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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

115 COLMORE ROW, BIRMINGHAM, B3 3AL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0845 497 97 97
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Fax 0845 497 1900
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13004 BIRMINGHAM
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www.eversheds.com

David Jones

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Work +44 121 232 1176
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Eversheds Sutherland

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David is a Partner in our litigation and dispute management group and is a dual qualified lawyer and civil engineer.  He specialises in advising on non-contentious construction and engineering matters and has acted for public, private and utility company employers as well as consultants, contractors and funders in construction projects including PFI schemes.  He also advises on mechanical & electrical, process plant and infrastructure contracts.  David is experienced in the full range of standard form construction contracts including JCT, ICE, MF/1 and IChemE forms and is a particular specialist in advising on the NEC suite of contracts.  He also has significant experience of drafting bespoke agreements including complex alliancing and framework arrangements, particularly in the water and gas utilities sectors.

His recent experience includes: acting as construction adviser to Anglian Water in relation to their current five year £1 Billion capital investment programme for the procurement of water and wastewater infrastructure; acting for National Grid Gas in the procurement of their gas distribution pipeline and electricity transmission alliance agreements; acting for the employer in procuring the Coventry Arena regeneration project, including the new Coventry City Football Club stadium.

David worked for ten years in the construction industry prior to converting to become a solicitor and is a Chartered Civil Engineer.

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Position

Partner


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'strong support in the specialist area of procurement and real estate', according to one client. In recent highlights, CGN Europe - a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned utility - instructed a team led by Jason Lovell to oversee its acquisition of onshore wind assets in Ireland, and the group is currently leading the advice to National Grid on a complex business separation and subsequent sale proceedings. Cardiff-based  Iwan Walters assisted EDF with the disposal of five onshore wind assets to Greencoat UK Wind, and Birmingham's David Jones is currently intervening in the EPC contract negotiation ownership, EPC and cabling arrangements with regards to a major interconnector project between the UK and mainland Europe. The team's construction and engineering arm was recently bolstered by the arrival of Richard Streeter from CMS and the corporate offering benefited from James Vernon 's hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Michelle T Davies heads the firm's clean energy practice and co-heads the team with Robert Pitcher who spearheads the international infrastructure and energy outfit.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham

Within: Commercial property: Birmingham

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles agenda-setting transactions across real estate asset classes, ranging from infrastructure and retail through to office space and residential. David Jones handles commercial developments and heads the firm’s Birmingham real estate team – he advised SEGRO EMG on the site acquisition and pre-letting elements of the planned East Midlands Gateway rail freight terminal. Gurjit Atwal is the firm’s global real estate sector head – he handles retail, student housing and leisure deals such as advising Landsec on purchasing three outlet centres from Hermes Investment Management for £333m, which was partially structured through Jersey Property Unit Trusts (JPUTs). Helen Annable advised a hospitality company on the sale of 73 pubs across Great Britain as going concerns for £50m. Meg Heppel advised HM Revenue and Customs on pre-letting 22,300 sq m of space in 3 Arena Central. Philip Medford, the head of the residential development practice, advised Taylor Wimpey on purchasing the former Flightshed in Longridge for residential development in a transaction conditional on remediation. Mark Chester is a new hire from Gowling WLG – he and Iftkhar Ahmed advised Iron Mountain on the purchase of two leasehold data centres for £83m – one in Slough, the other in Singapore. Other clients include the Blackstone Group, which Atwal advised on selling a £460m social housing portfolio to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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Construction

Within: Construction

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘aware of all the current issues contractors face in entering building contracts and adept at handling negotiations to reach a suitable point to allow projects to proceed’. David Jones, working with the firm’s Manchester office, continues to advise Severn Trent Water and Dee Valley Water on creating a new framework agreement for procuring water treatment plants and pipe networks. Jones also advises Network Rail on a proposed people mover connecting Luton Airport Parkway railway station to Luton Airport 2km away. Peter Scurlock continues to advise NNB Generation Company, a subsidiary of EDF Energy, on several contracting packages for the Hinkley Point C project, including the construction of several marine tunnels required to cool the reactor. He also advises Lynemouth Power on the conversion of the eponymous coal-fired power station to biomass wood pellets, but away from energy also advised Nikal on procuring 600 apartments across three buildings as part of the Exchange Square development in central Birmingham. Formerly a principal associate at the firm, Michael Shires is now Head of Legal at Hill & Smith Holdings.

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