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CMS’ team is best known for its strengths handling large infrastructure and construction projects in the development, energy, renewables and waste sectors. Fraser Askham, who handles contentious and transactional matters, and Martin McKervey, who focuses on key infrastructure projects in the region including those connected to the Northern Powerhouse scheme, jointly head the team. Recent highlights include advising Viridor Laing on the £4.5bn Great Manchester Waste PFI project and advising on the £70m Deansgate development in Manchester. It also has an active disputes practice and McKervey represented new client Primetals Technologies in a dispute with Clyde Process and Schenck Process regarding the design and supply of a pulverised coal injection plant, which is part of Sahaviriya Steel Industries’ blast furnace in the Tees Valley. NG Bailey, New Era Development and Zeus Renewables are also new clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s global healthcare projects team is led by Kate Orviss, who has expertise in advising NHS Trusts with international ventures, assisting with EPC contracts in the Middle East and handling significant railway development projects in the Middle East and Africa. John Bruce handles domestic and international large-scale infrastructure and energy projects, and advises public and private sector clients and project funders in the waste-to-energy and waste management sectors; he has particular expertise in merchant waste projects. Senior associate Gemma Wilson specialises in PPPs and advises clients involved in health and student accommodation projects. Orviss is advising on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health programme, which is government-backed and involves building 11 1000-bed hospitals and training and research facilities and 89 polyclinics in India. Other highlights include assisting Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust with the procurement of its £29.3m managed equipment service contract; advising the University of Essex on the procurement of a 643-room student residence development at the client’s Colchester campus; and assisting BH EnergyGap with the delivery of a 200,000 tonne 25MW thermal treatment plant in Walsall.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice is led by Ian Doig, who handles the non-contentious aspects of construction and engineering projects, with a particular emphasis on the manufacturing, nuclear and energy sectors. He advises on development and project agreements, building and engineering contracts, regeneration schemes and process facilities. Legal director Ben Peecock focuses on large-scale development, energy and infrastructure projects, including wind, solar, nuclear and highways matters. Doig led a cross-office team from the UK, Singapore and Tanzania in advising a client on the construction of a new tea factory, which included assisting with the delivery of renewable energy supplies, and also advised a UK-based client on the construction of new mezzanine flooring structures within its national distribution centre, and the construction of a new building adjacent to the distribution centre.

At Squire Patton Boggs, key partner Zakir Mulla is closely supported by Matthew Mulqueen, who splits his time between Leeds and Houston, and James Duckworth, who divides his time between the UAE and Leeds. Mulla focuses on construction, engineering and infrastructure projects in the energy and utilities, development and infrastructure sectors, and also advises on major regeneration projects for local authorities, the Homes and Communities Agency, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Mulqueen is advising Vestas Southern Africa, as the wind turbine supplier and installer, on three onshore wind projects in South Africa, totalling over 400 MW.

At Walker Morris LLP, David Kilduff, who leads the energy, infrastructure and government group, and Ben Sheppard are the key partners The duo have strengths in advising public and private sector clients on projects and commercial contracts, particularly in the leisure, waste and energy sectors. The team recently advised St James Securities on the construction of a new £35m retail park and advised Fairbriar Developments Scarborough on a new residential and commercial scheme in Manchester. Other highlights include assisting Unite Integrated Solutions with a new student accommodation building in Portsmouth, which also includes commercial space, and acting for Capita in a dispute with civil engineering contactor Owen Pugh over works carried out in Teesside.

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