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Blake Morgan LLP’s broad client base covers both public and private sectors. Highlights for practice head Richard Wade included representing Bouygues UK in adjudication proceedings and acting for Southampton City Council in a claim pertaining to defective building works before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC). David Evans, Edward McMullen, Jessica Tresham and James Bessey, who joined from DWF in 2015, are also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP stands out for its ‘client-focused approach’ and ‘excellent response times’. David Savage has extensive experience in the Middle East and is advising the on the procurement strategy for the modernisation of Bahrain International Airport. Senior associates Andrew Keeley, Kate Knox and Fiona Thompson are also recommended. Stephen Rockhill joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2015.

Dentons’ ‘excellent’ team is led by Alastair Young and includes recently promoted partners Gurbinder Grewal (who is ‘a strong negotiator’) and the ‘very brightAkin Akinbode. Managing associate Shaun Tame is part of a team advising Delfont Mackintosh Theatres on the refurbishment and redevelopment of the Victoria Palace Theatre, while managing associate Jane Miles is assisting HOOPP/Verdion with a £400m logistics development.

Sheridan Gold LLP’s ‘excellent’ team acts for clients including BAM Nuttall, Eurobuild and Schindler. Founding partner Peter Sheridan is a construction heavyweight and is highly regarded for his track record in PFI disputes, notably in the waste and recycling space. Also recommended are fellow founder Jonathan Gold, who is ‘a clear thinker with a pragmatic approach to disputes’, Jane Ryland and Michael Draper.

At Brachers, Michael Janney has extensive contentious experience and is regularly called on to act in adjudications. Clients include FM Conway and Neilcott Construction Group. Claire Barwick joined Cripps LLP in 2015.

At Clarkslegal LLP, practice head David Rintoul acted in the drafting and negotiation of two EPC contracts on behalf of Sierra Rutile for the design and construction of two mineral sands pre-concentration plants in Sierra Leone.

Cripps LLP is recommended for its ‘efficient response times’. Andrew Harbourne leads the team, which includes Bill Mackie and disputes specialist Nitej Davda. Harbourne is advising Kato Kagaku on the refurbishment of the Aldwych Quarter.

Hewitsons routinely attracts high-profile instructions from education-sector clients. Tim Richards is advising Mansfield College on the construction documentation for a mixed teaching and student accommodation project.

Former civil engineer Paul Brampton leads the team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), which is valued for its ‘attention to detail’. Highlights included advising Aviva on construction documents pertaining to Aviva Tower. Consultant Ross Humphries and senior solicitor Steven Hayward are also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell’s construction practice (which was inherited from legacy firm Thomas Eggar LLP following the merger of both firms) has a strong pedigree handling projects for further education colleges. Mark Clinton is advising Lambeth College on the procurement process of the proposed development of its Vauxhall campus. Senior associate Sarah Evans is valued for her ‘excellent negotiation skills’.

Stevens & Bolton LLP bolstered its non-contentious capabilities with the arrival of Stephen Rockhill from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Matthew Needham-Laing’s team has notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and oil and gas sectors.

DMH Stallard LLP’s Stephen Royle is a key name for non-contentious construction matters and is frequently instructed to draft appointment documents and assist with the procurement process.

EMW Law LLP’s highlights included advising Bidvest Foodservice on the fit out of a food storage and distribution facility. Michael Chilton and consultant Derryn Rolfe are the key names.

Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Richard Millard, who regularly acts in adjudications and advises on draft contracts for professional appointments.

At Gullands Solicitors, David Brown is adept at handling adjudications and assisting with JCT contracts. Clients include Birkby Construction and IDS Builders.

Key names in Mundays LLP’s team include non-contentious specialists Pippa Beesley and Kevin Healy, and dispute resolution practice head Joseph Kean.

Pitmans LLP’s David Gwillim has niche expertise in marine engineering and was recently involved in a long-running dispute concerning a capital dredging contract in Venezuela.

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