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At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, the practice has ‘knowledge of not just the legal processes involved but also the development sector as a whole - this gives great confidence’. The non-contentious team continued to handle a stream of high profile domestic development projects in 2016; practice head Marc Hanson, who provides ‘clear and concise advice’, is acting for Hermes in relation to the construction aspects of the Paradise Circus regeneration scheme in Birmingham; and Nazir Dewji is assisting Qatari Diar in relation to all design and construction aspects of the redevelopment of the 12.8 acre Chelsea Barracks site in London. In the infrastructure sub-sector, ‘great lawyer’ John Hughes-D’Aeth is advising Highways England on the delivery and procurement process for the Government’s £15bn Roads Investment Strategy. Bob Maynard leads the contentious offering, which received an increasing number of instructions from Korean contractors including Samsung Engineering and Hyundai Engineering & Construction. Besides a strong portfolio of international work for both contractors and employers, the team was also involved in a number of major PFI and development disputes in the UK, including Terry de Souza’s representation of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a dispute concerning the standard of completion of 2 phases of the construction of a hospital and clinical office blocks for the Trust. Other litigators to note are the ‘very brightCaroline Pope and senior associate Marcus Birch, who ‘runs cases well’.

At CMS, the recent merger of CMS, Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP has resulted in a substantial practice that impresses on both domestic and international work. On the contentious side, ‘excellent strategistSteven Williams leads on UK mandates and has charge of a team whose members are ‘above all, strong lawyers with a first-class nose for the correct answer to a case’. Williams and Matthew Taylor, who ‘delves into the detail quickly’, continued to handle a range of cases for the likes of Lendlease, and in one work example successfully acted for Brockton Capital in a £4m adjudication relating to the development of retail precinct The Mailbox in Birmingham. The other key contentious practitioner is international arbitration specialist Adrian Bell, a ‘strong and determined litigator who knows where the merits lie, and how to deploy his team to reach a satisfactory outcome’. Bell, who co-heads the team with Williams, recently defended ISG Construction against a multi-party claim in the High Court for defective design and construction at a mixed-use development in central London. The non-contentious team is also well regarded, with head of practice Victoria Pecketta leader in the field, who is quietly leading the changes to the standard forms produced by JCT’. Aside from Joint Contract Tribunal (JCT) matters, Peckett also has extensive experience of international construction forms and is assisting Engie with a number of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the construction of assets to support the provision of electricity to Chile’s Sistema Interconectado central power grid. David Parton leads alongside Peckett and has a strong developer focus; he is acting for Delancey Real Estate Asset Management on the construction aspects of the development of 185 Park Street in Southwark.

Construction boutique Fenwick Elliott LLP is particularly highly regarded for its contentious practice, which wins favour with a range of employers, contractors, architects, and governments, for its ‘precise, commercial and highly knowledgeable service’. In one high profile litigation, Simon Tolson, who ‘understands complex arguments very quickly’, successfully represented National Infrastructure Development Corporation against BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Santander in three multimillion-dollar claims arising from performance securities issued by those banks at the request of a Brazilian contractor. The team was also highly active in international arbitration, where Karen Gidwani has a ‘wealth of experience within the offshore energy industry’. In the PFI disputes arena, Ted Lowery is advising various SPVs on disputes relating to hospitals and water treatment plants. Other names to note include Tony Francis, who has a ‘true depth of understanding of construction-related matters’, and Richard Smellie, who is ‘the first go-to in an emergency’. On the non-contentious side, Jatinder Garcha focuses particularly on the energy-from-waste and renewable energy sub-sectors, while David Bebb specialises in London development work. In 2016, the team’s work included acting for King’s College London on the appointment of the professional team for the redevelopment of the former Mulberry Business Park site at Canada Water, and also assisting a German contracting company with the project documentation for a proposed anaerobic-biogas combined heat and power plant in northern England.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s team is ‘worth every penny for complex matters’, with non-contentious head Nicholas Downing first choice for many of the UK’s most important development, energy and infrastructure projects. Downing is advising High Speed Two (HS2) on the procurement and delivery of the new north-south high speed railway project, and is also acting for NNB Generation (HPC) on its nuclear programme; recent work includes assisting the latter with its £3bn reactor contract for the nuclear stream supply systems (and associated information control systems), which will be the main component of the nuclear island at Hinkley Point C. In the development sub-sector, Downing and Tim Healey are acting for Capital & Counties Properties on all demolition and construction aspects of the redevelopment of Earls Court and Olympia, including the phased residential development at Lillie Square. The team is also advising Hammerson Brent Cross and Standard Life on construction of the new Brent Cross shopping centre. On the contentious side, the practice provides advice that is ‘timely, accurate and tailored to the commercial need at the time’ to clients such as Transport for London, Marubeni and Healthcare Support (Newcastle). Contentious head Mark Lloyd-Williams focuses on international arbitration, while Ann Levin and David Nitek (who has an ‘excellent strategic brain’), handle a mix of PFI disputes and standard form disputes in sectors such as transport, energy and medical research. The contentious team was further bolstered by the return of James Doe from the firm’s Seoul office.

Pinsent Masons LLP remains at the forefront of contractor work in the UK, with the practice handling a high volume of adjudication and litigation claims for the likes of Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Kier Group. The contentious offering is now led from Scotland by Fraser McMillan. Mark Roe is in charge of international arbitration work, and together with oil-and-gas specialist Adrian Elliott, he assisted Tepe Insaat Sanayii with the recovery of monies due to it under an arbitration award stemming from two substantial ICC arbitrations concerning construction of the Baku-Tiblisi-Ceyhan pipeline in Turkey. The firm’s international capability has been further developed as a result of the expansion of its relationship with major Spanish and Italian contractors such as Ferrovial and ACS Dragados. In the non-contentious sphere, names to note include global head of infrastructure Richard Laudy and John Mullee, with the latter specialising in providing procurement strategies and advisory work on large scale projects. The team remained active on a range of significant energy and infrastructure projects, with examples including Jonathan Hart’s advice to Aspire Defence Capital Works and Aspire Defence Services regarding the Ministry of Defence’s Army Basing Programme; and Leeds-based Melanie Grimmitt’s assistance to E.On Climate & Renewables UK Humber Wind with the construction aspects of the disposal of the transmission assets at Humber Gateway offshore wind farm to a consortium comprising Balfour Beatty Investments and Equitix.

Ashurstbrings a big city firm approach to construction litigation’, and the team ‘handles a good mix and breadth of domestic and international disputes’. Head of practice Tim Reid, who is ‘utterly unflappable, calm and insightful’, is advising on a number of infrastructure and energy-from-waste projects; and global head of dispute resolution Simon Bromwich, who is ‘very good at strategy’, is handling various major PPP disputes for both consortia and local authorities. Another name to note on the contentious side is senior associate Jessica Neuberger, who is ‘very bright and knows her subject matter really well’. The practice’s ‘client focused and collaborative’ non-contentious offering was particularly busy on development mandates for developers such as British Land, Westfield and Stanhope; ‘superb lawyer’ Matthew Bool ‘provides a unique level of assurance and guidance’ and is advising Hines on all construction elements of the extension and refurbishment of 25 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf. Bool also continued to advise Kennedy Wilson on the construction aspects of the planned 200,000 sq ft redevelopment of Friar’s Bridge Court in central London. In another piece of major development work Ben Patton is acting for Westfield on all construction aspects of its ongoing asset-enhancement works at the £2.3bn Westfield London development at White City in London. The team also saw involvement in several domestic energy projects, with Michael Smith, who impresses with his ‘industry knowledge and experience’, advising NuGen on the development of the 3.8GW Moorside Nuclear Power Project, and also acting on the construction elements of the 43MW Kemsley energy-from-waste plant in Kent.

Offering ‘top class quality on very complex issues’, the non-contentious team at Clifford Chance LLP remained active on a number of high profile London development projects during 2016. ‘Absolute expert’ Marianne Toghill is leading on construction work for Battersea Power Station Land Company in relation to the redevelopment of Battersea power station, and is also acting for Helical on a mixed-use development at Barts Square. In the energy sub-sector, practice head David Metzger combines ‘mastery of his subject with commercial and practical application’; he advised Galloper on various contracts, including turbine supply terms and electrical systems contracts for the 340MW Galloper offshore wind project in the UK. The team is also noted for its African thermal energy practice, with director Tim Steadman, Sandy Hall, and ‘very commercial’ senior associate Edward Bretherton busy on a range of mandates, including acting as sponsor’s counsel for a 567MW CCGT plant in Nigeria. On the contentious side, the ‘first rate’ practice specialises in energy sector arbitration; recent work examples include Marie Berard and Alex Panayides representing a consortium and an offshore wind developer in an ICC arbitration against one of its main contractors relating to the construction of an offshore wind farm; and Panayides and Robert Lambert advising Hyundai Heavy Industries in LMAA arbitration proceedings concerning the cancellation of a semisubmersible drilling platform (and associated overrun issues), that occurred during the construction of the vessel.

Clyde & Co LLP provides ‘excellent industry knowledge and properly tailored advice’ to an impressive range of contractors and consultants, and the practice is well known for its litigation expertise, often with a professional indemnity angle. Key figures include head of professional indemnity Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown, who are ‘both excellent lawyers and very personable’, Patrick Perry and Tom White. The team’s recent caseload took in international arbitration, a major PFI dispute in the health sector, and litigation in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC); in one example of the latter, practice head John Morris is representing Imperial Chemical Industries and AkzoNobel on a series of adjudications and TCC proceedings relating to a £100m project to construct a new paint manufacturing facility in northern England. Unlike the majority of his practice colleagues, Morris regularly acts for employers (as opposed to contractors), and in the non-contentious sphere, he is assisting Urban & Civic Princess Street with the design and construction of a multi-storey three block development in a city centre site in Manchester. Another name to note on the non-contentious side is Robert Meakin, who provides support to Wates Group on tender reviews, bonds, guarantees and collateral warranties.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘high quality litigators’ include global co-head of major projects Jane Jenkins and public sector co-head Sally Roe. The team advises on major domestic and international disputes in areas such as natural resources, power generation, transport, and real estate development. In the arbitration sphere, Jenkins has expertise in ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations. Both Jenkins and Roe also handle non-contentious mandates, with Roe particularly active on behalf of public sector clients such as the Ministry of Defence. Other practice clients include National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Almacantar and Urenco.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘long established construction practice’ has a ‘strong customer focus’, and provides ‘bespoke advice tailored to each situation’. The highly recommended contentious team ‘gets repeat work from major engineering companies’ such as Bechtel and Alstom, and is regarded by one client as being particularly strong for power plants, rail and airports. Global co-head Roberta Downey, is a ‘stand out individual, whose gravitas and experience are far beyond her years’; she is acting for an international bank on a potential dispute regarding defective chiller units in a data centre that could damage the bank’s functions. The team is also ‘right at the top when it comes to arbitration’; in one mandate the ‘excellentRupert Sydenham is representing a Russian investment and development group in an LCIA Arbitration concerning disputes arising under a joint venture agreement for the construction of a substantial mixed-use development in Russia. Another name to note is Tony Marshall, who is ‘very bright and superb with clients’. On the non-contentious side, Gillian Thomas is ‘calm with a wealth of knowledge’; focusing on major development projects, her recent work includes advising King’s Cross Central on all construction aspects of the £2bn King’s Cross Central development, and assisting Argent Related secure its role as development partner in the multi-billion pound Brent Cross South regeneration scheme. Global co-head of projects Adrian Walker leads on energy and infrastructure work, and is assisting an international contractor with its bid to build the world’s largest suspension bridge (and associated road development) in Turkey. Anna Mills was promoted to counsel, but John Gerszt left for an in-house role.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘good, in-depth team is responsive and commercial and has a good strategic approach’; it is best known for contentious work on behalf of both insurers and standalone construction clients. Key litigators include head of practice Michael Regan, who ‘quickly grasps key issues’; Sally Davies, who ‘resolves problems rather than scoring points’; and Tom Duncan, who is ‘tactical, with a great client manner’. The team was highly active on behalf of various leading contractors including Wates Construction, Kier, and Hyundai Corporation during 2016, and in one highlight Duncan advised Costain (and its insurers) on multiple issues that arose at three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester. Regan, Davies and Raid Abu-Manneh were all active in international arbitration matters. The non-contentious team is jointly led by Regan and Chris Fellowes, with the latter receiving praise for his ‘very sound advice set in a market context’. Fellowes and Jonathan Hosie are advising Wates Construction on the ongoing Shepherd Engineering and Construction contracts following Wates’ acquisition of the construction business of Shepherd Group. Hosie was also active on a range of international mandates, including advising Randgold Resources on a series of contracts to be used on the re-development and operation of Randgold’s mining activities in Mali, DRC and Cote D’Ivoire. Jonathan Stone made partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly noted for its strength across the infrastructure and natural resources sectors, and the team remained active in both areas during 2016. Non-contentious head Mark Berry specialises in EPC (and associated management) contracts, and together with Matthew Hardwick is acting for Ina-industrija Nafte (INA) on the front-end engineering design for INA’s residue upgrade project at its Rijeka refinery in Urinj, Croatia. In another significant international mandate, energy specialist Richard Hill is advising the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy on the third phase of the NOOR solar-power complex in Morocco. Peter Hall, leads the nuclear services group, and is currently assisting with various nuclear new-build projects, including in the UK. The team also handles development work, and Hardwick is currently acting for the University of Sussex and University of Essex on a student accommodation project involving the provision and maintenance of over 2000 units of student beds at the University of Sussex’s Falmer campus near Brighton. On the contentious side, Donald Warnock and Simon Ramsden focus on international arbitration for the likes of Bombardier and Thales. Ramsden was also active on a number of litigated disputes, including representing Beckton Energy in the TCC in a dispute with a contractor concerning the employer’s right to make a call on an on-demand performance bond. International arbitration specialist James Rogers relocated to London from the firm’s Hong Kong office.

White & Case LLP has an ‘excellent group for construction disputes’, and the practice is particularly recommended for ‘very complex, large scale arbitrations’. In 2016 the contentious team was particularly active in the transport sector across a range of airport, rail and road project disputes; in a headline mandate, Phillip Capper (who is praised for his ‘wise selection of points worth pursuing’), continued to represent Grupo Unidos por el Canal and its shareholders in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the $5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project. While the practice focuses almost exclusively on international work, it does handle domestic cases; in one such mandate, Robert Wheal is acting for Emcor Engineering Services in a multi-party dispute with the main contractor in connection with the redevelopment and fit-out of the Rolls Building, London. On the non-contentious side, the team remained active in its key area of major power projects, with Philip Stopford and Kirsti Massie advising Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and Al Nowais Investments on the construction of a 2,640 MW coal-fired power generation plant in Egypt, and associate Gareth Oxley advising Galileo Technologies in relation to the construction of a 40MW gas-fired power plant in Argentina. The team also noted an uptick in petrochemical projects; Stopford is advising Carbon Holdings, as sponsor, on all aspects of a proposed multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex in Egypt. ‘Industry heavyweight’ Ellis Baker heads the practice and handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates; his recent caseload includes assisting a project company with the development of a 1000MW DC power interconnector between the UK and France.

Addleshaw Goddard’s non-contentious practice is led by Andrew McVeigh, who has broad sector experience across areas such as housing and regeneration, manufacturing and engineering, and hotels and leisure. McVeigh remained active on the construction aspects of a number of development schemes, including advising Mount Anvil on the development of Keybridge House in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, and advising Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle on a scheme at Lion Green Road in Coulsdon. In another development mandate, McVeigh is assisting AG Beltane 24KWS with its redevelopment of the 24 King William Street offices beside London Bridge. Jonathan Tattersall leads on disputes and acts for clients such as Peel Group and Semperian PPP Investment Partners, as well as various local authorities and NHS Trusts. The team noted an uptick in PFI/PPP disputes, and Tattersall is representing Peterborough (Progress Health) in response to claims advanced by Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation concerning widespread defects in fire retardation measures at a major PFI hospital.

Allen & Overy LLP enjoys a strong reputation for energy and infrastructure work in relation to both domestic and international projects. Head of practice Nigel Pritchard, has extensive experience of EPC and EPCM contracts, and in one high-profile mandate is advising Biwater International on construction arrangements with the Kurdistan Regional Government for the Erbil and Sulaimani water and wastewater project. Another key figure is Troy Edwards, who is advising Trans Adriatic Pipeline on the construction of the 10 BCM gas pipeline between Turkey and Italy. In the UK, Pritchard and Edwards’ work included advising Infrastructure UK on all aspects of the financing and development of the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and assisting Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank with the financing of the redevelopment of White City. Clients also include Balfour Beatty and Horizon Nuclear Power.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very commercial’ practice has ‘an impressive practical understanding of the construction industry’, where it continues to focus on heavy engineering and process plant projects, as well as on the development of high-profile commercial buildings. The ‘calm and pragmaticMike Webster is in charge of non-contentious work and is advising the British Virgin Islands’ government on its international airport expansion project. Webster is also acting for the Housing Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago in relation to the Mount Hope Project, a social housing project being procured on a construction finance/PPP basis. Other important figures include nuclear specialist Neil Donoghue, who handles construction in the energy, mining, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors; and associate Matthew Martin, who ‘combines being hands on’ and ‘into the legal detail’, with ‘a deep commercial understanding of projects’. On the contentious side, Steve Abraham, who now heads up the dispute resolution practice for the London office, was active on both ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations arising from the construction of major international energy and infrastructure projects; he is supported by newly promoted partner Kate Corby. Andy Moody acted for Retansel Enterprises in seeking to defend an anti-suit injunction brought against it by Mace (Russia), following a declaration by the Russian courts that the construction contract between the two parties had been terminated.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘highly responsive service represents good value for money’, and the team continues to enjoy a range of mandates for both contractors and employers. Recent non-contentious highlights include head of practice Steven Carey (who is a ‘great resource for sound, supportive commercial advice’), acting for Bauer Technologies in relation to the piling and groundworks sub-contract at Battersea Power Station; and development specialist Fiona Edmond advising Derwent London on the redevelopment of the current London headquarters of Publicis Groupe. In other development work, Duncan Salmon is advising Pocket Living on the construction of 89 residential units in Mapleton Crescent, Wandsworth. Tim Raper, who has ‘very good all round knowledge’, was particularly active on the contentious side, both in relation to domestic and international mandates. Raper’s work took in disputes relating to process engineering projects and nuclear reactor refurbishment. The practice signalled its contentious intent with the promotion of two litigators to the partnership: Michael O’Connor, who is ‘knowledgeable, commercially minded and very approachable’; and Rupa Lakha, who has ‘very sound construction understanding’. Clients include Bouygues Construction and Permasteelisa Group.

Construction boutique Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd is well known in the international arbitration area, where it enjoys a reputation for ‘excellent factual and legal input and case management’. In one recent highlight, name partner Edward Corbett and Stephen Mangan are acting for Reinhold Meister Wasserbau in arbitration against the River Administration of the Lower Danube, and concerning the construction of bank protection along a 15km section of the Sulina shipping channel. In 2016 the firm secured a number of new employer clients, including the Government of Serbia and the Government of Georgia, and Corbett and counsel Taner Dedezade acted for the former in Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings relating to various claims brought by the contractor in relation to a complex tunnel project. Other names to note are solicitor-advocate Andrew Tweeddale and Victoria Tyson, who are both ‘distinguished lawyers with great experience and very good time management’, and consultant Martin Bridgewater.

DLA Piper’s non-contentious team is led by Stephen Malley, who specialises in advising developers on property development, including head-office projects and R&D facilities. Malley’s work in 2016 included advising Quintain Estates on the construction documentation for a 360-unit residential development at Wembley Park; and assisting Granville Homes with its first UK residential development, the construction of a luxury PRS scheme in Holland Park. The contentious team focuses on international arbitration, with an emphasis on large civil, engineering, energy (including nuclear and renewables), oil-and-gas and infrastructure matters. Contentious co-head Mark Hilton and legal director Edward Shaw are both ‘bright and tenacious’; Shaw is currently acting for an employer in an extension-of-time claim against a contractor arising from the £10m re-development of a high-value residential property. Also of note are ‘thoughtful and effective leader’ Philip Chong, and Kate Cervantes-Knox, who is ‘a growing force in the international arbitration field’. Legal director Ben Peecock joined from Addleshaw Goddard, but Stephen Haller retired.

Dentons’ Milton Keynes-based contentious team is now led by Akin Akinbode and Gurbinder Grewal, following Alastair Young’s move to the firm’s Dubai office. Akinbode is ‘calm under pressure, and leads by example’, while the ‘very able and practical’ Grewal is an ‘adjudication specialist’; he is currently acting for Ensign Highways in various disputes arising out of a PFI contract with Portsmouth City Council for the upgrade and maintenance of the highway network in Portsmouth. The team impresses with a broad service offering that takes in litigation, international arbitration and construction adjudication. On the non-contentious side, London-based practice head John Woolley focuses on the power-and-infrastructure sector, where he advises clients such as Mota-Engil. Other names to note include managing associates Shaun Tame (who provides ‘clear and concise technical responses’), and Jane Miles, who is advising Troy Verdion Holdco on all aspects of a £400m multi-phase and multi-tenanted rail and freight logistics development project on 337 acres of greenfield land in Doncaster. Both Tame and Miles are based in Milton Keynes. Robert Turner left for Devonshires Solicitors LLP.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s strong sector focus takes in energy, transport and real estate development, and the team regularly acts for the likes of Centrica and Lendlease. On the contentious side, James Pickavance, who leads on international arbitration work, is handling various significant ICC and LCIA arbitrations as well as representing Hammerson on a claim arising out of problems identified with the design and construction of the Selfridges store at the Bull Ring in Birmingham. In another contentious highlight, principal associates Kathryn Patel and Kate Hencken are assisting Doha-based Richard Ward in representing Dairy Crest on disputes arising out of the design and construction of its creamery at Davidstowe. Names to note on the non-contentious side include global practice head Simon Oats, who has particular experience of major PFI projects and regeneration projects, and Jonathan Bowley, who is active on various UK infrastructure projects and development schemes. The practice was enhanced by the hires of Richard Streeter from CMS and Jonathan Douglas from Nabarro.

Holman Fenwick Willanexcels in arbitrations of the greatest complexity’ and the team remains active on a high volume of international disputes for the likes of Singapore Airlines and UBS. Michael Sergeant, who is ‘good at understanding complex issues and finding pragmatic solutions’, was particularly active in this regard. In the UK, head of practice Max Wieliczko successfully defended Hochtief Solutions and Hochtief (UK) Construction in Scotland’s Court of Session in a case concerning the collapse of a 6km tunnel at the Glendoe hydro-electric scheme in Scotland. On the non-contentious side, the practice is instructed by a number of EPC contractors (both international and domestic) operating in the UK offshore wind industry and the energy-from-waste sector; Wieliczko’s current mandates include assisting an EPC contractor with the tender and associated construction documentation for a Round 3 UK offshore wind farm. The team was strengthened by the hire of Ben Mellors, who joined from Beale & Company Solicitors LLP and senior associate Sarah Mather, who joined from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

K&L Gates LLP is ‘top rate for response times, strength of team and value for money’, and the team is currently instructed on one of the UK’s largest construction projects: practice head Kevin Greene is advising St James Edinburgh Unit Trust on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter mixed-use development in Edinburgh. Greene is also assisting Norbord Europe with the expansion of the Norbord Inverness OSB3 Line Project, comprising the construction of new process buildings and equipment for a new Oriented Strand board mill and a biomass heat plant in Scotland. Outside the UK, global practice co-head Matthew Smith, who demonstrates ‘integrity and total dedication and commitment’, is representing Corinth Pipeworks Holdings on the construction aspects of two major international projects: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline. On the contentious side, the team has particular experience with the NEC3 and FIDIC suites of contracts, and acts for clients such as PJ Carey (Contractors) and Angola LNG. International arbitration specialist John Gilbert joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, but Mike Stewart departed for Wikborg Rein.

Kennedys is best known for its contentious offering, with the team representing a broad range of clients including funders, employers, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, consultants, and insurers. Infrastructure is a particular strength, and the team is acting on a high volume of disputes arising from road construction. Mark Tiggeman heads the practice and is regularly instructed on international mandates, often involving both civil and common law jurisdictions. Another name to note is Michael Hogg, who continues to act on various domestic cases, including the representation of Volkerfitzpatrick in a claim relating to substantial structural problems at a privately owned Holiday Inn in North London. Insurance specialist Iain Corbett is ‘very astute and strategic with a real passion to understand the commercial drivers’. On the non-contentious side, James Shaw focuses on advising architects and construction consultants such as Allies & Morrison and Fletcher Priest Architects on the drafting of professional appointments and bond wordings. Shaw is ‘always mindful as to what is important to the client and how this should be communicated’.

According to one client, ‘there are no weak links’ in Macfarlanes LLP’s team, and the practice remains a favourite with clients such as Genting and Legal & General. The contentious side, in particular, garners numerous plaudits: ‘superb’ contentious head Doug Wass is ‘unruffled by even the most difficult challenges’; Andy Mather is ‘very impressive with a good command of construction law issues’; and counsel Mark Lawrence is a ‘real high flier’. Wass and Mather successfully represented Grove Developments in the Court of Appeal on a substantial claim for payment by a contractor involved in the construction of an Intercontinental-branded hotel and ballroom and a 100-unit residential tower. In other work, Simon Nurney is acting for Sir Robert McAlpine in a multi-party High Court claim by Newlon Housing Trust regarding the construction of 250 flats at Ashburton Grove. On the non-contentious side, the team is best known for acting for developers on development schemes; practice head Angus Dawson, who ‘turns work around quickly’, advised Stanhope on the construction documents for the redevelopment of Royal Albert Dock by a Chinese consortium. Dawson is also acting for 20 Grosvenor Square on the redevelopment of the former US Navy Headquarters at said address into 34 super-prime residential apartments.

RPC reported a further increase in contractor work during 2016; the team currently acts for a sizeable number of domestic contractors, including Sir Robert McAlpine, Morgan Sindall Group and ISG. Newly promoted partner Jonathan Hutt and legal director David Thorne (both are ‘hardworking, and do their very best for the client’), are currently acting for Carillion on various claims, including one to recover losses incurred in the construction of the Rolls Building. In other contentious highlights, Dan Preston and contentious practice head Robert Hogarth are representing Hammerson in a claim against Lend Lease Construction for costs arising from glass failures at 125 Old Broad Street, London. The team was also highly active on various PFI-related disputes arising in the health and education sectors. Preston leads on transactional work following Mark Lynch’s departure. Recent non-contentious mandates include acting for Arup and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure on a joint venture to provide a range of infrastructure asset services to Sellafield; and advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of its new global research and development centre, and corporate headquarters, at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Reed Smith LLP’s four partner contentious offering is lauded as being ‘highly experienced in the resolution of construction disputes’, with Vincent Rowan ‘able to provide measured and constructive guidance’, and senior associate Antoine Smiley (who recently joined from Corrs Chambers Westgarth), able to ‘interrogate matters to get to the heart of complex disputes’. The team remains active on a range of international instructions, including Peter Cassidy’s representation of Todaysure Matthews and Matthews International Corporation in a multimillion-pound dispute with Marketing Ways Services relating to a contract for the design and supply of incineration systems for a slaughterhouse waste treatment facility in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Shareena Edmonds was also active on international matters, advising on various arbitrations in the energy and shipbuilding sectors. In the UK, Nick Speed defended Amec Foster Wheeler in a claim arising from construction defects at the Malmaison hotel in Liverpool. The transactional team is led by Richard Ceeney, whose practice takes in energy, infrastructure and development mandates; he is currently advising Commercial Estates Group regarding a substantial mixed-use development on a 23 hectare site on the outskirts of Leeds, and is also assisting the Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation with the construction of a cricket stadium. Gordon Bell left for Gowling WLG.

Stephenson Harwood’s practice demonstrates a good mix of domestic and international mandates across a breadth of sectors including rail, oil, gas, power and real estate. For one observer the team is ‘top of the list for rail-related projects’, with ‘very impressive litigatorRon Nobbs a standout for his ‘meticulous preparation and good judgment’. The team attracted a number of new rail instructions in 2016, acting for existing and new clients such as Abellio and Arriva. Paul Thwaite, who co-heads the contentious offering with Nobbs, is also highly regarded and garners praise for being ‘superb with clients, and an intelligent, hands on partner’. Thwaite’s recent caseload includes acting for Chatsworth House Trust in a claim arising from defective asbestos removal, and assisting Cofely in arbitration regarding a £4m fee dispute against its former advisor, Knowles. Graeme Barton leads on transactional matters and has particular expertise in the energy, hotel-and-leisure, and education sectors; his recent caseload includes advising Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group on all aspects of the multimillion-pound restoration and renovation of its flagship Knightsbridge hotel, and acting for Fabricom on the construction of a 30 megawatt photovoltaic farm at Copley in Lincolnshire.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is probably best known for its work on residential-led mixed-use developments in the UK, and the team remained highly active in this regard during 2016. National head of practice Stephanie Canham is advising Berkeley Homes (South East London) on the construction and infrastructure aspects of the development of a 25-acre site in West Ham to provide approximately 3,500 new homes, commercial space, a new school, bridges and station upgrades; and is also assisting Quintain with the construction of new phases of its Wembley Park development. Other names to note on the non-contentious side include Assad Maqbool, Paul Bartter and London head of practice Charles Morrish, who is assisting the Board of Governors of the Museum of London with the construction aspects of the proposed relocation of the museum. Anthony Yates is in charge of disputes and has been highly active on behalf of key client Berkeley Group. Ian Reid, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP, was also active on a range of mandates including the representation of Interwell in TCC litigation against Shell UK arising from the decommissioning of the Brent Delta oil platform in the North Sea. Peter Kitson left for Russell-Cooke LLP.

At Vinson & Elkins LLP department head Nick Henchie is well known for his arbitration work on major infrastructure and energy projects; his ongoing work includes handling a series of arbitrations and disputes for the Panama Canal Authority arising from the design and construction of a third set of locks for the Panama Canal expansion project, and representing Saipem in an ICC claim brought against a Gazprom entity over a terminated contract to build the South Stream gas pipeline between Russia and southern Europe. While the bulk of the team’s work is international, it does provide representation in the UK, most recently advising on a number of disputes in the energy-from-waste sector. On the transactional side, Andrew Nealon has extensive experience of EPC contracts, and is particularly active on energy projects in the CEE region. Nealon’s recent caseload includes advising SOCAR GPC on its proposed development of a gas processing plant and petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan; and representing Uz-kor Gas Chemical (and its sponsors), on the construction of a $4bn integrated, upstream gas-and-petrochemical complex in the Ustyurt region of Uzbekistan.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is a natural choice to handle disputes with ‘high levels of factual, technical and legal sophistication’, with practice head Hamish Lal offering ‘an unparalleled degree of business acumen and industry knowledge’ and the ability to ‘execute robust resolution strategies’. The team continued to be particularly active for key client China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East), advising said client on international arbitration in Dubai concerning Dubai International Airport, and also assisting with an arbitration in respect of final account, contractual audit, extensions of time, prolongation and defects claims concerning the high-profile Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Another important client is Lukoil, which Lal is representing as claimant in arbitration against an oilfield services contractor concerning work performed on the West Qurna Phase II Project.

BLM noted an uptick in adjudications against consultants in 2016, and the practice continues to be highly active defending construction professionals either directly or on behalf of insurers. Contentious co-head Keith Lonsdale is acting for Buller Welsh in six adjudications arising from the design and construction of a high-end residential development at St John’s Wood, London. Lonsdale was also active in litigious matters, where he defended the Millward Partnership in a design claim relating to water ingress into the basement of an apartment block with underground parking in Buckingham. The other main contact is ‘good strategist and team-leaderMichael Salau, who co-leads the practice with Lonsdale. Salau’s reent mandates include a number of professional negligence matters for clients such as Griffiths & Armour, QBE and Adjaye Associates. Peter Stockill specialises in disputes involving infrastructure, process plant and other complex engineering projects.

Construction and engineering boutique Beale & Company Solicitors LLP provides contentious and non-contentious advice across a broad range of areas, including commercial development, transport, ports, energy, defence and education. While the firm is best known for its professional indemnity practice, where clients include Arup Group, Mott MacDonald and BAM Nuttall, the team is also handling an increasing amount of contractor and housebuilder work. On the contentious side, names to note include practice head Sheena Sood, professional negligence specialist Antony Smith, and John Henderson; while Will Buckby is the key figure for transactional work. The firm experienced an increase in international mandates as a result of its new office in Dubai, but suffered the loss of Ben Mellors to Holman Fenwick Willan. Tom Pemberton joined Goodman Derrick LLP.

Burges Salmon LLP’s Bristol-based team offers ‘very good strength and depth’, and according to one observer is ‘as good as any magic circle firm’. The practice has particular strength in the infrastructure, nuclear and renewable energy sectors, where it is instructed on a number of high profile domestic mandates; recent work saw Lloyd James advise new client, Highways England, on the construction aspects of the proposed A303 Stonehenge expressway. Other non-contentious highlights included Steven James’ advice to Affinity Water in relation to its Mains Infrastructure Preferred Supplier framework agreement, and Marcus Harling’s assisting the Crown Estate with construction procurement across its development portfolio. Harling, who is ‘enormously helpful on strategy’, was also active on contentious matters, handling a number of disputes on behalf of employers such as the University of Exeter. Another key figure on the contentious side is arbitrator and adjudicator William Gard, who has replaced Harling as head of practice. Gard recently defended a public sector services provider in an adjudication arising from disagreement over a highways maintenance PFI.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘energetic and efficient team’ handles a considerable development work caseload, and demonstrates a ‘high level of understanding’ – particularly in relation to the housebuilding sector. Non-contentious head Nicholas Taylor, who has a ‘wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of construction law’, advised McLaren Construction on two mixed education-and-residential developments procured under the London Borough of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future Programme, and also handled various housebuilding mandates for the likes of Taylor Wimpey and Linden UK. On the contentious side, the team specializes in representing main contractors undertaking design-and-build work, and their insurers. Practice head Michael Blackburne, who is a ‘great communicator, and a canny thinker’, acted successfully for Amec Foster Wheeler in resisting Arcadis Hyder’s attempt to limit a potential claim arising from the construction of Castle Point car park in Bournemouth. Other names to note are Mark Roach and Chris Doran.

Response times and value-for-money are very good’ at Fladgate LLP, where the team continues to undertake a range of instructions in key sectors such as hotels and leisure, renewable energy, and museums and exhibitions. Digby Hebbard advised the Science Museum Group on the construction of its new interactive and maths galleries, and David Weare assisted Hitachi Zosen Inova with an EPC contract to deliver an energy-from-waste facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In other non-contentious highlights, practice head Alan Woolston and senior associate Chris Farrell, who are ‘commercially astute, technically excellent lawyers’, advised Go-Ahead Group on a range of construction works as well as professional appointments related to the infrastructure for various well-known Go-Ahead brands, including Southeastern trains and Brighton & Hove buses. Hebbard and Weare were also active in contentious matters, where work included representing contractors on various energy-from-waste project disputes, and acting for John Laing Investments on potential claims relating to the design and upgrade of Aylesbury Park railway station. International construction specialist Barry Hembling is another key contact.

Gowling WLG’s predominantly Birmingham-based team, continued to be engaged on a number of important London projects during 2016; non-contentious head Richard Green and London-based Philip Baker are advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on the construction aspects of various elements of the £8bn redevelopment of Battersea power station, and Green is also assisting VSM (NCGM) with the redevelopment of the New Covent Garden market site in Nine Elms, London. The team’s recent contentious-side caseload saw Daniel Wood represent E.ON Climate & Renewables in the Supreme Court in a significant claim arising from defects encountered at E.ON’s offshore windfarm development in the Solway Firth; and Sue Ryan and Ashley Pigott act for Commercial Management (Investments) in multi-party TCC proceedings arising from the design and construction of a manufacturing warehouse in Erith. Other names to note include contentious head Michael O'Shea and London-based international arbitration specialist Gordon Bell, who joined from Reed Smith LLP. All named partners are based in Birmingham except where stated otherwise.

Osborne Clarke LLP reported an uptick in contractor work during 2016, with the contentious team busy on domestic and international mandates for clients such as Midas Construction, Arabtec, and San Jose Construction. Jonathan Brooks, who divides his time between Bristol and London, is acting for Midas Construction in a final account dispute with Anchor 2020 concerning the construction of a £37 million retirement village in Hampshire, and the team is representing Knauf Group on a substantial dispute arising from the supply of materials for a very large UK PFI build. The non-contentious offering is led by Philip Davies, and energy and utilities specialist Carl Thompson, who –like Brooks– divide their time between Bristol and London. Asser ‘impresses on power cable projects’, and is also recommended for his solar expertise – he continues to advise Foresight Group on its entire UK solar park portfolio. Davies’ recent caseload took in a number of major development mandates, including advising Palmer Capital Partners and Cubex Land on the construction of a mixed-use development at Finzels Reach in Bristol, and acting for Bristol Sport on the £45m redevelopment of Ashton Gate football stadium. Matthew Heywood joined Clyde & Co LLP’s Dubai construction team in July 2017.

Simmons & Simmons expanded its contentious-side offering with the recent hire of Emily Monastiriotis and managing associate Jonathan Spencer, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP. The two are recommended for their ‘strong commercial acumen’, particularly on behalf of both insurers and contractors. Contentious head Robert Horne, who is a ‘market leader in advising on the NEC form of contract’, was busy on a range of domestic and international mandates, particularly those arising in the transport infrastructure sector where he is regarded as ‘highly innovative’; he also sits as an adjudicator. On the transactional side, the ‘very professionalRichard Dyton focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors, and is acting for Momentum Infrastructure in its bid for the enabling and civil works contracts for the High Speed 2 rail project. In 2016, Dyton was particularly active on behalf of key client the Ministry of Defence, which he advised on the construction of aircraft hangars, classroom training centres and flight simulator facilities on military bases. Other clients of the practice are PfalzSolar and Galliford Try.

Providing ‘quick and well thought through responses, and detailed and fair advice’, the team at Taylor Wessing LLP was active on a range of major residential development projects during 2016; David Quinlan is currently advising St. John’s Wood Square on the construction aspects of an eponymous residential development scheme, and he also continues to assist Essential Living on all construction matters relating to the development of a portfolio of projects in the private rental sector. The team’s expertise extends to sectors such as student accommodation and energy, with ‘very knowledgeable and thorough’ practice head Matthew Jones, and consultant Laurence Cobb, acting for McLaren Property on a number of student accommodation projects. On the contentious side, Cobb and Quinlan were active on behalf of both employers and EPC contractors in the renewable energy sector.

Bevan Brittan LLP has established a strong public sector client base which it advises on projects in a range of areas including social housing, education, hospitals, and waste and renewable energy. Andrew Tobin leads on non-contentious work and is continuing to act for the Department for Education on the second stage of the Priority School Building Programme. Tobin is also proficient on contractor-side mandates and regularly acts for Wates Construction – most recently advising Vita Student on student accommodation projects in Newcastle, York and Manchester to provide over 1,700 student units. On the disputes side, Marie-Claire O'Hara has experience in both domestic and international work; in addition to advising Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust regarding delays to the completion of the £50m Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, she is also representing a development charity on a dispute concerning the construction and fit-out of a hospital in West Africa.

At Bircham Dyson Bell, Karen Kirkham’s non-contentious caseload takes in commercial development and public infrastructure projects for a range of public and private sector clients. Recent highlights include assisting Quantas with the management contract for a fit-out at Heathrow, and advising Market Tech on various substantial refurbishment projects within Stables Market in Camden. Other clients include Cambridgeshire County Council and Transport for London.

Bond Dickinson LLP is probably best known for its ‘strong and loyal insurer client base’ that includes the likes of QBE Insurance (Europe) and Starstone. The team is ‘particularly experienced at handling professional negligence claims’ and in one example, Newcastle-based Simon Lewis is defending NG Bailey in a claim relating to defective design and construction of a sixth form college. The firm’s London offering includes legal director Dan Hall, who has ‘excellent strategic judgement’, but endured the loss of Emily Monastiriotis and Jonathan Spencer to Simmons & Simmons. On the transactional side, Alex Hirom, who is ‘very experienced in international construction, including in civil law countries’, remains particularly active in the power generation sector; his recent work includes advising SABIC Petrochemicals UK on the conversion of its gas cracking plant on Teesside, and assisting Barking Power with the contracts to convert a large gas fired power plant in East London.

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s development-focused practice flourishes in areas such as hotel projects, urban estates, high value residential, and mixed-use development. During 2016 practice head David Johnson was particularly active on non-contentious instructions, including procurement methods and contract drafting for employer clients such as Grosvenor, Marriott International and Bedford Estates. The team was enhanced by the hire of John Wevill, who joined from Clarkslegal LLP; Wevill is proficient in both contentious and non-contentious work.

Bracewell (UK) LLP demonstrates ‘deep industry knowledge’ on international energy projects, with head of practice Tracy London praised for her ‘phenomenal attention to detail and ferocious negotiation technique’. London’s recent highlights include advising Ophir Energy on the procurement, construction and operation of a floating LNG project in Equatorial Guinea, and assisting RWE and Belectric in relation to the EPC and operation and maintenance (O&M) aspects of their bid for the 350 MW Sweihan Solar PV Project in Abu Dhabi. Senior associate Tom Swarbrick is a ‘real up-and-coming star’.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s London offering continued to see positive progress under the leadership of Tim Claremont, who has experience in both domestic and international matters. The practice handles a good balance of private and public sector work for clients such as Mace, Heatherwick Studios and HMRC, and in one example of work advised Montagu Evans regarding its appointment as a multi-disciplinary consultant for two residential sites in Camberley. The team’s contentious caseload includes insurance litigation, as well as advising on various substantial international disputes arising from the construction of industrial and infrastructure assets.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘strong, hard-working team deals with complex international matters’ and has ‘achieved an exceptional balance of resources and support in relation to construction disputes’. Key figures include the highly regarded Tony Dymond, who is ‘one of the few lawyers who genuinely understands construction and engineering delay matters and how these fit within the broader arguments’; and solicitor advocate Gavin Chesney, ‘who has a great facility for understanding the detail of construction costs and collecting these into clear submissions’. While the team focuses on international arbitration work, it also handles litigation at the TCC, recently representing Hess Denmark in a dispute with Dragados Offshore concerning defects in two offshore well-head platforms for use in Danish North Sea waters.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP’ four partner team is led by Mark London, who delivers ‘confident contentious and non-contentious advice’ to the firm’s extensive public sector and third sector client base. Recent examples of his work include advising Project Light Development 1 on the construction aspects of a major regeneration project in Canada Water, and defending Home Group in an adjudication concerning alleged breaches of two large construction-management contracts in the North East of England. Another name to note on the contentious side is Matthew Cocklin, who provides ‘a good and responsive service on latent defect matters’; he is also a specialist in extensions of time and delay. Non-contentious specialist Susannah Davis remains active, primarily in the housebuilding sector. The practice’s capability in the infrastructure sector was significantly augmented by the hire of Robert Turner, who joined from Dentons.

Farrer & Co’s ‘excellent industry knowledge and quick turnaround times’ make it a favourite with landowners such as Coutts, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Royal College of Surgeons. Head of practice Clive Lovatt and Edward Banyard Smith are both recommended for their non-contentious work on large development projects, and the team remained active in this sub-sector in 2016. Highlights included Lovatt advising Highbridge Properties on the construction of the Westmoor Park distribution centre in Doncaster. Adrian Parkhouse leads on contentious matters and also assists with non-contentious issues. The practice experienced an uptick in contractor work during 2016, handling a number of matters for key client Price & Myers.

Fieldfisher’s practice underwent some senior-level reorganization, with Manchester-based James Flynn replacing Cecily Davis as head of practice. Davis, who specialises in non-contentious work, remains a key figure, and is acting for Stoke-on-Trent City Council on the UKs first ever large scale low-carbon heat network system; she is also advising Reaction Engines on the construction aspects of a space missile testing facility. As a result of the firm’s recent merger with Hill Hofstetter, the practice’s contentious offering was boosted with a number of new arrivals, including Birmingham-based international arbitration specialist Richard Waugh, who is ‘confident and reassuring’. Louise Elmes leads on contentious work in London and focuses on the energy and natural resources (particularly power, renewables and mining), and maritime sectors; her caseload also takes in development work and she advised employers on a number of disputes arising from hotel developments during 2016.

Forsters LLP demonstrates ‘great commercial and tactical awareness’ when handling disputes for the firm’s broad client base of developers and institutional property owners – including the likes of LXB Retail Properties and Realis Estates. Contentious head Andrew Parker is ‘at ease with all aspects of construction disputes and has a very good eye for the key issues in cases’, and associate Alastair Robertson is ‘remarkably capable relative to his year of qualification’. On the non-contentious side, Sarah Cook continued to advise Knight Dragon Developments on all the construction aspects of the regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula, and also provided construction advice to a client regarding the funding of a development comprising a Premier Inn and retail outlets in Exeter.

At Goodman Derrick LLP, Tim Mould and Richard Bailey handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious work for clients such as Essex Services Group, South Eastern Electrical and Stephenson Group. Mould, who is ‘very hardworking and thorough, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of legal documents’, advised the governors of an independent charitable school on the construction documentation for a new school building; and also continued to act for IPCO (Nigeria) on the enforcement of a Nigerian arbitral award. The ‘highly competent’ Bailey was engaged on a high volume of contentious matters, including representing Penten Group in two separate adjudication enforcements and a set of declaratory proceedings at the TCC. Arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator and dispute board member John Wright is now a consultant with the firm. Tom Pemberton was a new arrival from Beale & Company Solicitors LLP.

At Irwin Mitchell, non-contentious specialist Gordon Anderson provides ‘clear and practical advice’ and has considerable expertise in advising on sites bisected by, or adjoining, operational railways – or with significant third party interfaces such as Network Rail, or the Canal & Rivers Trust; for example, Anderson is advising Blackstone on the construction of a pedestrian bridge at Chiswick Park, including advising on the construction aspects of the related project agreements with Network Rail and the London boroughs of both Ealing and Hounslow. Anderson is also well versed in handling major residential and commercial development projects, and is assisting Caudwell Properties with the construction contract for the development phase of Audley Square in Mayfair.

Lewis Silkin LLP’s team is led by non-contentious specialist Clare Reddy, whose work takes in mixed-use regeneration schemes, fit out projects for clients in the creative media, technology and retail sectors, residential projects for high net worth individuals, and advising on architects appointments. On the contentious side, managing associate Owen Williams divides his time between the firm’s London and Oxford offices, and represents clients such as VVB Engineering Services and Peabody Housing Trust.

At property boutique Maples Teesdale LLP, the ‘construction and commercial property departments work very well together to provide strong, clear advice’ to a range of property funds and developers. Practice head Sam Nichols focuses on non-contentious work and is advising TCCW Properties on the design and construction of a new high-rise building including 706 units of residential accommodation at Canary Wharf. In another highlight, Nichols and Leicester-based consultant Claire Egerton continued to act for Legal & General’s UK Property Income Fund 2 on the redevelopment of the Grafton Centre in Cambridge.

Memery Crystal LLP’s team is led by transactional specialist Joanne Kelly, who has ‘exceptional familiarity with multiple construction contracts, both at drafting and dispute stages’. Kelly has particular expertise in advising on procurement routes and acted on a range of development mandates over the last year, including advising Big Yellow Construction Company on the refurbishment of various sites, and acting for Carrigmay Kings Point (Jersey) on the design and construction of a mixed-use development in Reading.

At Mishcon de Reya LLP, head of construction and professional negligence Richard Gerstein litigates on behalf of a variety of owners, developers, specialist subcontractors and consultants; in one recent matter, Gerstein is defending Mears in the TCC in a dispute with Family Mosiac Housing over the determination of the provisions of a partnering contract. Simon Hunter leads on non-contentious work and has experience in a breadth of development schemes across sub-sectors such as hotels-and-leisure, retail, education, student accommodation and residential. Hunter continued to advise Consolidated Developments on the construction of a mixed-use development at St Giles Circus, and also assisted Fizzy Living with the construction aspects of forward funding agreements for private rental sector housing developments at Silvertown Way, Canning Town and Walthamstow. The non-contentious offering was enhanced by the hire of legal director Justine Ayto, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘thoughtful and knowledgeable team’ is probably best known for its development work on behalf of housing associations such as Sovereign Housing Association, but it also acts for a range of private clients; one recent mandate saw Peter Massey advise Hoxton Hotel Group on the construction of a signature hotel in Holborn. On the private sector side, the practice was further developed with the hire of the ‘proactive and engagedFrancis Ho, who joined from Olswang; Ho’s recent instructions include acting for Harlow Properties on the regeneration of a 78-acre site in Harlow, Essex. Richard Cooke leads the team.

Very strong on public sector matters and dealing with the challenges they pose’, 2016 saw Sharpe Pritchard active on a number of public sector education mandates; head of practice Justin Mendelle (who is ‘very accessible, intelligent and has sound judgement’), and Annie Moy, are advising the London boroughs of Southwark and Brent, respectively, in relation to their primary school expansion programmes. In another example of non-contentious work, infrastructure specialist Roseanne Serrelli continued to act for Thames Water Utilities in relation to the delivery of the Thames Tideway project. Mendelle also handles contentious work and was active on various multimillion-pound disputes, including defending a prominent London borough in a claim brought by a contractor relating to an increase in the scope of work, extension of time and loss-and-expense.

Newly-promoted partner Rebecca Williams leads on disputes at Watson Farley & Williams LLP and demonstrates ‘high quality client service’ and ‘significant legal, technical and industry knowledge’. Besides handling a high volume of energy-related disputes, both in the UK and overseas, Williams was also active in the development sub-sector, where she represented a high-end residential property developer in multiple adjudications.

Wedlake Bell LLP has particular strength in non-contentious development work, and the practice remained highly active in this regard in 2016. Practice head Suzanne Reeves continued to act for key client Care UK on a range of mandates, including facilities management procurement work, and the construction of a new care home in Bromsgrove. Helen Garthwaite was busy in the residential space and advised Ronson Capital Partners on the construction aspects of residential developments at Riverwalk House, Millbank, and 66 Chiltern Street in Marylebone. Sarah Elliott is also a key contact; her caseload included advising Illumina on the construction of a new headquarters in Cambridge’s biotech hub. The team also handles major developments in areas such as hospitals, office blocks and television studios.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s ‘bright, knowledgeable lawyers’ serve a range of developers, house builders and infrastructure operators, and offer a good balance of contentious and non-contentious expertise. Practice head Colin Hall (who is, for one client, ‘first choice for resolving construction disputes’), assisted Kane Haulage with a claim relating to the alteration and extension of the Exchange Shopping Centre in Putney, West London. In other work, Hall is providing non-contentious advice to the Balanced Energy Networks Consortium on the construction and operation of a heat-transfer scheme at Waterloo. Practice co-head alongside Hall, Eleanor Kilminster is also highly regarded and has been advising on a number of housebuilding projects, including assisting Redrow on the design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London. The practice secured a number of new clients during 2016, including Industry Capital, Kershaw Mechanical Services and Network Housing Association.

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