Firms To Watch: Construction: contentious

Druces LLP‘s construction practice was recently relaunched, with Richard Bailey joining from RWK Goodman to lead the team.
Mantle Law, a specialist law firm from the UAE focusing on arbitration and litigation in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors, launched a London office in November 2021 with the hire of Gurbinder Grewal from Dentons.

Firms in the Spotlight Construction: contentious

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, …

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CMS offers robust dispute resolution and advisory services across diverse sectors. From complex PFI disputes to energy-from-waste and biomass conflicts, the firm brings a deep understanding of clients’ commercial, technical, and regulatory landscapes to its practice. Co-heads of the team, Adrian Bell and Steven Williams, are adept in handling high-value disputes, both in the UK and internationally, with Bell focusing on the Middle East. Emma Schaafsma bolsters the team with her comprehensive expertise in dispute resolution on a global scale, and senior associate Aileen Brown‘s proficiency lies in large infrastructure and PFI projects, advising all parts of the contractual chain. The team also benefits from senior associate Jay Randhawa‘s international experience in managing and resolving complex disputes, particularly in the construction, engineering, infrastructure, and energy sectors, covering both commercial and public international law issues.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Bell; Steven Williams

Other key lawyers:

Emma Schaafsma; Mark Breslin; Robbie Leckie; Leah Horn; Sarah Grenfell; Aileen Brown; Jay Randhawa


‘CMS has the right resources for every job, the people there are bright and motivated, and there is a very good team spirit where people pull together.’

‘Adrian Bell just knows how to run a case to get the best out of the client and everyone working on the case. Mark Breslin is a steel hand in a velvet glove. The one for getting out of tight corners.’

‘Excellent heavyweight practice for both domestic and international construction disputes. Real commercial edge. Equally great at dispute avoidance as dispute resolution.’

Key clients




Laing O Rourke


National Grid



Técnicas Reunidas

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint liquidators of Three Valleys Healthcare Limited (in liquidation) in a complex dispute arising from the termination of a PFI contract relating to the Roseberry Park Hospital, a 15-block low and medium secure mental health facility in Middlesbrough.
  • Advising Dragados on a high-profile project, which is the largest marine works project underway in the UK. It was affected by delays due to matters including government restrictions in light of COVID-19.
  • Acting on dispute concerning the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. Proceedings were commenced by the NHS Trust in the TCC in December 2019 and the claim against Lendlease was eventually valued by the Trust in excess of £140 million.

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Fenwick Elliott LLP, a specialist construction and energy firm, offers extensive services that cover all phases of the construction process, including procurement strategy and dispute resolution methods such as international arbitration, mediation, and adjudication. It is adept at advising on various projects, from hospitals and high-value infrastructure to renewable energy initiatives. The firm’s influence in the energy sector has notably grown, handling an increasing number of energy-from-waste and nuclear power disputes, and advising on power plant matters both domestically and abroad. The team is headed by Tony Francis, a specialist in dispute avoidance and procurement, and Simon Tolson, a renowned expert in dispute resolution. It is also supported by Karen Gidwani, with her specialisation in offshore wind and energy-from-waste project disputes, and Nicholas Gould, who works across all aspects of construction and engineering projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tolson; Tony Francis

Other key lawyers:

Karen Gidwani; Richard Smellie; Lucinda Robinson; Nicholas Gould; Jeremy Glover; Claire King; Katherine Butler


‘They are good and diligent litigators who are commercially astute.’

‘The only firm of out-and-out construction specialists in London. Great team with in-depth knowledge of our subject matter.’

‘Strong construction focus and industry expertise.’

‘Karen Gidwani is a bright and diligent litigator who really understands the bigger picture. Lucinda Robinson is diligent and bright.’

‘Tony Francis offers strong strategic advice. Katherine Butler has excellent attention to detail.’

‘Fenwick Elliott are market leaders in construction disputes and have many talented partners and associates. They provide a very high level of service to the client, leaving no stone unturned.’

‘I have been working with Fenwick Elliott for years and they are consistently excellent. The team has a huge depth of knowledge on construction matters, coupled with a sense of litigation strategy and tactics that is second to none.’

‘Fenwick Elliott’s team has an exceptional depth and breadth of construction and complex technical cases. All the people I have worked with at Fenwick Elliott have been highly competent lawyers, with commercial nous and good relations with their clients.’

Key clients

Laing O’Rourke

McLaughlin & Harvey Limited

Webuild SpA


Work highlights

  • Appointed to Laing O’Rourke’s panel, advising on a variety of contentious construction matters.
  • Advising McLaughlin & Harvey Limited on disputes arising from projects in Scotland and England.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP is distinguished for its comprehensive cradle-to-grave service, with a significant focus on the Middle Eastern market. The firm, which regularly defends insurers and policyholders against professional negligence claims, leverages expertise in numerous sectors such as energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste management, and property. The team is led by Michael Regan, a respected authority in arbitrations involving large-scale infrastructure projects, and includes Sally Davies, noted for her proficiency in construction-related insurance issues, Kwadwo Sarkodie, lauded for his dispute resolution expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Jonathan Stone, recognised for his counsel on professional indemnity claims. The team also features James Morris, who excels in dispute resolution for South Korean and Japanese clients, and Raid Abu-Manneh, who heads the team’s international arbitration group.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Sally Davies; Jonathan Hosie; Raid Abu-Manneh; Kwadwo Sarkodie; Jonathan Stone; James Morris; Peter Darby


‘Good overall view of the team, notably Kwadwo Sarkodie.’

‘Pragmatic and quick acting.’

‘James Morris is proving an adept operator, and Peter Darby is coming up fast.’

‘Personal touch and availability of partners are notable strengths of the team.’

‘Sally Davies, James Morris and their team are fast in response, clear and precise in their analysis, and are unafraid to say what the client may not want to hear. Such objectivity is what I value when seeking advice from outside counsel.’

‘An impressive, highly professional construction practice.’

‘Michael Regan combines a razor sharp intellect with a commercial awareness in the field of construction insurance that is second to none; his relaxed and friendly approach is reflected in his colleagues, who are a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting LLC

British Land


Galliford Try

Gardiner & Theobald


Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited



Shepherd Construction


St George and The Berkeley Group companies

Tide Construction

United Living

Wates Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Standard Life and assisted it in 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.
  • Acting as external litigation counsel to United Living, advising on the defence of this high-profile proceedings against the PFI development company and its supply chain seeking damages in excess of GBP 130 million, which was successfully concluded in 2022 on confidential terms.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides advice to suppliers and purchasers involved in the delivery of major construction and infrastructure projects worldwide. From risk management during delivery to dispute avoidance and resolution, the practice oversees the full lifecycle of projects, and its diverse clientele comprises leading contractors, employers, governments, and investors. The firm’s global contentious construction team is under the leadership of Neal Morris, an authoritative figure on fire cladding disputes and a gamut of construction law issues. Helen Waddell co-heads the London practice, bringing extensive international experience in construction, infrastructure, and energy projects to the table. Kevin Joyce contributes his expertise in risk management and complex delay claims, while Jason Hambury co-leads the firm’s international arbitration practice. Additionally, Zoe de Courcy Arbiser, with dual qualifications in Hong Kong and England and Wales, specialises in building safety disputes and leads the team’s PFI/PPP project support service.

Practice head(s):

Neal Morris

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Joyce; Helen Waddell; Zoe de Courcy Arbiser; Jason Hambury; Charles Blamire-Brown; Rob Wilkins; Richard Ashmore


‘Excellent advice led by Neal Morris.’

‘Having worked successfully with Neal Morris on a number of cases, we have gelled as a team on legal commercial matters.’

‘I have yet to encounter a less than excellent lawyer in the team after almost 25 years using the contentious construction team at Pinsent Masons.’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty Group

Morgan Sindall Group

Kier Group

McLaren Construction Group SA

Laing O’Rourke

Mulalley Construction Limited

Mace Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented multinational company Veolia Energy in the landmark PFI case in the TCC, Sheffield NHS Trust V Hadfield (2023).
  • Representing Meta Energia in relation to a £250m dispute crisis at of contracts for the construction and operation of an open-cycle gas turbine energy plants in Europe.
  • Advised Laing O’Rourke in relation to TCC proceedings brought by the developer and owner of the prestigious one Hyde Park development in Knightsbridge, London.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP is renowned for its repeat instructions on high-value and complex infrastructure projects, including substantial involvement in global mega-projects. The firm’s geographical reach is broad, handling cases in diverse regions such as the Americas, UK, the Middle East, and East Asia. It operates across a variety of sectors, including renewables, transportation infrastructure, petrochemicals, and data centres. Led by Roberta Downey, a recognised leader in bet-the-company proceedings, the practice includes Nick Henchie, specialising in international arbitration and dispute resolution for construction and engineering disputes. The team is further strengthened by Angus Rankin, who brings extensive experience in advising on major disputes globally, particularly in power projects, Scott Stiegler, who focuses on complex, multi-jurisdictional projects, and senior associate Jarrod Gutsa, who is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Downey

Other key lawyers:

Nick Henchie; Angus Rankin; Scott Stiegler; Jarrod Gutsa; Ben Grunberger-Kirsh; Sarah Stockley


‘First-rate international major projects practice.’

‘Roberta Downey is a force of nature. The person you want on your side. Jarrod Gutsa is an associate to watch.’

‘Angus Rankin has a very client-focused approach to legal practice. He is approachable and an expert in his field, with a practical understanding of complex legal issues.’

‘Strong team ethos and knowledge sharing. Positive role models at the partner level.’

‘Vinson & Elkins are seen in the market as the cavalry – they are the team that clients call on their most important and/or urgent matters. In many ways they are in a category of their own in terms of niche construction practices doing international work across all sectors within the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors.’

‘Nick Henchie and Roberta Downey need no introduction – they are on top of the strategy, and they are the leaders you need to command and coordinate an army of barristers, lawyers, expert witnesses and the client’s fact witnesses. They are unbelievably committed to client service, and some of their relationships have spanned decades.’

‘Angus Rankin is first-class, a steady hand, great under pressure, and a ‘go-to genius’. Jarrod Gutsa has a brain the size of the universe, and amazing soft skills to boot.’

‘Different from other international law firms, visions of all team members including associates seem to be very clear and solid.’

Key clients

Panama Canal Authority

The Fluor Group


Wren Insurance

Hitachi Energy

Work highlights

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has gained a reputation for its integration of practical construction industry knowledge with rigorous legal expertise. The firm is proficient in advising on international arbitrations globally, and litigation at all court levels. It has a diverse portfolio, handling construction disputes that include defects, delays, non-performance, payment, and regulatory issues, among others. With a presence in over 90 countries, the firm extends its reach to sectors such as transport infrastructure, renewables, petrochemicals, and commercial property. Leading the team is Ellis Baker, an expert in all facets of construction and engineering project delivery. Among the key members are David Robertson, a specialist in oil and gas, power, and infrastructure projects, particularly in Asia, as well as Karim Mariey, who has a focus on resolving complex construction disputes arising from projects in the Middle East and North Africa. Daniel Garton left for A&O Shearman in September 2023, and shortly after, Phillip Capper left too.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Baker

Other key lawyers:

David Robertson; Karim Mariey


‘The team is very willing and able to understand complex technical issues, explain legal issues to laymen and plan how to tackle those issues in a pragmatic way.’

‘David Robertson has an excellent understanding of the work being carried out and an in-depth knowledge of construction law. He listens to the opinions of clients well and gives good advice.’

Key clients


Sacyr S.A.

Jan De Nul N.V.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A. and its shareholders WeBuild, Sacyr S.A., and Jan De Nul N.V. in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its capabilities in handling high-risk, large-scale projects. The firm has earned a reputation for its expertise in PFI disputes practice and its involvement in significant international arbitration cases. The team is led by Jonathan Tattersall, a highly experienced practitioner in international arbitration, renowned for providing strategic advice on global infrastructure and power projects. Julia Court brings her expertise in leading major projects and resolving disputes, both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on sectors such as transport, energy, and renewables. James Shackleton contributes his extensive experience in dispute avoidance and resolution, especially in the transport and marine industries. The team is further strengthened by the November 2022 addition of specialist disputes lawyer Clarissa Smith from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, who brings valuable experience in advising large residential developers on matters related to defects and other claims.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:

Julia Court; James Shackleton; Clarissa Smith; Deepa Khandia; Maren Strandevold; Emily Walters; Rob Easton


‘Addleshaw Goddard has a fantastic contentious construction practice, including adjudication, arbitration and litigation. They really understand their clients’ needs and are able to provide clear strategic and commercially astute advice.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is an outstanding partner.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard’s team is very competent and is able to overcome obstacles to solve problems. The team are efficient communicators and are very pleasant to work with.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is competent in all his arguments and is always available. He combines his strengths as a manager with those of his team, which creates maximum efficiency in the team. He is able to solve problems in terms of legal and commercial issues.’

Key clients

Kajima Construction Europe (UK) Limited

Kajima Europe Limited

Beltane Asset Management

Angelo Gordon

Cadogan Estates

UPP Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kajima, who is 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‘s portfolio includes high-value global infrastructure projects, large real estate developments, and transport-related matters. The firm also extends its services to distressed projects and energy-from-waste initiatives. Tom Duncan, an expert in infrastructure, renewables, real estate, and rail sector disputes, leads the team, while Madeleine Pope frequently represents major contractors, focusing on delay, disruption, and termination claims across multiple sectors, with expertise in PFI/PPP projects. In addition, Dyfan Owen provides advice on high-value construction disputes in the UK, Middle East, and globally, particularly in the engineering, energy, and infrastructure sectors. Simon Bromwich adds to the team’s strength with his specialisation in the resources and infrastructure sector, focusing on construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tom Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Madeleine Pope, Dyfan Owen, Simon Bromwich; Joseph Harrington, Stefan Jammes; Harsh Hari Haran


‘The practice gives sensible, commercially astute advice within the legal context, which is useful to a business.’

‘Dyfan Owen is very personable, is a keen strategist, and has a great knowledge of the applicable legal concepts.’

‘Madeleine Pope is a pleasure to work with and very responsive and understands the wider commercial implications.’

Key clients



SNC Lavlin

Associate British Ports

Balfour Beatty

British Land



H&M Hennes


Invesco Ltd.




The administrators of Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Limited (RRS)

Worcestershire County Council (WCC)

Work highlights

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie delivers support to clients throughout the project life cycle, and is notable for its proactive involvement in the structuring, procurement, and negotiation of construction projects. The firm provides comprehensive assistance in financing, refinancing, and forward sale and purchase of development real estate assets. Beyond this, it also offers invaluable expertise in effective contract management and the resolution of disputes arising from the construction process. The practice boasts two primary areas of focus: complex heavy engineering and process plant projects, and the development of high-profile commercial, residential, and industrial buildings, both in the UK and internationally. The team is under the leadership of Steve Abraham, an expert arbitrator whose practice concentrates on the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors. Kate Corby, a specialist in construction and engineering disputes, adds value by advising clients on project and contract management and providing strategies for dispute avoidance.

Practice head(s):

Steve Abraham

Other key lawyers:

Kate Corby; Oliver Poynton


‘Baker McKenzie offers a first class service with exceptionally impressive lawyers at all levels of seniority and huge experience of some of the biggest and most complex construction cases in the UK and around the world.’

‘Kate Corby – hugely impressive, extremely bright and on-the-ball, and has a deep understanding of the client’s needs and what really matters in the case. She is simply brilliant. Oliver Poynton is destined to be a star of the future.’

Key clients



Edwardian Group


Global Ports Holding Plc

Korea Electric Power Corporation KEPCO

PepsiCo International Limited

Bank Hapoalim

CLDN Cobelfret: (Cobelfret NV)

Anaklia Development Consortium

Amut S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Anaklia Development Consortium LLC (ADC) on 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.
  • Acting for for Norland Suzor and his investment company, SBEC, in their ICSID claim against the State of Senegal under the Mauritius – Senegal Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and the Senegal Investment Code (2004).
  • Issued proceedings in the Technology & Construction Court in late November 2021 for a large UK newspaper publisher, in respect of a dispute related to a substantial settlement and subsidence that has occurred at our client’s purpose-built printing facility in southern England.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s construction team, which advises clients across the complete lifecycle of a construction project, has expertise ranging from planning and finance to construction and long-term operation. The firm’s proficiency extends across a range of sectors, including social, energy, transport, and commercial development projects. Led by John Morris, known for his extensive experience in negotiating and drafting building and engineering contracts, the team serves an array of industry players such as developers, contractors, and insurers. Victoria Peckett, a recent addition from CMS, brings with her considerable experience in dispute resolution. Christopher Leadbetter specialises in contentious matters on both domestic and international projects, legal director Nathaniel Horrocks-Burns is an accomplished projects and construction specialist with a particular focus on international arbitration and complex construction, and legal director Richard Kniveton primarily advises on contracts and procurement issues in multi-use developments and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

John Morris

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Peckett; Christopher Leadbetter; Will Cooper; Nathaniel Horrocks-Burns; Richard Kniveton


‘We have worked with Clyde & Co for over a decade and love their calm clear constructive approach.’

‘We work with John Morris and his team, particularly Richard Kniveton. They have a great knowledge of our sector and the issues inherent in the provision of our service. Their advice is always practical and constructive.’

Key clients

Grainger Residential Limited

Connected London Living

Seaway 7

Wates Construction Limited


Work highlights

  • Assisting Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, with its construction contracts for the development of its first BtR scheme in Exeter delivering 230 homes.
  • Advising CLL, a joint venture between Grainger and TfL, with its construction contracts for the development of 460 homes in Southall London (as well as 3 other sites in London providing a further 500 homes)
  • Advising on the design and construction of an Electric Vehicle battery Gigafactory as part of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper continues to make its mark in the field of construction for major infrastructure projects, serving clients both domestically and internationally. The firm offers comprehensive services across UK and international disputes, PPP/PFI disputes, and project advisory work, with a particular emphasis on sectors such as heavy industry, process plants, infrastructure, and energy. Led by Paul Giles out of Manchester, the team is powered by experts such as Caroline Pope, whose vast experience in litigation and mediation strengthens the firm’s project advisory work. Edward Shaw’s expertise in litigation and international arbitration, particularly with Chinese and Korean clients, provides a valuable global perspective. Anna Mills’ concentration on renewables and her significant experience in the Nordics bolsters the team’s diverse capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Paul Giles

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Pope; Edward Shaw; Anna Mills; Alison Fagan; Mark Briggs


‘Deep sector expertise perfectly aligned with exceptional legal skills. The result is practical and pragmatic advice.’

‘Stand-out people include Caroline Pope and Paul Giles.’

‘Very strong team members at the associate and senior associate level.’

‘Anna Mills – excellent, first-rate operator. Edward Shaw – proactive and effective. Mark Briggs – a very refined and careful thinker.’

‘Anna Mills is an excellent leader and role model – calm and clever.’

‘The DLA Piper team are considered and balanced advisors to construction clients, with a breadth and depth of expertise that allows them to give straightforward and honest advice to clients with realistic views on outcomes. They use technology appropriately and collaborate well with experts to find innovative and appropriate solutions to challenging demands.’

‘Caroline Pope is undoubtedly a leader in this field, and gives credible, straight-talking advice from her extensive experiences.’

‘Anna Mills is fantastic – hugely bright, unbelievably hard-working and completely dedicated to her clients – a superb lawyer and a terrific solicitor, and a delight to work with. Ed Shaw is very bright, very commercially aware, a great strategist and fantastic with clients.’

Key clients

ABB Construction


Affinity water

Agility Trains

Amber Infrastructure Group;


Bachy Solotanche

BAM Construction Limited

BAM Nuttall

BMM JV Limited

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Brunel University London

CA Ventures

Campus Living Villages UK Ltd

Catalyst Healthcare Limited

CBRE Limited

Clyde Wind Farm Limited

Consort Healthcare PLC

Croda Europe Limited

Crouch End (FEC) Limited

Daewoo Engineering & Construction

Dalmore Capital

DPR Construction

Eco World

Elounda LLP

Erith Contractors Limited


Global Student Accommodation



Hitachi Rail Ltd

Infrared Capital Partners

Kier Construction Ltd

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mace Developments Limited

Merlin Group

NPH Healthcare Limited


PGP Consortium Limited

Royal SMIT Transformers B.V

Quintain Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company


Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd

Sellafield Limited

Severfield UK Limited

Skanska AB

Orchard Street Investment Management

State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

XYZ Rail Limited

The Alumasc Group plc

Orion Capital Managers

Watkin Jones Group Limited

Work highlights


Fieldfisher offers wide-ranging expertise in UK infrastructure disputes and African infrastructure projects. With extensive experience in major PFI projects, especially in the health and education sector, the practice also handles energy-from-waste projects and building safety matters. Head of the team, Dan Preston, specialises in both contentious and transactional work in the construction and infrastructure sectors. David Thorne is skilled in representing clients in major TCC litigation, adjudications, and mediations, primarily focusing on dispute resolution for suppliers and purchasers. Director Samantha Thompson brings her expertise in TCC litigation, while senior associate Sarah Shafiq regularly handles adjudications, with a particular interest in energy and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:

David Thorne; Jamie Key; Samantha Thompson; Sarah Shafiq; Christina Cheriyan


‘Dan Preston is the king of construction. David Thorne and Jamie Key are the princes of construction, while Samantha Thompson and Christina Cheriyan are the princesses of construction. Dan’s leadership has produced exceptional lawyers. They’re inspired and inspiring.’

‘Dan Preston and his team are the most responsive construction team on the planet. Completely engaged and engaging. Uber knowledgeable and a tight friendship group too.’

‘Dan Preston’s leadership has produced exceptional lawyers. They’re inspired and inspiring.’

‘The most responsive and practical law firm I’ve dealt with, from the most junior to the head of the team. First class.’

Key clients

Altrad Babcock


Baker Hicks

City Developments Ltd

City of London


Curo Construction

Freehold Managers

HS2 Limited



JJ Rhatigan


M Group

McLaren Construction

Morgan Sindall Group

Muse Developments

Rocket Properties

Shepard Building Group

Sir Robert McAlpine


VolkerWessels Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sir Robert McAlpine on the issues arising from the design and construction of multiple stages at Pinewood Studios.
  • Acting for Rocket Properties in the resolution of fire safety defects at the City Road Travelodge Hotel.
  • Successfully resolving the Hapimaig litigation for Tilbury Douglas.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides clients with advice on disputes arising from substantial construction projects, both in the UK and internationally. With James Doe and David Nitek co-heading the team, the firm leverages an array of dispute resolution tools such as litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation. Doe brings to the table a global practice focused on major infrastructure, construction, and engineering projects, with a specialism in complex civil and process engineering projects such as power plants and oil and gas ventures. Nitek is known for his extensive experience in various forms of dispute resolution, serving high-profile employers and contractors, especially those involved in major infrastructure projects across the UK and the Middle East. The team is further strengthened by senior associates Xavier Milne and Mathew Shelley, as well as associate Lucinda King, all showcasing proficiency across diverse issues on construction projects and sectors including infrastructure, energy, water treatment, and major building upgrades.

Practice head(s):

James Doe; David Nitek

Other key lawyers:

Xavier Milne; Mathew Shelley; Lucinda King


‘Outstanding combination of industry knowledge, sound technical understanding, and excellent commercial sense.’

‘David Nitek, Xavier Milne and Lucinda King are all outstanding. A tight-knit, highly efficient, and knowledgeable team providing a first-class litigation service.’

‘David Nitek is excellent – great with clients, incisive and decisive.’

‘The team are dedicated, hard-working and bright. They are one of the best I have worked with, providing the highest level of service in a professional but friendly atmosphere. It is really, very impressive.’

‘Xavier Milne is a standout senior associate, a partner in all but name. On top of all of the detail, responsive, but also very easy to work with. He is very ably assisted by Lucinda King, who is an impressive associate with an impressive work rate and attention to detail. The team is headed by James Doe, the partner. His experience and depth of knowledge provide valuable insight and an overall steer in the right direction.’

‘The team literally has the mastery in this practice. The team understands the right move, right response, and right choice in each and every moment throughout the dispute resolution process. I could sleep at night not worrying about what to do and just relying on the team’s judgment and action. The team also has a profound understanding of the industry as well.’

‘I worked with the team of James Doe, Xavier Milne, and Lucinda King, which is a perfect combination of the savvy, the smart, and the diligent. This team and the individuals can offer everything that a client would need to deal with a construction dispute.’

Work highlights


HFW’s construction group specialises in infrastructure projects, including distinctive expertise in renewable energy projects, notably offshore wind. The firm’s portfolio extends to international projects in the transport and energy sectors, with a focus on the Middle East and international arbitration. Spearheading the global construction team, Michael Sergeant’s practice primarily revolves around international arbitration, particularly within Middle Eastern countries. Max Wieliczko, leading the London construction department, concentrates on project support and dispute resolution, bringing vast experience in complex international engineering and infrastructure projects, including ports, railways, roads, tunnelling, decommissioning, and diverse energy projects. Richard Booth, noted for his knowledge in drafting construction contracts and dispute resolution, is an expert in infrastructure and offshore wind ventures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Sergeant; Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:

Richard Booth


‘The HFW team are well versed in large, complex construction disputes. They understand the nuances around delay, quantum and technical matters and provide clients with clear legal and commercial advice.’

‘As a team, they are very responsive to requests for information and help direct the expert witness team to what’s important.’

‘The team is very equilibrated, works together well and is always available when needed, including for emergencies under short notice. What distinguishes this law firm is its unique understanding of the business needs of the client. More importantly, the team concentrates on providing the solutions instead of evidencing only the risks without giving the way out.’

‘Michael Sergeant and team are a pleasure to work with. They are continuously available and manage to create a comfortable and positive work environment even when dealing with complicated matters.’

‘Michael Sergeant has an extraordinary capacity to understand various internal decisions, needs, and changes, and adapts his work immediately to the changed circumstances. He always manages to get to the point in a very short time, and provide the support that is actually required and needed.’

‘A fabulously closely-knit team. Led dynamically by Max Wieliczko, there is a strong team at all levels. Their knowledge of the industry, law, and the ability to see the big picture is really impressive.’

‘Richard Booth, without any doubt whatsoever, was a differential key factor for our case.’

‘Max Wieliczko has unparalleled knowledge of the construction industry. His knowledge of fine detail is incredible, particularly as the partner of a large department. So good at seeing the big picture.’

Key clients

VolkerWessels Group

MW High Tech Projects UK Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited


JRL Group (Reddington)

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Barhale Limited

Hochtief Solutions AG

Belectric Gulf Limited

Robert Bird Group

Kuwait Oil Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international joint venture contractor on a £700m ICC arbitration in relation to 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 totalling £400m arising under three separate energy from waste projects in different parts of the UK.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP lends its extensive expertise to a diverse range of global clients within sectors like power, energy, transport, process plant, real estate development, and infrastructure. Rupert Sydenham, who spearheads the team, is well-versed in formal and informal dispute resolution proceedings and has solid knowledge in procurement disputes. The team has been recently strengthened by the addition of Emerson Holmes, who joined from King & Spalding LLP’s Singapore office in November 2022. Holmes brings to the team in-depth technical and procedural understanding of construction and engineering international arbitration. Meanwhile, Tom Smith is proficient in advising on projects that span the full spectrum of construction and engineering matters, including nuclear, conventional and renewable power, and aerospace and defence.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Sydenham

Other key lawyers:

Emerson Holmes; Tom Smith


‘Their construction disputes team are amongst the best in EMEA and APAC. They have considerable experience in complex, large-scale disputes.’

‘Emerson Holmes quickly grasps technical issues and is able to suggest practical solutions. His focus is always on helping clients resolve their problems as effectively and efficiently as possible.’

‘Excellent legal advice delivered with keen commercial awareness.’

‘Emerson Holmes has in-depth experience of heavy construction disputes; and, in the context of such disputes, he brings with him a unique combination of sophistication and unflagging endeavour.’

‘Excellent team and great to work with. Very client-focused and provide clear instructions to experts.’

‘Excellent partners, particularly Rupert Sydenham, Tom Smith, and Emerson Holmes.’

‘The addition of Emerson Holmes to the team in London represents a significant enhancement to the team.’

‘They are at the top of their game in this arena, and I would regard them as a go-to firm.’

Work highlights

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has significantly bolstered its credentials in the field of construction law with its recent acquisition of Corbett & Co, a boutique firm specialising in international construction disputes. This move enhances the firm’s original focus on domestic issues, where it represents a range of clients including developers, contractors, and real estate investment funds. Heading the international team is Edward Corbett, renowned for his expertise in FIDIC contract disputes. The domestic team, led by James Stewart, undertakes mediation, adjudication, and arbitration arising out of delays, defects, insolvency, and other issues. Victoria Tyson and Joanne Clarke bring their proficiency in handling large and complex international construction and engineering disputes and arbitration, both possessing deep knowledge of FIDIC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Edward Corbett; James Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Tyson; Joanne Clarke; Taner Dedezade


‘The team has a good practice and provides a well-rounded offering to clients.’

‘We feel assured that the confidence we had in the team at Corbett & Co would be further strengthened with the integration and the diverse team Howard Kennedy has.’

Key clients

Ethiopian Roads Authority

Lateral AM Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Ballymore Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lateral AM Limited, seeking payment from the Defendant, Devonshire Commercial Property Limited, for GBP 10m plus VAT for services performed for the development, management, and sale of a property in Oxford.
  • Acting for the Ethiopian Roads Authority in two separate complex ICC arbitrations against a foreign contractor working in Ethiopia under a FIDIC contract.
  • Acting for BDW Trading Limited, the UK’s biggest housebuilder in relation to its customer focused response to historic building defects.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP specialises in handling complex domestic and international disputes, with significant emphasis on the energy and infrastructure sectors. The department’s expertise spans the key areas of construction, tackling problems such as involving disruption, cost overruns, defects, warranties and performance guarantees. The practice helmed by Shareena Edmonds and Vincent Rowan. Edmonds concentrates on international arbitration and the resolution of disputes stemming from major international energy and infrastructure projects, particularly oil, gas, power, offshore and shipbuilding projects, while Rowan focuses on the management and resolution of complex construction and engineering disputes. Andrea Stauber primarily deals with complex international commercial disputes, especially those in the construction, engineering, infrastructure, and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Shareena Edmonds; Vincent Rowan

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Stauber; Martina Antosova; Hugo Shaw


‘Strategical outside the box thinking to help resolve disputes and find practical solutions for legal problems.’

‘Andrea Stauber is detail oriented and is able to take this broad knowledge and apply it properly to each case.’

‘The King & Spalding construction partners are truly leaders in the industry. They have a remarkable ability to eloquently establish their position on the largest, most complex, and international construction projects. The combination of their effective legal arguments and deep understanding of the technical issues makes them stand out.’

‘Shareena Edmonds is simply the best construction lawyer of her generation.’

‘From the most junior members to the most senior partners, all of them are knowledgeable and efficient. King & Spalding team is diversified in many perspectives. Its members complement each other, collaborate perfectly, and provide an excellent product.’

‘Shareena Edmonds is outstanding. Shareena orchestrates her client’s case to perfection, and she has an impressive ability to master the detail and deliver clear and concise advice. Andrea Stauber is remarkable. Andrea has the ability to deal with complex matters and is a pleasure to work with. Martina Antosova is exceptional.’

‘Vincent Rowan has an extensive knowledge of construction practice and, maybe more importantly, he does not avoid devoting his time and energy to understand what the details and true reason of dispute and what the clients want to have.’

‘Vincent Rowan becomes an in-house teammate while working together on the issues. With his experience, and focused inquiries, he makes the efforts most efficient and establishes the strategy very carefully without losing any legal advantage.’

Key clients

Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A.

OMV (Tunesien) Production GmbH

Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private Limited

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Emirates International Investment Company LLC

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd

Work highlights

Beale & Co

As a specialist international construction firm, Beale & Co delivers a full range of services to its clients across more than 50 countries. The firm adeptly handles complex international arbitration proceedings, construction litigation, and advisory work relating to contracts and projects. Co-heading the team are Sheena Sood and Anthony Smith, whose diverse range of clients includes contractors, engineers, architects, health and safety professionals, and surveyors. Smith is also distinguished for his work on large-scale and high-value disputes and his knowledge of health and safety responsibilities on-site. Michael Salau is notable for his environmental and construction expertise, while Nathan Modell is well-versed in all manner of construction claims.

Practice head(s):

Sheena Sood; Antony Smith

Other key lawyers:

Michael Salau; Nathan Modell; Peter Sewell; Keith Lonsdale; James Vernon; Ian Masser


‘Excellent team – the partners are very prominent and hands-on.’

‘The high volume of experienced practitioners means a consistently high level of service.’

‘Nathan Modell understands a client’s concerns and objectives, but never loses objectivity.’

‘I find this practice to be very responsive to queries I raise in connection with a case. In my dealings with them, they always seem to be on hand to take a call and I have found them to provide good and effective advice.’

‘They are quick to deal with issues and are very approachable.’

‘Innovative team with expert skills in their field. Always available at the highest level. Quick to respond and act in their clients’ interests. Excellent strategic approach to legal problems.’

‘Professional, well-informed and friendly. Always available. Always willing to take the time to explain legal principles. Excellent communicators. Antony Smith is a standout.’

‘James Vernon is personable, down to earth, part of the team and commercial, on top of being a very capable lawyer.’

Key clients

Arup Group Limited

Mace Group

Broadway Malyan


Tetra Tech

Association for Consultancy and Engineering

BHM Construction


BAM Nuttall


Work highlights

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP operates across a range of areas including nuclear technologies, transport, defence, and renewable energy. Leading the firm’s construction practice is Steven James, who focuses on non-contentious construction matters. Richard Adams heads the contentious practice, providing insights into disputes within the built environment, infrastructure, and energy and utilities sectors, while Jessica Evans contributes her experience in handling complex construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Richard Adams; Jessica Evans; Tom Weld; Karen Paley


‘The Burges Salmon team are excellent. They know their stuff and are assiduous in working to achieve client objectives.’

‘I have worked closely with Jessica Evans, who is excellent.’

‘Burges Salmon stands out as construction lawyers who have a growing practice due to the calibre of their team. They benefit from a very knowledgeable, highly talented and dedicated senior management team, who lead by example, all of whom are supported by experienced and particularly well-informed senior associates, associates and solicitors.’

‘Richard Adams is a heavy hitter who is very highly respected inside the firm and externally. He has a great understanding of the construction industry, and is extremely professional, experienced, knowledgeable and very personable. Director Tom Weld is a very accomplished lawyer who interacts well with clients.’

‘Very personable team and good to work with. Very friendly and responsive. Put the client’s needs first. Work well with external experts.’

‘Both Richard Adams and senior associate Karen Paley are good to work with. Very personable and responsive to the client’s requirements.’

‘Steven James – very calm and knowledgeable. Richard Adams – very personable and approachable, but also shrewd and technically strong’

‘Jessica Evans is approachable, responsive to questions even if raised on an ad-hoc basis and gives good, pragmatic advice.’

Work highlights

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides a comprehensive range of services for large-scale construction and engineering projects, including procurement, transactional, project advisory services, and disputes advice, both in the UK and internationally. The team is led by Steven Carey, who offers dispute resolution advice to a wide range of stakeholders, from employers to suppliers. Fiona Edmond offers specialised advice to central London commercial developers on a multitude of construction projects and property transactions. Rupa Lakha focuses on dispute avoidance and resolution, and acts for those at all stages of the supply chain. Michael O’Connor’s expertise spans a diverse range of contentious matters, and he is at the forefront of handling fire-safety-related issues arising from the Building Safety Act.

Practice head(s):

Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Edmond; Kevin Forsyth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O’Connor; Christopher Hadnutt


‘The firm is big enough to have people with good knowledge in a lot of areas and use their team to good effect, while maintaining personal contact.’

‘The staff are open and friendly. They listen and take notice of what is said but are not afraid to push back at the client where they think it is right to do so.’

‘Kevin Forsyth, through high understanding of the issues at hand, brought comfort to senior management with clear education and a willingness to listen.’

‘Their knowledge of construction law is excellent.’

‘They always respond promptly, quickly understand our products and applications and sort through large amounts of historic project detail. Discussion and explanation of potential strategies are also very useful.’

‘The have in-depth knowledge of construction law. The experience of the team is very broad and this is extremely useful in resolving disputes.’

‘Steven Carey is exceptionally knowledgeable in construction law and able to give commercially sound advice based on the breath of his knowledge and experience. Christopher Hadnutt, likewise, is quick on his feet and able to assimilate large complicated issues in a very short amount of time. His advice and solutions are pragmatic and cost-saving to the client.’


Key clients

Atkins Limited

United Living Group

London Array Wind Farm

Dover Harbour Board

Permasteelisa (UK) Limited

Higgins Partnerships 1961 PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Atkins Limited on a multi-party High Court litigation case relating to the construction of the £150M (450,000ft2) Milburngate mixed use scheme in Durham.
  • Represented Hapimag Management UK in High Court proceedings against Tilbury Douglas Construction and Euler Hermes SA.
  • Represented United Living (South) Ltd in High Court proceedings against Hawkins Brown Ltd, Stanmore Contractors Ltd and NHBC Building Control Services.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP showcases proficiency in infrastructure, real estate, energy, and transport sectors, with strong capabilities in international arbitration in regions such as the UK, Middle East, France, and the US. Jonathan Douglas, who leads the UK practice, predominantly acts for purchasers, while Simon Oats, head of the global team, specialises in high-value procurement projects and dispute resolution. Jessica Neuberger, with her vast experience in construction and engineering disputes, increasingly focuses on the energy and renewables sectors as well as PFI work. Nick Pinder centres his work around international disputes, particularly in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Neuberger; Nick Pinder; Richard Black; Kiren Dillon; Alice Maloney


‘I was consistently grateful that Jonathan Douglas was on our side and that we were not up against someone represented by him. He is an extremely capable lawyer, but what really stood out was his commercial acumen and ability to strategise with us.’

‘I worked closely with Jonathan Douglas and Kiren Dillon for an extended period and can’t speak highly enough about their client service and tactical approaches. They were both continuously all over the detail and made themselves available for many late-night and weekend negotiations.’

‘They have an excellent focus on dialogue and feedback and are always keen to hear from us on the relationship. For example, the fee updates are exemplary and assist me in my internal communications with both management and control – when done right, this adds significant value to the engagement, and it surprises me how few firms make the right effort.’

‘They have made it their business to understand our business, and what drives us. The principal associates are Richard Black and Alice Maloney, who are outstanding – Richard has an excellent view of any situation and Alice’s grasp of delay is second to none. It was a pleasure to see her simply baffle the other side in a recent senior management meeting.’

‘They have a very loyal team and there is a lot of depth of experience in some of the associates when it comes to energy disputes. When you have a major dispute you need a big team prepared to roll up their sleeves to do battle and the Eversheds team are great to work with.’

‘Nick Pinder is at the top of his game when it comes to strategy, and his desire to get into the technicalities behind the engineering is unparalleled. I think this makes him stand out, and he has a brilliant team around him, which is of course essential when it comes to big, complex disputes.’

Key clients

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

St Modwen Properties Limited

Jean Francois Clin

Energetický aprůmyslový holding (EPH)


Thames Water Utilities Limited

Brockton Capital

Next Energy Capital


Work highlights

  • Acted for the parent company/guarantor of St Modwen Properties in a dispute concerning alleged defects and related damage to a distribution centre, which was the subject of a multi-party litigation in the Technology and Construction division of the High Court.
  • Acting for Jean Francois Clin in an ongoing dispute with Walter Lilly & Co Ltd in connection with construction works at Mr Clin’s ultra-prime residential property at 50 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington.
  • Representing EPL in High Court Part 8 proceedings commenced by Langage Energy Park Limited (“LEPL”) in relation to the supply of services from a power plant to a neighbouring business/industrial park.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG acts for developers, contractors and institutional clients across various sectors, with particular expertise in PFI hand back, building safety, and international energy projects. The contentious practice is co-led by Gordon Bell, Sue Ryan, and Mike Stewart. Bell, a specialist in international arbitration, concentrates on the construction and energy sectors, advising owners, contractors, and engineers. Ryan lends her expertise in complex, technical construction, and engineering disputes, with experience in building and fire safety disputes. Meanwhile, Stewart offers insight into complex, high-value disputes from major construction and infrastructure projects, particularly in the Middle East. Legal director Mary Lindsay joined the team in late 2023 from Wikborg Rein.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Bell; Sue Ryan; Mike Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Helen Arthur; Patrick Fox; Mary Lindsay

Key clients

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

iQ Student Accommodation

Empiric Student Property PLC

Telford Homes Limited

Tilia Homes Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Swan Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Telford Homes in relation to claims being brought by 257 tenants of the Avantgarde Building in relation to building safety.
  • 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 (on which we led the cladding/defects due diligence) to advise on and undertake legal recovery on 10 of the assets in its portfolio which have cladding and fire safety defects.

Jones Day

Jones Day handles both transactional and contentious construction matters for a diverse range of domestic and international clients. Leading the team is James Pickavance, an international construction arbitration specialist who represents a variety of stakeholders in sectors such as energy, power, infrastructure, and commercial development. The firm’s strength is further bolstered by new hire Julian Bailey, who brings significant experience advising on international construction and infrastructure projects spanning multiple industries. Annabel Treadgold focuses on multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly in construction and fraud matters.

Practice head(s):

James Pickavance

Other key lawyers:

Julian Bailey; Annabel Treadgold; John Crowley


‘Jones Day has gone from strength-to-strength to position itself as one of the leading firms in contentious construction practice by developing home-grown talent and making excellent lateral hires, most recently the brilliant Julian Bailey. They are now one of the leading firms in this area.’

‘James Pickavance is extremely knowledgeable about construction law, very hard-working, tactically astute, and has a real understanding of the client’s needs.

‘John Crowley is a rising star in this area – extremely hard-working, dedicated, and has an in-depth understanding of the technical issues in this highly complex field.

‘Julian Bailey is a brilliant lawyer, extremely impressive, and a real coup for Jones Day.’

‘The team has a very strong practice. The partners work just as hard as the associates, which means that the partners are into the detail of their cases. They have very deep relationships with their clients. The quality of its construction lawyers is excellent, it seems to be taking leaps forward, and is fast becoming a top tier team in London.’

‘James Pickavance is a standout partner and a truly brilliant lawyer in his field. The combination of the passion for his cases, his confident navigation of complex legal issues, and his strategic mastery are unrivalled. He takes his work seriously, but at the same time he builds a hugely motivating environment for the whole team.’

‘Annabel Treadgold is an excellent partner. She dealt with a factually and legally difficult case with seemingly no trouble, and her organisation on that file was most impressive. She is highly regarded by the whole team.’

‘Excellent communication and very prompt response.’

Work highlights

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP excels in resolving complex disputes related to major projects both in the UK and internationally, leveraging varied resolution procedures like adjudications, international arbitrations, mediations, and expert determinations. The firm is proficient in advising on UK infrastructure projects and real estate developments, along with a growing international practice spanning the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The team is led by Matthew Smith, whose expertise is advising on UK and international transport, energy, and infrastructure disputes, and Kevin Greene, who acts for institutional investors, developers, owners, funders and contractors. Jeremy Farr stands out with his focus on offshore energy and EPC, while Clare Kempkens offers her expertise as an experienced offshore construction lawyer. Matthew Walker’s practice extends to the Middle East, working from both the London and Doha offices.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Farr; Matthew Walker; Clare Kempkens


‘K&L Gates provide a premium service with genuine sector expertise and international reach.’

‘Matthew Smith is a genuine construction law expert in both the international and UK domestic markets. He is also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team consists of bright, attentive lawyers who are led by seasoned, experienced practitioners. They quickly get to the nub of the issues involved, which enables them to give timely, sound, practical, commercial advice. They understand the various dispute resolution and give clients excellent advice to navigate them. The team is responsive and a delight to work with.’

‘Matthew Smith has a vast amount of experience and gives considered, informed and pragmatic advice. He understands the industries he works in and is a commercial lawyer with a great eye for detail who gets to the core of a dispute quickly. Matthew leads his team with aplomb and is a great communicator and tactician who always has an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘Matthew Walker is a first-rate, knowledgeable construction lawyer. He has excellent client management and communication skills. Matthew has considerable experience in the Middle East, he understands the laws and culture. He thrives on understanding and unpicking the factual matrix, so he can put the best case possible forward.’

‘Excellent client communication and prodigiously hard-working team. Good “hands on” partner involvement.’

‘Matt Smith is a powerhouse on construction disputes. Compared to other firms, I think the team’s strongest point is how efficient they are.’

‘The team was professional, skilled and experienced.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

Halcrow Ltd

Augusta Ventures

General Electric


Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London

London Underground Limited

LUL Nominee SSL Ltd

LUL Nominee BCV Ltd

Rail for London

Crossrail Limited

Qatar Rail

Laing O’Rourke Group


Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A

Angola LNG

Crown Commercial Services



GE Grid Solutions

GE Renewables

Ferrovial Construction UK

Breakshore Limited

Far East Façades (UK) Limited

Westinghouse Electric Company


Work highlights

  • Advising Westinghouse on its AP1000 nuclear projects across Europe.
  • Advised Breakshore, a developer, in relation to disputes with its contractor in relation to a residential development project in Kent.
  • Representing FEFUK in two proceedings issued urgently out of the High Court’s Technology and Construction Court and Insolvency and Companies List.


Kennedys handles domestic, international and cross-border instructions, catering to a wide range of construction-sector clients. The department is involved in disputes concerning modular builds and off-site manufactured units globally, with a growing presence in renewable energy projects claims. Iain Corbett specialises in major worldwide infrastructure projects and leads the practice with Amanda Hanmore. Louis Foscolo offers his vast experience in construction, engineering, property, and energy-related claims, serving an array of clients including insurers, property owners, contractors and developers. Tom Stapleton’s forte lies in advising insurers on complex claims, specifically in property, energy and power generation, as well as professional indemnity for construction professionals. Michael Hogg primarily advises insurers and contractors on construction and property damage matters.

Practice head(s):

Iain Corbett; Amanda Hanmore

Other key lawyers:

Louis Foscolo; Tom Stapleton; Michael Hogg; Felicity Ingram


‘Excellent working knowledge of contract law and the interrelation with insurance covers for construction and engineering projects.’

‘Iain Corbett is approachable, pragmatic and detailed advice across a range of insurance issues.’

‘They have a unique insight into the insurance side of construction, which some of the big players do not have.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Donald Insall Associates in respect of the repair and restorations project at the Palace of Westminster, which is estimated to cost up to £22 billion.
  • Advising the Freedom Group of Companies in relation to the electrical infrastructure works at a £2.6bn car battery gigafactory in the UK.
  • Advising Prater Limited in respect of a £130 million multi-party litigated action concerning defects on the circa 4-acre sized roof at the Sky Central building.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP offers expertise in technically complex design and construction disputes, frequently advising and acting on substantial disputes regarding defects, delay and extensions, and final account claims. The firm represents a range of clients, including developers, institutions, investors, occupiers, and lenders. Team head Doug Wass specialises in dealing with complex disputes in the context of PFI projects and commercial developments, including office, residential, hotel, and power plant projects. Mark Lawrence offers advice on complex PFI projects and specialises in infrastructure, fire safety and cladding disputes. Andy Mather, with his expertise in arbitration, litigation and adjudication, represents a wide spectrum of clients, from state governments and financial institutions to large developers and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Doug Wass

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lawrence; Andy Mather; Philip Parrot; Philip Kershaw


‘Blue chip, high-quality service for disputes which are business critical.’

‘Doug Wass and Mark Lawrence in particular are standouts. They are balanced, pragmatic, calm and supportive as well as incredibly knowledgeable about the industry.’

‘Very approachable and down to earth.’

‘Very hands-on with their clients. Mark Lawrence and Doug Wass are exceptional with technical and complex matters. They understand the issues very quickly and are able to advise their clients of the correct, appropriate legal strategy early on.’

‘Partners Mark Lawrence, Doug Wass and Andy Mather are exceptional talents within construction and engineering disputes. The team has a good source of senior associates and associates such as Philip Parrot and Philip Kershaw. They are very astute with managing clients’ budgets and good in high-pressure situations such as the hearing.’

‘Their knowledge about construction contracts and litigation is second to none.’

‘The team has particular expertise in and a very strong reputation with developer clients and in the PFI and infrastructure sectors. They are known for acting in technically and legally complex construction disputes. The team has a real depth of talent.’

‘Mark Lawrence, Andy Mather, and Philip Kershaw all stand out as strategic thinkers who deliver practical, effective advice and have a real understanding of this area of law and its intricacies.’

Key clients

Atlantic Projects Company



Canary Wharf

European Land

Grove Developments Limited

Global Switch

Lancashire Schools SPC Phase 1 Ltd

Legal & General

New Atlas Wharf Management Limited


Parkdean Resorts

Pipetech Services and Maintenance Limited

Portsmouth Naval Base

Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton


St James’s Oncology SPC Ltd


Tameside Hospital

The Business Growth Fund

The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Weston Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for St James’s Oncology SPC Ltd, the Project Co, in multi-party High Court proceedings in relation to defects in the design and construction of oncology facilities at 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, the Project Co, in High Court proceedings in relation to various claims arising out of design and construction work carried out in the provision of additional accommodation at a number of schools under the Building Schools for the Future PFI project.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright demonstrates extensive experience advising a broad spectrum of clients in the construction industry, from project owners and developers to financiers and consultants. Its scope of practice spans contentious matters including early warning strategy, negotiation of commercial issues on live projects, dispute resolution drafting, and enforcement challenges. The co-heads of the team, Donald Warnock and Simon Ramsden, specialise in advising on construction and engineering aspects of major projects and focusing on dispute resolution in various sectors, respectively. Counsel Amy Armitage has industry-wide experience, having acted for contractors, subcontractors, employers, insurers, and funders across Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Associate Sarah Gosling contributes her knowledge of construction and engineering disputes in the energy sector and commercial international arbitration, with particular experience across Asia-Pacific.

Practice head(s):

Donald Warnock; Simon Ramsden

Other key lawyers:

Amy Armitage; Sarah Gosling


‘Collaboration was high, and the team were responsive – often at short notice. It felt like they were invested in the outcome. Technical capability is a given at this level, but approachability and availability are not always.’

‘The team at Norton Rose Fulbright were very easy to deal with and promptly provided the documents, evidence and directions. They were able to understand the technical complexities of the case and how that related to my expert evidence.’

‘Amy Armitage is excellent. She has very good commercial awareness and a good understanding of construction law and the issues to which it gives rise.’

‘Sarah Gosling was a delight to work with. She is very capable and personable in explaining the legal position of complex interactions and how this might require alternatives to be considered for my expert report(s).’

‘They are a really good team. Lovely to work with.’

‘Simon Ramsden and Amy Armitage are great.’

‘Very good grounding across the subspecialties of construction law. Hands-on partner input. Good client base.’

‘I find the NRF team very responsive and very approachable. With their breadth of experience, it’s difficult to find a challenge where they haven’t grappled with something similar, and can quickly get to work on finding a resolution.’

Key clients

Assured Guaranty

Balfour Beatty


Bouygues UK

DP World

Eco World


European Investment Bank (EIB)

Eurasian Resources Group






Hyde Group


Infraco Africa

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

JCM Power

Marubeni Corporation

National Grid

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation




Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Work highlights

  • Acting for Martlet Homes Limited  as claimant, in relation to a claim of over £7m damages in respect of a number of design and workmanship defects in the cladding system installed by the defendant at four high-rise residential tower blocks in Havant.
  • Acting for Hyde Vale Ltd in defence of a series of claims arising out of defective fire safety works relating to Bellville House.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is highly regarded for handling complex construction disputes both domestically and internationally. Head of the team, James Pollock, brings his expertise in construction disputes, high court litigation, and professional negligence claims. Emily Monastiriotis, with her particular expertise in acting for contractors in pure construction matters, specialises in complex construction disputes and international construction arbitration. Jonathan Spencer is adept in handling professional negligence claims against construction professionals and renewable energy disputes. Steven Kaye’s specialities lie in complex construction disputes, cladding, and international construction arbitration.

Practice head(s):

James Pollock

Other key lawyers:

Emily Monastiriotis; Jonathan Spencer; Steven Kaye; Cian O’Hara

Key clients


Bouygues Energies & Services S.A.S

Honeywell Control Systems

Bosideng UK Limited.

Deka Immobilien


Národná dialnicná spolocnost, a.s.

Bouygues Energies & Services Ireland Limited (BYES)

Penoyre & Prasad

O’Connell East Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Willmott Dixon in a dispute regarding unsafe cladding on a mixed-use high rise building in London. The dispute involves the client bringing a claim against five defendants for approximately £50m to recoup the costs of a remediation scheme.
  • Instructed on defence for O’Connell East Limited who was appointed as the project architect for the development of Victoria Hall, Wembley. Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the façade of the building was investigated and found to contain potentially unsafe materials.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP specialises in the energy, transport, and real estate sectors. Practice head Rebecca Williams boasts extensive experience in various dispute resolution forms in the construction, engineering, process, petrochemical, and energy sectors. Ryland Ash has carved a niche in adjudication and litigation proceedings, as well as in dispute avoidance and early dispute resolution through less formal procedures. Barry Hembling offers blue-chip clients construction law advice throughout a project’s lifecycle. Theresa Mohammed and her team of four others joined the department from Trowers & Hamlins LLP during 2022. Mohammed is an authority in handling large-scale infrastructure, landmark heritage, and high-risk residential disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Williams

Other key lawyers:

Ryland Ash; Barry Hembling; Theresa Mohammed; Alexander Creswick; Mark McAllister-Jones; Laura Lintott


‘The WFW disputes team is excellent. They are responsive, sharp and have great strategic and tactical instincts. Work is consistently done to a high standard, on time, and focused on the right issues.’

‘Rebecca Williams is an outstanding disputes lawyer. Her instincts in relation to strategy and how matters are likely to be received by a judge or tribunal are always spot on, and when dealing with difficult opponents, she is a fighter that you want in your corner.’

‘The construction team in London has developed greatly under the leadership of Rebecca Williams. She has gathered a formidable team which offers real strength in depth. One of the true experts in offshore wind projects.’

‘Rebecca Williams is driven, focused and leads from the front. Theresa Mohammed is an authority on public housing and infrastructure disputes. Rebecca Williams has developed a diverse team which is modern, dynamic, and progressive.’

‘The team is dynamic with an emphasis on developing next-generation talent. Rebecca Williams is a great figurehead who has also grown the practice with some impressive lateral partner hires. They are particularly strong in renewables and have a long track record in buildings related disputes. They’ve risen to prominence over the last few years and their trajectory is clearly upwards.’

‘Rebecca Williams is charismatic, commercial and a real go-getter. She communicates very clearly. Barry Hembling is very strong on hotel-related disputes. Ryland Ash has a strong contractor practice and is very easy to deal with. Alexander Creswick is clearly a partner in waiting. Very astute with really good client skills too.’

‘Ryland Ash is astute and fantastic to work with. He brings great drive and commercial insight to all his cases. Mark McCallister-Jones is highly able and experienced. He is extremely well-liked by clients and peers, thoroughly charming and a good leader. He is always calm under pressure and finds detailed, practical solutions for his clients.’

‘Laura Lintott has remarkable intellect and dedication to the subject area. Increasingly high profile and rubs shoulders with giants of the area.’

Key clients

The Wolseley Hospitality Group

Ardmore Construction Limited

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust

Poplar Harca

GMS Estates

Abbey Healthcare

BP Pension Fund

Colas Limited

Zaha Hadid Architects


Perenco UK Limited

Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Work highlights

  • Acting for Abbey Healthcare in a stunning win before the Court of Appeal to decide whether statutory adjudication rights apply to collateral warranty claims.
  • Advising Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council in the pre-action stage with their investigations into the ongoing defects at the landmark Twin Sails Bridge, Poole.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner offers comprehensive expertise in construction disputes, providing guidance on litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and various alternative dispute resolution methods. The leader of the team, Shy Jackson, has a strong international practice in major engineering projects and also advises on high-value London developments. James Clarke specialises in representing clients in formal and alternative dispute resolution procedures, with a focus on adjudication and international arbitration. Senior associate Jennifer Varley has developed a niche in building safety matters, and consultant Marcus Birch specialises in arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Shy Jackson

Other key lawyers:

James Clarke; Jennifer Varley; Marcus Birch


‘They naturally solve issues across department lines without having to intervene.’

‘They provide timely and strategic advice.’

‘Proactive with good market coverage.’

‘Timely and strategic advice. I anticipate a good experience from the team.’

‘Firm has some really good people, who operate very efficiently, and it has excellent reach outside the country if that’s important to you.’

‘James Clarke understands our business and our particular demands and is extremely responsive to them and us.’

Work highlights

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP tackles large, complex, and high-value construction disputes, with expertise spanning key construction and infrastructure sectors including offshore and onshore wind, power, and oil and gas. The team is led by Alex Panayides, who brings a wealth of experience in litigation, arbitration, and ADR. Meanwhile, Sachin Trikha is a specialist in international commercial arbitration disputes in energy, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors, with notable experience in projects across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Practice head(s):

Alex Panayides; Sachin Trikha


‘The lawyers are exceptional in their ability to understand issues and focus on those to the benefit of their clients.’

‘Highly educated and collaborative in their approach to work.’

‘A very thorough, considered and hard-working team. Top lawyers and critical advice when required.’

‘Clifford Chance is a traditional powerhouse which has adapted to the changing times.’

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s construction portfolio covers a plethora of sectors such as infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, mining, power, shipbuilding, social infrastructure, and renewables facilities. Co-headed by Lord (Peter) Goldsmith KC and Tony Dymond, the team excels in tackling complex, multi-jurisdictional construction and engineering disputes. Dymond fortifies the firm’s global expertise with his diverse experience across London, Hong Kong and Seoul, and international counsel Robert Hoose focuses on international commercial arbitration and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Lord (Peter) Goldsmith KC; Tony Dymond

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hoose; Raeesa Rawal; Laith Najjar


‘Deep experience in large-scale engineering and construction project dispute resolution in Europe and internationally.’

‘Tony Dymond stands out as an outstanding leader of his firm’s contentious practice in this area.’

‘Intellectual standouts.’

‘Robert Hoose’s brain is like no other, the associates Raeesa Rawal and Laith Najjar are outstanding, and they are led by Tony Dymond, who is an excellent strategist.’

‘High degree of competence regarding complex construction claims. Laser focus on the issues that matter. Partners participate in cases and get to grips with the details early in the piece.’

‘The partners have a depth of experience with complex construction disputes that I have not encountered at other firms. The partners are attentive and incredibly easy to work with.’

‘The Debevoise attorneys that I have worked with are all excellent. They are able to assess complicated matters and present them in a clear and concise manner. They have strong advocacy skills and are very professional, which garners respect from opposing counsel and parties.’

‘Tony Dymond, Robert Hoose, and Laith Najjar are excellent. Their collaborative work, dedication to their client needs and work ethic set them apart.’

Work highlights


The construction team at Dentons offers extensive advisory services on diverse domestic and international construction projects, spanning UK build and development, and UK and international energy and infrastructure projects. The contentious construction practice, led by Esther McDermott, is proficient in resolving a myriad of disputes from payment issues to professional negligence claims, through avenues including arbitration and litigation. Akin Akinbode specialises in resolving engineering and construction disputes, along with facilities management and PFI-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Esther McDermott

Other key lawyers:

Akin Akinbode; Michael Wright; Tessa Birch; George Harris


‘Akin Akinbode is a superb leader on large cases and also a prominent decision-maker within the firm. Unflappable, experienced and deep sector specialism.’

‘Michael Wright is a very strong senior associate and is building a great reputation for strong results.’

‘Esther McDermott is incredibly talented and efficient. She leads multi-jurisdiction, international teams in a seamless joined-up way. She really drives cases forward with passion and efficiency and is the most well-organised instructing solicitor I have ever worked with, which means that complex tasks get done on time and with extra icing on top.’

‘The contentious construction team at Dentons is a diverse, forward-thinking team with deep experience of construction and energy disputes.’

‘Esther McDermott is a brilliant partner – a real winner who gives everything for her clients. Esther leads on some of the most significant contentious litigation domestically and internationally. She is well-respected in the market and offers incisive strategic, legal and commercial advice.’

‘Tessa Birch is a star. A key member of the team – always on top of the detail and a great team player. Tessa is easy to work with and leads on a number of matters and is the trusted associate. A partner in the making – top quality. George Harris is a popular and talented up-and-coming member of the team.

‘The team is well experienced and provide valuable advice in relation to construction and utilities matters.’

‘Akin Akinbode is very intelligent and agile. We very much admire his ability to read the curves around the bends. We find he is astute and cuts through complexity quite quickly. He is dependable.’

Key clients

Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V.

JD Euroway Finance Inc

Uzmetkombinat JSC

Taylor Wimpey

Transport for London

Helical plc

M&G Real Estate

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Hammerson plc

Virgin Media

Nightingale Architects Limited and IBI Group (UK) Limited

The Nederlander Group

Sankofa Corporation Limited

Salvesen Insulated Frames Limited

GTH Construction Limited

Group 1 Automotive UK Limited

General Electric Company

Work highlights

  • Acted in £6m TCC litigation relating to ground conditions and professional negligence.
  • Acted in multi-party TCC litigation relating to construction of multi-storey car park at Grand Central Station in Birmingham.
  • Acted in high value claim in relation to defects at Old Trafford Cricket Ground including a reported and highly publicised strike out application [2023] EWHC 166 (TCC).

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP primarily caters to public and private developers of social housing and local authorities executing large-scale residential and mixed-use developments. The team handles post-Grenfell fire safety defects and latent defects in construction. Led by Mark London, the team represents a wide range of clients, including large-scale residential developers, main contractors, and specialist subcontractors, in various dispute resolution processes. Matthew Cocklin brings a wealth of experience in contentious construction work across various sectors, such as nuclear, civil engineering, and transportation.

Practice head(s):

Mark London

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Cocklin; Karen Morean; William O’Brien; Adam Mathewson


‘Mark London, head of the team, has vast knowledge and presence. He is unflappable and very solid when under pressure and being cross-examined.

‘Karen Morean is great to work with. A safe pair of hands and a genuine team player. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Devonshires is a relatively small firm but is punching well above its weight in commercial real estate and construction litigation.’

‘Matthew Cocklin is a young partner and future star. Extremely hard-working and client-focused.’

‘I was impressed by senior associate William O’Brien’s attention to detail; he knew the facts of the case inside out. He also had good instincts on the legal arguments. A valuable asset for supporting counsel.’

‘Outstanding service provided by the team. Proactive case management and very responsive.’

Key clients


Peabody Construction Limited

Elements Europe

Asra Construction Services Limited

Riverside Group

The Greener Future Partnership

Elements (Europe) Limited

Pocket Living

Work highlights

  • Acting for a registered provider of social housing (L&Q) in relation to fire safety defects in relation to the external wall systems and internal compartmentation.
  • Represented Peabody Construction Limited in setting aside a CVA proposed by a contractor. This case highlights the increased insolvency activity within the construction sector.
  • Acting for a specialist modular construction subcontractor (Elements) in respect of a large development in Salford.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP provides advice on major projects within the UK’s energy and infrastructure sector, dealing with construction-related insurance disputes, PFI projects, and matters in the cultural and heritage field. Heading the construction department, David Weare leverages his deep understanding of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, enriched by significant Middle Eastern experience. Team member Digby Hebbard brings to the table proficiency in multiple dispute resolution methodologies, including adjudication, arbitration, litigation, mediation, and expert determination.

Practice head(s):

David Weare

Other key lawyers:

Digby Hebbard; Christian Charles; Oliver Tobin; Michaela Patterson


‘Fladgate LLP is one of the leading players in the contentious construction field. They have an impressive team of heavy-weight specialists who know and understand the industry extremely well and are at the top of their game.’

‘David Weare is extremely knowledgeable about the industry, commercially astute, has excellent judgment, and stands out as one of the leading figures in the field.’

‘Digby Hebbard is extremely bright and really gets to the heart of the case whilst keeping tight control of the big picture narrative and understanding the commercial realities for the client.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Strawberry Star

National Portrait Gallery

Scape Student Accommodation

Otis Ltd.

Quintessential Homes (Wembley) LLP

Wembley Park Limited

Essex Services Group Ltd

Bailey Acquisitions Limited

Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) Limited

Innisfree investment Fund


Collins Construction Ltd

MEC Construction

Henry Boot Developments



Beck Interiors Ltd

Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services

Turner Broadcasting

Royal Derby Hospital PLC

Phoenix ME

Dobler UK Ltd

Yumn Ltd

Work highlights

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is active in various sectors including residential real estate, energy and utilities, and infrastructure, which spans finance, highways, facilities and public buildings. Robert Horne spearheads the practice and contributes his wide-ranging experience in handling large-scale construction, engineering and infrastructure project disputes, both domestically and internationally. Daniel Cashmore is the key contact for the team’s renewable energy offering, with a particular focus on solar, wind, waste and biomass projects.

Practice head(s):

Robert Horne

Other key lawyers:

James Tonkin; Daniel Cashmore


‘Excellent well-resourced team to deal with complex and business-critical issues (both contentious and non-contentious) on a very strategically important project for the business. Good at strategic planning and communicating with the project team – flexible and responsive in approach, and generally solutions focussed in its advice. Strong understanding of the industry sector and the specifics of the client business. Very sound legal and commercial judgement.’

‘Rob Horne is excellent at strategy – very strong legal and commercial competence – highly experienced and sound, pragmatic approach to problem-solving.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited

Vistry Homes Limited

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd

Octopus Energy


NG Bailey

National Grid Electricity Distribution

UK Power Networks

RWE Generation UK Plc


American Express


Engie (now Equans)


Work highlights

  • Acted for BDW Trading Limited, a residential housing developer, in a TCC multiparty litigation claim against two consultants and one sub-consultant for the failure to supervise and review the groundwork operations at a site which was formerly occupied by a quarry.
  • Advising BDW Trading Limited in proceedings against URS Corporation Limited, the professional design engineers responsible for the structural designs of residential high rise concrete frame buildings at the Capital East and Freemens Meadow developments.
  • Instructed by BDW Trading Limited to advise on a claim against a specialist cladding contractor and an architect firm in relation to three multi-block housing developments in London.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Elite litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP acts for a wide range of clients in construction and engineering disputes, including developers, owners, contractors, engineers and designers as well as investors, lenders, tenants and insurers. The team has developed a particular niche in acting for governments and state entities in disputes relating to the construction of infrastructure projects, in particular in the oil and gas sector. The team is headed by solicitor-advocate James Bremen, a ‘superb strategic thinker‘ with particular regional experience relating to the Gulf region and Malaysia. He works in tandem with the ‘quick, clever and cannyElizabeth Wilson, who focuses on engineering and construction disputes, and Adam McWilliams, who has a track record in the international arbitration sphere.

Practice head(s):

James Bremen

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Wilson; Adam McWilliams


‘A very strong, dedicated and close-knit unit. They work to a standard of excellence, not a price.’

‘James Bremen: knows everyone and is trusted by rulers and governments alike. A superb strategic thinker.’

‘In-depth knowledge, responsive to client needs and highly commercial in approach.’

Work highlights

  • Advised 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, with amounts in dispute totaling over $2bn.
  • Represented Port Clarence Energy Limited in a claim against six insurers in the English Commercial Court.


RPC provides comprehensive advice for various players in the construction supply chain, from contractors to quantity surveyors. Their expert guidance extends to a diverse range of infrastructure and energy risks. Team leader Alan Stone manages disputes across arbitration, adjudication, and litigation, while Alexandra Anderson specialises in defending claims against surveyors and valuers. Tom Green excels in payment notice and defects disputes and provides guidance on broader construction market aspects. The team has seen the addition of Arash Rajai in August 2022, from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alan Stone

Other key lawyers:

Tom Green; Alexandra Anderson; Oliver Bulleid; Ella Crawley-Till


‘Quite simply, the best contentious construction team in the market.’

‘Alan Stone is hugely knowledgeable and is definitely someone you want on your side, rather than against you. Tom Green is extremely thorough and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of anything relating to cladding.’

‘This firm has an excellent level of expertise, and the people I have dealt with are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very strong associates.’

‘Oliver Bulleid and Ella Crawley-Till are very responsive and thorough.’

Key clients

Berkley Homes

Buro Happold

Ridge and Partners LLP


St James Group Limited

Laing O’Rourke Wales & West Limited

Laing O’Rourke PLC

McLaren Construction (UK) Limited

Orchard Plaza Management Company Limited

Vinci Construction UK Limited

Integrity International Group

Work highlights

  • Advised BDL on a £13.2million claim concerning alleged health and fire safety defects in the external walls of a student accommodation development by building owner, against Berkeley and its cladding subcontractor, BDL Group Limited.
  • Instructed to defend a claim brought against NHBC by a number of companies within the Morris Group, including Morris Homes. At its heart was an allegation that the NHBC wrongly oversaw the undertaking of very significant remedial works to a development, at a cost of circa £4.5m.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood offers expertise in alternative dispute resolution techniques such as adjudication, dispute boards, and mediation, alongside arbitration and litigation, catering to a diverse client base including both public and private sector stakeholders. Ron Nobbs acts for purchasers and suppliers across a diverse range of UK and international projects and co-heads the team with Paul Thwaite, who specialises in contractor claims for delay and disruption, major building defects, and PFI project disputes. Charlotte Heywood’s experience extends to adjudication, arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Heywood; Charlotte Thomas; Amy Steenson


‘SHL has a diverse team that specialises in many areas such as key real estate acquisitions. On construction matters. SHL has a vast range of experts who they are able to draw upon internally and are able to offer advice and guidance in some of the most complex matters.’

‘SHL are consistent in its approach. SHL are very open, honest and will share its thoughts on the “pros and cons” of any matter. We have worked with them on a number of large and small complex matters, with positive success on every occasion.’

‘Charlotte Thomas is committed to delivering to timescales every time.’

‘Very knowledgeable and personable team who often make time to deal with last minute or urgent matters and provide very clear legal advice whilst also considering business requirements.’

‘Both Ron Nobbs and Amy Steenson have been a pleasure to work with on a number of contentious matters. Amy is always available to talk through any advice/queries where needed and provides clear and pragmatic advice to suit our business needs.’

They have a high degree of knowledge and skill.’

‘The individuals have a very high level of knowledge and experience. At the same time, they understand the need for commercial decision-making. The individuals are easy to work with.’

‘Ron Nobbs is my favourite lawyer! He understands our complex issues and provides clear advice in a prompt manner.’

Key clients

Equipe Regeneration





Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

University of Greenwich

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Thornsett Developments

One Hyde Park

Tecnicas Reunidas

Trenitalia UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the freeholders of the luxury residential development One Hyde Park in their long running TCC dispute with Laing O’Rourke regarding latent defects in the building.
  • Advising Equipe Regeneration in relation to various claims and TCC action arising out of the Brockley PFI project.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP operates across the public and private sectors, offering services in areas such as building safety, commercial developments, and dispute avoidance and resolution. The practice, led by Tim Hillier, provides advice on dispute resolution and risk mitigation throughout the construction process. Anthony Yates brings his expertise in adjudication and alternative dispute resolution to the table, while Helen Stuart specialises in handling issues related to fire-safety defects and building safety.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hillier

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Yates; Helen Stuart

Key clients

Eco World London

Museum of London

Work highlights

  • Advising Ecoworld on risk issues on Verdo-Kew Bridge project in West London.
  • Advising Museum of London on risk issues on its redevelopment of the historic Smithfield Market.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Baker Botts (UK) LLP specialises in projects related to energy transition. With expertise in the construction, energy, and infrastructure sectors, Stuart Jordan offers valuable guidance to developers and contractors, particularly in the Middle East. His extensive experience in dispute resolution encompasses litigation, arbitration, statutory adjudication, and expert determination.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Jordan


‘A great team that is 100% dedicated to their clients, highly specialized in construction law and able to support on complex matters.’

‘Stuart Jordan has a broad experience in construction matters and provides excellent client support.’

Key clients

Air Products

NEOM Green Hydrogen Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Air Products on the development and financing with Stuart Jordan leading on the EPC and Procurement aspects of a major green hydrogen / green ammonia project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising and representing Neom Green Hydrogen Company in relation to a wind turbine long term (30 year) servicing agreement.
  • Advising Neom Green Hydrogen Company in drafting and negotiating a 30-year equipment refurbishment contract.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides comprehensive advisory services to public and private sector clients on major national projects, including contract drafting, project management, and dispute resolution. Under Tim Claremont‘s leadership, the firm extends its reach to both domestic and international engineering and construction matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont

Key clients

Mace Group


Zurich Insurance plc




Yara International ASA

Willmott Dixon


Alpha Real Capital


Clydesdale Bank

Games Workshop

Wilko Ltd


Work highlights

Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP targets complex, high-value disputes across construction, engineering, and energy sectors, with a particular focus on international arbitration. The firm’s construction group is led by Vijay Bange, who prioritises dispute avoidance and innovative alternative dispute resolution strategies. Meanwhile, Steve Nichol specialises in the transport, infrastructure, energy, and building sectors, advising a wide range of clients on complex international and domestic disputes.

Practice head(s):

Vijay Bange

Other key lawyers:

Steve Nichol


‘Vijay Bange is simply brilliant. A top-quality construction lawyer brain.’

‘The practice is extremely good in the field of construction litigation. Compared to other firms, they are very good indeed, particularly in terms of their knowledge and experience.’

‘Vijay Bange is very intelligent, personable, a hard worker, and always prepared to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Black & Veatch Corporation (US)

Work highlights

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP provides assistance to developers, investors, occupiers, funders, and contractors. Sarah Finch has a broad property litigation practice, and has particular experience in adjudications relating to final accounts and delay claims.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Finch


‘Good at listening to the client’s needs and very responsive.’

‘They have listened and ensured our points have been incorporated and explained things where needed.’

‘We like working with the Hamlins construction contentious team, as they are very reactive, professional and commercial in their advice.’

‘Very commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Hamlins is a respected firm that punches well above its weight. It deals effectively with cases of the utmost complexity and that engage difficult and developing areas of law. On several occasions, I have seen Hamlins step in and right the ship on cases where other firms have had difficulty making an impact for the client, with Hamilins ultimately managing to secure a very good outcome.’

‘Hamlins have a very efficient dispute resolution team operating in the construction area. They provide a very personal service and are passionate about their clients and advocating for them.’

Key clients

India Buildings Development Limited

The William Pears Group

Palace Capital

Dobler Metallbau GmbH

Volker Fitzpatrick


Fruition Properties

Amanda and Robert Quick

Work highlights

  • Advised Amanda and Robert Quick on a significant construction dispute relating to a claim for damages in respect of a breach of contract and professional negligence against the main contractors, structural engineer and architects relating to the conversion of two large domestic properties into one large property.
  • Acting on behalf of a right to manage company who is agent for 160-plus lessees at a large residential block addressing issues relating to fire safety and cladding under the Building Safety Act/DPA against a top tier contractor.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP handles complex construction arbitrations under all major institutional rules, including ICC, LCIA, and HKIAC. Melanie Willems, head of the firm’s international arbitration department, brings a vast spectrum of dispute resolution experience within numerous sectors, notably energy and construction. Her advisement spans international projects in the Middle East, Asia, India, and Africa, covering diverse areas from renewable energy and petrochemical plants to transportation and highways.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Willems; William Cecil

Other key lawyers:

Robert Blackett; Markus Esly


‘Melanie Willems and her team work closely together to deliver excellent results for clients.’

‘The teamwork between the legal team, client and experts makes for a consolidated approach and good results.’

‘The team is assembled of individuals with diverse personalities and skills/focus areas. However, their communication, thinking and planning work as a cohesive unit. Regardless of which team member you work with, the storyline, strategy and character are unified.’

‘They approach each matter with a positive attitude and humanism while delivering quality guidance. They can digest technical or complex situations quickly and respond in a manner which provides clarity.’

‘This is a niche and specialised team of outstanding lawyers who are intellectually excellent but also dedicated and commercial.’

‘Melanie Willems is an excellent lawyer and a superb strategist and manager of a case – she has a real flair for bringing the best out in everyone in the team. Markus Esly is exceptionally bright, immensely hard-working, dedicated and fantastic with clients. Robert Blackett is a terrific lawyer, very clever, extremely conscientious and very easy to work with.’

Work highlights

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP offers expertise in diverse sectors including energy, logistics, transport, social infrastructure, retail, sports, leisure and food processing, with unique specialities in insurance, payment provisions, and development finance. The team is under the guidance of David Rintoul, who is experienced in bringing and defending claims in adjudications, in the TCC, and by arbitration, and Alan Pugh. Amanda Burge joined the team in mid 2023 from Hamlins LLP, where she was department head.

Practice head(s):

Alan Pugh; David Rintoul

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Wilkinson; Sam Beer; Amanda Burge


‘A ‘well-oiled’ unit who work really well together to ensure the client receives a seamless service.’

‘Available at all times and able to quickly translate legal complexities into straightforward English.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge across the board but particularly in adjudication and professional negligence.’

Key clients


Peel L&P Holdings (UK) Limited

Walter Carefoot & Sons Limited

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Byrnes Bespoke Joinery Limited

Hoare Lea LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted successfully on behalf of Peel L&P Investments and Property Ltd in defence of a Part 8 claim brought by Buckingham Group Contracting Limited.
  • Acting for Hoare Lea LLP (part of NASDAQ-listed US engineering giant Tetra Tech) in relation to a £60million cladding claim brought by Shepherd Construction Ltd.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s team benefits from the firm’s network of offices and remote workers, offering clients comprehensive service.  Louise Elmes is noted for her particular expertise in construction related professional negligence matters. Recent additions to the team include Jon Olson-Welsh, who joined from Mayer Brown International LLP in May 2022, and Ed John, an April 2022 addition from Howard Kennedy LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Jon Close; Louise Elmes; Jon Olson-Welsh; Ed John


‘The personal care we receive, and the industry knowledge, is what makes this company different from their competitors’

‘High quality advice, which is more important than anything else.’

Key clients

UK Power Solutions Limited

Tetra Pak Export FZE

Geoffrey Osborne Limited

Forcia Limited

Berkshire Assets Limited

Farm Renewables Limited

Paradigm Land 1 Limited

Cannon Corporate Limited

Broadley Energy Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted for UK Power Solutions, providing contractual advice on specific issues as well as conducting contract reviews ahead of tendering.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles complex UK projects and disputes, ranging from towering office developments to residential projects and data centres. The firm’s contentious construction practice, led by Richard Gerstein, handles claims and disputes in the TCC, arbitration, and adjudication. In mid 2023, the firm hired Alexandra Clough from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, who brings experience in mixed-use schemes, student accommodation, and high-end residential properties.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gerstein

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Clough; Alex Barker


‘Advice is always risk-based and commercial, which is not always a given in our experience with litigation advisors, with a good appreciation of all the considerations for the business at stake, not solely the legal arguments.’

‘The team has great agility in managing multi-faceted litigation, made particularly difficult with new laws and multiple stakeholder perspectives to protect.’

‘Richard Gerstein’s calm demeanour in particular is invaluable in a fast-paced claim with an adversary with ever-changing tactics.’

‘Richard Gerstein has gravitas and, together with an uncanny ability to distil issues to the critical factors, is able to devise an all-encompassing strategy to deal with the whole of the matters in dispute in the most expeditious way. He brings a laser-like focus to getting results.’

Key clients

The Owners of Morea Mews

Alternative Income Limited

Stratford Village Development Partnership and Get Living PLC

The Hope Lease Limited and Piano Factory Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the freeholders and leaseholders of the Morea Mews development in London in claims for breach of contract, breach of the Defective Premises Act and negligence against Taylor Wimpey, Ardmore Construction, NHBC and Peabody Estates.
  • Acting for Stratford Village Development Partnership and Get Living PLC as respondents in a claim to the First Tier Tribunal for a Remediation Contribution Order under the Building Safety Act in respect of the residential blocks at the Olympic Village.
  • Acting for Alternative Income Limited (an LSE-traded real estate investment trust) in high court litigation against two defendants.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has been proactive in assisting clients navigate the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, fluctuating material costs, insolvency issues, and the implementation of the Building Safety Act. Peter Stockill, a specialist in advising on live construction projects, uses adjudication to resolve disputes over matters such as interim applications, final accounts, variations, delays, and termination.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stockill

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bates; James Mapley


‘The team are personable and plainly enjoy the job they are doing.’

‘Peter Stockill is a very knowledgeable and experienced litigator, who is not afraid to dive into the detail.’

‘Able to handle complex disputes and achieve outcomes at reasonable costs.’

‘Peter Stockill is an excellent lawyer with an eye for lateral solutions and a strong track record in resolving complex disputes.’

‘Chris Bates is an energetic and able lawyer who has a great track record in resolving complex disputes and is well-liked by clients.’

‘Chris Bates is an outstanding new partner, hard-working, and one of the best I have worked with in this field.’

‘James Mapley is an up-and-coming associate who works very hard and is incredibly diligent in making sure no stone is left unturned and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Peter Stockill is extremely good and is always able to identify what the real issues are and cut through the irrelevant.’

Key clients

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

L1 Property

Ares Management

Activum SG Capital Management

Espalier Ventures

City & Country

Wooldridge Developments

Hutchison Ports

The Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company

Peabody Trust / Peabody Construction

Poplar Harca Housing

Newlon Housing Trust

Paragon Asra Housing

Clarion Housing


Catalyst Housing



Zurich Insurance

Beazley Furlonge

Andreas Stihl Limited

Esdevium Games Limited

Signature Care Homes

NL Bushy

Concert Health

Plymouth Community Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owners of a large venture park in a claim against regarding leading technology facility, defending the claim and bringing claims against the project team.
  • Acted for the owners of high rise residential properties with major fire safety and structural defects.
  • Acted for the employer following a flood during construction, assisting it in dealing with the consequences, defending collateral claims for extensions of time and variations.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP focuses on cross-border energy developments and international arbitrations. The team includes senior associate Liam Hart, who assists clients with construction project advisory and dispute matters in the UK and globally, across sectors such as nuclear, renewables, oil and gas, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ceeney

Other key lawyers:

Liam Hart

Work highlights

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is well-regarded for its expertise in domestic public sector construction, notably handling substantial infrastructure, public realm, and mixed-use regeneration projects. The construction department is spearheaded by Justin Mendelle, who offers advice to a range of central and local government clients. David Owens focuses on resolving construction and PFI disputes for local government, NHS, and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mendelle

Other key lawyers:

David Owens

Key clients

Imperial College London

London Borough of Southwark

Cambridge City Council

London Borough of Hackney

John Whitgift Foundation

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Lambeth

A London Borough

Work highlights

  • Advising London Borough of Hackney in connection with the Council’s high-profile redevelopment of the Colville Estate in Hoxton.
  • Advising London Borough of Southwark on the flagship regeneration scheme of the Tustin Estate. The scheme is the first large-scale project procured through the national framework provider Pagabo’s Developer Led Framework.

Spencer West LLP

Spencer West LLP’s diverse sector expertise spans from retail, education, and energy, to aviation, hospitality, and environment. Sarah Evans offers proficiency in ADR, adjudication, TCC litigation, and both domestic and international arbitration.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Evans; Emma Claremont


‘Good depth of experience in construction and energy projects across different forms of contract.’

‘Sarah Evans is extremely adept at managing clients’ expectations and is particularly experienced in running large teams on complex matters.’

‘Sarah Evans is superb to work with. Very effective and highly organised.’

Key clients

ITC Concepts Limited

Integral UK Limited

Sonnedix UK Services Limited

Teignmouth Maritime Services Limited

Melius Homes Limited

West1 Contracts Limited

The Carbon and Energy Fund

Newlyn Art Gallery

Permanens Limited

Work highlights

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP represents developers and industry leaders in the real estate, infrastructure, and energy sectors, including a focus on mixed-use development schemes, build-to-rent investors, and public sector clients. Spearheading the team is Jonathan Hutt, who specialises in dispute avoidance and resolution regarding disputes under all major forms of contracts.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hutt

Other key lawyers:

David Franklin; Rebecca May


‘First class construction practice for some of the largest London building projects.’

‘Jonathan Hutt is a very bright, tactically astute, safe and calm pair of hands.’

‘David Franklin is an associate to watch, a partner in the making, hard-working, calm, and very efficient.’

Key clients

R&F Properties

Brentford Football Club

Essential Living

Work highlights

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP specialises in a range of sectors, such as residential development, logistics and industrial, pharmaceutical, and healthcare. Sarah Elliott, head of the construction team, has considerable experience advising on various residential developments, particularly in the build-to-rent sphere. Natalie Pilagos leads the contentious construction practice, offering guidance on dispute avoidance and resolution, as well as on formal adjudication disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Pilagos


‘Natalie Pilagos is the standout.’

‘Natalie Pilagos is first-class. Great insight, knowledge, tactics – Natalie has the whole package.’

‘Active listeners who truly understand the Client’s needs. Fair billing system. Collaboration with different departments within the practice is efficient.’

‘Extremely responsive! Pleasant to engage with even on difficult contentious matters. They are professional and resourceful, understand the greater picture and work with the client in a creative manner.’

Work highlights

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein specialises in oil and gas, shipping, offshore wind, and other renewable energy projects. Practice leader Rob Jardine-Brown brings expertise in offshore construction disputes, and Shawn Kirby focuses on shipbuilding, rigs, and offshore unit construction.

Practice head(s):

Rob Jardine-Brown

Other key lawyers:

Shawn Kirby


‘Wikborg Rein’s London office is relatively small, but punches well above its weight in the highly contentious offshore construction sector.’

‘Rob Jardine-Brown is one of the market leaders in offshore construction disputes. He is bright, responsive, sensible and hugely respected.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable in the offshore industry and have a wealth of experience in dealing with disputes in this sector.’

‘Shawn Kirby is an excellent lawyer and counsel, with an eye for detail and can really make a witness squirm under cross-examination.’

Work highlights

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP advises both private residential developers and public sector entities in the UK. With an array of services spanning site acquisition to end-user arrangements, the practice, led by Eleanor Kilminster, manages contentious and non-contentious matters for a diverse client base. Colin Hall contributes to the team with his expertise in decentralised energy schemes.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Kilminster

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hall; Charis Beverton; Gregory Carter; Ashley Pappin


‘The construction team is exceptional at Winckworth Sherwood. It is extremely client focused and commercially minded. There are dedicated and experienced litigators who are both practical and able to deal with the detail and changes which cases in this field demand.’

‘Eleanor Kilminster is uniquely bright and quick at seeing the heart of an issue.’

‘Charis Beverton is an expert in building safety work who is astute and able to deal well with any opponent.’

‘Gregory Carter is the go-to person for social housing defects cases (especially fire safety) who fights harder than any other and has a gift for securing great results in difficult construction and related insurance cases.’

‘Ashley Pappin goes the extra mile for clients and is good with the detail too.’

‘They have the best structure of staff that cover aspects of the disputes that are needed.’

‘In building our claims, the staff at WS are very thorough in understanding our stance, and asking for the relevant information early to do their job, with no last minute requests or questions of any issue, other than just small details to complete the information.’

Key clients


London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Quadrant Construction Services Limited

Flametree Properties Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Redrow Homes Limited

Network Homes Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Watkins Energy

Aviva Investors

Westminster Green Management Co Limited

Crest Nicholson (Operations) Limited

Lewisham Homes (subsidiary of the London Borough of Lewisham)

Harwich Haven Port Authority

Euro Investments

Clarion Housing Group

Bouygues Development

Camden Town Centre Limited

Catalyst Housing Limited


Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Countrywide Developments

Evolve Housing

Hill Partnerships


Horiba Mira Limited

Hyde Housing

Keepmoat Homes

Meridian Home Start (subsidiary of the London Borough of Greenwich)


One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Optivo Housing

Peabody Trust

Populo Living

Swan Housing

Sovereign Housing Trust

Telford Homes

Argent Energy (UK) Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Watkins Energy

Hill Partnerships


Horiba Mira Limited

Hyde Housing

Keepmoat Homes

Meridian Home Start


One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Optivo Housing

Peabody Trust

Populo Living

Swan Housing

Sovereign Housing Trust

Telford Homes

Argent Energy (UK) Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Watkins Energy

Work highlights

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP draws praise from clients for its 'diligent and thorough team'. Key names to note include 'very strong' practice co-chair Jessica Tresham, and Emily Leonard - 'an excellent and meticulous litigator'.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Tresham; Hannah Crane

Other key lawyers:

Emily Leonard; Hannah Gardiner; Simon Lewis


‘Jess Tresham leads the team and is very strong. She manages a busy domestic construction case load and is well-connected to the US side of the WBD business.’

‘A diligent and thorough team of solicitors. They give clear instructions and get to grips with technical matters, so they can ask incisive questions.’

‘Hannah Gardiner is bright, thorough and unafraid of technical matters. Hannah Cane is is always over the whole brief. In complex matters, she hones in on the key issues despite technical complexity.’

Work highlights