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The ‘strength in depth’ at Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘simply unrivalled’. The team, which is praised for its ‘strong sector knowledge and commercial awareness’, advised NNB Generation Company on the £18bn procurement of Hinkley Point C, and advised York Potash on the design and construction of a £1.7bn potash mine in North Yorkshire. The ‘first-rate’ Graham Alty leads the transactional construction and projects team, while Michael Hopkins (who attracts praise for his ‘sound knowledge of construction law’) leads the contentious practice. Anthony Bradley’s ‘advice is focused and is always on point’. Mark Job is also recommended. Chris Hallam joined Nabarro LLP in March 2016.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘unfailingly swift, accurate, and reliable’ department advises on contentious and non-contentious matters, and recently acted for Octagon on a multi-party claim against John Laing Construction and John Laing Plc, in jointly managed proceedings against Carillion and Hoare Lea. It also advised Manhattan Loft Gardens on a mixed-use development in Stratford, London. Jonathan Tattersall splits his time between London and Manchester and is rated for his combination of ‘tactical excellence and good industry and legal knowledge’. Also recommended are Nancy McGuire, who is ‘extremely well versed’, and managing associate Alison Fagan, who has ‘strong client-handling skills’ and is noted for PFI litigation.

DLA Piper UK LLP welcomed new team head Paul Giles, David Moss and Nigel Proctor from Eversheds LLP. Clients include United Utilities Water, Unilever, Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive and BAM Construct. Jim Pinsent has retired, while Earle Brady joined Napthens LLP and Daniel Jude re-joined the team in Liverpool after a period of time in the firm’s Dubai office.

DWF’s ‘highly experienced’ team advised Alumno Development on a range of nationwide student accommodation schemes, and acted for Muse Developments and Warrington Borough Council in relation to the £500m redevelopment of Warrington Town Centre. Paul O’Kane heads the national construction, infrastructure and projects team, while Paul Barge leads the North West team.

The department at Eversheds LLP is praised for its combination of ‘in-depth specialist knowledge and good market understanding’. In an illustration of its capability in high-value, complex construction and engineering projects, the practice advised Network Rail on the procurement of the Northern Hub Alliance, a £600m railway upgrade programme. Department head Simon Chamberlain is recommended alongside Chris Pickens, who ‘brings an energetic and practical approach’. Paul Giles - David Moss and Nigel Proctor left the firm to join DLA Piper UK LLP.

The ‘strong’ team at Gateley Plc acts for clients such as ACE European Group, Keepmoat and Manchester City Football Club. Contentious team heads Karen Spencer (who is ‘excellent on disputes’) and Emlyn Hudson (who is ‘first-rate’) are recommended alongside senior associate Hayley Sullivan, who heads the non-contentious team.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ department advised X1 Developments on the procurement of construction works and services for the last parcel of land at the Liverpool ONE shopping, residential and leisure complex. David Chinn and Alan Pugh head the team, which includes Michael Woolley, David Oram and Tricia Morrison, who joined from Napthens LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs advised Lundy Projects on contractual issues relating to a rail project, and advised Hazel on the development and negotiation of EPC Contracts for four new UK commercial solar projects. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Sean McCay specialises in contentious matters, while Julian Scott leads on non-contentious instructions and is noted for his ‘attention to detail’.

Recent highlights for Brabners LLP include advising T J Morris on a £9m development. Team head Ian Hardman and Barry Goodall are recommended.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has both public and private sector expertise and acts for clients including Amey LG, Cartrefi Gwynedd, Great Places Housing Group and Places for People Group. Team head David Vayro is recommended alongside senior associate Tom Holroyd and Katie Saunders, who ‘demonstrates a brilliant grasp of the client’s needs’.

Weightmans LLP advised Ligna Biomass on a contract for the manufacture and supply of two continuous ship unloaders for a new biomass storage facility at the Port of Liverpool. John Cleaveley ‘is able to cut to the crux of an issue and focus on the points that are important to the client’. David Rogers joined the team from Shepherd and Wedderburn in May 2015.

At DAC Beachcroft LLPPhillip Fryreally gets stuck into the detail of the case’.

James Driver heads the team at Freeths, which ‘provides strong legal advice coupled with sound commercial solutions’.

The ‘client-friendly’ Catherine Kay leads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which ‘consistently delivers’.

The ‘brilliant’ Roger Allsup joined SAS Daniels LLP from DWF in 2015. James Clarke and Christopher MacCafferty are also recommended.

Neil Armstrong heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which advises a range of private sector clients on development transactions.

Legal director Gareth Jessop leads the ‘experienced’ department at Pannone Corporate LLP, which is particularly noted for its expertise in transport infrastructure.

Helen Brown heads the team at Slater Heelis LLP, which includes Kenneth Salmon.

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