the region, is enormously beneficial’. Kay advises on education and health sector mandates, mixed-use developments, student accommodation projects and secured lending work. She is also noted for her experience in the entertainment and arts sectors, and for advising on heritage projects.

SAS Daniels LLP’s track record includes handling construction disputes, project documentation for building and civil engineering, and advising construction designers and consultants on contracts with employers. The team advised Gladman Developments on the construction of a new residential apartment block in Otley, Yorkshire. Extrudakerb (Maltby Engineering), Bolton Sixth Form College and i-Transport LLP are also clients. Roger Allsup is praised for his β€˜attention to detail’ and heads the department, which includes James Clarke, who acts for developers on the acquisition of strategic development sites, particularly for residential housing; and contentious specialist Christopher MacCafferty.

Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its β€˜good, sound, commercial advice’ on non-contentious development transactions, and advises developer clients on construction documents related to office, retail, residential, student accommodation, leisure and industrial developments. The team continues to advise Allied London on construction documentation related to the development of No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester, and advised TIAA Henderson on the five-year redevelopment plan and sale of Festival Place shopping centre in Basingstoke. Neil Armstrong is a β€˜skilled’ and β€˜personable’ senior associate who advises developers on the procurement of projects across the country. He also advises tenants, purchasers and funders on construction issues related to large-scale developments. Associate Sally Haslewood is also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP handles contentious and non-contentious construction mandates involving social, energy, transport, and commercial development projects. The team is representing U+I plc on the Mayfield Project. Amey, Costain, Carillion, Galliford Try, Anchor Trust, WE Black, Co-operative Group and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council are also clients. Steven Cannon, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2016, heads the team, and specialises in construction, engineering and development projects, often with an international element.

Based across its Chester and Liverpool offices, DTM Legal LLP’s construction practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team is defending Rotex Europe Limited in a Β£26m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian firm and advised Dee Tech Services on a dispute with the international owner and operator of a chemical production plant. Anwyl Construction, Foundation Piling, Atmore Developments, Clancy Consulting and Sterling Services are also clients. Jim Morris heads the team, which includes associate Guy Thomas and recently promoted associate Richard Harris.

Pannone Corporate LLP’s β€˜very responsive’ team β€˜punches above its weight’ and provides β€˜pragmatic advice’ on the structuring of construction projects. It also advises on construction disputes, and has expertise in the public sector, with particular emphasis on transport infrastructure, and social housing projects. The team is advising Transport for Greater Manchester on the procurement of the Metrolink light rail system. Legal director Gareth Jessop has β€˜good knowledge of the railway sector and rail projects’ and advises on contentious and non-contentious construction, engineering and technical contract matters. Legal director Kevin Connell is also recommended.

Slater Heelis LLP has β€˜a great amount of experience’ and handles property-related construction work for residential, commercial and industrial developments, as well as construction arbitration and building and engineering adjudication. Consultant Kenneth Salmon, who has a track record in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering projects, is β€˜truly on top of his game’; he is β€˜great with clients, has very good knowledge and is an excellent tactician’. Senior associate Matthew Grellier, who recently joined from Squire Patton Boggs, handles contentious construction matters in the urban development, energy and transport sectors, and also advises on construction documentation for residential and mixed-use developments. Helen Brown heads the team.

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