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Jules Harbage

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Walker Morris LLP

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Construction & Engineering




Jules is recognised for his expertise on contracts and disputes for both public and private sector clients. He is particularly skilled in drafting and negotiating building contracts, particularly the JCT and NEC forms for a wide range of projects, from a basement swimming pool for a luxury house in London, to new leisure facilities for a Council. Jules also advises on all forms of dispute resolution, including adjudication, litigation, arbitration, expert determination and mediation. He acts for developers, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and funders.

Jules has developed particular experience in the energy sector, and is part of the Renewables, Energy & Resources Group. He has drafted and negotiated EPC and EPCM contracts, and is familiar with both FIDIC and IChemE forms of contract.

In Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession Jules is noted as being “extremely thorough, knowledgeable and approachable with a very good and deep understanding of construction law.”

Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

Employment partner David Smedley heads the cross-departmental education team at Leeds-based Walker Morris LLP, which also includes construction and engineering partner Jules Harbage as well as lawyers from the energy, infrastructure and government, and regulatory and compliance teams. Recent highlights include advising on academy conversions for Enquire Learning Trust, ECM Trust, Eveleigh Link Academy Trust, Synaptic Trust, and the conversion of Hoyland Common Primary School to a multi-academy trust (MAT), which included the conversion of Ward Green Primary School under the MAT. Led by Harbage, the team has also been working with Leeds College of Art on a major campus extension and with the Leeds College of Building on drafting and negotiating the appointments and building contract for its second phase of campus redevelopment. On the employment side, Smedley has been leading advice to New College Pontefract on the implications of a new trust that will offer sixth form and FE across three sites, and on the TUPE issues relating to the new trust.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate


Within: Construction

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 Harbage ‘mitigates 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.

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