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One of the best out there’, Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team is lauded for its ‘commercially astute approach’ and ‘can always be relied upon for sound advice’. David Shaw leads the practice and advised Scotia Gas Networks on the construction of new gas infrastructure in Northern Ireland. The ‘approachableJames Reynolds assisted Peel Energy with several wind farm projects, and continues to advise Muse Developments on multiple national residential and industrial schemes. Joe Wilkinson and John Emerton focus on contentious matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘outstanding’ seven-partner team is ‘by far the most experienced in energy matters’, according to one client. Stacey Collins (whose ‘commitment is unparalleled’) advised Drax Power on the conversion of three power units to run on sustainable biomass. Practice head Simon Plunkett specialises in infrastructure issues, and also has experience in adjudications and mediations. John Williams has notable expertise in the rail, power and highway sectors.

The ‘impressive and knowledgeableZakir Mulla leads the practice at Squire Patton Boggs, which was joined by Matthew Mulqueen from Bracewell (UK) LLP; he splits his time between Leeds and London and focuses on energy projects with a substantial international element. Highlights included advising Vestas Eastern Africa on several wind turbines installations. James Duckworth joined from Nabarro LLP and assisted the Wykeland Group with the development of the C4DI building in Hull. The department is also recognised for its public sector work.

Walker Morris LLP has ‘some of the best legal advisers in the field’ and its team is ‘friendly and sensible, with in-depth and practical knowledge’. Litigator Martin Scott leads the four-partner team, which is strong in the energy, food and education sectors. Clients include Arla Foods, Starbucks and Unite Group. Tom Peel is singled out for his ‘ability to cut straight to the real issues’; he recently advised Far East Orchard on the construction aspects of its acquisition of a development site in Newcastle. Jules Harbage is ‘very approachable and gives practical solutions’. Simon Anderson retired.

Ian Doig (‘a trusted adviser who is ahead of the pack’) leads the ‘excellent and responsive’ department at DLA Piper UK LLP, which has significant experience in EPC contracts. Recent highlights include assisting Threesixty Developments on several national student accommodation schemes. Other clients include Unilever, Sellafield, British Airways and National Grid.

Eversheds LLP specialises in the energy, education and infrastructure sectors, and regularly handles projects at a national and international level. Jo Hatton-Jones leads the department and specialises in non-contentious mandates. Mary Anne Roff is recommended for contentious issues. David Moss joined DLA Piper UK LLP in Manchester.

Richard Piper leads the department at Gordons LLP, which recruited Patrick Kemp in 2015 from Watson Burton LLP. The team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters for a client list that includes contractors, developers and sub-contractors. Anjon Mallik is recommended for construction disputes.

Construction boutique Hawkswell Kilvington Limited provides ‘a fantastic niche service’. Jonathan Hawkswell leads the practice and specialises in contentious matters, while the ‘client-centric’ David Kilvington focuses on the non-contentious side. Daniel Silberstein is praised for being ‘easy to work with, professional and hardworking’.

Nabarro LLP’s team is made up of some ‘truly excellent lawyers’ including the well-regarded Martin McKervey and Fraser Askham, who is recognised for his contentious expertise. McKervey represented Biffa Waste Services in several disputes against a contractor arising from a new waste energy plant. Other clients include Amey, Tarmac and Henry Boot. James Duckworth moved to Squire Patton Boggs.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, Andrew Marsh and Simon Arnold are recommended for construction disputes on a national and international scale. Clients include engineers, contractors, surveyors and project managers. Associate Christine Burrows specialises in non-contentious issues.

DWF has a strong focus on energy and infrastructure mandates; recent examples include advising South Staffordshire Water on an infrastructure procurement. Other clients include Scottish Power, Babcock International Group and Aecom. Andrew Symms leads the department, which includes director Shaun Hill who joined from Addleshaw Goddard LLP.

Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield-based team has ‘a balanced approach and sound knowledge of the practice area’. Led by the ‘pragmatic and commercially aware’ Julie Morrissy, the team includes ‘highly strategic’ litigator Steven Bate, who is based in Leeds. Morrissy advised Sheffield Hallam University on the construction of a faculty building.

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