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Stuart Thompson

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Stuart advises on all non-contentious, contentious and procurement aspects of engineering, construction, energy, infrastructure, facilities management and PFI/PPP projects. This involves all forms of contract and he regularly works with the NEC, JCT, FIDIC, M/F1, ICC and ICE forms as well as bespoke construction and EPC contracts. He also advises on the various appointments published by professional bodies, such as NEC, RIBA and the ACE. Stuart acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors, facilities management contractors and consultants. Recently, Stuart advised a local authority on its £40m engineering dispute with a main contractor. He also advised a university on the suite of construction documents for its £350m new campus project and a main contractor in its multi-million dispute with a local authority employer regarding a high-profile refurbishment and new build project. He also advised a FM contractor on the suite of FM contracts for various PFI projects worth in excess of £500m and has been instructed to advise an employer on the terms of its £1.2bn term service contract.


Trained Beale & Company; qualified 1996; trainee and solicitor Beale & Company 1994-98; associate Fenwick Elliott 1998-2001; head of geography Norwich School 2002-07; associate and partner Mills & Reeve LLP 2007 to date.


Society of Construction Law; TeCSA.


Ipswich School, Colchester Royal Grammar School; University of Hull; College of Law and University of Cambridge.


Boxing, rugby and golf.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘excellent – quick to respond and always coming up with innovative solutions and frameworks for resolving complex problems‘. One client says of the lawyers ‘they didn’t only offer legal advice, but offered legal solutions to business challenges, shaping how we formed  relationships with external companies; the team was excellent and always supportive‘. Another believes the firm is 'outstanding, with very swift turnaround where necessary and always clear, practical and commercial advice'. Consultant Ruth Smith is national head of procurement law and leads the practice and has 16 years' experience in advising public, private and utility sector clients on procurement projects in sectors such as health, government, education and technology. Her practice draws on specialist expertise from many practice areas. She worked with IT partners Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman, and principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones on a key project for the Financial Conduct Authority, which included a variation to an outsourcing services contract and the procurement of a new e-discovery software solution. Wainman and Burton-Jones also acted for Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the procurement of new interconnecting IT systems for an Electronic Patient Records (EPR) and health informatics. Other lawyers who play key roles in the practice include principal associate and litigator Helen Prandy who is 'very bright and gives confident and astute advice'; construction partner Stuart Thompson; commercial and IP partner Greg Gibson ; and head of projects Raith Pickup.

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East Anglia: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Stuart Thompson - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Construction

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘a very knowledgeable law firm that is very approachable and is always looking out for the client’s best interests'. ‘The legal and industry knowledge and the manner in which the team provide advice and strategy for resolution cannot be faulted‘. Litigator and practice head Stuart Thompson  is ‘very committed to his clients‘ and is ‘able to quickly define the key elements of a dispute and is incisive when it comes to the negotiation of settlements or committing to litigation'. He assisted University of Cambridge on the procurement of its new £300m Cavendish III laboratory, which included the drafting of all construction contracts, consultant appointments and negotiations with contractors. He also advised Urban&Civic on several projects including the 5,000-home development at Alconbury Weald and the 6,200-home RadioStation Rugby project. The deep bench of principal associates includes the 'extremely diligent' Alexandra Pike  who is ‘passionate and works closely with clients to build strong relationships‘, and whom clients praise for her ‘strong industry awareness and technical knowledge and her adaptable and flexible approach', Alison Garrett  who is recommended for project management and contentious matters; and Robert Weatherley who frequently handles projects in the education, healthcare, commercial and retail sectors. Consultant Peter Rout is also recommended.

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