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A powerhouse in construction’, Burges Salmon LLP’s team is noted for its ‘commercial approach’ and ‘ability to find workable solutions’. Steven James advised longstanding client Ahli United Bank on the sale of a UK-wide student accommodation portfolio to Unite Students. Marcus Harlingcombines first-class industry knowledge with a client-focused approach’. William Gard is recommended for construction disputes.

Osborne Clarke’s team is highly recommended for its ability to handle big-ticket cross-border deals, especially for energy sector clients. Recent highlights include assisting U and I Group on the construction procurement aspects of four developments, and acting for First Solar on the development and subsequent operation and maintenance of a number of solar projects. Jonathan Brooks, Philip Davies and Carl Thompson are ‘extremely capable and hardworking’.

Ashfords LLP’s client list comprises a mix of regional and national clients, including private sector clients and local authorities. Stephen Homer is praised for his ‘understanding of commercial pressures’, and is recommended alongside Patrick Blake for contentious and non-contentious work.

Bevan Brittan LLP advises on a broad spectrum of construction transactions and disputes for public and private sector clients. Louise Robling has been acting for Portsmouth City Council on a series of disputes with Ensign Highways concerning a PFI project. Jonathan Turner has a particular focus on housing and regeneration projects.

Key figures at Clarke Willmott LLP include Peter O’Brien, who specialises in construction disputes; Priscilla Hall; and Zoe Stollard, who acts on non-contentious matters. Clients include MW High Tech Projects, Bouygues UK and EnviTec Biogas.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘extremely responsive’ and provides advice that is ‘always clear and practical’. The firm acts on a wide range of public sector and NHS construction projects, and is advising a growing client base of private health providers on secure and elderly care developments. Highlights for Ben Thornycroft included advising Red & Yellow Care on the £40m redevelopment of a police station in Clapham into a dementia care campus.

TLT has an established reputation for handling transactional work and disputes in the conventional and renewable energy sectors. Key figures include Simon Goss and Neel Mehta, who have ‘profound understanding of the construction industry’; and Tom Wrzesien, who assisted a housing association in relation to disputes regarding a PFI regeneration contract. Ecotricity Group, Midas and Wates Construction are also clients.

Excellent in all respects’, Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ team advises a number of educational institutions and local government clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. Huw Morgan and Jason Prosser are noted for their ‘ability to give straightforward and balanced advice’.

Bond Dickinson LLP handles a variety of work for retail, insurance and energy sector clients such as New Look Retailers, Midas Construction and Network Rail Infrastructure. David Skelton handles transactional matters as well as disputes.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team advised on a number of construction procurement agreements and leases, and also handled a number of big-ticket international projects. Consultant Sarah Jane Hudson is ‘an experienced’ construction lawyer with ‘an exceptionally good and analytical approach’.

Chris Hoar at Foot Anstey is advising British Solar Renewables on a negotiation with a statutory water undertaker relating to the joint procurement of solar photovoltaic facilities. Stephen Ovenden advises clients across a range of sectors on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has significant experience in energy projects.

Michelmores LLPtailors its advice to the needs of the client’. The practice advises on contentious and non-contentious matters for a client base that spans a number of sectors. Gerald Offen has ‘a very detailed understanding of the relevant law’ and is ‘an extremely astute tactician’. Brian Hitchcock is also recommended.

Royds Withy King advises on contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the retail, housing and infrastructure sectors. Philip Banks-Welsh and Graham Street are key figures in the team, which was joined in January 2016 by Andrew Ash from Osborne Clarke.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys's Cheltenham office works closely with colleagues in Worcester across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Lucinda Baker divides time between Cheltenham and Worcester.

At Keystone Law, Martin Howe acts for a number of educational institutions and local authorities on contentious and non-contentious matters. Key practitioners include Jon Close, who joined from BPE Solicitors LLP in March 2016, and Louise Garcia, who has notable experience in contentious construction matters.

At Thrings LLP, Steve McCombe and Eric Livingston handle contentious and non-contentious construction matters, respectively. Bristol Water, Fusion Students, and Anthony Best Dynamics are clients.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is praised for its ability to provide ‘sound advice to help resolve complex issues and queries’. The ‘attentive’ Alan Tate specialises in transactional construction work, acting for clients primarily in the housing, education and health sectors.

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