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Eversheds LLP has ‘an excellent grasp of current market trends’, particularly pertaining to energy-related construction projects, both domestically and abroad. Practice head Rob McNabb is advising Glennmont on the development of a major biomass project in Teeside. Associate Alison Short provides ‘highly strategic advice’ relating to construction contracts for major infrastructure projects.

As well as significant domestic instructions, including recent work for Rightacres on the development and construction of Wales Broadcasting House, Acuity Legal Limited’s ‘high-quality’ construction team is also picking up an increased level of mandates outside of Wales, such as its representation of the developer on the conversion of a former fire station in Southwark into a free school and the construction of a number of residential and commercial units. Team head James Williams and senior associate Jonathan Culley provide ‘an excellent service and clear guidance’.

At Hugh James, Alun Tobias continues to represent Ely Mill Development Company on the £100m project to remediate and develop a 53-acre brownfield site in Cardiff. Led by the ‘excellentIoan Prydderch, the team advises private and public sector clients including the Welsh government, Willmott Dixon and Raymond Brown. Iwan Jenkins and senior associate Matthew Stevens are also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP handles contentious and non-contentious work for developers, contractors, housing associations and local government. Rachel Gwilliam is advising Cardiff University on the establishment of consultant and contractor framework agreements to support the development, maintenance and management of the university’s estate. Joanna Rees is appreciated by clients for her ability to ‘focus on the important facts and not waste time or effort on peripheral matters’.

Headed by the ‘exceptional’ Philip Graham (who is regarded as a ‘litigator par excellence’), Douglas-Jones Mercerpunches above its weight’ and provides a ‘fantastic level of service’ to clients including Dawnus Construction Holdings, Haywood Homes and Rowecard Holdings. Clients also rate the ‘hardworking’ and ‘tenacious’ Graham for his ability to ‘cut through the nonsense and distil the case into the critical issues’.

At Berry Smith, the ‘commercially minded’ Iwan Doull handles contentious matters for a range of developers, contractors and architects.

On the non-contentious side, Capital Law LLP’s Jeremy Williams is a ‘great lawyer’ with a wealth of expertise, particularly on energy projects. Williams is representing Dragon LNG on the drafting and negotiation of the works contracts for the reliquefaction project at its refinery. The practice is rounded out on the contentious side by the ‘very experienced’ Phil Jones, who is ‘a canny and forceful construction litigator’.

At Darwin Gray LLP, Stephen Thompson handles contentious construction work as part of his broader commercial litigation practice, while Donald Gray focuses on non-contentious work including drafting bespoke amendments to building and engineering contracts.

Morgan LaRoche Limited’s team head Stephen Mundy handles contentious and non-contentious work for a range of clients including housing associations and airport operators.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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