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Addleshaw Goddard’s team is ‘excellent in every way, and can be relied on for fast, accurate and solid advice’. The group has notable strength in work concerning process engineering, as well as advising utilities companies and national developers, including SSE and the National Grid. David Shaw, who is a specialist in utilities, energy and infrastructure projects, is advising on various projects for United Utilities, including assisting with a Cumbrian water pipeline and the construction of new wastewater treatment facilities, and is handling various projects for HS1, including advising on Transport for London’s proposed extension of the Barking Overground line, and redoing HS1s precedent protective provisions agreement. James Reynolds has expertise in large infrastructure projects and renewables and is advising the joint Houses of Parliament on the restoration of the Palace of Westminster. John Emerton, who provides ‘good strategic counsel’, is representing Yorkshire Water in an adjudication brought by one of its partners. Joe Wilkinson has ‘a knack of seeing a position from the opponents view point’ and managing associate Ally MacKenzie is ‘one to watch’.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s sizeable team is stands out for its ‘depth of lawyers and excellent industry knowledge’. Team head Simon Plunkett is ‘very thoughtful and provides extremely well thought-out and reasoned advice’. Stacey Collins is ‘calm and quick-thinking during negotiations and strategy discussions, and is committed to helping clients achieve their objectives’, and Melanie Grimmitt has ‘the intellectual strength, drive, energy and enthusiasm to deliver large, complex projects’. The group has considerable strength handling infrastructure projects, adjudications and mediations, and advising clients in the rail, energy and transport sectors. Collins’ recent work includes advising the University of Huddersfield on numerous major construction and engineering projects, assisting Leeds City Council with a large infrastructure project involving the construction of a new road, and handling multiple projects for Hanson Group, including new builds, and work concerning regeneration, mining, demolitions, plant modifications, IT installations and emission control matters. Grimmitt advised E.ON on a battery storage procurement project, which had cross-border elements involving Italy and Germany. Other clients include Carillion, Amey, Balfour Beatty, Drax Power and Renew Holdings. Richard Anderson joined Gateley Plc.

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its ‘excellent’ industry knowledge. Practice head Zakir Mullais particularly good at adjusting contract clauses’ and has strengths in major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. His recent highlights include advising Calderdale Council on the redevelopment of Piece Hall, a Grade I listed building in Halifax and the construction of a new library, and advising Muse Developments on the construction of a landmark office building for Conwy County Borough Council. Matthew Mulqueen, who splits his time between Houston and the UK, is advising GSC Holdings, as its international legal counsel, on the development of ten phases of a 500MW photovoltaic solar development in Northern Cameroon. James Duckworth, who divides his time between the UK and Dubai, focuses on major development and infrastructure projects particularly in the energy, waste, transport and healthcare sectors. New clients include MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Gildemeister Energy Solutions and Radiant Energy (Mauritius).

At Walker Morris LLP, the overall service and industry knowledge is ‘excellent’ and its ‘very attentive and highly trained’ team responds ‘efficiently’. Team head Martin Scott focuses on contentious issues, Jules Harbagemitigates risk and provides comprehensive advice’, Tom Peel handles non-contentious and contentious matters and senior associate Joanne McNamara focuses on student accommodation projects. Harbage recently advised the Port of Tilbury on a £12m bespoke contract with the Environment Agency for the replacement of existing navigational gates at the port. Peel is advising St James Securities on the development of a £35m retail park on a former college site in Sheffield, and advised Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on construction contracts with the main contractor for the redevelopment of Barnsley town centre, and also assisted Fairbriar Developments Scarborough with a new residential and commercial development in Manchester. Peel and Harbage defended the Kier Group in three adjudications brought simultaneously by a subcontractor. Other highlights include advising Principal Hayley Hotels on the £50m refurbishment of a building in Liverpool to construct a five-star hotel, and representing Yorkshire Building Services in a cross-border dispute with a Danish manufacturer of textile ducts, regarding defects in the ducts.

Specialist construction firm Barton Legal Limited is well regarded nationally. Bill Barton, who is president of the Leeds Law Society, provides ‘great client service at highly competitive rates’ and the firm is ‘a great alternative to some of the London construction practices’. The practice has particular expertise in drafting and negotiating specialist bespoke contracts in relation to wind farms and renewable energy such as solar and biomass, as well as standard construction projects.

CMS’ practice, which is known for its strengths handling large infrastructure and construction projects in the development, regeneration, energy, renewables and waste sectors, is jointly headed by Fraser Askham and Martin McKervey. The latter is representing Biffa in four-party litigation proceedings in the High Court against MW High Tech Projects UK, West Sussex County Council and Megtec Environmental, in a dispute pertaining to defects, time extensions and termination issues regarding the design, construction and commissioning of Biffa’s new flagship energy waste plants in Horsham. Chris Hallam joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and has expertise in drafting contracts for complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and associate Jenny Whipps provides ‘cost-effective’ advice.

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, energy, infrastructure and property development sectors. He also advises on development agreements, building contracts, regeneration schemes and process facilities. Recent highlights include handling various projects for Threesixty Developments, including the sale of a 15-unit student accommodation portfolio and two private rental-sector assets, and advising Tata Technologies on the construction of its new headquarters in Warwick. Legal director Ben Peecock, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard, assisted Henry Boot Developments with the construction documents pertaining to the construction of a new international exhibition and conference centre in Scotland.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for national and international clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors, on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Jo Hatton-Jones regularly advises major international clients in the process, utilities and energy sectors on the procurement of key construction projects, and principal associate Chris Vickers specialises in the infrastructure, retail and energy sectors. Recent highlights include advising a national retailer on its framework agreements with contractors; advising on the procurement of a new sewage treatment works project for a local council; and assisting a technology manufacturing company with an EPC contract for an offshore wind project. Key clients include Next, the University of Leeds and Morrisons.

Gordons LLP provides ‘excellent advice and has good industry knowledge’. ‘Professional’ practice head Richard Piper has strengths in both contentious and non-contentious matters, handles large property development schemes, litigation, arbitration, and adjudication, and also has notable expertise in renewable energy and chemical and process engineering projects. The team is advising Opus North on a substantial Yorkshire-based retail development scheme, including handling contract negotiations with a forward-funding investor, commercial tenants, professional design consultants and the main building contractor. Piper is also handling the negotiation of various engineering contracts with numerous contractors for BASF regarding the redevelopment of the client’s Bradford-based chemical works site.

Hawkswell Kilvington Limited provides ‘excellent in-depth niche knowledge and exceptional value for money’. Jonathan Hawkswell provides ‘incredible accessibility and really thinks outside the box and recognises opportunities that will benefit the client’. The ‘tenacious’ Daniel Silberstein is ‘well able to think on his feet’ and ‘impressive’ Thomas Salter, who specialises in contentious matters, ‘is able to summarise complex legal and contractual points very well’. David Kilvington recently advised Electricity North West on contract negotiations for a £12m upgrade of its on-site electricity distribution systems at a major food manufacturing site, and also advised social housing provider Accent Housing on a £25m ten-year bespoke maintenance contract for its properties.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice is led by Andrew Marsh, who acts for general contractors, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers, and specialist sub-contractors, as well as having niche strengths in assisting major insurance clients with CAR and liability claims arising from domestic and international construction and engineering projects. Marsh is defending professional indemnity insurers, public liability insurers and the insured, an electrical engineer, against a claim for damages concerning a fire at a retail park. Christine Burrows, who heads the non-contentious team, acts for developers, funders, NHS bodies and local authorities; she advised West Yorkshire Combined Authority on the procurement and construction of a multimillion-pound framework for municipal engineering, transport and regeneration projects. Simon Arnold left to become a barrister.

DWF is known for its expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, and advises suppliers and purchasers, as well as having strengths in high-value contentious process engineering work in the energy and chemicals sectors. Team head Andrew Symms and senior associate Christian Hellmund have notable renewables expertise and act for several German clients. Other work includes handling EPC contracts and framework agreements for South Staffordshire Water; managing framework agreements for Whitbread, which includes advising on forward funding deals; and assisting Discovery Park with the construction of a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant. Other clients include ScottishPower, Babcock International, Doosan Power Systems and Vensys Energy.

Irwin Mitchell’s team has expertise in advising on EPC contracts, building contracts, collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees, development agreements, and engineering, construction and energy matters. Recent highlights include assisting Hardy Mills with preparing construction documents for the conversion of an existing property in to nine apartments and the construction of three new build mews houses. The team is also advising Sheffield Hallam University on the construction of a research centre as part of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park, which is being supported by a £14m grant from the Department of Health. Consultant Steven Bate handles contentious matters. Julie Morrissy joined Keystone Law.

Kennedys is one client’s ‘first point of call for contractual legal advice’. Practice head Sarah Maylor is ‘extremely impressive’ and is ‘unflappable, calm and sensible when things get tough’. Associate Helen Johnson is ‘an excellent lawyer who gets stuck into the detail’ and Helen Neale is ‘impressive’. Highlights on the contentious side included representing Cruden Construction in a £1m termination claim on a design and build contract, and representing Black & Veatch and its insurers in a multi-party claim from its sub-sub-contractor relating to asbestos damage arising from construction at the claimant’s property. Other work included advising various SPV subsidiaries of Fortress One on the redevelopment of eight mixed-use developments in London.

Gosschalks’ practice is jointly headed by Matthew Fletcher, who leads on contentious work and is ‘a very able and thoughtful construction lawyer’, and Chris Groves who handles non-contentious issues. The team has notable expertise advising on rail infrastructure and renewables matters. Recent highlights include handling construction documentation for Litton Parkgate regarding a demolition and subsequent new build project in Rotherham and advising Arnold White Estates on the £1.5m installation of a wind turbine, which included negotiating collateral warranties. Other clients include Horncastle Group, C Spencer, Dome Technology and Beaumont Morgan.

Rollits LLP’s team is ‘highly accessible, professional, knowledgeable and goes beyond what clients expect’. Practice head David Myers has ‘an overall appreciation of all property-related matters from land purchase to building contract law’ and Caroline Hardcastle handles contentious matters, in particular adjudications and health and safety-related disputes. The team is advising Reckitt Benckiser on the building contracts for a new £100m Centre of Scientific Excellence in Hull, and is advising a care facility on building contracts and sub-contractor warranties.

Shulmans LLP’s ‘very professional and client-facing’ practice advises public and private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including JCT, FIDIC, and PFI contracts and TCC enforcement proceedings and arbitrations. Team head and ‘seasoned litigatorPhil Morrison is ‘excellent at seeing strengths and weaknesses in clients’ cases’ and has ‘great knowledge’ of building disputes. Highlights included advising Town Centre Securities on construction procurement documents relating to refurbishment works at a retail shopping centre; representing Ground Developments in an adjudication concerning an NEC contract; and handling building contracts and collateral warranty packages for nine tenants of a development scheme on behalf of 4Urban Consulting.

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