CMS has longstanding expertise in complex and high-value infrastructure, construction, and energy disputes. It sits on a number of major panels, and works with a range of household-name clients. The team’s expertise spans a range of sub-specialisms, including PFI, energy-from-waste, infrastructure, high-end development, and cladding-related disputes. Adrian Bell and Steven Williams co-head the team, with Bell specialising in dispute avoidance and resolution in the UK and internationally, with particular emphasis on the Middle East. Meanwhile, Williams focuses on complex high-value disputes combined with a strong international arbitration practice. Catherine Gelder has developed a specialism in advising on disputes with a health and safety facet in recent years, whilst Matthew Taylor has a particular expertise in dealing with complex, high value delay cases and claims for loss. Emma Schaafsma has extensive experience in international construction projects, and recently promoted partner Mark Breslin focuses on big-ticket litigation and arbitration.
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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP
Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …View Profile...
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Adrian Bell; Steven Williams
Other key lawyers:
Catherine Gelder; Matthew Taylor; Emma Schaafsma; Mark Breslin; Sarah Grenfell; Jay Randhawa
‘A very well resourced and slick operation, which can handle the largest and most complicated of claims.’
‘Adrian Bell is a real leader, he puts the right team together for each case.’
‘Large team that is highly expert in both construction disputes and commercial aspects.’
ISG Engineering Services Limited
- Advising Lendlease in relation to its £130m TCC dispute on Cramlington hospital.
- Advising Dragados on disputes arising from the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project which required complex marine dredging and civil works.
- Advising Prudential in respect of five sets of connected multi-party proceedings in the High Court arising from significant defects in a distribution centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
Fenwick Elliott LLP
Fenwick Elliott LLP offers advice on the full range of construction disputes as a specialist construction and energy law firm, with significant experience in international arbitration, mediation and adjudications. It represents clients at all levels of the construction supply chain, and is heavily involved in high-value infrastructure projects, as well as a range of residential and commercial projects. It has seen continued growth in the energy sector, becoming increasingly active in energy-from-waste and nuclear power-related disputes, as well as advising on matters regarding power plants in the UK and internationally. The team is led by Simon Tolson, a recognised authority on dispute resolution, and Tony Francis, who has extensive experience in dispute avoidance and resolution in large-scale construction projects. Karen Gidwani is notable for her specialist experience in offshore wind and energy-from-waste project disputes, whilst Richard Smellie has significant experience in international arbitration matters in the energy and construction sectors.
Simon Tolson; Tony Francis
Other key lawyers:
Karen Gidwani; Richard Smellie; James Cameron; Edward Foyle
‘The practice is unique in its depth and breadth of knowledge of experience of complex construction issues and disputes. The team is always seeking to get the best result for their clients.’
‘Karen Gidwani has an unrivalled ability to manage large cases whilst keeping all the different strands in check. She drives cases forward to achieve the best result for her clients, but is not afraid to give firm and frank advice where it is appropriate.’
‘Very experienced practitioners with excellent knowledge of the construction industry and construction contracts. They are truly dedicated to the case and the client’s needs.’
‘James Cameron is a rising star in construction litigation. He is razor sharp, has an excellent understanding of the construction industry, and is extremely efficient and user-friendly.’
‘Richard Smellie is a very experienced construction litigator who you can rely on for strategic advice.’
‘Tony Francis demonstrates a grasp of the detail, so as to present key issues in a succinct and easy to understand manner. He gives confidence to the customer.’
‘Edward Foyle is an excellent lawyer who consistently provides clear, pragmatic advice. His ability to quickly understand complex legal matters is unmatched. Edward is an asset in any construction dispute and his attention to detail leaves the client feeling no stone has been left unturned.’
‘Simon Tolson has extensive technical and legal knowledge, and is able to really get into the detail of complex matters.’
McLaughlin & Harvey Limited
- Advising Laing O’Rourke on contentious construction law matters.
Mayer Brown International LLP
Mayer Brown International LLP offers significant experience in international arbitration, with particular focus on the Middle East. It advises clients across a range of sectors, including energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste, and commercial and residential property. It also holds strong insurance credentials, representing insurers and their insureds in professional negligence related matters. The team is led by Michael Regan, a recognised leader in arbitrations involving large-scale infrastructure projects. Sally Davies leads the professional indemnity team, whilst Raid Abu-Manneh leads the firm's international arbitration group. The team is also supported by Jonathan Hosie, who is experienced in high-value arbitration matters, Kwadwo Sarkodie, who has particular expertise in dispute resolution in Africa, and Jonathan Stone, who is well-regarded for his work in professional indemnity claims. Also notable is James Morris, who is praised for 'identifying risks and opportunities well in advance'.
Other key lawyers:
Sally Davies; Raid Abu-Manneh; Jonathan Hosie; Kwadwo Sarkodie; Jonathan Stone; James Morris
‘Very professional and generous in providing client services.’
‘Jonathan Stone was extremely good at strategy. He was very able and deft in managing a four party mediation and ultimately settling a complex dispute.’
‘Jonathan Stone has a good communication style that works well in the construction sector – he is very personable and likeable, has an easy manner, communicates clearly, and comes across as genuine, competent and courteous.’
‘Sally Davies is outstanding in her knowledge and tactical nous. James Morris is cut from the same stone.’
‘James Morris is pro-active – and does not just wait to respond to requests for advice. He and his team keep their eyes on the horizon and identify risks and opportunities well in advance.’
Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting LLC
Gardiner & Theobald
Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited
St George and The Berkeley Group companies
Wates Construction Limited
- Advised on all of Wates Construction Limited’s main contract dispute and risk management work across the portfolio of its business sectors, including Retail, Living Space and Construction.
- Advising Standard Life Investments Ltd on pursuing a substantial claim against its professional team and development manager following significant delay and cost overruns during the construction of a retail park in Newbury.
- Advising United Living (South) Limited on decanting 4 of 5 tower blocks forming the Chalcots Estate and on undertaking emergency works relating to the external cladding envelope and internal fire stopping issues.
Pinsent Masons LLP
The contentious team at Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong reputation across a broad range of construction matters, acting for an impressive list of clients which includes contractors, employers, consultants, governments, and investors. It has significant experience in the energy sector, both in the UK and internationally, as well as a key strength in international construction arbitrations. Neal Morris heads the global construction group, holding extensive experience in all forms of dispute resolution and acting for a number of the UK’s largest infrastructure disputes. Kevin Joyce has particular expertise in complex delay claims, mixed-use and super-prime residential development, tunnelling, and projects. Other key names include Richard Laudy and Helen Waddell, who co-leads the contentious construction team, specialising in construction infrastructure and energy projects, whilst Jason Hambury co-leads the international arbitration practice. The team is also supported by Clea Bigelow-Nuttall, who specialises in international investment and commercial arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
Kevin Joyce; Richard Laudy; Helen Waddell; Jason Hambury; Clea Bigelow-Nuttall; Gurmukh Riyat; Zoe de Courcy Arbiser; Arwyn Jones
‘Pinsent Masons go the extra mile, and aside from having expert technical knowledge, they actually care for their clients. The team is completely authentic, approachable and always deliver.’
‘Pinsent Masons has been at the forefront on advising on the global pandemic, reaching out to clients with pragmatic advice on how to adapt their business to survive in these challenging times.’
‘Zoe de Courcy Arbiser is a brilliant lawyer. Commercially astute and always puts the client first. She is a ‘tour de force’ and never to be underestimated.’
BMB Joint Venture (Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall)
CVB Joint Venture (Costain, Vinci and Bachy Soletanche)
FLO Joint Venture (Ferrovial and Laing O’Rourke)
Mulalley & Co
- Advised on all three of the main contractor joint ventures (BMB, FLO and CVB) on the renegotiation of the construction contracts on the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project.
- Representing McLaren Group in relation to disputes arising out of the construction of the iconic Aldersgate House commercial development in London.
- Representing Laing O’Rourke in relation to defect claims in respect of the Candy & Candy developed One Hyde Park project in London.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP
Vinson & Elkins RLLP has an excellent reputation for contentious matters relating to high-end, complex projects, both in international and domestic markets. The team acts across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure, power, energy and urban redevelopment. The international construction practice is co-headed Nick Henchie and Roberta Downey, who recently joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Henchie has extensive experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution for construction and engineering matters, whilst Downey specialises in onshore and offshore construction and energy disputes. Scott Stiegler has notable experience long-running energy and infrastructure disputes. The team has also been bolstered with the addition of partners Angus Rankin and Nabeel Ikram, both previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP. Since joining the team, Rankin has had a particular focus on power projects and serving the firm’s growing client base in Asia.
Nick Henchie; Roberta Downey
Other key lawyers:
Scott Stiegler; Angus Rankin; Nabeel Ikram; Ben Grunberger-Kirsh; Jarrod Gutsa
‘The Vinson & Elkins team is made up of very talented individuals and the team is going from strength to strength. They have talent across the board and are able to handle the largest of disputes. They are particularly adept at dealing with energy-related construction disputes.’
‘Scott Stiegler is a stand out disputes lawyer. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is commercially very savvy. He leaves no stone unturned in getting clients what they want.’
‘An extremely professional, experienced, and savvy team. Well used to acting in the very highest value disputes and with great strategic insight.’
‘Roberta Downey has remarkable strategic insight and an unfailing ability to see the wood for the trees in order to achieve her clients’ objectives. Her commitment to the detail of every case and incredible work ethic are remarkable and often make the difference for her clients.’
‘The market knows Nick Henchie to be the fiercest of opponents. He can out-think so much of the competition and his stamina is unbeatable. One of the absolute top-rank in his field.’
‘Angus Rankin knows power projects like the back of his hand, and is increasingly sought-after for rail disputes. His time as a senior in-house lawyer means he’s always on top of the commercial factors and gives practical advice. He’s first-rate.’
‘Ben Grunberger-Kirsh’s star is definitely rising fast. He is a wise head on young shoulders. He wins clients’ trust easily and is really coming into his own as a specialist in offshore construction disputes.’
‘Jarrod Gutsa is one of the best and brightest, driven by a desire to win and calm under pressure. He’s a natural leader.’
Panama Canal Authority
- Advising on a series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority arising out of complex and technical construction disputes valued in the region of US$5 billion with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, a consortium of European and Panamanian companies hired to design and build the Third Set of Locks as part of the Panama Canal expansion project.
- Representing Wren and its insured, Building Design Partnership Limited, in defending a multi-party TCC claim related to the procurement and development of a mixed-use retail and residential project in the UK brought by the site owner. The overall sum in dispute is in the region of £60 million.
White & Case LLP
White & Case LLP has a strong international reputation, and is known for effectively advising clients on the full lifecycle of construction projects. It advises on a broad range of construction disputes, including in relation to defects, delays, disruption, variations, non-performance, payment, bond calls and regulatory issues. The practice is led by Ellis Baker, who has extensive experience in advising developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on major projects. Phillip Capper holds an excellent reputation in international arbitration for the construction and engineering sectors. Daniel Garton is noteworthy for his involvement in ADR and arbitration on large projects, whilst David Robertson has a particular focus on representing EPC contractors and marine engineering and shipbuilding companies in Asia. Julian Bailey is also of note, with experience in advising on large infrastructure projects across the globe.
Other key lawyers:
Phillip Capper; Daniel Garton; David Robertson; Julian Bailey
‘The White & Case contentious construction team has an ability to deal with large-scale complex disputes very effectively and efficiently. They work together as a team, fluidly managing large teams comprised of lawyers with the right levels of expertise.’
‘Julian Bailey has proven time and again to be a reliable expert on all matters of construction law, and communicates his thoughts promptly, in a careful and considered manner, and without understatement of risk.’
‘Daniel Garton is particularly worthy of mention. His level of understanding of complex construction matters, and ability to translate these into a legal strategy that clients can understand, is very impressive.’
‘James Holden works well with the client team and experts, bringing focus.’
‘Ellis Baker has an uncanny ability to identify clients interests and positions early, which enables him to offer client-focused services at all times.’
‘The team is staffed by qualified, very experienced lawyers who are always focused on protecting the interests of the client and can give qualified, correct and adequate advice.’
‘White & Case has an exceptionally responsible, qualified, and motivated team, whose aim always is to protect the client’s best interest.’
- Represented Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. (Panama) and its shareholders WeBuild (Italy), Sacyr S.A. (Spain), and Jan De Nul N.V. (Belgium) in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project.
- Represented Inpex in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of its onshore LNG processing facility in Western Australia.
Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its work on large scale, high-risk projects. It is well-regarded for its PFI disputes practice, particularly in the healthcare and science technology sector both in the UK and abroad. It also has a strong reputation for handling international arbitration matters, involving major infrastructure and power projects. Jonathan Tattersall leads the team, and is known for his international arbitration practice as well as his work on PFI/PPP disputes, particularly in the health sector. Gerlando Butera handles disputes both in the UK and overseas, leveraging his experience in Singapore and Hong Kong. The team is also supported by Rob Easton, who has particular experience in advising retail, healthcare and hotel clients, and Alex Hirom who recently joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and adds to the team’s strength in the energy sector.
Other key lawyers:
Gerlando Butera; Alex Hirom; Rob Easton; Julia Court; Deepa Khandia; Emily Walters; Ellie Warren
‘Jonathan Tattersall has a great legal brain and commercial instinct.’
‘Good depth and breadth of experience at all levels of qualification, so tasks are carried out by a person with the right experience.’
‘Deepa Khandia is confident and knowledgeable. She knows how to stand her ground and doesn’t take any nonsense.’
‘Emily Walters is calm, confident, and has sound litigation experience. A credit to any team handling heavy weight construction litigation.’
‘Jonathan Tattersall has good experience and high skill in order to finalise and find solutions for all the problems to be solved and the last minute legal issues to be analysed.’
‘Rob Easton is always informed, ready, and capable in all the legal matters.’
‘Ellie Warren is precise, accurate, and punctual in all the issues.’
Bam Nuttall Limited
UPP Projects Limited
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
British Sugar Plc
- Acting for Kajima, a global leader in construction and development projects, in relation to major TCC proceedings regarding healthcare PFI disputes in Brighton and Sheffield valued in excess of £50 million.
- Acting for an Italian contractor with extensive experience in global infrastructure projects in relation to a dispute valued at approximately USD 136 million regarding refurbishment of a motorway in Eastern Europe.
- Advising a global contractor with a turnover of several billion on the ongoing complex and high value dispute relating to a transport project in the East of England.
Ashurst offers a range of sector focused advice, including in real estate development, energy-from-waste, and transport, particularly in rail-related disputes. It also has significant expertise in distressed projects, and is known for its involvement in international infrastructure projects. It also sits on a range of key panels. The team is led by Tom Duncan, who has significant experience in disputes in the infrastructure, renewables, and real estate sectors. Dyfan Owen has expertise in high value construction disputes in the engineering, energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular exposure to the Middle East. Former managing partner Simon Bromwich specialises in the resources and infrastructure sector, whilst Madeleine Pope has particular expertise in PFI/PPP projects.
Other key lawyers:
Dyfan Owen; Simon Bromwich; Madeleine Pope; Stefan Jammes; Tom Cummins
‘A very strong team, particularly in energy related issues.’
‘Tom Duncan is of star quality. He has great legal instincts and commercial nouse.’
‘Simon Bromwich is a brilliant strategist and very commercially, and a doyen of the construction legal market.’
Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited
Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited
- Acting for Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited and its parent company, Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited, in various disputes relating to a number of its legacy projects.
Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for its disputes work on major international construction projects, as well as for governmental projects. It has particular expertise in acting for employers on large-scale heavy engineering and process plant projects. Domestically, it also specialises in matters relating to high-profile commercial, residential and industrial developments. The team is co-headed by Mike Webster and Steve Abraham, both of whom have extensive experience in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Abraham additionally specialises in international arbitration in Africa and the Middle East. Kate Corby is also well-regarded for her litigation experience in construction and engineering disputes.
Mike Webster; Steve Abraham
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is resourceful, dedicated and agile. They outsourced the right training and capabilities for a successful outcome. They don’t make unnecessary promises, they just deliver.’
‘The whole team is one, and each and every one is for the client. The ability to ramp up knowledge at every intersection of our case made a big difference.’
‘High functioning, collaborative team that works well together, resulting in comprehensive advice and deliverables. Very well organized and good grasp of commercial issues.’
Global Ports Holding Plc
Korea Electric Power Corporation
PepsiCo International Limited
Anaklia Development Consortium
- Leading the USD 1.5 billion investor-state arbitration arising out of the Anaklia port, the largest and most important infrastructure project on the Black Sea, as well as acting for the Consortium in the related ICC arbitration.
- Advising a Saudi construction conglomerate on a portfolio of construction-related disputes, including defending against an ICC arbitration brought by a major subcontractor on the construction of the new airport in Jeddah.
- Acting for Edwardian Group on all aspects of the planning, procurement and construction of an iconic modern destination hotel in Leicester Square, including resolution of disputes with contractors.
Beale & Co
Beale & Co is a specialist construction practice, offering a range of advice on construction litigation and arbitration, contract and projects advisory work, and corporate and commercial matters. The team also advises on international arbitration matters, particularly in the context of substantial infrastructure projects. The practice is co-led by Antony Smith and Sheena Sood, both of whom have significant experience in acting on health and safety-related matters for a range of clients, including insurers. Michael Salau is recognised for his environmental and construction practice, whilst Nathan Modell specialises in construction and engineering disputes. James Vernon is recommended for his domestic work, which includes experience of High Court litigation.
Sheena Sood; Antony Smith
Other key lawyers:
Michael Salau; Nathan Modell; James Vernon
‘Deep industry knowledge with an accessible, non-pretentious vibe.’
‘Antony Smith is reassuringly in control of every move.’
‘Personal service, they know their customers and take time to develop relationships.’
‘Michael Salau is an exceptional lawyer, and his knowledge of the construction market is extensive.’
‘Nathan Modell gives excellent, high quality, strategic advice.’
‘A boutique firm with very capable and approachable people that are specialised in construction law. They have been in the game for a long time and are able to quickly quickly understand technical and commercial matters that are involved.’
‘Antony Smith and Sheena Sood are both very experienced and seasoned lawyers who are able to combine their expertise with practical commercially sensible advice.’
‘James Vernon works as if he is part of your team. Calm, hard-working, and lives and breathes the dispute with you. Clients trust the advice he gives.’
Arup Group Limited
Association for Consultancy and Engineering
Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co advises on contentious construction matters across the full range of sectors, including on social, energy, transport, and commercial development projects both domestically and internationally. In particular in the UK, it offers expertise in large-scale infrastructure, acting for a range of clients including suppliers, purchasers, and developers. John Morris heads the firm’s projects and construction group, holding significant previous experience serving as an adjudicator. Anthony Albertini is notable for his TCC litigation and dispute avoidance and resolution work. The team also includes Mary Anne Roff, who specialises in complex energy and power disputes, Christopher Leadbetter, who focuses on high-profile construction and engineering disputes on both domestic and international projects, and Catherine Johnston who has considerable experience advising on EPC contracts in relation to PPP projects.
Other key lawyers:
Anthony Albertini; Mary Ann Roff; Christopher Leadbetter; Catherine Johnston
‘They have world-leading knowledge which gives the client the comfort that the advice they are getting is solid.’
‘They are very client-orientated and continuously meet the client’s needs and timeframes in a friendly and professional manner.’
Grainger OCCC Limited
DLA Piper is highly regarded for its expertise in major infrastructure projects, spanning UK, international and PFI/PPP disputes, as well as project advisory work. It acts for clients across the whole of the construction supply chain, and has particular expertise in energy, heavy industry and process plants, and development investment. Paul Giles leads the team from Manchester. Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope have added considerable strength to the team since joining in 2020; both offer extensive experience in utilities and nuclear related matters, as well as commercial development and engineering disputes, respectively. Edward Shaw specialises in international arbitration, with particular experience advising Korean and Chinese clients. Anna Mills focuses on construction and engineering disputes, whilst Alison Fagan has a strong reputation for advising UK PPP portfolios.
Other key lawyers:
Bob Maynard; Caroline Pope; Edward Shaw; Anna Mills; Alison Fagan; Mark Briggs
‘DLA Piper is a hands-on, results-driven practice that ensures it gets on top of the detail from the start, right through its team from its associates through to senior partners.’
‘Anna Mills’ combination of knowledge, drive and attention to detail are second-to-none, and she delivers excellent results.’
‘Edward Shaw is an exceptional litigator – he is always hands on with the dispute, works seamlessly with his team and is always thinking two steps ahead in terms of the litigation and also the client’s commercial needs.
‘Mark Briggs is a very able litigator. His written work is excellent and his client care is extremely attentive.’
‘Very strong across the board and at all levels. Their PFI/Projects and infrastructure teams are particularly strong.’
‘Alison Fagan is an excellent partner. She is very good at educating bringing on associates to ensure good service at all levels.’
‘They are knowledgeable and experienced, with great attention to detail. The firm has the ability to understand quickly the main issues and formulate a clear plan.’
‘Caroline Pope is head and shoulders better than the competition. She is clear and precise in her analysis of the issues. Highly recommended.’
Daewoo Engineering & Construction
Erith Contractors Limited
Kier Construction Ltd
Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd
Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd
Sureserve Group Plc
- Advising Erith Contractors Limited in both the TCC and Court of Appeal.
- Advising Eco World/Ballymore on a dispute heard in the TCC, which was significant as it involved two new findings of law.
- Advising Transform Schools (Knowsley) Ltd in a £20m complex defects claim against Balfour Beatty in the TCC.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on large-scale disputes in relation to both domestic and international projects, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It has expertise across the spectrum of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and ADR. The team also holds experience in serving as their own advocates in arbitration matters. James Doe and David Nitek co-head the practice. Doe specialises in major infrastructure, construction and engineering projects, and holds an excellent reputation for his work with Middle Eastern and Asian clients. Meanwhile, Nitek offers a broad practice and has significant experience advising employer and contractor clients both in the UK and internationally, with particular emphasis in the Middle East.
James Doe; David Nitek
‘Outstanding client service and unparalleled understanding of construction industry, combined with first-class commercial understanding.’
‘David Nitek is in a league of his own – calm, authoritative, outstanding industry and technical understanding, combined with down to earth commercial common sense.’
‘David Nitek and James Doe both have excellent clarity of thought and get straight to the key issues.’
Transport for London
- Advising a Korean contractor in respect of an ICC arbitration regarding claims arising from the construction of an oil refinery in Egypt.
- Advising a utility company on an arbitration arising out of the development of a new energy-from-waste facility in the UK.
- Advising an Italian contractor regarding an ICC arbitration concerning a fertiliser plant in northern Europe.
HFW is highly regarded for its international arbitration work, primarily working for EPC contractors, including a number of clients in the Middle East and Korea. It is also very active in offshore construction projects, including windfarm projects both domestically and internationally, due to its roots as a shipping firm. The team is lead by Max Wieliczko, who has extensive experience in infrastructure and energy project disputes. Michael Sergeant focuses on international arbitration, primarily in the Middle East, whilst Richard Booth is particularly active in offshore wind matters.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Sergeant; Richard Booth
‘The team at HFW knows how to handle disputes and difficult opposing parties and lawyers. They understand construction and are easy to work with.’
‘Michael Sergeant is a very experienced construction lawyer and knows how to structure a case to bring out its strengths.’
‘The HFW team includes very seasoned and experienced counsel, as well as young but very bright associates.’
‘HFW are my go-to law firm when I have a legal dispute that is complex and not run of the mill. Their ability to think outside the box and quickly attend meetings is crucial to facilitate a strategy and scenario options enabling, where possible, the timely and appropriate resolution of the dispute.’
‘Max Wieliczko is unique in his ability to think outside the box. His tenacity and desire to achieve the best result for his client is what makes him stand out from the rest.’
J Reddington Group
Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.
Hochtief Solutions AG
Belectric Gulf Limited
Robert Bird Group
Kuwait Oil Company
Al Gihaz Contracting Co
- Acting for an international joint venture contractor on a £600m ICC arbitration in relation delays and variations on a high-profile Middle East transport project.
- Acting for a contractor in respect of a £150m+ dispute in relation to the T&I package for a large offshore wind farm development off the shores of France.
- Acting for an EPC contractor in relation to the disputes arising under three separate energy from waste projects in different parts of the UK.
Howard Kennedy LLP
Howard Kennedy LLP recently acquired Corbett & Co, a boutique law firm specialising in international disputes in the construction and engineering sector, with a particular focus on developing countries. The team's core sub-specialisms include FIDIC contract-related disputes, international arbitration and dispute boards, and TCC litigation. Edward Corbett, who has extensive experience in international infrastructure matters and construction contracts, co-leads the team alongside Victoria Tyson. Andrew Tweeddale has significant experience representing a range of clients across the globe, including contractors, governments, developers, and architects. Barrister Taner Dedezade is highly regarded for his advocacy work.
Edward Corbett; Victoria Tyson
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Tweeddale; Taner Dedezade; Gabriel Mulero Clas; Joanne Clarke
‘Edward Corbett‘s understanding and ability of analysing complex engineering problems is extraordinary. His leadership of the team of lawyers, technical experts, and quantum experts is remarkable.’
‘Taner Dedezade is a great tutor and a dispute resolution expert.’
‘The team is very skilled and has very strong skills in FIDIC and the background law of common law. Where the issue is of more technical character, the team has a strong technical understanding and is very thorough.’
‘Fresh technical approach and constructive views on the legal cases.’
‘This practice has unique knowledge within the industry on the practical application and resolution of disputes under the FIDIC suite of contracts.’
‘The team understands the realities of construction issues and how the challenges associated can both arise and be resolved through the use of FIDIC contracts, depending on how these are used.’
‘Edward Corbett has an incredible insight when it comes to matters of dispute, particularly under the FIDIC suite, and there is rarely a set of circumstances where he is unable to find the right approach to find the best way forward for the client.’
‘Joanne Clarke has a highly methodical approach and has a talent for finding the key information necessary to unlocking any issue.’
Buxoro Suv Taminoti LLC
Ethiopian Roads Authority
- Acted for the Government of Serbia at a dispute adjudication board hearing, in relation to a road project where the contractor claimed for prolongation costs and valuation of variations.
- Led all three adjudications on two different contracts on behalf of Buxoro Suv Taminoti LLC. The contracts were FIDIC based and subject to Uzbekistan law.
Akin offers advice on complex construction matters in the UK, as well as on large-scale international arbitration matters. Hamish Lal leads the team, and is well-regarded for his expertise in complex delay, disruption and cumulative impact claims. He typically acts for purchaser clients in high-value UK focused matters and is experienced in international construction and engineering disputes and arbitrations. Brendan Casey is an experienced litigator, and has expertise in the renewable and energy sector, which includes offshore wind projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘The focus of the team is a commitment to excellence in delivery. Hamish Lal and his team go out of their way to support their clients (wherever in the globe) and justify their reputation as market leaders.’
‘Hamish Lal stands out for his focus on clients and is a leader in the construction international arbitration market.’
‘Brendan Casey is a rising star in international arbitration.’
‘The construction team lead by Hamish Lal is excellent, totally first rate.’
‘Hamish Lal has a good grasp of the law twinned with an excellent commercially minded approach. He develops very good tactical approaches, especially for construction related disputes.’
‘Hamish Lal is very highly driven, motivated and accessible. He has a rare ability to cut through the legal, factual and technical complexities of very significant disputes and get to the core issues.’
‘Hamish Lal is knowledgeable, very deft in terms of strategic approach, and provides straightforward logical and timely advice. He cross-examines with pin point precision, and is very comfortable handling matters in non-mainstream jurisdictions.’
Heerema Marine Contractors
First Abu Dhabi Bank
- Acting for an international construction developer in international arbitration disputes against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
- Acting for an upstream oil and gas exploration and production company in disputes arising out of a production sharing agreement in a CIS country.
- Representing an international offshore wind contractor on high value dispute relating to force majeure, changes, delays, changes in legislation, winter working and related issues.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
The construction disputes team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP offers advice across a full range of sectors, with a particular focus on real estate and infrastructure disputes in the UK. It also has a growing international practice, advising owners and contractors on large-scale projects. Richard Davies heads the global construction disputes team from Abu Dhabi. Shy Jackson is known for his expertise in relation to large-scale infrastructure projects, and is experienced in the full range of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and ADR. Alexandra Clough specialises in development-related disputes, whilst James Clarke focuses on his international practice.
Other key lawyers:
Shy Jackson; Alexandra Clough; James Clarke; Jennifer Varley
‘The team brings a good mix of legal expertise and pragmatism, is responsive, and is able to engage in practical discussions to resolve matters, understanding the balance of risks to the parties.’
‘Great industry knowledge and client understanding.’
‘Alex Clough and Jennifer Varley are trusted advisors.’
‘There is a consistent benchmark of excellent service.’
- Advising a developer of high end apartments in relation to disputes arising out of its flagship central London project, acting on six adjudications and a Part 8 claim.
- Advising one of the UK’s largest landowners in relation to fire safety defects arising out of a large mixed used scheme, which included advising on two TCC claims and entering into numerous settlement agreements with the relevant contractors.
- Advising the employer on one of the largest tunnelling projects in the UK and has acted successfully in a high value complex adjudication.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers the full range of contentious services relating to construction and engineering projects, acting for clients including employers, contractors, specialists and consultants. It also has an international disputes offering, especially involving African and Middle Eastern projects. Steven Carey leads the team, advising on a wide range of domestic and international construction matters. Kevin Forsyth focuses on the renewable energy sector, as well as international arbitration work. Rupa Lakha specialises in dispute resolution and avoidance, whilst Michael O’Connor takes the lead on fire safety and Building Safety Bill related work.
Other key lawyers:
Kevin Forysth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O’Connor; James Worthington
‘Pragmatic and thorough, covering all bases in a robust way.’
‘Very motivated and a pleasure to work with.’
‘A highly knowledgeable professional construction division led by phenomenal partners – who have also mentored and grown their team along the journey.’
‘Their advise is clear and provides various options for clients to proceed with that would give the best result. Professionals that build relations over decades with integrity.’
‘Rupa Lakha is one of the most professional, ethical, authentic lawyers on contentious construction cases. She provides sound advise with all alternatives available to make the case stronger.’
‘Rupa Lakha is a powerful, authentic, dynamic lawyer who comes with alternate recommendations and solutions and delivers her advise without any pressure.’
The Pirbright Institute
Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain
The London Array Offshore Windfarm
United Living Group
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s contentious team advise across a range of key sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, energy and transport. It also has a significant construction international arbitration practice, notably in the Middle East, France and the US. Jonathan Douglas heads the UK team, acting primarily for purchasers, whilst Simon Oats heads the global team. Jessica Neuberger has developed an increased focus on the energy and renewables sectors, alongside her ongoing PFI/PPP disputes work. Nick Pinder specialises in international disputes in the energy sector.
Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats
Other key lawyers:
Jessica Neuberger; Nick Pinder
St. Modwen Properties Plc
EP Langage Limited
CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV
Government of Slovakia
Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)
Critical Project Services LLC
The Office Group
Precis Capital Partners
Fieldfisher offers expertise across a range of key infrastructure and commercial real estate matters in the UK. It also specialises in PFI projects, particularly in the health and education sectors. Additionally, it has been growing its international reach, specifically in relation to African infrastructure projects. Dan Preston leads the team with significant experience in contentious and transactional work in the construction and infrastructure sectors, acting primarily for contractor clients. Jamie Key focuses on large infrastructure and building projects, whilst Samantha Thompson has notable experience in TCC litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Jamie Key; Samantha Thompson; David Thorne
‘Strong construction knowledge. Measured practical advice provided swiftly in urgent situations.’
‘Commercially minded, with a view to always getting the best outcome for their client.’
‘Focused partner engagement and strong assistant capability too.’
‘Time has been invested in getting to understand the client well and also to apply sector wide knowledge to support the client best in the circumstances.’
- Defended a significant and complex, multi-party case for VolkerFitzpatrick Limited, relating to a state-of-the-art, iconic building servicing Blackpool’s new fleet of super trams.
- Acting for Shepherd in a claim by the developer relating to alleged defects in the external cladding at a new £29m, 37-storey, 559-bedroom student accommodation block named Sky Plaza in Leeds.
- Advising VolkerStevin in relation to the settlement of contractual disputes valued at circa £25m on a live project with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
Gowling WLG acts for a number of household name, blue-chip clients on a range of contentious issues. Domestically, it advises on real estate developments, infrastructure, and energy projects, with particular expertise in PFI disputes and fire safety-related cases. It also has a growing international practice, advising on major construction, energy and infrastructure disputes. The contentious practice is lead by Gordon Bell, Sue Ryan, and Mike Stewart. Bell specialises in international arbitration, Ryan is notable for her building and fire safety disputes work, and Stewart focuses on complex construction and infrastructure disputes, particularly in the Middle East.
Gordon Bell; Sue Ryan; Mike Stewart
Other key lawyers:
‘Gordon Bell and Daniel Wood bring a diverse range of skills and a fresh approach to large complex matters. Both are straightforward to work with, ahead of the curve and go above and beyond what as required.’
‘They provide a common sense, practical approach to problem resolution for issues, and understand the business and commercial drivers.’
‘The team are easy to contact and reactive to issues that aligns with business speed.’
BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited
Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF
iQ Student Accommodation
Empiric Student Property PLC
Battersea Power Station Development Company
- Advising Battersea Power Station in relation to one of London’s largest ever construction schemes, comprising some eight million sq ft of residential, office, employment, and leisure development, the refurbishment of the iconic power station building and the provision of a new London Underground station.
- Advising BAE’s fund managers, LaSalle, on the legal recovery strategy for cladding and fire safety defects at a key strategic asset located in central London, comprising a hotel and adjoined residential tower.
- Advising iQ following its acquisition by Blackstone to advise on and undertake legal recovery on 10 of the assets in its portfolio which have cladding and fire safety defects.
Hogan Lovells International LLP
The construction and engineering disputes practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for clients across the supply chain, covering a range of sectors including power, energy, transport, real estate development, and infrastructure. Rupert Sydenham leads the team, with a wealth of experience in procurement-related disputes, as well in formal and informal dispute resolution. Tom Smith, who was recently promoted to partner, is experienced in advising on nuclear, conventional and renewable power, as well as on aerospace and defence matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Tom Smith is excellent. Highly experienced in big ticket work, he is a name for the future.’
‘A really excellent team. Tom Smith is truly outstanding. He has incredible attention to detail, and produces fantastic work even under intense pressure.’
‘Tom Smith is one of the very best. He has great instincts and works extremely hard for every client.’
‘Hogan Lovells’ contentious construction practice provides a tailored approach to suit the individual requirements of the client and transaction. The team provides a robust cross-practice and cross-office collaboration which puts the client’s needs first.’
‘The team has a can-do attitude supported by the right allocation of resources across all lawyer levels.’
‘Rupert Sydenham asks the right questions to get to the heart of the issues in dispute and to understand the drivers for each individual client. He leads a multi-disciplinary team which showcases an exceptional commercial mindset offering timely and pragmatic advice.’
‘Tom Smith showcases strong commercial acumen and focuses on achieving strong strategic and commercial outcomes for clients which are aligned with their interests.’
‘Rowena Evans is sharp and good at focusing in on the key issues in a way that drives value for money by supporting the commercial objectives of her clients.’
The Met Office
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP advises clients including employers, contractors and consultants on all forms of dispute resolution in relation to large-scale construction and engineering projects, with particular expertise in adjudications and international arbitrations. It has a key focus on UK transport infrastructure projects and real estate developments, as well as an expanding international practice, including in the Asia Pacific area. The team is co-headed by Matthew Smith, who specialises in transport, energy and infrastructure matters, and Kevin Greene, who has particular experience in real estate and project financed transactions. Matthew Walker is known for his work in Qatar.
Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Walker; Ben Holland
‘The team gives careful attention to client needs and has extensive experience.’
‘Matthew Smith is a particularly strong member of the team and provides consistently reliable advice.’
Nuveen Real Estate including Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership
Halcrow (Consulting Engineers & Architects) Ltd
Hitachi Rail Ltd
Transport for London
Laing O’Rourke Group
Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A
Crown Commercial Services
Ferrovial Construction UK
- Acting for Breakshore, a developer, in relation to disputes with its contractor in relation to a residential development project in London.
Kennedys advises on a range of international and cross-border projects, acting for a broad construction sector client base with a primary focus on insurers. It is also active in international arbitration and TCC cases, and has a growing practice for modular construction cases. Iain Corbett heads the team, with significant experience in large-scale infrastructure disputes. Tom Stapleton and Michael Hogg are notable for their expertise in advising insurers in high-profile claims and first and third-party property damage matters, respectively. Louis Foscolo specialises in property, energy and construction dispute resolution, whilst Caitlin Gallagher acts for domestic and international contractor clients.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Stapleton; Michael Hogg; Louis Foscolo; Caitlin Gallagher
‘Kennedys’ construction team are highly experienced in their area. Their focus on pure construction as well as insurance issues gives them a string advantage over competitors.’
‘Iain Corbett is an expert in his field. He personable, professional and technically astute.’
‘Louis Foscolo is dynamic, decisive and dedicated. He has the attention to detail needed for complex claims without losing sight of the bigger picture.’
Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
Bam Construct UK
Protector Forsikring ASA
Willmott Partnership Homes Limited
Donald Insall Associates
- Advising the Norwegian insurer of the Grenfell Tower on all legal issues arising out of the disaster, in relation to both the property and liability cover they provide.
- Acting for Prater Limited in respect of a £130 million claim relating to Sky Central concerning defects on the circa 4-acre sized roof.
King & Spalding LLP
The construction and engineering disputes practice at King & Spalding LLP handles large-scale, complex international energy and infrastructure matters. It is well-regarded for its expertise in advising owner and contractor clients, with particular experience in delay disputes, engineering and design defects, and non-compliance matters. The team is co-headed by Vincent Rowan and Shareena Edmonds. Rowan has extensive experience in construction and engineering disputes, whilst Edmond’s practice focuses on international arbitration, specifically in relation to oil, gas, power, offshore and shipbuilding projects. Andrea Stauber was recently promoted to partner, and specialises in international commercial disputes.
Vincent Rowan; Shareena Edmonds
Other key lawyers:
Andrea Stauber; Martina Antosova
‘The team is cutting edge in their capabilities to handle complex disputes pertaining to infrastructure projects. They have in-depth knowledge of their field, which is evident in how they are able to come up with ready answers to multi-layered questions in the blink of an eye.’
‘Vincent Rowan has deep knowledge and experience in handling large infrastructure disputes. He is able to think ten steps ahead in a matter with a clarity of thought that is unmatched.’
‘Extremely knowledgeable of the sector and vast experience in international constructions disputes, particularly for large scale projects.’
‘Shareena Edmonds is excellent – focused, practical, clear advice and good at delivering to meet client needs.’
‘Martina Antosova is an associate to watch for the future.’
‘Excellent to work with – they always issue clear instructions and are excellent in management of experts and in managing client expectations.’
‘King & Spalding are simply the best at large scale international construction disputes. They get their heads around the complex set of facts that make up most construction disputes with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the documents.’
‘Andrea Stauber and Shareena Edmonds have an impressive ability to master the detail and the big picture. They have an exceptional ability to deliver clear and concise advice in exactly the way we need it.’
Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A.
Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited
OMV (Tunesien) Production GmbH
Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd
Macfarlanes LLP offers expertise in advising on technically complex design and construction disputes; the team is regularly involved in cases concerning defects, delay and extension, as well as final account related matters. The team has particularly strong experience of PFI-related disputes, as well as commercial real estate matters. Doug Wass leads the team, with substantial experience in advising on PFI disputes, including on hospital, government institutions, schools and universities, and waste-to-energy matters. Mark Lawrence is experienced in infrastructure, fire safety, and cladding disputes, both domestically and international. Meanwhile, Andy Mather focuses on substantial office, hotel, and ultra-prime residential developments.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Lawrence; Andy Mather
Argan, Inc/Atlantic Projects Company
Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Limited
Grove Developments Limited
InfraRed Capital Partners
Lancashire Schools SPC Phase 1 Ltd
Legal & General
Portsmouth Naval Base
St James’s Oncology SPC Ltd
- Acting for St James’s Oncology SPC Ltd in multi-party High Court proceedings in relation to defects in the design and construction of oncology facilities at Europe’s largest teaching hospital, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.
- Acting for Global Switch in a series of complex adjudications and High Court proceedings against a contractor in relation to the design, construction and fit out of a data centre in London.
- Acting for Lancashire Schools SPC Phase 1 Ltd in multi-party High Court proceedings in relation to various claims arising out of defective design and construction work carried out in the provision of additional accommodation at a number of schools in Lancashire under the Building Schools for the Future PFI project.
Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright‘s team of contentious experts advise a range of clients in the construction and engineering industry, including developers, employers, contractors, and other stakeholders. It is active in a range of sectors, including infrastructure, commercial and industrial real estate, energy, transport and logistics. It also has strength in the PFI/PPP arena. Donald Warnock and Simon Ramsden lead the team. Warnock has extensive experience advising on major construction and engineering projects, whilst Ramsden specialises in investment treaty and international arbitration alongside other forms of dispute resolution. James Rogers is also noted for his international arbitration experience.
Simon Ramsden; Donald Warnock
Other key lawyers:
‘Norton Rose Fulbright has been a go-to firm for more complex cladding claims. They are everything you would expect of a top law firm, but still retain a personal touch.’
‘They are responsive to clients’ needs and have tailored their financial reporting to meet the client’s requirements.’
‘Simon Ramsden is impressive. He remains accessible and open to unscheduled calls and he, and the wider team, manage to combine good, sensible, pro-active advice, with a pragmatic approach.’
Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee
Ecobank Ghana Limited
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Eurasian Resources Group
Full Circle Generation Limited
Hyde Housing Association Limited
INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, d.d.
International Finance Corporation
JG Pears Power Limited
Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
TAV HAVALIMANLARI Holdings A.S.
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons is well regarded for its disputes work, both domestically and internationally. It handles a range of cases involving construction defects, delay claims, disruption and liquidated damage, as well as termination and force majeure. James Pollock heads the team, and is particularly experienced in High Court litigation, adjudication and mediation, with particular focus on defending construction professionals from professional liability claims. Emily Monastiriotis leads the international dispute resolution team, specialising in cladding claims as well as particular expertise in pure construction contractor disputes. Jonathan Spencer focuses on professional negligence claims and renewable energy disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Emily Monastiriotis; Jonathan Spencer; Steve Kaye
‘Simmons is the go-to firm for construction matters with an insurance background. They are excellent in assembling very high level and experienced barrister and solicitor teams to do the most difficult cases.’
‘James Pollock is an international superstar. He is fantastic at distilling the key points and driving them home.’
‘Excellent level of experience across the team and offices crossing both contentious construction and professional negligence.’
MPB Structures Limited
EuroCape Ukraine I LLC
- Defending MPB Structures Limited in a £65m multi-party construction dispute, arising from the construction of the first purpose-built hospital in England, especially for providing emergency care.
- Advising EuroCape in relation to the design, construction and commission of the biggest on-shore wind farms in Europe, and in relation to various disputes with the contractor, the subcontractor and the supplier.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Trowers & Hamlins LLP offers advice on a variety of domestic projects, including residential and commercial developments, as well as infrastructure. It is also particularly active in the retirement and senior living sector, and in advising clients in building safety claims. Anthony Yates is national head of the construction and disputes team, and is particularly experienced in adjudications and ADR. Clarissa Smith is experienced in engineering projects, as well as offsite and modular construction, whilst Tim Hillier focuses on the construction, engineering and energy sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Clarissa Smith; Tim Hillier
‘Tim Hillier has an outstanding appreciation of complex building projects and, in particular, the financial structures behind them. His insight is clearly appreciated by the mixed international financial partnerships he advises on development projects in the jurisdiction.’
‘Clarissa Smith has an enviable practice in local authority outsourcing and construction in addition to a number of major names in construction.’
‘The team are very hands on and willing to work to put the client in the best possible position.’
‘Clarissa Smith is an excellent partner. She was well engaged with the detail, but also kept a helicopter view of the dispute so that the signal was not lost in the noise.’
‘Highly professional and considered advice. The team make the time to understand all issues and ensure all is understood before making recommendations.’
‘Clarissa Smith sets and maintains high standards which are mirrored through her team.’
‘Clarissa Smith is an excellent, creative and calm lead on a complex case.’
London Borough of Camden
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council
- Advising London Borough of Camden in relation to a dispute concerning the Chalcots estate housing PFI project, which has arisen due to the type of ACM building cladding used, along with other defects within the building.
- Advising Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council on a potential dispute involving a multi-party claim for a defective bridge located on the south coast of England.
- Acting for a UK national housebuilder in a final account dispute in relation to the construction of a high-end central London development. The claim also concerns associated delays arising from the delayed completion of façade works.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP acts for developer and contractor clients in large-scale international construction and energy mandates. It also specialises in LNG cases, as well energy transition projects, which includes battery storage, petrochemicals, and green hydrogen and green ammonia projects. The team is led by Stuart Jordan, who focuses on cross-border matters relating to the energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular expertise in projects and disputes in the Middle East.
Browne Jacobson LLP
Browne Jacobson LLP offers advise on both national and international construction projects within the private and public sectors. It has particular expertise in disputes in the waste to energy sector, as well as for cladding and student accommodation-related issues. Tim Claremont heads the team, and has significant experience in advising on real estate and high-value public sector projects. The team is supported by Matt Jones, who specialises in contentious construction matters.
Other key lawyers:
Matt Jones; Mark Stubbs
‘Tim Claremont and Mark Stubbs are excellent. They leave no stone unturned in looking achieving a good result. They are highly capable and easy to work with.’
‘Their fees are very reasonable for the excellent service they provide.’
Zurich Insurance plc
Yara International ASA
Alpha Real Capital
- Representing Chesterfield Borough Council in a claim for circa £2.25 million against R B Allfree & Co. Limited (RBA), a main contractor. The claim involves highly technical issues in relation to geotechnical and material properties.
- Represented Victoria Way Limited in a claim for £2.5 million against Aviva Insurance Limited.
Burges Salmon LLP
Burges Salmon LLP is known for its complex infrastructure disputes work in the UK, though it also advises in the nuclear, transport, defence, and utilities sectors. Steven James heads the team, with Richard Adams leading the contentious side of the practice. Adams specialises in strategic troubleshooting and dispute resolution of construction and engineering matters. Jessica Evans was recently made partner, and focuses on PFI/PPP projects in the energy, waste and infrastructure sectors. Tom Weld is experienced in fire safety-related matters.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Adams; Jessica Evans; Tom Weld; Karen Paley
‘Burges Salmon have a keen understanding of commercial realities and a fantastic pedigree in this specialist field. They go the extra mile to ensure they deliver a cost effective and efficient solution for clients.’
‘Richard Adams is a very bright and impressive lawyer with excellent understanding of the construction sector. He is tireless in his pursuit of the best outcome for the client and leaves no stone unturned.’
‘The team is first class. They provide a brilliant and efficient service and are very knowledgeable. They work hard for their clients and foster the cooperation necessary in the team to get the best results.’
‘Jess Evans and Oliver Macrae are both excellent. They have a first class understanding of both the key issues in a case and the strategy necessary to win.’
‘Richard Adams and Karen Paley are superb in terms of knowledge and support during the adjudication process and hearing.’
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
The contentious team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP act on a full range of projects, including infrastructure, energy, mining, power, and renewables. The practice is highly regarded for its expertise in international arbitration matters in relation to infrastructure disputes, acting for owners, contractors and lenders. Tony Dymond, who specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional construction and engineering disputes, leads the team alongside Lord Peter Goldsmith KC. Robert Hoose is experienced in litigation and arbitration in the engineering sector, whilst Raeesa Rawal specialises in construction arbitration.
Lord Peter Goldsmith; Tony Dymond
Other key lawyers:
Robert Hoose; Raeesa Rawal
‘Debevoise & Plimpton are rightly known for operating on mega-projects with incredibly complex and difficult issues across many jurisdictions, and manage such interactions through the dedication, intelligence and experience of its key team members.’
‘Tony Dymond is one of the smartest construction lawyers I’ve been able to work with. His knowledge, attention to detail, rigour and, above all, intelligence sets him apart.’
‘They are dedicated and focused on providing clients with world-class service and advice. The team are a pleasure to work alongside as co-counsel: always insightful, courteous and very knowledgeable.’
‘Tony Dymond is a rock star – he is knowledgeable, tough and a pleasure to work alongside. He is always available to provide sound commercial and legal advice.’
‘Rob Hoose is very industrious and demonstrates the capabilities of a future leader in international construction disputes.’
‘Mark Friedman is a polished performer. Insightful and articulate.’
‘The lawyers at Debevoise are outstanding in their analytical skills, ability to understand complex issues, advocacy skills, and instincts regarding settlement opportunities. Their varied experience in construction and long-term contracts is unparalleled.’
‘The depth and breadth of their team is very strong, both in areas of experience and in their legal skills.’
Dentons advises on a range of domestic and international projects. In the UK, it is active in build and development disputes, and offers TCC litigation, adjudication and ADR methods. Internationally, it offers arbitration advice on major energy and infrastructure projects. Esther McDermott leads the team, specialising in PFI and payment disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Meanwhile, Akin Akinbode focuses on engineering and construction dispute resolution.
Other key lawyers:
Akin Akinbode; Michael Wright
‘The joined-up cross-border nature of the team is something special. It is seamless. They are an impressive outfit.’
‘Esther McDermott is brilliant. She gets absolutely everything done and well on time. She really is a remarkable project leader.’
‘The contentious team benefits from real genuine specialist knowledge. The lawyers live and breathe construction work and have great market connections.’
‘Akin Akinbode is calm under pressure and always delivers first-class advice. He makes important calls on strategy and his clients really love him.’
‘Michael Wright is a talented senior associate who is clearly future partner material. Diligent and dedicated, with great specialist construction sector knowledge.’
‘The Dentons team has real strength in depth. They have high quality people at all levels of seniority. They have a firm focus on the client’s commercial objectives and always keep this front and centre of their advice and decision making.’
‘Esther McDermott is absolutely top-drawer. She is very tenacious and easy to work with and always keeps a laser-like focus on the bigger commercial picture.’
‘The practice understands the needs of their clients and the industry and can provide strong commercial advice with recommendations in addition to providing black letter law.’
Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V.
JD Euroway Finance Inc
Transport for London
M&G Real Estate
London Luton Airport Operations Limited
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Nightingale Architects Limited and IBI Group (UK) Limited
Elemento (Seven Sisters) Ltd
The Nederlander Group
Sankofa Corporation Limited
Salvesen Insulated Frames Limited
GTH Construction Limited
Group 1 Automotive UK Limited
General Electric Company
- Acting for Taylor Wimpey on a high-profile cladding dispute on a 174-apartment development.
- Acting for Network Rail on a multi-party TCC litigation relating to the construction of a multi-storey car park at Grand Central Station in Birmingham.
- Acting for Morgan Sindall on a high value claim in relation to defects at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP
Devonshires Solicitors LLP offers advise to a range of clients, including public and private developers, local authorities and private sector clients. It is particularly well known for its strength in social housing and residential and mixed-used development matters. Mark London leads the team, and has strong expertise in fire safety and building defect claims for high rise buildings across the UK, alongside Matthew Cocklin . Meanwhile, Michael Wharfe focuses on disputes in commercial, insurance, engineering and construction matters.
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Cocklin; Michael Wharfe
‘Mark London and Matthew Cocklin are backed up by excellent partners and associates. There are quality people from the top to the bottom of the team who produce first-class work that is “court ready”. It is unusual to have that kind of uniformity of quality.’
‘Matthew Cocklin is a star in the field. He has a excellent understanding of the construction industry, deep knowledge of the law, great commercial and litigation instincts and an eye for detail.’
‘Mark London has seen everything in the business. He combines encyclopaedic knowledge of the field with ruthless commercial nous to provide straightforward advice clients can follow.’
‘A leading team for local authority construction work, and has a deep knowledge of cladding-related claims.’
‘Mark London is fantastic with clients, can predict the other side’s next move with ease, and is a man you want on your side.’
‘Very committed and very professional.’
‘Very attentive to clients needs. Great communication.’
‘Mathew Cocklin and Adam Mathewson are a great team. Both bring considerable experience of construction issues.’
Shepherds Bush Housing Association
Hastoe Housing Association
Mr and Mrs. Struthers
Asta Construction Services Limited
Newlon Housing Trust
M+W High Tech Projects
Swan Housing Association
Fladgate LLP advises a variety of clients, including developers, investors, contractors and suppliers. It acts on domestic commercial developments, infrastructure and energy projects, as well as on logistical distribution, student accommodation and modular construction matters. It also has notable expertise in PFI projects. David Weare leads the team, with particular experience in the Middle East. Christian Charles specialises in PFI/PPP, green energy and offshore construction projects, whilst Digby Hebbard covers a wide range of domestic and international construction and engineering projects.
Other key lawyers:
Christian Charles; Digby Hebbard; Michaela Patterson
‘The Fladgate team is extremely client focused. They give very clear practical advice and have a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of construction dispute including heavy PFI disputes.’
‘Christian Charles is extremely bright. He knows the sector inside out and has very sound judgment that leads to him coming up with effective strategies.’
‘Digby Hebbard always stays focused on his client’s commercial objectives and gives very sage advice. He is a great tactician and very tenacious.’
‘They combine commercial acuity with in-depth understanding of the construction industry.’
‘David Weare is a leading light in the construction law industry. He is extremely astute and knowledgeable. He has excellent judgment and tactical acumen.’
‘The team at Fladgate is incredibly responsive, well organised and their work product is top notch. Their ability to turn work around at very short notice was remarkable.’
‘Michaela Patterson is a really bright and hardworking associate with a great future ahead of her.’
‘Specialists and experts in their field, without question. The entire team are insightful and marvellously efficient in execution particularly in the high stress environment of formal dispute resolution timetables.’
National Portrait Gallery
Scape Student Accommodation
Wembley Park Limited
Briggs & Forrester Ltd
Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) Limited
Innisfree investment Fund
Henry Boot Developments
Royal Derby Hospital PLC
Dobler UK Ltd
- Acted for a Nigerian contractor in UK TCC proceedings relating to disputes arising from a Nigerian oil pipeline project.
- Represented vertical transportation specialist, Otis Ltd., in a TCC dispute relating to alleged defective works to a multinational London headquarters.
The contentious team at Hamlins LLP offer expertise in a range of construction and engineering disputes, including those relating to financing, delay claims, and negligent design. The practice acts for a range of clients, in particular for employers, contractors and developers. Amanda Burge leads the team, with significant experience in commercial disputes, including for professional negligence, insurance, and financial and property matters. Sarah Finch is notable for her adjudication experience, whilst Lola Dawson has experience with IT project disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Finch; Lola Dawson
‘Hamlins is a great boutique construction firm for developers, given its cross over with a really strong real estate team.’
‘Amanda Burge is really good at seeing the real issues and focusing on what needs to be done.’
‘The team have been quick to respond to queries in a clear and concise manner. They have really listened to what we needed as a client and their billing is very transparent.’
‘The team is not only talented and hardworking, but also approachable and client-focused.’
‘Amanda Burge is both commercial and a good academic lawyer, as well as excellent at handling even the most difficult of clients.’
‘Very commercial and pragmatic. The focus is always on achieving the best outcome for the client.’
‘A first class team with highly experienced professionals.’
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and they are keen to come up with innovative solutions to expedite results when required.’
A RTM Company
Pembroke Road Limited
India Buildings Development Limited
The William Pears Group
Dobler Metallbau GmbH
- Acting for an RTM of a large complex of flats against a very large international infrastructure group in respect of serious building defects following redevelopment works completed late in 2008. The defects include serious widespread fire stopping and fire safety issues.
- Acting on behalf of a large estate management company in respect of a tripartite dispute with contractors and architects, relating to the negligent design and build works relating to the phased development works at the property.
- Acting on behalf of a UK football club in a claim against contractors for substandard design and installation of a 3G football pitch.
Jones Day advises on a broad range of domestic and international disputes, including for infrastructure, regeneration and student accommodation matters. James Pickavance leads the team, with significant experience in advising on energy, power, infrastructure, and commercial development projects, as well as specialising in international arbitration matters. Annabel Treadgold focuses on multi-jurisdictional civil fraud matters, whilst John Crowley concentrates on real estate development and infrastructure projects.
Other key lawyers:
Annabel Treadgold; John Crowley
‘Across the team they offer considerable experience in the construction sector, a real understanding of the client’s needs and commercial priorities, and tenacity in obtaining the best outcome for the client.’
‘James Pickavance is a real star of the future. He is a very impressive lawyer with an in-depth understanding of the law in the specialist construction field and proven commitment to the industry.’
‘They are top performers from partner level down to associate level. Responsive and clear in their advice and directions.’
‘Annabel Treadgold is very conscientious, hard working and pro-active, and my impression is that she really cares about the work she does.’
‘Jones Day provide our organization with strong guidance and support through constant open communication.’
‘The culture and structure of the firm promotes assignment of matters to the right subject matter expert within the firm, without prejudice to pre-existing relationships.’
‘James Pickavance brings a rare level of pragmatism and solution-minded perspective. He is also very good at making the complex sound simple, whether on a legal or factual point.’
‘Very approachable and transparent communication in the team.’
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP advises a range of clients, including suppliers, purchasers, developers, and government entities. The practice is especially active in relation to energy, social infrastructure, residential real estate, telecoms, and transport projects. Rob Horne leads the team, with extensive experience in NEC contract work, as well as energy, transport and infrastructure project disputes, both domestically and internationally. Daniel Cashmore adds to the team with his expertise in renewable energy matters, which includes solar, wind, waste and biomass projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘A trusted and collaborative approach to dispute resolution, resulting in positive settlement of litigious matters.’
‘Osborne Clarke invests in the time to understand clients’ company and business objectives.’
‘The team as a whole invest time to understand commercial drivers. They are trusted advisors and business partners.’
‘Tom Andrews is a collaborative and trusted advisor. He positioned and led litigation to achieve a positive and cost efficient settlement of a complex legal dispute.’
BDW Trading Ltd
Midas Construction Limited
Octopus Investments Limited
Octopus Renewables Limited
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
Western Power Distribution
UK Power Networks (Operations) Limited
Eversholt Rail Leasing Limited
Babcock Marine (Clyde) Limited
- Assisting Western Power Distribution, a major electricity distribution network operator, in defending a claim by a contractor for unpaid sums relating to extensive variations, which exceeded the value of the original contract sum.
- Acted for an SPV for a PFI project with claims against a build contractor and an FM contractor, whilst defending claims brought by the authority.
- Advising a contractor in relation to the commercial and dispute management of an ongoing project.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP advises a full range of clients in the construction industry, with a focus on state entities in oil, gas and infrastructure disputes. It has a strong reputation for its international work, particularly in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The team is led by James Bremen, who has exceptional expertise in large, complex construction disputes. Elizabeth Wilson adds additional experience in the mining, IT and defence sectors, and Adam McWilliams was recently promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
Elizabeth Wilson; Adam McWilliams; Mark Grasso; Lucy Hirsch; Peter Hillerstrom
‘Clients come to them because they are proactive, have strength in depth and are led by James Brennen who has an unparalleled commercial and tactical brain.’
‘James Bremen is head and shoulders above any other partner in his work ethic and commitment to clients.’
‘Mark Grasso is trusted by clients to make the big calls.’
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
Port Clarence Energy Limited
- Advising Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in relation to two ICC arbitrations concerning the design and construction of the Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar. The total hearing time to date has been more than 20 weeks, and the amounts in dispute are over USD 2 billion.
- Representing Port Clarence Energy Limited in a claim against six insurers in the English Commercial Court.
RPC‘s contentious construction practice attends to the clients across the supply chain, though it focuses on advising international contractors on high-value domestic matters. It is also well-regarded for its advise in key stakeholder disputes, due to its close ties with the insurance industry. Alan Stone, who has significant experience in acting for construction professionals, leads the team. Tom Green acts for clients in relation to final and interim account, payment notice and defects disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Truly excellent team. They know the construction industry inside out, and are on top of all latest developments. Deeply knowledgeable.’
‘Alan Stone is a fantastic litigator, with excellent judgment. Despite being exceptionally busy, he always make himself available, is very approachable and consistently adds value.’
‘Tom Green is deeply knowledgeable about the issues facing the insurance sector in respect of the cladding crisis. He is close to the issues affecting the industry and very generous in sharing his deep knowledge.’
‘The RPC team have kept abreast of what has become one of the fastest evolving areas (the cladding/fire safety sector), which has been phenomenal and a great support to insurers and insured clients.’
‘Alan Stone and Tom Green are exactly the people you would want on your side in a complex piece of litigation. They cut through the most technical issues with apparent ease and their reports are of the highest quality.’
‘Cecilia Everett has a superb eye for detail, Felicity Strong is brilliant with a phenomenal work rate, and Paul Smylie is an emerging talent.’
‘RPC seem to have the same ethos throughout the firm – very engaging, supportive and keen to assist in all areas.’
‘Alan Stone and Tom Green have been outstanding. Tom is an excellent communicator, and always responded to emails and calls. First class service.’
NMCN Developments Limited
Vinci Construction UK Limited
McLaren Construction (UK) Ltd
Eric Parry Architects Limited
Gleeds Costs Management Limited
Broadway Malyan Limited
TP Bennett LLP
NG Bailey Limited
Ridge & Partners LLP
Building Design Partnership Limited
McLaren Construction (UK) Limited
The Berkeley Group Holdings PLC
- Advising Building Design Partnership Limited on the alleged fire safety defects in the design and construction of a hospital.
- Advising NG Bailey in a dispute arising out of a project to design and construct an advanced manufacturing and technology facility in Solihull.
- Advising McLaren, who was appointed as a design and build contractor for development of a distribution centre for a wine and spirits distributor, on alleged defects in the design and build of the foundations and slab of the warehouse.
Stephenson Harwood acts for public bodies, developers, occupiers, and contractors, both in the UK and internationally. It offers advise across a range of sectors, including engineering, public procurement, infrastructure, real estate and energy. The practice is co-lead by Ron Nobbs, who primarily focuses on acting for supplier and purchaser clients, and Paul Thwaite, who specialises in delay and disruption cases for contractors. Charlotte Heywood is notable for her specialism in rail disputes.
Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Heywood; Charlotte Thomas
‘An experienced team of partners and associates who know and understand the industry and apply that knowledge in a balanced, pragmatic and commercial way.’
‘A firm that offers all the capabilities you need as a business – including rail regulatory and commercial, but also litigation/disputes support, corporate, real estate and construction.’
‘This firm is incredibly knowledgeable, reliable and professional and they are often the first choice.’
‘Paul Thwaite understands the client’s business well and is therefore excellent at giving tailored technical and strategic advice. He has gravitas and really commands respect when liaising with other parties.’
‘Charlotte Heywood is very knowledgeable and personable, and always delivers on her promises. She is also a champion of female empowerment within the legal profession.’
‘Within Stephenson Harwood, whomever we engage with are always professional, supportive, and provide advice on such difficult matters whilst always acting in the best interests of the client.’
‘Charlotte Haywood and Charlotte Thomas always focuses on the customers and its tasks, providing excellent service. They are highly respected and professional at all times even in difficult circumstances.’
‘They are all approachable and manage expectations very well. They are not dismissive of input from the client team and work well with inhouse lawyers, as well as technical and managerial client colleagues.’
The Royal College of Art
University of Greenwich
4C Hotels Group
LaSalle Investment Management
One Hyde Park
- Acting for One Hyde Park in respect of its High Court proceedings against main contractor Laing O’Rourke Construction South Limited. The claim’s estimated value is in excess of GBP 30,000,000.
- Advised Equipe Regeneration Limited in relation to its multi-party High Court litigation arising from the Brockley social housing PFI project.
- Advised Engie Services Limited (EQUANS) in relation to ongoing high court litigation brought by the PFI project company arising out of defects across nine learning centres built and maintained under the Knowsley Schools PFI project.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises on a broad range of energy, transport, and real estate disputes, acting for a number of blue-chip and international clients. Rebecca Williams leads the team, and is well-regarded for her work for owners, developers and EPC contractors on infrastructure and energy projects, both domestically and internationally. Ryland Ash primarily advises on contractual and common law issues, and is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution. Barry Hembling specialises in hotel, leisure and healthcare disputes, whilst Alexander Creswick focuses on renewable energy matters.
Other key lawyers:
Ryland Ash; Barry Hembling; Alexander Creswick; Mark McAllister-Jones; Theresa Mohammed
‘The contentious construction team at WFW combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes.’
‘The team is impressive in the commitment and energy that they devote to their cases. They have a proactive approach to their cases and are extremely tactically astute.’
‘The practice offers exceptional expertise in construction. It has the resources to successfully handle heavy TCC litigation. It is flexible and can handle adjudication business efficiently too.’
‘Rebecca Williams is an expert in dealing with construction disputes. She is committed and has excellent judgment. She puts the client first at every stage.’
‘Ryland Ash has a wonderful ability to see things quickly and provide a range of options to consider. He genuinely cares and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Barry Hembling is a very capable lawyer. He gives clear instructions for expert appointments and clear guidance over timescales.’
‘Mark McCallister-Jones is highly able and experienced. He is always calm under pressure and finds detailed, practical solutions for his clients.’
‘Alexander Creswick is extremely bright and shows maturity and ability beyond his years. He is dependable and unflappable; a real star.’
Perenco UK Limited
PTT Public Company Limited
Zaha Hadid Architects
Millennium Hotels & Resorts
Energy Developments Limited
- Represented PTT Public Company Limited at all stages of its UK court proceedings against its US counterparty, Triple Point Technology. The matter is a leading judgment on the issue of liquidated damages.
- Acting for Abbey Healthcare in proceedings before the Court of Appeal to determine the legal issue of whether statutory adjudication rights apply to collateral warranty claims.
Duane Morris advises on complex, high-value disputes within the construction, engineering, and energy sectors, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration. Vijay Bange leads the team, specialising in dispute avoidance and risk management matters. Steve Nichol focuses on transport, infrastructure, energy and building matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Duane Morris team is unparalleled, not only with their skill as construction litigators and solicitors, but also in their approach to partnering with their clients to ensure that the case strategy aligns with business objectives.’
‘Vijay Bange and Tanya Chadha are very effective. Good strategic thought and excellent execution.’
The team are very knowledgeable, very responsive and have good innovative solutions to legal problems.’
Black & Veatch Corporation
- Acting for Black & Veatch Corporation, advancing claims under a parent company guarantee provided by KSS Global in relation to a dispute arising out of a regasification project in India.
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP has a strong reputation acting for contractor and employer clients in international arbitration matters, specifically in relation to engineering and infrastructure disputes. Melanie Willems, who has extensive experience in contractual disputes arising from energy, projects and engineering matters, leads the team alongside William Cecil. Markus Esly acts on complex commercial disputes, advising clients in the hotels and hospitality industry, whilst Robert Blackett focuses on international arbitration in the oil and gas, energy, engineering sectors.
Melanie Willems; William Cecil
Other key lawyers:
Markus Esly; Robert Blackett
‘Very responsive to their clients’ objectives, highly motivated and very bright.’
‘Melanie Willem is an outstanding leader of a team – she is very bright, extremely hands-on and hard-working, a wonderful motivator, and superb with clients.’
‘Marcus Esly is exceptionally bright, a brilliant lawyer and immensely hard-working.’
‘This is a great team who have worked together for a long time to deliver excellent results for clients.’
‘They get into the detail to understand the issues and drive results.’
Hill Dickinson LLP
Hill Dickinson LLP‘s practice primarily handles domestic construction and infrastructure cases, though it has a growing international presence, particularly in Hong Kong. Its expertise covers an array of sectors, including energy, logistics, transport, retail, and insurance. The team is led by David Rintoul, who is experienced in TCC cases and adjudications, alongside Alan Pugh.
Alan Pugh; David Rintoul
Other key lawyers:
Ruth Wilkinson; David Oram; Matthew Cookson; Sam Beer
‘David Rintoul and Ruth Wilkinson have a great grasp on construction detail.’
‘Strong team, particularly at partner level. Give practical and clear advice, with a good analysis of prospects.’
‘David Oram gives clear, no nonsense advice.’
‘Customer service and attention to detail are key strengths of the team. You have confidence that they are applying sufficient bandwidth to your claim.’
‘David Rintoul’s client management is second-to-none – you really feel that he cares. He has comprehensive knowledge of construction law, and good market knowledge.’
‘Sam Beer has excellent attention to detail and is persistent in trying to achieve the best outcomes for his clients.’
‘Excellent knowledge of construction law, sound tactical and strategic vision.’
‘Matthew Cookson is a real star and one to watch.’
Bunzl (UK) Ltd
Peel L&P Property
International Metal Industries Group of Companies
Vascroft Contractors Limited
Area Sq Limited
Integra House Management Limited
Mecalux UK Limited
Stanton Williams Limited
- Represented Motacus, a London-based contractor, in a dispute with its Italian employer in connection with a £300 million hotel project in the City of London following the termination of our client’s contract.
- Representing Vascroft Contractors Limited in the defence of a TCC claim by Soupaki Limited, the current building owner, for defects and related losses arising out of a large, recently renovated London office block.
- Advising Begbies Traynor, acting as administrator for contractor Thomas Barnes & Sons PLC, in relation to a c.£3 million claim for wrongful contract termination against Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council relating to the construction of Blackburn’s new bus station.
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Mishcon de Reya LLP advises on an array of contentious matters, including procurement disputes, defect claims relating to fire-safety and cladding issues, and build-to-rent scheme projects. It is also well-regarded in relation to acting for private clients. Richard Gerstein leads the team, with expertise in construction safety matters and in professional negligence claims.
Other key lawyers:
‘Mishcons have a deserved strong reputation in construction work with excellent clients. They are fearless in fighting for their clients and have the expertise to back it up.’
‘Richard Gerstein is an excellent, well-regarded, construction lawyer. He takes no nonsense and really knows his stuff.’
‘The team are highly professional and extremely competent. They were supportive and fully engaged throughout.’
‘The team utilised specialist data systems for handling large amounts correspondence and documents in respect of the case which made the management of information a lot more efficient.’
‘Richard Gerstein was extremely engaged with the case. His knowledge and ability to process information in order to provide excellent guidance was outstanding.’
‘Alex Pattihis is extremely hardworking, patient and experienced.’
The Residents of the Morea Mews Development
Mr Daniel Cheifetz
William Carter Limited
Alternative Income Limited
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in advising on construction and infrastructure project disputes, as well as on defects and fire safety-related claims. Peter Stockill heads the team, and has particular expertise in interim applications, final accounts, delay and disruption, and termination adjudications. Chris Bates focuses on handling engineering claims, as well as large-scale infrastructure and building project matters.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Bates; Sam Mullender
‘Peter Stockill is a very clear thinker with substantial experience. He is able to identify the key issues and drill in.’
‘Penningtons have real strength in depth. They are incredibly well set up, in terms of people, resources and technology, to handle even the largest and most complex of cases.’
‘An outstanding group of lawyers including Peter Stockhill and Chris Bates. They are extremely thorough, diligent, hard-working and experts in their field.’
‘Peter Stockill provides thorough and timely advice and recommendations with the right blend of legal rigour, strategic advice, and common sense.’
‘Sam Mullender is detailed and determined, and delivers as promised.’
‘Peter Stockill and Jamil Sanaullah have good communication skills and excellent knowledge in their area.’
‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic at managing complex processes and delivering complicated messages in simple form.’
Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust
City & Country
Rigby & Rigby
R Durtnell & Sons
Peabody Construction Limited
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP offers expertise in contentious construction mandates, with particular experience in international arbitration. The practice is also experienced with a range of dispute resolution methods, including litigation, arbitration, and ADR. The broad construction practice is headed by Richard Ceeney, with Liam Hart handling the disputes side of the team.
Other key lawyers:
Sharpe Pritchard LLP
Sharpe Pritchard LLP is recognised for its expertise in the public realm, specifically in relation to local authorities. It advises on infrastructure, mixed-used regeneration, and higher education projects. Justin Mendelle heads the team, advising on central and local government matters. David Owens focuses on PFI and IT disputes for health and private sector clients.
Other key lawyers:
David Owens; Rachel Murray-Smith
‘Excellent knowledge of construction contract law coupled with a deep commercial awareness.’
‘Knowledge is nothing if it can’t be communicated appropriately. Sharpe Pritchard are exceptional at this.’
‘Sharpe Pritchard take the time to explain the issue in a manner that relates to my business. They take a very “down to earth” approach to meetings and are always available to explain more complicated matters.’
‘The team has a very good balance of experience which creates a balanced, diverse and prudent outcome for clients.’
‘Justin Mendelle has proven himself to be a reliable and responsive expert in this field, and you feel much more confident if he is on hand to advise.’
‘The team are all experts in their field, and provide commercially based advice, and practical solutions to address contractual disputes.’
‘Rachel Murray-Smith is an outstanding lawyer, is very personable and provides advice which whilst always legally correct, is also commercially based.’
‘Justin Mendelle is very commercially minded which is essential when advising on contractual disputes, and he provides excellent advice which is appreciated by the client teams.’
King’s College London
Imperial College London
London Borough of Southwark
Cambridge City Council
London Borough of Hackney
A Regional Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
London Borough of Southwark
Spencer West LLP
Spencer West LLP offers a breadth of expertise across a range of construction sectors, acting for developer and contractor clients, as well as for regulatory bodies. Sarah Evans has extensive experience in advising on construction, engineering, and infrastructure projects. Shan Greer focuses on international commercial disputes, particularly in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South and West Africa.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Evans; Shan Greer; Justine Brazil
‘Sarah Evans is a stand out performer. Very client focused and a solid strategist.’
‘Justine Brazil is a stand out star. She combines excellent in house experience and a wealth of knowledge about how projects really work to mean that she is fantastic at contentious work.’
Integral UK Limited
Sonnedix UK Services Limited
Teignmouth Maritime Services Limited
Taylor Wessing LLP
The contentious construction practice at Taylor Wessing LLP offers advice on real estate development, finance, energy, and infrastructure matters. It is also active on international arbitrations. The team is co-headed by Matthew Jones, David Quinlan, and Jonathan Hutt, with Hutt leading on contentious matters due to his specialism in dispute avoidance and formal dispute resolution.
Matthew Jones; Jonathan Hutt; David Quinlan
Other key lawyers:
David Franklin; Rebecca May
‘They are stand out, strategically on point, no nonsense, and say it as it is.’
‘Jonathan Hutt is brilliant.’
‘David Franklin is extremely skilled, reliable and adaptable.’
‘The Taylor Wessing team are adept and willing to change their approach to suit each situation. They are able to use their extensive experience of construction disputes to quickly assess the situation, understand a range of options and clearly communicate their strategy to the client.’
‘Both Jonathan Hutt and Rebecca May are diligent in their approach to the matter at hand. They are open to challenge and willing to discuss another perspective on an issue.’
Essential Living (Greenwich) Limited
- Advising a leading international luxury property developer originating in China, in relation to procurement, construction legal matters and financing matters for its development at One Nine Elms in Vauxhall, London.
- Advising on an ICC arbitration arising out of a USD $550 million road project to improve and extend a highway in the Republic of Colombia.
- Provided FM Services to prisons in the south of England and Wales, as well as the procurement of funding and advising on the merits of the heads of claim.
Wedlake Bell LLP
Wedlake Bell LLP offers a breadth of sector expertise, including in logistics, hotels, pharmaceuticals, housing, and later living. Sarah Elliott leads the team, primarily acting for developers, funders, consultants, property investors, and specialist contractors. Natalie Pilagos focuses on construction project disputes and is experience in all forms of dispute resolution.
Other key lawyers:
‘A vibrant team full of highly intelligent people.’
‘Natalie Pilagos is exceptional.’
‘Natalie Pilagos is a superb lawyer. Loved by clients and incisive in her analysis. A real winner, who gives everything for her clients.’
‘David Kingsford is a great team member. Hardworking and pragmatic – a cool head.’
‘Natalie Pilagos is very hands on and provides a lot of attention to detail, also very personable and knowledgeable.’
‘They provide consistent, coordinated and timely advice tempered to the client’s specific needs, with willingness to adapt scope of services to suit changes in circumstances and course of action.’
‘Strength of resources ensures the right person comes to the fore at the right time.’
‘Patience and understanding of the client situation and willingness to take time to explain each step, and then work together on an appropriate solution or course of action.’
- Acting for an international luxury hotel group in relation to disputes with contractor relating to refurbishment of 5 star hotel.
- Acting for an industry leading later living sector client in relation to payment adjudication claim by insolvent contractor.
- Acting for a central London heritage estate owner in relation to multiple disputes relating to construction of new offices with national contractor.
Wikborg Rein offers all forms of dispute resolution, and is particularly active in relation to oil and gas, offshore, shipping and renewable energy projects. Mary Lindsay leads the team, dealing with international energy and infrastructure disputes. Meanwhile, Rob Jardine-Brown’s practice focuses on offshore construction, with particular emphasis on FPSOs, drilling rigs and supply vessels.
Other key lawyers:
Rob Jardine-Brown; Renaud Barbier-Emery; Shawn Kirby
‘Wikborg Rein have unparalleled expertise in shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes.’
‘They have a small but tight and well-manned London team, with an excellent work ethic.’
‘Rob Jardine-Brown is an expert on shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes. He has a phenomenal ability to master the detail of cases, but also the character and charm to provide accurate and firm advice.’
Enauta Energia SA
QGEP Netherlands BV
Winckworth Sherwood LLP
Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises clients across the real estate sector in the UK, including for both private residential and public sector developers. The team is led by Eleanor Kilminster, who is experienced in advising on mixed-use schemes, residential and commercial accommodation, and station infrastructure. Meanwhile, Colin Hall is experienced in advising on decentralised energy schemes.
Other key lawyers:
Colin Hall; Ashley Pappin
‘The team is very committed to their client. Their key strength is the people and their tactical abilities focused solely on assisting their clients.’
‘Charis Beverton is astute and practical.’
‘Greg Carter is excellent. His determination to defend his client’s position is absolute. He works extremely hard and is very conscientious.’
‘Winckworth Sherwood is unique in its balance of internal capabilities. Partners get involved closely with client cases.’
‘Ashley Pappin is very proactive. What makes him different from competitors is his ability to make his advice understood by non-legal individuals. Ashley is highly commercially aware, always looking to strike a balance between cost and benefit.’
‘Their commitment to finding solutions and their commercial assessment of the best outcome are key strengths.’
‘The way engage with the clients and experts, and the knowledge they have is first-class. The way they conduct themselves is in the best interest for the client.’
‘Greg Carter is amazingly determined.’
London & Quadrant Housing Trust
Quadrant Construction Services Limited
Flametree Properties Limited
Notting Hill Genesis
Redrow Homes Limited
Network Homes Limited
BDW Trading Limited
Westminster Green Management Co Limited
Crest Nicholson (Operations) Limited
Harwich Haven Port Authority
Clarion Housing Group
Camden Town Centre Limited
Catalyst Housing Limited
Countryside Properties (UK) Limited
Meridian Home Start
One Crown Place
One Brighton Quarter
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on complex contractual and negligence disputes, and is active in the infrastructure, residential and commercial development, and energy sectors. The London team is co-headed by Jessica Tresham, who offers expertise in all forms of dispute resolution, and Hannah Cane, who specialises in professional indemnity claims.
Simon Rowland; Jessica Tresham; Hannah Cane
Other key lawyers:
Emily Leonard; Hannah Gardiner; Alex Louch
‘A cohesive team, hard-working and committed to their clients. Jess Tresham leads with great skill, vision and tactical acuity.’
‘Jessica Tresham is impressive, dynamic and tactically astute. She looks after her clients well and gets great results.’
‘Alex Louch is a good litigator with a firm grasp of the issues.’
‘Very professional, helpful and competent.’
‘Hannah Gardiner and Hannah Cane have been very helpful and professional. They have a good grasp and understanding of technicalities.’
‘The WBD team get to grips with the technical aspects of claims quickly. They invest time and effort in understanding complex issues, and consequently give clear instructions to expert witnesses.’
‘Hannah Gardiner is friendly, diligent and thorough. She can cut through complex technical matters and ask the questions that get quickly to the heart of a matter.’
‘Good at planning ahead, anticipating tasks and resourcing them well.’
Life Story Group Limited
Bouygues (UK) Limited
Dove Jeffrey Homes
- Advised Stepnell Limited in a series of connected adjudications concerning a high end project on the coast of Poole Harbour.
- Advising Bouygues in relation to a number of matters, including advice in relation to a termination of a contract claim in respect of an insolvent sub-contractor.