Construction: contentious in London
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP provides advice on the full gamut of construction disputes, with expertise in the real estate, leisure, energy, utilities and transport sectors. Bob Maynard leads the contentious team, which has been building up its international client base on the back of the transatlantic merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and US firm Bryan Cave in April 2018, while also acting for many of the top 10 UK contractors. Another key figure in the team is Caroline Pope, who is described as 'class personified.' Alexandra Clough, a newly promoted partner who is now taking a lead role on some of the team's most important work, is also recommended. Maynard, Pope and Clough all act on construction arbitration, which makes up a significant portion of the practice's work.
‘BCLP’s contentious construction team are one of the go to teams. They are rightly recognised as one of the leading practices with depth and strength based on many years committed to dispute resolution in the construction industry.’
‘Incredible long term experience and market exposure. Their partners are top quality with excellent associate support.’
‘Simon Thompson’s attention to detail and meticulous preparation is exemplary, as are his client skills.’
‘They have an excellent team, with strength in depth at all levels of seniority producing work to a very high standard. They are all also really nice people to work with.’
‘An outstanding team of high-calibre lawyers.’
‘Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope in London stand out. Engaged partners, who role their sleeves up and quickly and efficiently get to the heart of the matter. No nonsense advice, delivered clearly.’
‘Caroline Pope and Bob Maynard are class operators. A wealth of experience delivered in a calm, confident manner who achieve excellent results.’
‘Caroline Pope is class personified.’
‘Jen Varley is exceptionally diligent. Oliver Pearson is wise beyond his years.’
University of Cambridge
The contentious construction team at CMS is described as being 'full of stars', and since the 2017 merger with Nabarro and Olswang, the firm has been continuing to build one of 'the most capable departments in London.' The practice has a broad base of domestic and international clients, including contractors, developers, investors and consultants. Steven Williams, who co-leads the team, benefits from a 'wealth of experience', working on high-value disputes in the infrastructure, construction and energy sectors. Fellow co-head Adrian Bell is a 'tireless powerhouse' and is active on PFI disputes, including the Birmingham Highways PFI. Catherine Gelder, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in late 2018, has 'enhanced the team', focusing on real estate and infrastructure disputes.
Steven Williams; Adrian Bell
Other key lawyers:
‘CMS are undoubtedly one of the most pleasurable construction teams to work with. They are talented, user friendly, dedicated and incredibly knowledgeable.’
‘The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry together with commercial pragmatism.’
‘Great client base and cover all aspects of construction law both domestically and internationally.’
‘The team is full of stars and are recruiting lawyers who are enhancing their already excellent reputation.’
‘An excellent firm.’
‘Since the merger between CMS, Nabarro and Olswang, the construction department at CMS now is the most capable in London.’
‘The best commercial and residential construction dispute team in London. Responsive, pragmatic but combative when necessary, and with a genuine technical understanding of the construction detail as well as the legal detail.’
‘Since the merger of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang it can genuinely claim to offer specialists in every field.’
‘There are few firms who offer such a range of expertise.’
‘Very sensible, engaged and user friendly. Cost conscious and applied appropriate levels of resource when needed.’
‘Good levels of communication so that deadlines were met and each member of the team knew what was happening. I would have no hesitation in recommending the team to other clients.’
‘The construction contentious team is excellent. They offer a consistently high standard of work.’
‘Strength in depth. An impressive roster of construction dispute resolution experts from associates to partners. A stellar outfit throughout.’
‘Steven Williams leads by example; talented, friendly and has a wealth of experience.’
‘Matt Taylor is a incredibly hard working and talented partner who has the respect of senior people within the industry.’
‘Robbie Leckie and Catherine Gelder have enhanced the team and quickly built up a formidable reputation.’
‘Associate Leah Horn is brilliant and is seen as a rising star in the industry.’
‘Associates who stand out are Lucy Barker and Mark Breslin – both are exceptional.’
‘Steven Williams steadily guides client’s cases to where they need to be.’
‘Adrian Bell is a tireless powerhouse who works incredibly hard for his clients.’
‘Very personable individuals. They also understand both our business and our needs as individual clients, supporting us in our difficult roles.’
‘Stand out performers are Matthew Taylor – an excellent strategist, calm, confident and decisive.’
‘Leah Horn is a superb lawyer – she really understands the detail of disputes and what you need to win.’
Lloyds Banking Group
Multiplex Construction Europe
- Representing Amey in respect of various disputes against the PFI project company regarding a PFI subcontract for the upgrade and road maintenance of the highways network in Birmingham.
- Representing Nilsson Architects in a multi-party dispute relating to alleged defects within residential development, The Lancasters.
- Represented Neptune E&P UK Ltd in a High Court dispute concerning the construction and fabrication of topsides at the Cygnus Project.
- Represented Equitix ESI CHP (Sheff) Limited in an injunction application and part 8 proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court as part of advice in relation to an on-going dispute with its O&M contractor.
- Represented the generation division of energy provider SSE plc in its £100m claim against international construction contractor Hochtief, relating to the collapse of a tunnel forming part of SSE’s Glendoe Hydro Electric Scheme.
Specialist construction firm Fenwick Elliott LLP offers the full range of contentious and non-contentious services, advising on a broad range of contentious matters relating to hospitals, offices, power stations, transport and energy. The 'excellent' Simon Tolson who has an 'incredible understanding of the technical issues' co-leads the team and is recognised for his track record in the Technology and Construction Court. Fellow co-head Tony Francis is considered to be a 'great strategist, advising on PFI disputes and a variety of engineering projects. Francis and Karen Gidwani have a strong track record of work for offshore wind farm clients. Richard Smellie, who is 'unflappable and excellent with clients' and Nicholas Gould are also recommended.
Simon Tolson; Tony Francis; Richard Smellie; Nicholas Gould
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Fenwick Elliott are both knowledgeable and experienced.’
‘Real construction specialists. They really understand the industry and have a wide variety of clients.’
‘Tony Francis is a top construction legal mind and has many years of experience. He is prepared to roll up his sleeves and take the lead.’
‘Andrew Davies is a very capable construction lawyer who has assisted me and my clients on some complex and challenging matters.’
‘Tony Francis is a great strategist, never hides from giving frank advice and is excellent at organising a team for major disputes.’
‘Richard Smellie has experience of running huge cases, with large teams. Unflappable, excellent with clients, a very good strategist and very good at managing large teams of solicitors and barristers.’
‘Simon Tolson is excellent – he has incredible understanding of technical issues and really gets into the detail.’
‘Very experienced and committed specialist team with a keen eye on the commercial aspects of matters.’
‘Fenwick Elliott has grown from being a boutique construction firm into a very substantial practice specializing in all aspects of construction and engineering litigation and arbitration. At its core remains real sector expertise, combined with huge experience within the partnership.’
Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services
McLaughlin & Harvey
Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies
- Acting for Briggs in defending a claim brought by Galliford Try Building for £10.4m in relation to alleged delays caused to their main contract works at the Resorts World in Birmingham.
- Representing McLaughlin & Harvey in litigation in the Court of Session in Edinburgh in relation to disputes arising on an office building project in Scotland.
Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of big-ticket construction disputes, and is regularly involved in matters in the nuclear, offshore wind, solar, rail waste and residential construction sectors. The firm advises a range of very broad range of clients including developers, contractors, investors and owners. Neal Morris, who co-heads the team, is recognised for his expertise in PFI and works with many of the UK's largest construction companies. Helen Waddell, who co-leads the team, is experienced in various forms of dispute resolution and has advised on major projects such as Wembley Stadium. Other key team members include Richard Laudy, Mark Roe, Shy Jackson and Kevin Joyce.
Neal Morris; Helen Waddell
‘Pinsent Masons retain their reputation as the leading construction law firm for litigation/adjudications.’
‘Pinsent Masons have been successful at gathering together and developing a number of talented partners.’
‘The construction team has great strength in depth, they are excellent at formulating a strategy for success based on sound legal principles and communicating that to the commercial team.’
‘They have a very good understanding of the business and are flexible and pragmatic in their approach, very responsive and will react quickly to tight timescales involved in adjudication proceedings.’
‘Incredible volume of construction specialists.’
‘The team is knowledgeable, agile and responsive.’
‘Shy Jackson is academically strong and easy to work with, providing prompt responses.’
‘Andrew Shelling is very capable and efficient at case management for large cases.’
‘Colin Fraser is very strong strategically, an original thinker and very proactive in formulating and executing a plan.’
‘Craig Morrison is an extremely able litigator, very sound tactically and responsive and good at assisting the business to achieve the very best outcome, whether claimant or defendant.’
‘Craig Morrison has a sound commercial approach to resolving disputes.’
‘Kevin Joyce and Zoe de Courcy are excellent, hands on and personable.
‘Kevin Joyce really understands contractors and their commercial drivers. He is a great strategist.’
‘Adam Harris knows the answers before you ask the questions and is unafraid of hard truths.’
Scottish Power Renewables
OHL Construction UK
Kellogg Brown & Root
- Advised Green Home in relation to its loss of renewable energy subsidies.
- Providing strategic advice and representing London Stadium 185 in relation to the court action between West Ham United and E20 Stadium over increased seating capacity.
- Advising Turkish contractor Tepe Insaat Sanayi in relation to enforcement proceedings to recover $110m.
White & Case LLP has a pre-eminent reputation on international disputes, advising clients across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The well-respected Ellis Baker, who heads up the team, is a recognised expert on FIDIC contracts and has a strong track record in sectors including power, transport and oil and gas. Phillip Capper, another key figure in the team, advises on matters relating to rail infrastructure, highways and oil and gas, and represented TVO in a $7bn ICC arbitration relating to delays and cost overruns. Daniel Garton has a focus on the energy, transportation and mining sectors.
‘Huge experience and massive commercial awareness and resources, coupled with real ability.’
‘Julian Bailey brings brainpower and experience from a construction aspect. Impressive performer.’
‘Rebecca Shorter is very impressive; excellent, hugely organised and hard working.’
Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO)
- Represented Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) in a €7bn ICC arbitration against a construction contractor relating to significant delays and cost overruns on the project.
- Representing HOCHTIEF Solutions in connection with its appeal to the UK Supreme Court following long-running court proceedings before the Scottish Court of Session in relation to the Glendoe hydroelectric plant.
Ashurst's contentious team advises on a range of domestic and international disputes in the real estate, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors. The team has recently been boosted by 'fantastic recruit' Tom Duncan, who joined from Mayer Brown International LLP to lead the team. Duncan, who is described as an 'effective strategist', acts for clients across a number of jurisdictions in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Former managing partner Simon Bromwich, now head of the firm's global dispute resolution practice, brings 'gravitas and experience' to the practice, and specialises in the resources and infrastructure sectors. He also has experience in relation to distressed infrastructure projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘A pleasure to deal with. They are focused on understanding the needs of the client and working out how best to support in a holistic manner rather than merely concentrating on the immediate issue in front of them.’
‘They listen to what client’s require and tailor advice and reporting accordingly. This is a different, and much more positive, experience than from other law firms.’
‘Ashurst have particular strength in energy related construction disputes and PFI disputes.’
‘They have a great understanding of the commercial and regulatory pressures in the energy sector, with a particular strength being renewables.’
‘Ashurst has a great mix of partners, from the most senior through to more junior partners, and highly quality associates, all with great industry knowledge and understanding.’
‘Good strength and depth of quality associates who are very pleasant and bright and produce high-quality written material.’
‘Simon Bromwich is experienced, pragmatic and a good man to have when gravitas and experience is necessary to calm the CEO.’
‘Tom Duncan is organised and able to provide good advice in a succinct and effective manner, whilst at the same time being all over the detail. An effective strategist who has a good feel for the issues to hand.’
‘Madeleine Pope is a hard working and astute senior associate, who is a pleasure to deal with whilst ensuring that she delivers the strategy and hits deadlines.’
‘Tom Duncan was a fantastic recruit from Mayer Brown.’
‘Joseph Harrington has great commercial and legal judgement and is brilliant at devising and then navigating strategy in complex cases.’
‘Simon Bromwich’s reputation as one of the leading construction dispute lawyers in London is entirely deserved. Clients love his strategic and commercial approach.’
‘Emma Johnson has an excellent grasp of detail, good on strategy.’
‘Alex Beaton is very user friendly.’
‘Simon Bromwich has a strong client base and high-quality work.’
Lendlease Construction (Europe)
City of Edinburgh Council
- Advised Lendlease on its legal challenge to the decision to terminate the Haringey Development Vehicle, a £2bn housing and regeneration programme.
- Acting for Lendlease in its defence of a £6m claim brought by Exchequer Partnership (No.2), a PFI project company, and its third party claim against Engie Buildings, the facilities manager under the same PFI project.
Clifford Chance LLP's contentious construction practice focuses on the oil and gas and maritime industries. Alex Panayides, who leads the team, handles litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and has a track record of working with major oil companies.
Clyde & Co LLP's contentious team of 'excellent lawyers' handles all forms of dispute resolution for construction clients, both domestically and internationally. John Morris leads the practice and acts for a broad cross-section of the market including developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and surveyors. Anthony Albertini is another key name in the team; he works with barristers, claims consultants and expert witnesses and deals with disputes under all forms of contract.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent lawyers. Detailed industry knowledge.’
‘Very client friendly.’
Clyde & Co provides astute and timely advice.’
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's contentious team acts for a premium roster of domestic and international clients, with clients including developers, multinational corporations, contractors and governments. James Doe, who 'instils confidence in clients' and has a particular focus on energy and power, was promoted to lead the team in 2018. Other recommended figures include 'brilliant legal mind' David Nitek and Ann Levin, who has a track record across a range of construction projects including tunnels, power plants and offshore wind farms.
‘James Doe has a consistency in his temperament and approach that instils a lot of confidence in a client.’
‘HSF’s construction disputes practice has a wealth of experience navigating through often complex disputes with strong knowledge of the NEC form of contact.’
‘David Nitek is a pleasure to work with. He is diligent, committed and focused on achieving good results for his clients.’
‘If I could work with one partner in the whole of London, I would want to work with David Nitek. He is focused, has a brilliant legal mind, and he delivers exceptional services to his clients.’
‘At the associate level, Michael Sharp is fantastic and clearly going places: I would not be surprised if he were made a partner.’
‘Philip Parrott is a great quarterback for complex cases and a safe pair of hands.’
‘Olivia Liang is very bright, very hard working and very approachable.’
Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'gold standard' contentious construction practice is one of the longest established in London, boasting a broad client base including employers, contractors, and funders. Roberta Downey leads the team and has strong experience of disputes relating to power plants, LNG facilities, rail infrastructure, telecoms, wastewater treatment and recycling facilities. The 'calm and measured' Rupert Sydenham, who has experience across a range of sectors, is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Anne Littlewood is a star. Very diligent and clever. She gets on top of very complex issues quickly.’
‘Rupert Sydenham is a very calm and measured lawyer. He sees the big picture and has very good strategic vision for big cases.’
‘Hogan Lovells set a gold standard. The lawyers are very bright, hard working and have a really good strategic grasp of their cases.’
Mayer Brown International LLP has a large team of specialist construction disputes lawyers in London handling an impressive mix of domestic and international matters. The practice - which advises governments, contractors and construction professionals across the energy, transport, mining and residential property sectors - is led by Michael Regan, who has a track record of advising on claims arising out of infrastructure and mining projects. Kwadwo Sarkodie is another key member of the team, and is one of a number of partners handling 'bet the farm' matters and other contract disputes for construction giant Wates, a longstanding client of the firm. Newly promoted partner James Morris is also recommended.
Samsung Heavy Industries
Panama Canal Authority
- Advising on of Wates’ main contract dispute work across the portfolio of its business sectors, including retail, living space and construction.
- Advising Costain and its insurers on a number of issues arising out of the Manchester Waste project.
Norton Rose Fulbright's contentious team offers a comprehensive service to a range of clients including developers, contractors, employers, lenders and owners. EMEA construction and energy disputes head Donald Warnock leads the team, while Simon Ramsden and James Rogers are other notable figures. Sectors covered include commercial and industrial real estate, transport infrastructure, waste, power, oil and gas and mining. The firm has received plaudits for its N-Accelerate technology initiative, an automation process developed by the firm to large volumes of complex documents quickly and cost efficiently.
Fusion For Energy
Coca Cola European Partners
Ferrovial Agroman UK
Addleshaw Goddard has a strong contentious construction offering, working on international arbitration disputes relating to infrastructure and energy projects as well as PFI dispute work. Jonathan Tattersall is the head of the team, and is known for his knowledge of PFI/PPP disputes, particularly in the health sector. Tattersall was the lead partner acting for Konoike, a Japanese construction company, in relation to the enforcement of an ICC arbitration. Gerlando Butera is another key member of the team, acting as a lead partner on several matters and specialising in disputes arising out of engineering and power projects. Legal director James Shackleton joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2019, bringing particular expertise in matters in the transport and marine engineering sectors.
Konoike Construction Co
Peterborough (Progress Health)
- Acting for Konoike, a Japanese construction company, in relation to the enforcement of an ICC arbitration.
- Advised Progress Health, a joint venture between John Laing Infrastructure Fund and Infrared Capital Partners, on a matter involving a number of parties in order to prevent termination of a project and Progress Health’s default on £400m bond finance arrangements.
Baker McKenzie's contentious team represents employers, consortium partners, contractors and subcontractors domestically and internationally. The team is led by Steve Abraham who acts across for mining companies, power utilities and oil and gas companies, displaying a breadth of practice; he works alongside Kate Corby, who specialises international arbitration relating to construction and engineering. Abraham also serves on the firm's global dispute resolution steering committee.
Other key lawyers:
Anaklia Development Consortium
Global Port Holdings
First State Investments
At construction specialist firm Beale & Co, the contentious team works with a range of clients including contractors in the infrastructure and power sectors. The team is led by Sheena Sood, who has experience advising contractors, engineers, architects and health and safety professionals. on domestic and international matters. Another key name in the team is Antony Smith, who specialises in disputes arising from construction contracts, while Michael Salau, Keith Lonsdale and James Vernon are also recommended.
‘Great communication and explanation.’
‘Very good legal knowledge and anticipation of events.’
‘Good contacts for further legal advice and good in house depth of knowledge.’
‘Jade Harvey and James Vernon went out of their way to ensure we understood the best legal routes and gave good advice on possible outcomes. Both displayed good knowledge.’
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious team advises contractors, subcontractors and employers on both domestical and international matters. Steven Carey heads up the team, working alongside the 'unflappable' Kevin Forsyth, who recently advised a cladding contractor on defect-related disputes arising from the construction of tower blocks in Manchester. Rupa Lakha, a specialist in dispute avoidance, acts for developers and subcontractors, while Michael O’Connor, who acts across the spectrum of construction issues domestically and internationally, is also recommended.
‘The team demonstrates a practical understanding of the challenges associated with complex construction contracts.’
‘The practice has a unique ability to share information among key team members and provide coherent and joined up advice regardless of who one was discussing the matter with.’
‘Kevin Forsyth has the ability to provide clarity to complex decision making processes where it is challenging to see the wood from the trees. He is also unflappable and able to work under extreme pressure and short timescales.’
Dover Harbour Board
Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd
Corbett & Co International Construction Lawyers Ltd, a boutique firm which specialises in construction and engineering, acts for clients including government departments, employers, construction contractors and consultants. 'Top notch' chairman and firm founder Edward Corbett leads on much of the firm's key work, including advising Lebanese contractor ACC in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning a $72m joint venture dispute arising out of a construction project in Qatar. The 'smart and smooth' Victoria Tyson forms a 'perfect power package' with Corbett, while the 'excellent and effective' Andrew Tweeddale who has represented developers, engineers and architects, is also highly recommended.
‘Highly specialised in construction arbitration, with in-depth knowledge and control of all issues, both legal and technical.’
‘The firm possess excellent strategic thinking, powerful writing and very good overall organisation in what turned out to be one of the most complex projects I have ever been involved in.’
‘An excellent specialist construction international arbitration firm who punch much above their weight.’
‘The members of Corbett and Co all have exceptional experience in both construction and international arbitration law. You get the impression they take great care before employing members of staff.’
‘The firm works incredibly well as a team and do not, like other firms, overstretch themselves.’
‘The combination of Edward Corbett’s knowledge and quick grasp of the matter, together with Victoria Tyson’s smart, smooth and comprehensive written and oral advocacy skills makes them a perfect power package.’
‘Edward Corbett and Taner Dedezade’s capacity to understand and to analyse technical construction matters is very impressive. They have always assisted us in selecting the right technical and quantum experts. Another of their great qualities is how responsive and accessible they are.’
‘Andrew Tweeddale, Joanne Clarke and Gabriel Mulero Clas all impressed me. They were well versed in arbitration generally and construction arbitration especially. Communication went very well, their management of the case was outstanding and their technical skills were admirable.’
‘Andrew Tweeddale is an excellent lawyer and a very effective advocate. He has extensive experience of international arbitration and uses that experience to identify the key issues quickly and identify the best strategy for his client. Andrew is equal if not better than many members of equivalent qualification at the Bar.’
‘Jo Clarke is an excellent lawyer. Her experience of arbitration cases means she can spot and take advantage of any weakness in the other side’s case. She is exceptionally good at managing teams. She has recently been promoted which is well deserved.’
‘Both Edward Corbett and Victoria Tyson are very efficient in representing a client’s case. They are both top notch. I would always highly recommend them as a duo.’
‘Edward Corbett and Taner Dedezade very easily develop an understanding on a technical level.’
Arabian Construction Company
Strukton Immersion Projects
- Advising Lebanese international contractor, ACC, in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning a joint venture dispute arising out of a construction project in Qatar.
- Advising Strukton Immersion Projects in relation to disputes with a contractor involving an offshore windfarm.
- Advising on various claims and contractual matters in relation to a railway project in Eastern Europe.
Dentons' contentious construction team, which is co-led by the 'technically superb' Akin Akinbode and Gurbinder Grewal, acts for UK and international developers, contractors and funders, with experience in the development, energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm's huge global footprint enables the London practice to act on disputes relating to jurisdictions as far afield as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Middle East. Grewal, who is well-regarded for his 'sharp legal brain' was lead partner advising Morgan Sindall on a dispute arising from the defective design and construction of steel work for a stadium redevelopment in Manchester. Newly promoted partner Esther McDermott is another 'stand out' member of the team, acting for employers, developers and contractors.
Akin Akinbode; Gurbinder Grewal
Other key lawyers:
‘High profile clientele in the construction industry”
‘The team has a fantastic work ethic and are effectively managed at all levels.’
‘The quality of their written output is very high indeed.’
‘The team is commercial and technically brilliant; some of the best partners around.’
‘A well balanced team which combines legal expertise with a good understanding of the issues at hand.’
‘Akin Akinbode is pragmatic, sensible and has a commercial approach.’
‘Gurbinder Grewal is a great leader who is liked and respected by his team and his clients.’
‘Gurbinder has a sharp legal brain and is a shrewd tactician.’
‘Akin Akinbode has a fantastic domestic and international client base.’
‘Michael Wright is an absolutely tireless associate who is able to cope with a dozen competing demands at once.’
‘Akin Akinbode is technically superb.’
‘Natasha Manning and Michael Wright are excellent.’
‘Esther McDermott is a stand out member of the team. She combines a thorough understanding of relevant legal issues with a her superb organisational skills.’
Official Receiver of England and Wales (liquidation of Carillion group)
Morgan Sindall Group
- Advising Morgan Sindall in relation to a dispute arising from the defective design and construction of steel work for a major stadium redevelopment in Manchester.
DLA Piper's contentious team acts for clients including bluechip corporates, global institutions and contractors, with experience spanning the commercial, residential, hotels and retail sectors. The team is headed up by Mark Hilton who has a focus on international disputes, acting for state institutions, contractors and employers in the Middle East and Asia. Another notable name is Edward Shaw, who has acted for owners, financiers and contractors and recently acted as lead partner representing Erith Contractors in a final account adjudication dispute with a sub contractor. Legal director Jack Banks, who specialises in PPP/PFI disputes, is also recommended. The well-regarded Anna Mills joined the team as a partner from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2018.
‘Prompt in their advice; understood exactly what we were after, flexible in resources and always had time for us and our cases.’
Samsung Engineering Co
State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant
- Representing a client in Court of Appeal proceedings against a claim by Walter Lilly & Co for declarations as to the defendant’s liability.
- Represented Erith Contractors in a final account adjudication dispute with a sub contractor.
- Acting for Erith Contractors on a dispute over the value of the statement of final account after the company was contracted to carry out groundworks in relation to the construction of 150 houses.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's contentious construction team has expertise in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, rail and transport sectors. Jonathan Douglas, who leads the team, acts on disputes in the retail, logistics, renewables and offshore wind sectors, with particular expertise in complex delay claims. The 'extremely capable and diligent' James Pickavance is another notable name in the practice, acting for public bodies, governments and international corporations across a range of sectors - he advised Toucan Energy Holdings on multiple disputes arising out of the acquisition of a portfolio of renewable energy projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘James Pickavance is an extremely capable and diligent lawyer. He feels everything quite personally and is passionate, he cares deeply to get the right result for the client.’
‘James Pickavance makes me feel as if I am his only client. James is always very good at getting back to me if he does not respond to my call or email immediately. He is very thoughtful about the commercial objectives of the case and is extremely conscious around costs.’
The Hospital Company (Liverpool)
Toucan Energy Holdings
Qatar National Bank
Fordstam (Chelsea Football Club)
Thames Water Utilities
Pensions Insurance Corporation
- Acting for Toucan Energy Holdings in relation to multiple disputes arising out of the acquisition of a portfolio of renewable energy projects.
- Represented Qatar National Bank in LCIA arbitration proceedings against Nigerian bank Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.
Fieldfisher's contentious construction practice recently secured a major boost with the hire of RPC head of construction and projects Dan Preston, who brought with him a team comprising David Thorne, five associates and an executive assistant. Preston, who specialises in acting for contractors and employers on disputes, now leads the firm's practice, while Thorne, who is considered a 'brilliant litigator' focuses primarily on dispute resolution for suppliers on construction and PFI projects. Senior associate Katherine Flynn is also well regarded.
‘The Fieldfisher construction team is excellent.’
‘David Thorne is a brilliant litigator. He has an unusual ability to drive forward litigation whilst, at the same time, keeping his eyes fixed on trying to leverage a strong commercial deal. This is invaluable for clients and makes him a real asset. He has instilled this approach throughout the team.’
‘Very helpful organisation with the partners and associates easily contactable. All personnel I have worked with have been very knowledgeable, have provided good advice and have undertaken all work in a timely manner achieving all deadlines.’
‘There has always been a personal touch from the organisation and they have the right people skills to ensure the audience listens and respects the information and advice discussed.’
‘The team handles complex construction and adjudication cases brilliantly.’
‘The Fieldfisher construction team is organised and able to deal with difficult adjudication issues quickly and effectively.’
‘The team is particularly strong at taking technical and commercial analysis and distilling from this clear advice, which enhances communication and engagement with the client.’
‘Katherine Flynn is a capable, dedicated and pragmatic lawyer who delivers thorough legal advice that enhances the prospects for settlement.’
‘Katherine Flynn works extremely well in multi-discipline teams.’
‘Katherine Flynn is a key part of the construction team’s success at Fieldfisher and I would recommend her without hesitation.’
‘Katherine Flynn gets the job done, manages the team and puts in the work to achieve the results the client wants.’
Morgan Sindall Group
Sir Robert McAlpine
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's contentious team advises investors, builders, owners, public authorities and funders on a range of domestic and international matters. The practice is led by Sally Roe, who advises public and private sector organisations, funders and contractors. The firm also has a dedicated construction arbitration team.
HFW's contentious construction team primarily focuses on international arbitration, as well as matters relating to offshore construction and infrastructure. The practice is led by the 'stand out' Max Wieliczko who is experienced in the oil and gas, roads, energy to waste, renewables and urban development sectors. Michael Sergeant leads on much of the firm's key work, including a range of international matters. Ben Mellors has a track record of solving engineering disputes, as well as matters in the transport, infrastructure and power sectors.
‘HFW are particularly strong in process engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering and facilities management.’
‘HFW does big ticket work for some of the key industry contractors.’
‘Max Wieliczko is the stand out partner; he has the energy and drive to produce results, along with the knowledge of construction and construction law to approach any issues in an effective way.’
‘Katherine Doran has a good understanding of both construction and business allowing her to provide an overall approach, rather than simply the application of the law.’
‘Ben Mellors has a good knowledge of industry – FIDIC forms expertise especially.’
Kuwait Oil Company
Hurley Palmer Flatt
Boskalis International BV & Boskalis Subsea
Buro Four Project Services
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP's team of 'seasoned lawyers' advise employers, contractors and consultants on all forms of dispute resolution, handling matters for premium clients such as Transport for London, Laing O’Rourke and Qatar Rail. The practice, which is jointly led by Kevin Greene and 'great strategist' Matthew Smith, has recently taken roles on international arbitration matters which are among the largest construction disputes in the world. The 'conscientious and practical' Matthew Walker, who splits his time between the London and Doha offices, and senior associate Sarah Drinkwater, who is 'quick to grasp technical' matters, are also recommended.
Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith
‘The team contains seasoned lawyers, well versed in the vagaries of contentious work in the construction sector.’
‘They understand the issues, both technical and legal, provide relevant advice and are led by partners who are fully engaged and great strategists.’
‘No-nonsense approach with clear focus and objectives to represent and guide us through a often stressful and difficult process.’
‘The team has a deep well of legal knowledge.’
‘Matthew Smith has a detailed knowledge of the construction industry, the contracts used within it and the issues that arise. He understands matters quickly and is a great strategist which helps to provide successful outcomes for his clients.’
‘Sarah Drinkwater understands the pertinent legal points and the commercial issues. She is quick to grasp technical matters which assists in ensuring that she can put her client’s best case forward.’
‘Matthew Walker has a depth of construction knowledge that allows him to totally get and engage actively in the details of the events that make up the disputes in hand.’
‘We rely on Matthew Walker for all our contentious work. He is conscientious, practical and thinks ahead.’
Malaysia Mass Rapid Transit
Kennedys' contentious construction offering advises on disputes for a broad base of clients, including funders, employers, contractors, suppliers, insurers and consultants. The team is led by Iain Corbett, who has decades of experience of construction related matters including insurance policy interpretation and disputes. Corbett recently acted for Cambridge Polymer Roofing, alongside fellow partner Paul Carter, on a key case concerning a fire at a school under construction in Lewisham. Michael Hogg has experience advising domestic contractors and employers on construction and engineering matters and was lead partner advising the Norwegian insurer of the Grenfell Tower. Senior associate Louis Foscolo is another name to note.
Bam Construct UK
Chubb Insurance Company
- Advising Protector Insurance, the Norwegian insurer of the Grenfell Tower, on all legal issues arising out of the 2017 fire.
- Acted for Wilmott Partnership Homes and its insurers following the discovery, close to practical completion, that a care facility in Basingstoke was structurally unsound.
Macfarlanes LLP's contentious construction team advises on matters for prestigious clients including governments, banks, housebuilders, developers and investors, and has recently seen a substantial increase in work on PFI disputes. The team, which includes five solicitor-advocates, is led by Douglas Wass, who advises a wide range of clients including contractors and employers on both domestic and international issues. Another significant name in the team is Andy Mather, who was lead partner for Aggregate Industries on its dispute with Amey in relation to the Sheffield Streets Ahead PFI project. Junior partner Mark Lawrence is also recommended.
- Advising EP1 and EP2, the project companies for two PFI projects, on separate High Court claims concerning the renovation, operation and maintenance of the HM Treasury Building.
- Advising Catalyst Healthcare in relation to claims by an NHS Trust for substantial deductions from monthly service payments arising from allegedly defective fire doors at Central Manchester University Hospital.
- Advising AP14 in defending High Court proceedings brought by Premier Inn Hotels which claimed that the cladding at its hotel at Heathrow Terminal 4 has fire safety related defects.
- Acting for Aggregate Industries UK in a dispute with Amey concerning substantial claims for additional payment in relation to works carried out by Aggregate Industries on the Sheffield Streets Ahead PFI project.
- Acting for Grove in a long-running dispute with S&T(UK) Ltd in relation to the construction by S&T of the Premier Inn hotel at Heathrow Terminal 4.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP advises on construction disputes across a range of sectors including power generation, oil and gas, infrastructure and public works. The team is led by Vincent Rowan, who has experience matters relating to power, process and transport infrastructure. Senior associate Antoine Smiley works with Rowan on many of the team's key matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent depth of experience and diversity in all levels of the team.’
‘Interrogative style enabling in-depth understand of complex technology and interface matters with unparalleled ability to apply this understanding to legal disputes.’
‘Vincent Rowan is a valued litigation partner for our business. He instils confidence and provides forthright tactical advice on complex litigation matters. Has developed an excellent network of expert support.
‘Antoine Smiley is a truly outstanding advocate. Rigorous discipline for dealing with cross-examination on complex facts.’
Stephenson Harwood's contentious team handles disputes across range of sectors, including oil and gas, power and energy, rail and real estate. On the international front, the team is building a reputation for its work in the Middle East, particularly in the energy and power sectors. Ron Nobbs and Paul Thwaite lead the practice. Nobbs, who provides 'strong, focused advice', recently led for for subcontractor Giffen in a dispute with Hochtief over the new station entrance for Bloomberg at Bank station in London. The 'impressive' Thwaite specialises in contractor claims for delay and disruption, and was lead partner acting for ENGIE on a dispute with Lend Lease over the the refurbishment of the government buildings housing the Treasury and HMRC. 'Clever and superb' Charlotte Heywood, who specialises in rail disputes and advises on defect claims, is also recommended.
Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite
Other key lawyers:
‘Paul Thwaite and Charlotte Heywood’s expertise is impressive; this, combined with their ability to clearly communicate the facts and options with a dose of humility and humour, sets them aside from others I’ve worked with.’
‘Paul Thwaite and Charlotte Heywood have provided astute advice and identified nuanced arguments that others might have missed.’
‘I have been consistently impressed with their focus on delivering advice which considers ADR.’
‘The team have often had to work in imperfect situations and have simply pressed ahead and delivered consistent quality on each occasion.’
‘Sound, honest, commercial and practical advice. Comparable to the best lawyers recently engaged with in this market.’
‘An outstanding construction team covering a broad area of work with some exceptional lawyers who enjoy a extremely high reputation in the market.’
‘Very personable and knowledgeable team led by the excellent Paul Thwaite.’
‘Excellent knowledge of construction related claims and litigation, including access to expert witnesses and extensive network of broader in-house specialist knowledge.’
‘The team is very reliable and have expert know how in construction litigation.’
‘Charlotte Heywood and Paul Thwaite have both provided excellent counsel on two key matters.’
‘Charlotte Heywood has deservedly been made a partner.’
‘Charlotte Heywood has consistently worked on a challenging matter with us and without her involvement and skill we would not have made the progress that has been made.’
‘Tammy Samuel has key strengths in providing commercially astute advice and in finding solutions to reach agreement with other parties and always fights our corner.’
‘Ron Nobbs handles our engineering and commercial disputes and is quick to understand the issues and provides strong, focused advice.’
‘Paul Thwaite managed a very large and important procurement challenge, his clear advice on the strategy for the case was key to a successful outcome for us.’
‘Paul Thwaite has become a valued partner to our business. He is on top of his material, thorough, efficient and a lateral thinker.’
‘Paul Thwaite is a trusted adviser on all construction issues.’
‘Ron Nobbs is outstanding: one of the best solicitors in London; extremely bright, immensely hard-working, very commercial, a brilliant strategist and fantastic with clients.’
‘Charlotte Heywood is extremely hard working, very clever, practical and superb with clients.’
‘Paul Thwaite is excellent. He understand the commercial needs of clients and does not sit on the fence, giving strong clear views.’
‘Ron Nobbs provides effective leadership and oversight of complex long-term claims; hands-on when required, excellent inter-personal skills enabling shared understanding of challenging situations.’
‘Charlotte Heywood is excellent at the day-to-day handling of complex claims, maintaining good availability and providing clear understanding of progress.’
The Royal College of Art
4C Hotels Group
- Acting for ENGIE in relation to a dispute with Lend Lease relating to alleged defects in the design and construction of the refurbishment of the government building at 100 Parliament Street.
- Acted for Giffen in a dispute with Hochtief over its sub-contract works to procure and install the mechanical, electrical, fire and communication elements of fit out works at a new station entrance for Bloomberg at Bank station in London.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team provides advice on disputes across a range of sectors, including commercial and residential development, education and energy. The firm serves a broad client base of developers, funders, contractors, local authorities and government agencies under a team led by the 'considered' and 'knowledgeable' Anthony Yates, who has advised in relation to cladding and fire related issues for clients in both the private and public sector. Theresa Mohammed, who has a domestic and international client base spanning the hotel, leisure and social housing sectors, is also recommended. The team secured a major boost in early 2019 with the hire of former Fieldfisher contentious construction head Louise Elmes.
Other key lawyers:
‘A cooperative team that shares good ideas and knowledge. They are open and honest in presenting the strengths and weaknesses of specific issues and are able to suggest innovative ways to close out potential areas of concern.’
‘Their dedication, commitment and ability to deliver high quality results to tight timescales has never been in question.’
‘Anthony Yates leads has continually demonstrated the ability and knowledge to get to the root of any matter and suggest a considered, structured and generally strong route to resolve matters.’
‘Tim Hillier and Clarissa Smith have both proven tenacious in their approach to dealing with disputes and in both cases clearly demonstrated a good understanding in their field and also the best routes available to us seeking resolution. In both cases we reached successful resolution of our disputes.’
ST Interiors UK
- Advising on a key case which concerns the design and construction of the Premier Inn Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 4.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP's practice, which is considered by some as one of the 'foremost contentious construction' teams in the world, advises on disputes in the waste to energy, petrochemicals and transportation sectors. The US firm's London team is led by the 'extremely hard working, organised and dedicated' Nick Henchie, who has a wide range of experience, including a specific focus on international arbitration. Recent key work has seen him advise on series of matters for the Panama Canal Authority arising out of disputes with European and Panamanian companies working on the Panama Canal expansion project.
‘Nick Henchie’s team at Vinson & Elkins is one of the foremost contentious construction practices in the world. It takes on high profile disputes for clients all over the world.’
‘The firm is particularly strong in energy and major projects in the UK and overseas. They have the resources to manage big ticket cases and to handle speedy adjudication cases in the UK in the energy sector and related litigation.’
‘Well balanced group of partners and associates. Capacity to work with US and English law alike. Excellent quality, sure get a tailor made service’
‘Nick Henchie is extremely hard working, organised and dedicated. He fights hard for his clients.’
‘Scott Stiegler handles a range of issues, witnesses and experts with considerable dexterity.’
‘Nick Henchie is a hard-worker, extremely professional and quick in providing his opinions and advice.’
‘Nick Henchie has exceptional and very extensive experience in the construction industry (including technical aspects) and he is always able to adapt the legal strategy to different scenarios and to anticipate the possible reactions from counter-parties.’
‘Great litigation work in the construction and oil and gas sector.’
Panama Canal Authority
Hitachi Zosen Inova AG
- Advising on series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority arising out of disputes with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, a consortium of European and Panamanian companies hired to design and build the third set of locks for the Panama Canal expansion project.
Akin Gump LLP advises on complex construction disputes in the real estate, oil and gas, power and projects sectors, while it is also know for its work on international arbitration. Hamish Lal, who leads the team, has an expertise in delay, disruption and cumulative impact claims, and recently acted for construction giant Kier in a series of disputes with a FTSE 100 competitor.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
HSM Offshore BV
- Acted for Kier in a series of disputes with another construction company.
- Acted for HSM Offshore in respect of the UK High Court matter HSM Offshore BV v Aker Offshore Partner  and in respect of the Court of Appeal applications.
- Advising US-based oil and gas company on disputes arising out of long-term production sharing contract and the client’s work in a developing CIS country.
- Acting for First Abu Dhabi Bank in the Qatar Financial Centre Courts.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP's contentious practice is well-regarded for its expertise in oil and gas and LNG matters. Team head Stuart Jordan focuses on energy and infrastructure projects within the construction sphere, acting for developers, contractors and owners. The firm has particular strength on cross-border matters covering North America, the Middle East and Europe.
BLM's contentious practice advises contractors, engineers, architects and insurers on a range of domestic and international disputes. Other areas of work include construction insurance issues and advising on fee claims, delay and disruption claims and contractual disputes. The practice is led by Guy Lane and Robert Stevenson. Lane specialises in advising consultants on contract administration issues, fee claims and liability disputes. Stevenson acts for developers and contractors on a range of issues in several jurisdictions.
Guy Lane; Robert Stevenson
- Instructed to act on behalf of structural engineers in relation to a residential property.
- Acting for a geotechnical engineer in multiparty claim relating to preparation of ground investigation used by structural engineer in the preparation of foundation designs for housing development in North London.
- Acting for an architect in a multiparty claim for delay following six adjudications arising from the design and construction of a high-end residential development in St John’s Wood.
- Acting for structural engineer in relation to claim for cost of remedial works to a bus interchange following allegedly defective design.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's contentious practice handles a wide range of disputes relating to buildings, airports, ports, gas facilities, power projects and social infrastructure. The team is led by 'exceptional lawyer and advocate' Tony Dymond who is known for his work on disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm's client base consists of lenders, owners and contractors in the international space. 'Sharp and inquisitive' associate Robert Hoose is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is strong both academically and practically.’
‘The contentious construction team at Debevoise & Plimpton contains an unrivalled mix of individuals.’
‘Genuine in-depth construction and engineering legal expertise with an international reach.’
‘Tony Dymond is extremely bright, engaging and down to earth.’
‘Tony Dymond is an exceptional legal mind and grasps key issues immediately.’
‘Rob Hoose has a sharp and inquisitive thought process that enables intelligent strategy and plans to develop.’
‘Tony Dymond is an exceptional lawyer and advocate. He is able to quickly grasp the substantive matters within the context of large and complex disputes.’
‘Tony Dymond is one of the few lawyers who genuinely understands construction and engineering delay matters.’
‘Rob Hoose is a lawyer experienced in the finer points of construction; he is able to see the main issues clearly and to turn these into concise arguments.’
‘Gavin Chesney has a great facility for understanding the detail of construction costs and collecting these into clear submissions.’
‘Tony Dymond is clever and manages expectations of clients well.’
‘Rob Hoose is very much on top of the detail and impressively so.’
Fladgate LLP's growing contentious team has of late been handling a range of disputes for property developers, institutions and contractors across sectors including renewable energy, hotels and leisure, while also advising on PPP/PFI matters. The team, which was boosted in late 2018 by the arrival of Squire Patton Boggs London construction head Olivia Bateman, is headed up by Alan Woolston, who has been leading the firm's work as sole UK legal counsel to Chinese modular building provider CIMC Developments. David Weare, who has particular experience in the Middle East, is also recommended, and has been advising the main contractor on the fit-out of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
Prysmian Powerlink Services
Sanguine Hospitality Developments
- Advised Sanguine Hospitality Developments on disputes arising out of the development of a hotel in Cardiff, for which Sanguine was the employer.
- Representing the Innisfree PFI Fund in connection with claims arising out of defects in the passive fire protection systems across 50 or more education sites.
- Continuing to advise Prysmian Powerlink Services, a subsidiary of Prysmian Group, the largest manufacturer of cables in the world.
- Represented Michael J Lonsdale in adjudication proceedings brought against it by a company in liquidation.
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP's contentious team represents developers, contractors, rail operators and universities across the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors. The 'friendly' and 'very professional' team is led by Rob Horne, who is well-regarded for his work on NEC contracts. Associate director Daniel Cashmore advises on domestic and international disputes with a focus on the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors, displaying 'extensive knowledge' and 'attention to detail'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very professional team dedicated to the case they are working on.’
‘Friendly and very good with communication through out the case.’
‘Dan Cashmore had an attention to detail that was at a very high level – his knowledge of the legality surrounding our case was extensive.’
‘Dan Cashmore’s communication was very good.’
Western Power Developments
- Advising on various matters for Midas including a final account claim in relation to a care home.
Simmons & Simmons has a broad construction practice with a key focus on transport infrastructure such as rail, roads, seaports and airports, advising clients including architects and consultants. The practice is led by the 'dedicated and commercially astute' Emily Monastiriotis who advises insurers on construction disputes and handles claims for delays and associated costs, alongside her expertise in cladding claims. James Pollock is another key member of the team, and focuses on defending construction professionals.
Other key lawyers:
‘A dynamic team with ambitious, dedicated and commercially astute individuals including Emily Monastiriotis and Jonathan Spencer.’
‘James Pollock is very experienced and driven.’
‘Emily Monastirotis is extremely astute and untiring in her work for her clients.’
Turner & Townsend
Browne Jacobson LLP's contentious team advises on both national and international projects, with cross-sector experience in development, energy and insurance. The 'personable' Tim Claremont leads the firm's construction and engineering team and has been advising Heatherwick on its bid to be appointed as architect for British Land's redevelopment of Canada Water in South London. Senior associate William Barrington is another key member of the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very responsive and quick to provide the required support.’
‘When working together, the advisers feel like an extension of our in-house team.’
‘Tim Claremont and Mark Stubbs are very personable and easy to work with, giving the required advice and assistance at the right time.’
‘Mark Stubbs, in particular, works well, providing clear advice in a supportive and calm manner.’
Alpha Real Capital/Biomass Energy Renewables
North Bristol NHS Trust
Edina Power Services
- Advised energy services provider Edina regarding various disputes arising in relation to the company’s Energy Savings Performance Agreements.
Burges Salmon LLP's contentious construction practice has expertise in matters relating to energy, transport and waste, advising big-name clients on complex disputes. The team is led by William Gard who also also heads the firm's arbitration and adjudication practice. Marcus Harling, who, like Gard, splits his time between Bristol and London, has decades of experience in the construction sphere and works on project troubleshooting and disputes relating to construction and engineering projects.
Other key lawyers:
DAC Beachcroft LLP's contentious team is led by Mark Roach, who represents employers, developers, contractors and sub-contractors on contentious matters relating to the construction of hotels, power plants, waste, utilities, car parks, as well as rail and infrastructure projects. Michael Blackburne and Matthew Olorenshaw are also recommended.
- Advised Cleveland Cable Company in relation to a loss of business claim.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP's contentious practice is known for its work with public and private developers of social housing and local authorities undertaking nationwide residential and mixed use developments. The team is led by the 'knowledgeable' and 'highly proactive' Mark London . He acts primarily for residential developers and increasingly for public sector bodies on health and fire safety issues. Matthew Cocklin produces 'outstanding' work and is known for his expertise in relation to the fire safety of rain-screen cladding systems on high rise buildings.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team work incredibly well to assemble appropriate experts and counsel to put together a great case.’
‘Mark London’s advice has been invaluable to our clients.’
‘Mark London and his team are highly knowledgeable.’
‘Mathew Cocklin and Adam Mathewson have worked incredibly effectively to tight deadlines producing work of an outstanding standard.’
‘Mark London has become our go-to lawyer on any contentious issues we face.’
‘Mark is highly proactive in advising us on any relevant issues within the industry and has a very high profile within the sector.’
Notting Hill Genesis
Peabody Housing Trust
Flagship Housing Association
- Representing Robert E Lee, a dry lining sub-contractor, in multi-party proceedings in respect of a claim for contribution, breach of contract and restitutionary damages brought by the main contractor.
- Acted for Metropolitan Housing Trust in regards to a residential development in London.
Forsters LLP's contentious team acts for developers, funds, contractors and consultants, under the leadership of the 'commercially astute' Andrew Parker, who also handles construction disputes arising out of hotel projects. Parker recently advised real estate investment company LXB on the insolvency of its design and build contractor midway through the development of a retail terrace, as well as handling a number of matters for LaSalle Investment Management. Sarah Cook advises clients in the pre-action stage of disputes and with respect to the negotiation of settlement agreements.
Other key lawyers:
‘Advice given is always well thought through and practical.’
‘Both Andrew Parker and Emily Holdstock have been very commercial in their advice with a clear focus.’
‘Perfectly formed team that punches well above its weight in all forms of construction dispute resolution and consistently provides cost-effective advice and representation.’
‘Andrew Parker gives clients realistic and commercially astute advice, skillfully shepherding them to the most cost-effective resolution of their disputes.’
‘Alistair Robertson is a precociously good lawyer and a skilled draftsman.’
LXB Retail Properties
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
British Airways Pension Fund
LaSalle Investment Management
The Crown Estate
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Reignwood Investments UK Limited
- Acting for funds advised by LaSalle Investment Management in relation to a cladding system containing aluminium composite materials which potentially breach the Building Regulations 2010.
- Advised Patrizia UK on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council, the funder and landlord, in relation to its claim and subsequent settlement agreement with Bouygues UK, in respect of defective cladding at a student accommodation building at the University of Southampton.
Goodman Derrick LLP's contentious practice advises property owners, developers, contractors and consultants. The team is led by Richard Bailey who 'immediately understands the issues' and Tim Mould, who 'provides robust and honest advice'. Bailey has expertise in multiparty litigation, and recently took the lead on a £4m claim against an American university. Mould provides advice on contentious matter relating to residential developments, hotels and power stations.
Richard Bailey; Tim Mould
‘An excellent focus, especially for contractor clients looking for a combination of expertise and value for money.’
‘Quick to respond, confident and sharp appraisal of matters.’
‘Well resourced with highly experienced practitioners who understand the position of a client.’
‘Richard Bailey immediately understands the issues in a case, both substantive and procedural, and is able to run a team accordingly to great effect.’
‘Richard Bailey has a real industry profile and understands the client’s commercial drivers.’
‘Nick Cook is bright, able, hard working.’
‘Tim Mould is professional at all times. He absorbs information quickly and produces a lot of material of high quality.’
‘Tim Mould understands the needs of a client and without exception provides robust and honest advice.’
Essex Services Group
West Country Renovations
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
- Advising on a claim against an American university regarding non-payment for development work.
- Representing client in substantial adjudication regarding unpaid fees and follow up Part 8 jurisdictional challenge to the adjudicator’s jurisdiction and further court enforcement proceedings.
- Advising regarding claims for extensions of time and loss and expense received from contractor of large London development.
Gowling WLG is an adviser to developers, institutions and contractors in relation to infrastructure, energy and PFI disputes. The team is led by the Birmingham-based Michael O’Shea, who is known for his advice to UK contractors and is a specialist in technical disputes. The 'highly knowledgeable' Sue Ryan acts for employers, professionals and developers in multiparty disputes, and was the lead partner acting for BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees in a multiparty action in the TCC arising out of a defective design and construction of a 10,000 sq m warehouse in Cheshire.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good attention to detail and great perseverance to get the best outcome for the client.’
‘Sue Ryan is highly knowledgeable and will go above and beyond to get the best results for a client. Her attention to detail is faultless.’
‘Ashley is extremely clever, unflappable and provides a very commercial and responsive service to his clients.’
‘Sue Ryan and Helen Arthur have great integrity and determination.’
Crown Commercial Services
- Represented BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees in a multi-party action in the TCC arising out of the defective design and construction of a warehouse in Cheshire.
- Representing residential developer Waterside Places in a six-party action relating to the recovery of remedial costs required to a residential development completed in 2015.
Hamlins LLP's contentious practice provides a 'first rate service', acting for developers, investors, funders and contractors. The team is headed up by the 'extremely experienced and respected' Amanda Burge. The firm has experience of disputes relating to the financing behind projects, claims for delay, loss and expense and claims for negligent design as well as a particular expertise in IT and software issues. 'Efficient' senior associate Laura Daly has experience acting for private and public companies in a variety of disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Amanda Burge is excellent, enormously experienced and respected in the market, especially in relation to construction and insurance related matters.’
‘Commercial in their advice.’
‘Hamlins offer a first rate service, particularly to niche developer clients.’
‘The team work well together.’
‘First rate advice.’
‘Amanda Burge is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and leads team well.’
‘Amanda has an excellent understanding of the processes and legal routes to resolve matters.’
‘Laura Daly works well and is efficient.’
‘Amanda Burge is very commercial and will always put her client’s needs first.’
‘Amanda Burge and Laura Daly give the impression that you are their only client.’
‘Kate Andrews is terrifically commercially minded and hard working. Always takes the time to find the best way to work with each individual client.’
‘Amanda Burge is concise and user friendly whilst commercial and incisive.’
The William Pears Group
Mishcon de Reya LLP's team works on range of contentious matters relating to commercial developments, hotels and residential properties. The firm also advises on fire safety and cladding matters in regards to student accommodation and hotels. The practice is led by the 'highly intelligent' and 'first rate' Richard Gerstein who acts for specialists subcontractors, consultants, developers and owners, and was the lead partner acting for housing and social care provider Mears Group in a £35m dispute regarding the construction of two high rise buildings in a student housing scheme.
‘The team is very proactive and hard working. They really care about getting the outcome their clients want from litigation.’
‘Richard Gerstein is a first rate lawyer. He is very good running a team, appropriately delegating tasks, keeping morale up and stepping in where necessary.’
‘Richard Gerstein has a good eye for strategy.’
‘Megan Ludwig is very conscientious and hands on and has a good grasp on the detail.’
‘Alex Barker is very astute.’
‘Alex Pattihis is one to watch for the future.’
‘Richard Gerstein is an effective construction law partner. Highly intelligent with an unerring grasp of the real issues in any case coupled with a pragmatic instinct. Much loved by clients and counsel alike for his clear and strategically sound approach.’
Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties
Capital & Counties Properties
Accor (Accor Hotels)
The Office Group
- Acting for Mears Group in a £35m dispute regarding the construction of two high rise buildings in a student housing scheme.
- Advising Mears Group PLC on a £5m claim against Metropolitan Housing Trust.
RPC's recent contentious construction work has included Technology and Construction Court cases and disputes relating to final accounts, payment notices and allegations of defective workmanship. Alan Stone acts for clients involved in disputes against construction professionals, while Rhian Howell handles professional negligence claims in the sector and senior associate Jonathan Carrington advises on all types of construction claims and contracts. Former practice head Dan Preston took a team of lawyers to Fieldfisher in May 2019.
Sharpe Pritchard LLP's contentious practice advise on a range of construction disputes including including design and workmanship matters, extension of time claims and defective construction claims. The construction practice is led by Justin Mendelle who acts for clients including central government, education providers and local authorities, providing 'first rate advice at all times'. David Owens, who heads up the contentious practice, joined the firm in January 2019 from Clyde & Co LLP. The practice also draws on the firm's dedicated stand-alone adjudication unit, SP Adjudication, which specialises in advising on the adjudication of construction disputes.
‘Justin Mendelle provides first rate advice at all times.’
- Acted in a dispute concerning works at a Grade II listed leisure centre involving claims by the contractor against the council for extensions of time, loss and expense, damages, prolongation and other costs.
- Acting for a London Borough in a construction dispute regarding insurance claims, extensions of time and loss and expense.
- Acting for a London Borough in relation to a dispute regarding the applicability of the indexation provisions in a contract.
- Acting for a London Borough in a dispute regarding defective works an designs at a new build leisure centre
Taylor Wessing LLP applies a 'commercial approach' to contentious construction matters and has experience of a range of disputes across the real estate development, energy and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Jones leads the construction and engineering group, which was strengthened by Jonathan Hutt's arrival from RPC in October 2018. Senior counsel Natalie Pilagos covers matters in the hotels, student accommodation, infrastructure and energy sectors.
‘I like Taylor Wessing’s helpful, proactive and commercial approach to matters.’
‘Flexible on service delivery and how to work with clients.’
‘The team shows high competence, a great attitude to clients and professionalism.’
‘Jonathan Hutt is always a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Rebecca May is a hard working associate; diligent, observant and proactive in carrying out her tasks.’
‘Rebecca May is an invaluable asset to Taylor Wessing and destined for partnership.’
‘Laurence Cobb and Natalie Pilagos are both very professional.’
- Represented a defendant supplier in multi-party proceedings in the TCC.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP's contentious construction lawyers are active across a range of sectors including residential and commercial property, infrastructure and energy. The team is led by the 'fearless and tenacious' Rebecca Williams who has acted for contractors and developers, especially in the the offshore wind farm and solar farm sectors. Barry Hembling recently joined the team from Fladgate LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘A deeply knowledgeable team with resources to deliver on complex problems.’
‘Energetic and proactive.’
‘The team has an outstanding reputation in offshore construction.’
‘Incredibly diligent and tenacious. Rebecca Williams seems to have a sixth sense as to what is hidden in the evidence and will not stop seeking until she finds it.’
‘Rebecca Williams is very client focused, commercial, hard working.’
‘Rebecca Williams is incredibly hard working and determined.’
‘Rebecca Williams is fearless and tenacious in pursuit of her client’s interests.’
‘Rebecca Williams is a standout lawyer with great tenacity.’
‘Rebecca Williams is an excellent leader with a lot of determination.’
‘Rebecca Williams is a fastidious, thorough and extremely bright solicitor with a strong team around her.’
Bester Generacion UK and Bester Generacion S.L.U.
Hitachi Zosen Inova
Kessel Construction (UK) Limited*
Zaha Hadid Limited*
PTT Public Company Ltd
- Acted for Bester Generacion UK in an adjudication (brought in parallel to TCC proceedings) commenced by PBS Energo, relating to an EPC sub-contract for the construction of a biomass plant in Wales.
- Advising PTT Public Company, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, on a multimillion-dollar dispute over the failed design, supply and implementation of an integrated commodities trading risk management system.
Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein's English law practice specialises in handling contentious matters in the shipping, offshore and energy sectors, including conventional and liquefied natural gas. The team is led out of the firm's London office by Mike Stewart, who focuses on disputes arising out of energy and infrastructure projects primarily in the developing markets, particularly the Middle East. Shawn Kirby, who focuses on construction and operation of ships, rigs and offshore units, is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
- Acting for OCR in a drilling contract dispute concerning agent implicated in the ‘Operation Carwash’ bribery scandal.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's practice works with both construction professionals and insurers, handling disputes including arbitration and adjudications in the TCC. Simon Lewis acts for both public and private sector clients, while managing associate Helen Pearce is particularly active in the energy and PFI sectors. Other key members of the team include managing associates Emily Leonard and Belinda Fox.
‘Very practically minded, and thorough in terms of reviewing information provided by client and forming strategy accordingly. Focused on getting a sensible commercial result.’
‘Involving an extremely complex and detail-heavy case WBD were from the very off exemplar in their approach and dedication to delivering the appropriate result. The team they brought were quite clearly made up of mixed styles, experience and disciplines and when mixed together they gelled to provide a robust and impressively proactive attack and defence methodology.’
‘An exceptional and professional team dedicated to the needs of their client. WBD provide a different and refreshing approach to case management which provides their clients advice stepping through the adjudication process.’
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Venator P&A France SA
- Acting for AR Architecture in relation to a claim brought by Mr German Khan and his company, Apilosa Corporation. The claim related to Mr Khan’s redevelopment of his residential property at 118 Eaton Square, London. The claimants sought damages for alleged negligence by ARA in failing to manage the project, causing delays and overspend.