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Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton

Tim Richards

Work 01908 247010

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Construction law team, property section. Member of charity, education and banking groups.


Head of construction dealing with all aspects of construction law including the drafting of all forms of contract documentation and the resolution of disputes through adjudication litigation or arbitration; head of PFI unit, advising on PFI projects. Tim also works from the firm’s Northampton office.


Articled Evershed & Tomkinson; qualified 1985; assistant solicitor in litigation department Linklaters & Paines from qualification in 1985-96; partner Hewitsons 1996.


Society of Construction Law; Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry.


Caterham School; University College, Cardiff (1982 LLB Hons); College of Law, Guildford (1983 Law Society Finals).


Golf, skiing.

East Anglia: Real estate


Within: Construction

Hewitsons handles high-profile projects that encompass commercial, residential and infrastructure projects such as the Northstowe project in Cambridgeshire for the Homes & Communities Agency, which is now known as Homes England. This multimillion-pound project will see the creation of 10,000 new-build homes and will see Northstowe become the largest new town since the development of Milton Keynes. The work included drafting the NEC3 contract for a tender for the highways and infrastructure contractor for the development of Northstowe, and assisting with detailed and complex contract negotiations. The practice is now led from Milton Keynes by Tim Richards but the Cambridge office has experienced construction lawyers in managing partner Colin Jones and legal director Lorna Carter, who have worked together for more than 20 years. Carter led the Northstowe project. She also worked with Jones on behalf of the UK's largest family-owned business, Marshall Group Properties, on an £80m development project that will see the creation of 1,300 homes, a primary school, shopping centre, replacement petrol filling station, playing fields, allotments and open space infrastructure. Another key project for Carter was a £25m project for St Andrew’s Healthcare to expand its mental health facilities at a site in Birmingham.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The 'professional and helpful' team at Hewitsons is praised for its 'quick and efficient responses, pragmatic advice' and for its willingness to 'keep clients regularly appraised of progress'. The practice acts for a range of clients, including SMEs, property funds, institutional investors and private trusts on a variety of real estate transactions, including property financing. It also has a strong reputation for public sector regeneration work, covering town centre regeneration and brownfield site development work. Recent highlights include advising Bedford College on the transfer of all the assets (including a portfolio of 12 properties) from Tresham College to the client following Tresham College's dissolution; acting for Homes England on the sale of a brownfield site in central Milton Keynes' business district; and handled the transfer of a portfolio of seven investment properties from a partnership to a new company, as well as the refinancing of the portfolio by Svenska Handelsbanken. Clients single out practice head David Wells, for his 'technical knowledge of property law'. Also recommended are Yvette Morgan, who regularly acts for developers and public sector entities on housing and mixed-use developments, and Tim Richards, whose track record covers contentious and non-contentious construction and procurement issues.

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Within: Construction

Hewitsons acts for developers, contractors and consultants on a range of commercial, residential and infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the education sector. In an illustration of is track record in education sector related construction mandates, practice head Tim Richards was part of a team advising Mansfield College, Oxford on a teaching and student accommodation project, which involved handling all the construction documentation, and acted for the Woolf Institute on a project to develop a new HQ at Westminster College, Cambridge. Other recent highlights include advising MK Gallery on the expansion of its exhibition space to accommodate a range of new facilities including a cinema, performances and events, historical and contemporary exhibitions and a café. Colin Jones and Lorna Carter are also recommended.

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