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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Simon Oats

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Simon is Head of Eversheds Global Construction and Engineering Group. He deals with all construction contractual issues and is praised by 'The Legal 500' and 'Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession' for his strong reputation. He is responsible for managing the construction services provided to property and development clients, whether public or private sector, across Eversheds.

Simon advises on a full range of procurement options in particular on JCT, ICE, ECC, FIDIC and bespoke contract conditions for a wide range of projects acting for employers, contractors and members of the professional team. He has particular experience of major projects procured under the private finance initiative and regeneration projects. He and his team are therefore well used to meeting the challenge of complex ventures involving a range of legal disciplines and a multiplicity of interested parties.

Whilst his emphasis is on sound contractual structures supported by a partnering ethos, Simon is also able to assist in the identification and resolution of construction disputes. He has wide experience of technology and construction court matters, arbitrations and adjudications. He is also a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and early expert evaluation.

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Jonathan Douglas heads the London construction team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which acted in a £17m dispute that arose between Mailbox (Birmingham) Limited and Galliford Try Building Limited concerning the refurbishment of the iconic Mailbox development in Birmingham. The practice also acted for EPC contractor Wartsila in its $70m dispute with a Korean company concerning the construction in the Middle East of the world's biggest tri-fuel power plant. On the transactional side, the team is acting for Legal & General on the £48.3m business acquisition from Urban & Civic of a Hampton by Hilton franchise at Stansted Airport; advising on the maintenance, regeneration and upgrade of a high-end residential and commercial multibillion-pound portfolio in the West End and Mayfair; and advising Letter One on all construction aspects of the corporate disposal of 11 student accommodation developments in the United Kingdom, worth £850m. Other clients include Qatar National Bank, Hammerson, Dairy Crest, Sisk Group, NVT, and SNC Lavalin. Simon Oats is global head of construction based in the London office.

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