Construction in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's 'highly knowledgeable and efficient' team in Nottingham acts for contractors, consultants and developers in major national and international construction projects. In addition to providing full-service advice on non-contentious matters, it also represents clients in disputes. Michael Sadler, who leads on many of the firm's key mandates, advised an international contractor on its preparation of various construction documents facilitating the procurement of high-quality fit-out works across a range of locations in Europe and Africa. Senior associate Mark Stubbs predominantly advises national contractors and developers on contractual agreements and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sadler

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stubbs


‘Michael Sadler – always available and never misses a trick.’

Key clients

Bowmer & Kirland Ltd

British Gas/ Centrica

Clegg Construction  Limited and Clegg Food Limited

Elevate property group

F3 Group

ilke Homes Limited

J Coffey Construction Limited

J Tomlinson Limited

Mace Limited

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Nottingham Forest Football Club

Rollalong Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Limited

Wildgoose Construction Limited

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Legendre UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mace Limited on the International Master Service Agreements and preparation of step-downs to three international data centres each with a value in excess of €1bn.
  • Assisted Ilke Homes with a suite of modular construction contracts for use by a leading manufacturer of modular homes.
  • Advised J Coffey Construction on bringing a £3.5m loss and expense claim.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's Nottingham team works seamlessly with the firm's nationwide real estate practice, enabling it to take on work from large corporates and major developers. Chris Holwell focuses on advising all parties in large construction projects on procurement and development. Amy Morley is particularly strong in high-value disputes and mediations arising from issues during construction projects. Holwell recently advised Siglion on the construction contracts underpinning the development of a new council headquarters in Sunderland. Associates John Kelly and Karen Hargrave are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Chris Holwell

Other key lawyers:

Amy Morley; John Kelly; Karen Hargrave


‘The team takes a very commercial approach and quickly understands my objectives.’

‘The service levels are first class and exceed that of other firms.’

‘Chris Holwell leads our team and his advice is exemplary.’

Key clients




Nottingham Trent University

GF Tomlinson Group Limited

Martifer UK

Novartis Pharmaceuticals


London Luton Airport

Travis Perkins Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising developer Glenbrook MC on a project to deliver residential apartments at Media City, Manchester in a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with residents’ facilities, a gym and retail.
  • Assisting Aldi with the contracts for the construction of their growing network of regional distribution centres in Eire, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Advising Tarmac on the contracts for the supply of batching plants and ready mixed concrete for a major package within the HS2 (High Speed Two railway) project.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP's Derby team has particular expertise in renewable energy, education and motor retail projects. It advises a diverse range of clients, including developers, contractors, lenders and public bodies, in relation to developments throughout the East Midlands. 'Extremely proactive' partner Chris Hawrylak excels in regeneration projects, funding transactions (in which he primarily acts for banks) and general commercial developments. Associate Della Copley is active in infrastructure projects and commercial developments. In a recent mandate, Hawrylak and Copley advised Chesterfield Borough Council on the design and build of an Enterprise Centre for start-ups and medium-sized businesses.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hawrylak

Other key lawyers:

Della Copley


‘When Geldards act for you on a matter, they provide you with a sense of confidence that they are addressing all material considerations which the transaction may exhibit and providing relevant advice/guidance.’

‘Chris Hawrylak is the bank’s point of contact for all construction matters and has been for some time. The level of service he provides, along with his knowledge of construction provides great comfort when he acts for the bank on transactions.’

Key clients

Bowmer & Kirkland Group

Walgreens Boots Alliance

CWC Group / Clowes Developments (UK) Limited / Dove Valley Park Limited

Miller Birch/Cedar Investments Limited

BioCity Group

Sheffield City Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Nottingham City Council

Derby City Council

The Council of the City of Carlisle

Chesterfield Borough Council

South Derbyshire District Council

Warrington Borough Council

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Principality Building Society

Lloyds Bank

PPH1 Ltd & DPK East

Nottingham Regeneration Limited

Sutco UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nottingham College on the acquisition, construction and funding of the College’s new ‘Skills Hub’ at Broadmarsh East, Nottingham.
  • Assist Clowes Development as an integral part of their professional team to deliver mid to large-sized units for the industrial and logistics sector, which involves negotiating complex conditional build agreements and forward funding documents.
  • Advise Derby City Council on a wide range of matters enabling it to regenerate its commercial property and leisure portfolio.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Based in Nottingham, Shakespeare Martineau LLP predominantly advises developers on all aspects of construction projects. The team's further expertise includes handling disputes before the TCC and through mediation and arbitration. Alex Smith specialises in drafting all forms of construction documents, including standard and bespoke forms of contract, collateral warranties and parent company guarantees, with a particular focus on the healthcare and higher education sectors. Brendan Walsh has notable expertise in large-scale real estate projects, including renewable energy and regeneration initiatives.

Practice head(s):

Alex Smith

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Walsh

Key clients

Aimrok Investment Leicester Limited

Shoby Properties Limited

Graystacks Radmarsh Road Limited

Upperton Road Leicester Limited

6 Balfour Place Limited

Leicester Lettings (Leicester Lettings (2016) Limited

Code Students Limited

Everards Brewery Limited

Zone Developments (Leicester) Limited

Pre (Leicester) Limited

Romo (Holdings) Limited

Rotherhill Developments Limited

Jessops Construction Limited

Garner Holdings Limited

Maber Associates Limited

EdgePS Limited

Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised developer Leicester Lettings on its £50 million development of private rented sector (PRS) apartments for Cording Real Estate.
  • Advised Code Students on its 1,192-room development in Coventry, ensuring the first completed units could be occupied.
  • Advising Everards Brewery on the latest phases of its high profile flagship brewery and leisure scheme development in Leicester.

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP's Nottingham team advises clients on all stages of construction projects, with particular expertise in affordable housing, student accommodation, leisure, waste and renewable energy developments. James Coppinger frequently advises clients on procurement, transactions and contentious matters. Senior associate Charles Jakeman specialises in construction and engineering projects, commercial development and procurement.

Practice head(s):

James Coppinger

Other key lawyers:

Charles Jakeman

Key clients

Empiric Student Property PLC (and group companies)

Settle Group/Rowan Homes (NNHH) Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

Keystone Developments Limited

MAKE Consulting Limited

Taylor French Developments Limited

7 Formation Limited

Forshaw Land & Property Group Ltd

INTEC Engineering GmbH

Hill Partnerships Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Empiric on its national student accommodation development programme.
  • Advised 7FL on a range of matters, including procurement, construction and dispute resolution.
  • Advised a consultant on procurement in relation to a range of documents including consultant appointments, framework agreements and collateral warranties.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's team, which is spread between the firm's Nottingham and Leicester offices, handles various disputes arising from construction projects, including professional negligence, defective designs and delay claims. The firm is also well-versed in development work, which includes advising developers on contractual agreements and acting for banks on project finance transactions. Piet van Gelder has more than 20 years of experience in construction and engineering projects, and also has a strong track record of handling project disputes. Senior associate William Cursham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Piet van Gelder

Other key lawyers:

William Cursham

Key clients

JR Pickstock

Elements (Europe)

CWC Group

Barberry Group

Jaguar Land Rover

Crest Nicholson Plc

Bovis Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Bellway Homes

Scotts Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised JR Pickstock on a £35m dispute concerning the completion and compliance with an agreement for lease of modular apartment blocks in Plymouth.
  • Advised Clowes Group on a mixed-use development project, which included drafting all construction documents.
  • Acted for Elements (Europe) in an adjudication enforcement hearing, managing to reduce the client’s liability by 80% and subsequently reach a settlement.