Construction: non-contentious in London

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

In spite of significant global challenges, the well-regarded team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen increased instructions from its roster of major global clients. Senior partner Marc Hanson continues serving as lead adviser to the Crown Estate on its construction work, as well as advising on project procurement routes and drafting key documentation. He is supported by Adriano Amorese, who has extensive experience advising on a variety of construction-related agreements. As well as its expertise in advising estates and investment companies, the team acts for utility companies and developers. Nazir Dewji is particularly regarded in this area, using his additional strength in real estate matters to advise on all aspects of major developments, with a speciality in advising build-to-rent providers. Gareth Stringer leads the team, advising lenders and borrowers on financed developments.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Stringer

Other key lawyers:

Marc Hanson; Nazir Dewji; Adriano Amorese


‘They have a comprehensive understanding of commercial real estate with practical solutions to complex issues.’

‘Marc Hanson provides direct answers to questions rather than options based on scenarios that may or may not happen.’

‘The practice is large enough to ensure they have exposure to the full breadth of the market and have their finger on the pulse, however, they are not so large that you do not get the attention of senior partners. They are ‘the’ London real estate solicitors and the teams work closely and collaboratively together.’

‘Marc Hanson for us is a trusted adviser and our go-to construction solicitor. He navigates the path between defending the client’s interests and commercial pragmatism better than any I have come across.’

‘I have found BCLP to be the best in practice as a construction advisory team. The individuals involved in this team are very respected, fair and open-minded. Fee discussions are always sensible and solutions are always at the forefront to their approach. I would highly recommend BCLP to other colleagues in the industry.’

‘The non-contentious construction practice at BCLP has a large group of talented individuals with a good mix of senior and junior attorneys to achieve efficiency. Their team has years of experience negotiating complex development and construction agreements throughout London. Additionally, as a full-service law firm with a large real estate practice, they can easily collaborate with their colleagues to confirm all landlord/tenant and financing matters are addressed during construction negotiations.’

Key clients

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Great Western Developments

The Crown Estate

Oak View Group


Canary Wharf Group

Northwood Investors International Limited joint venture with Platform_

Edge Technology

Juramia Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal adviser to The Crown Estate on the construction aspects of its £7bn Central London property portfolio, which comprises St James’s and Regent Street.
  • Advising on the procurement and construction of Paddington Square, designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano and being constructed by Mace Limited.
  • Advising in connection with the development and construction of a new event arena situated in close proximity to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, to be known as ‘Co-op Live’.

Clifford Chance LLP

The construction team at Clifford Chance LLP acts on behalf of developers, investors and contractors on a number of major construction projects. Its core focus is energy, advising on international traditional oil and gas infrastructure, nuclear, and complex domestic and international renewable projects. In addition, it continues to act on a number of well-known urban regeneration projects. David Metzger leads the practice, advising lenders, developers and contractors alike on complex, high-value projects. Also recommended are Caspian energy specialist Sandy Hall, urban renewal specialist Marianne Toghill, and Edward Bretherton, who leads the firm's growing practice for developers of clean hydrogen projects.

Practice head(s):

David Metzger

Other key lawyers:

Sandy Hall; Marianne Toghill; Edward Bretherton


‘Sandy Hall is the best in the market. They are the go-to team for all procurement and wider construction matters.’

‘Clifford Chance has a great construction team comprising not only knowledgeable lawyers but lawyers with a deep understanding of the industry and our needs as the client. They are swift, available and ready to provide high-class legal advice within a short period of time.’

‘Sandy Hall, is a very attentive, extremely professional lawyer.’

‘knowledgeable and interactive. Willing to engage in all and any matters.’

‘Transparent and willing to engage. Not frightened to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in.’

‘A very strong team with in deep knowledge in construction in particular for project financing operations.’

‘Clifford Chance have indeed shown themselves to be one of the top-ranking legal firms suited for complex infrastructure and energy projects. They field pragmatic key specialists covering the legal and project financing aspects, utilise resources from different countries, cover the differences in the legal and permitting aspects between various countries, offer quick turnaround on open aspects and constructively discuss alternative solutions to non-standard issues.’

‘Marianne Toghill is vastly experienced, diligent, and possesses a good eye for detail without losing sight of the big picture, as well as an ability to provide invaluable input on strategy.’

Key clients

Battersea Project Land Company Limited

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)

Total SA

Native Land

Electricite de France (EDF) and EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN)



Compagnie Générale d’Hydroélectricité de Volobe (CGHV)

8 Rivers Capital LLC

Angelo Gordon

Total Renewables




Neoen SAS

Country Garden


Helical plc

Wells Fargo


EdF Renewables


Baikal Mining Group


Gunvor Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising the developer of an oxy-fuel supercritical CO2 power plant in Teesside using state-of-the-art technology to generate energy from natural gas and capturing exhaust CO2.
  • Advising the developer of a nine-building urban regeneration project at Bankside, London, including multiple high-rise office, retail and residential properties.
  • Advising on the world’s largest green hydrogen value chain project, looking to deploy cost-effective green hydrogen across Western Europe and beyond.


With strong ties in the energy and infrastructure sectors, CMS offers advice on a range of prestigious construction projects. The team is known for providing services over the full lifecycle of large-scale projects to institutional investors and developers, and serving on contractor panels for some of the UK's largest groups. Practice co-heads Victoria Peckett and David Parton demonstrate the team's range of abilities, with Peckett focusing on contract drafting, while Parton is extremely well regarded as a development expert with particular knowledge in the build-to-rent, data centre and logistics asset classes. Rounding out the practice are senior associates Duncan Athol, who advises on mixed-use, office and infrastructure developments, and Rebecca Prigg, who focuses on construction provisions in lease, sale and purchase, and development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Peckett; David Parton

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Athol; Rebecca Prigg


‘CMS is now such a well-resourced and capable team that it is difficult to understand why anyone would go anywhere else for complex, high-value matters.’

‘Highly professional.’

‘The team is well-resourced and very experienced in the market, with a very good leader in David Parton.’

‘An excellent firm. Solid legal skills and great commerciality.’

‘Victoria Peckett is extremely bright and very commercial, and always gets to the heart of any issue very quickly.’

‘David Parton is an excellent non-contentious construction partner – extremely diligent, responsive and organised. He is great with clients and always helpful.’

‘Victoria Peckett has a strategic mind and is very impressive. She is very supportive of our business and keen to help us, which is much appreciated.’

Key clients


M&G Real Estate



National Grid



Sun Ventures








Great Portland Estates

DTZ Investors



Canada Pension Investment Board

Battersea Power Station

Imperial College


Aberdeen Standard Life

Work highlights

  • Appointed by Delancey to act for ECPL in relation to the major redevelopment of the Earls Court Opportunity Area.
  • Appointed to assist ISG as lead contractor on the UK’s first battery gigaplant at Blyth Power Station, Northumberland.
  • Advising Dragados JV as HS2’s construction partner on the transformation of Euston Station for the HS2 railway link.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Representing some of the sector's biggest players, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP offers cradle-to-grave construction advice to a variety of UK and international developers. The team's local real estate work includes a number of large-scale development and regeneration projects, across the housing, mixed-use and rental asset classes. Internationally, the team has a strong focus on both traditional and renewable energy projects, including experience advising on first-of-its-kind projects involving carbon capture, decarbonisation and plastic conversion. Nicholas Downing leads the team, acting as a lead on many national developments, including key transportation upgrades. He is supported by Tim Healey, who offers strategic procurement and negotiation advice on a number of projects. Senior associate Iain Suttie is also well regarded for his work on urban regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Downing

Other key lawyers:

Tim Healey; Iain Suttie


‘They know the client and their expectations. This is especially important and acknowledged as providing concise responses during contract negotiations saves time and keeps costs under control.’

‘The personal approach is appreciated and not only the provision of services for the job in hand but also brief market updates and sharing of knowledge across the industry.’

‘The team have an unrivalled depth of experience relevant to all matters around real estate. They are also, for a large organisation, very well joined up across various functions, which makes working with them efficient and gives confidence in their corporate understanding of the client drivers.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Argent Related

British Land


Goldman Sachs Real Estate


HB Reavis

Hermes Real Estate

Cero Generation

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

High Speed Two Limited

Nord Stream 2 AG

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on the redevelopment of Canada Water, London, to provide new homes and work, retail, leisure, entertainment and community space.
  • Advising HB Reavis on the major redevelopment of Elizabeth House, adjacent to Waterloo Station, London, to provide around 1.2m sq ft of new work and retail space and regenerated public realm.
  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the development of the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant which, once completed, will be one of the UK’s and Europe’s largest energy-from-waste facilities.

Pinsent Masons LLP

With one of the largest dedicated non-contentious construction teams in London, Pinsent Masons LLP is well regarded for its broad expertise in a number of key infrastructure categories. It acts for numerous global developers and has a growing client base of contractors, most notably acting as the sole legal adviser to Balfour Beatty. John Woolley leads the team and has recently advised on several renewable energy projects. Jonathan Hart is an infrastructure specialist, with extensive drafting and negotiation experience, while Anne-Marie Friel focuses on the team's construction transactional practice, with a particular emphasis on complex joint ventures and infratech. Legal director Kofi Atta is also noted for his domestic work, leading the advice on high-profile civil and commercial developments.

Practice head(s):

John Woolley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hart; Anne-Marie Friel; Kofi Atta


‘The relationship we have with the team is strong and they have an excellent understanding of our contracts and the overall market. The engagement process for advice is simple, making Pinsent Masons easy to do business with and allowing matters to be expedited in an urgent manner.’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

BAM Nuttall




EDF Renewables

Portman Estates

Legal & General

Morgan Sindall

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Ministry of Justice

Mota Engil Africa

Work highlights

  • Advised Mota Engil as EPC contractor in relation to the EPC contract for the $400m airport works in Bugesera, Rwanda.
  • Selected as TII’s counsel on a ten-year appointment to advise on the procurement of the Dublin MetroLink and provide a full slate of services.
  • Advised Legal & General on the acquisition and the continuing development of the largest single storage and distribution site in the UK to date.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's non-contentious construction practice advises on high-risk projects across a number of asset classes, including healthcare, logistics, hospitality and student living. Within that, it has a particular strength in advising student accommodation providers, led by practice head Andy McVeigh. His practice also focuses on residential development and he often leads cross-disciplinary teams in demanding transactions. Also recommended are Luke Baines and Julia Court. Baines co-chairs the firm's overall hotels practice, with additional experience of advising on international mining infrastructure development. Court, meanwhile, acts on behalf of domestic developers on a variety of issues, including rail transport. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Alex Hirom, who has expertise in major infrastructure projects, from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andy McVeigh

Other key lawyers:

Luke Baines; Julia Court; Alex Hirom


‘Commercial, responsive advice.’

‘The construction team at Addleshaw Goddard have consistently delivered excellent support to us for a number of years now. They know our business and the people well, and feel like an extension of the in-house legal team. The knowledge the team have developed of our business means they are able to provide pragmatic and commercially focused legal advice and go beyond simply advising on the law.’

‘Very responsive, tailored advice, always looking for the best outcome for us in contracts. All-round great company.’

‘Luke Baines is clearly an expert in this area and provides valuable insight on larger transactions.’

Key clients

Kidbrooke Partnerships LLP

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Superscheme Limited (an SPV of Watkin Jones & Son Limited)



Mount Anvil




That Group

Aggregate Industries

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture of Notting Hill Genesis and Transport for London on the multi-phase redevelopment of the Kidbrooke Station Square site in London.
  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPS) across the whole business, including real estate, corporate and finance matters, and on construction issues relating to the UK’s largest redevelopment project at the Battersea Power Station.
  • Advised Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) on establishing its BTR platform on its investment through equity and debt in a £185m scheme next to Victoria Station in Central Manchester.


The non-contentious construction team at Ashurst provides advisory services to a number of national and international developers, with expertise across a number of construction sectors, particularly build-to-rent, logistics, transportation infrastructure and energy-from-waste. The team is also advising on a number of domestic real estate projects and on procurement agreements for international infrastructure developments. Ben Patton and Matthew Bool co-head the practice, with Bool advising on office and mixed-use developments in London and Patton providing strategic procurement advice on the firm's larger projects. Senior associates Chris Whitehouse and Lauren Morrison are also recommended, with Whitehouse focusing on drafting for infrastructure projects and Morrison advising domestic and international investors on a number of real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Ben Patton; Matthew Bool

Other key lawyers:

Michael Smith; Chris Whitehouse; Lauren Morrison


‘A key strength of the practice is to provide advice that is highly commercial as well as technically sound. This has always included a sharp eye on how the market is evolving and what clauses can be seen as standard. ‘

‘Matthew Bool supports his team when needed but gives them enough room to develop, provides advice in plain English and is always on hand to take calls.’

‘Strong associates and support members but with continued presence from partners.’

‘Lauren Morrison has grit, determination and is genuinely passionate about everything she does. She doesn’t let things go which is an admirable quality.’

‘Very responsive and efficient – a good example for the profession.’

‘Lauren Morrison and Matthew Bool are consistent in all ways and offer as much attention to detail on small appointments as large-value contracts.’

‘Excellent client relationship management – proactive and able to provide all specialist support.’

Key clients


Balfour Beatty


Covanta Energy

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)





British Land


St Paul’s School



ACWA Power

Transport for London (Crossrail and Silvertown Tunnel)

Westfield (now Unibail Rodamco Westfield)


Virgin Media

The Rolex Watch Company Limited


Quadrant Estates


Candour Group / Tristan Capital

The Berkeley Group

Cain International

H&M Hennes

Lovell Partnerships

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Macquarie/Green Investment Bank

Connect Plus M25 Limited

City of Edinburgh Council


Connected Living

Conrad Energy Holdings Limited


GAW Capital


WRM Group

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on the redevelopment of Broadgate, a 32-acre mixed-use campus in the City and the largest pedestrianised neighbourhood in Central London.
  • Advising Panatton on all construction aspects of the £200m disposal, forward funding and development of a logistics warehouse near Swindon.
  • Advised Protos ERF Limited, the project company, in relation to the development of the 40 MW Protos energy-from-waste facility in Cheshire.

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for advising employers and owners on a wide range of construction matters. Its work is mostly made up of matters relating to heavy engineering and processing projects, but also covers high-value residential, industrial and commercial developments, as well as strategically important civic developments and infrastructure. Practice head Mike Webster has particular experience in advising on public-private partnerships and projects with build-operate-transfer delivery methods. Also recommended are Neil Donoghue, who has expertise within the broader energy sector, and senior associate Rhiannon Williams, who advises on a number of domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):

Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:

Neil Donoghue; Rhiannon Williams

Key clients

CIMB Bank and a consortium of lenders


Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Edwardian Group

Ma’aden (Saudi Arabian Mining Company)

Global Ports Holding Plc

Korea Electric Power Corporation KEPCO

PepsiCo International Limited

Amut S.p.A.

CLDN Cobelfret

Bank Hapoalim

Work highlights

  • Acting for the consortium of lenders in relation to the financing, refinancing, construction and re-development of all phases of the Battersea Power Station.
  • Advising Beo Čista Energija and its sponsors on all aspects of the €300m 25-year PPP to develop a new municipal waste system for the city of Belgrade.
  • Acting for Edwardian Group on all aspects of the planning, procurement and construction of an iconic modern destination hotel in Leicester Square.

Clyde & Co

Advising on all aspects on the development process, Clyde & Co LLP is well regarded for its experience in complex, high-value construction projects. The team has been expanding its international client base, looking to Africa and the Americas, with particular growth following the opening of its associated office in Nairobi in October 2020. John Morris acts as global head of the construction and projects group, providing advising suppliers and purchasers alike. Robert Meakin is known for his work in the commercial, leisure and industrial sectors. The global projects practice was further strengthened with the January 2021 arrival of Philip Norman from Covington & Burling LLP in Dubai.

Practice head(s):

John Morris

Other key lawyers:

Robert Meakin; Philip Norman


‘They always look to improve and adjust the documents to reflect the changes in the market. Importantly, they are very clear on billing and manage their advice tightly within budgets that we agreed at the outset.’

‘I value their advice based on the individuals I have worked with for many years; they are clear in presenting technical points and supporting me with adaptions to standard terms to suit the needs of the project.’

‘Good strength in depth, appropriate use of more junior staff, very knowledgeable.’

‘We have a very personal service from Clyde & Co and this makes the process very smooth and straightforward. The individuals we work with are very knowledgeable in their relevant subject areas and provide us with solid, practical advice to help in negotiating our appointment terms and conditions with our clients.’

‘The team we work with are very approachable and user-friendly and make themselves available at short notice where there is urgency. We have been able to develop a personal relationship which helps to make the process more efficient and gives us comfort that the advice we are receiving is of high quality.’

Key clients


PLP Architecture

Bouygues S.A, BY Development Limited and QBE Insurance Europe Ltd

Pan East General Contracting Co.

Bouygues (U.K.) Limited


Arabtec Consolidated Contractors Limited

BUA Ports and Terminals Limited

Galliford Try

Vistry Partnerships

Welput Trust (instructed by BentallGreenOak)

Grainger Residential Limited

Premcor (through its SPV Wyngrove Limited)

Clan (Regent Property) LLP

Connected Living London

Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Thameswey Energy Limited

Biggin Hill


Work highlights

  • Providing construction law advice to HawkinsBrown across a large number of projects, including a £500m build-to-rent development in Wandsworth, London.
  • Providing construction law advice to PLP Architecture across a large number of projects, including 22 Bishopsgate, a commercial skyscraper in the City of London.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With experience leveraging its connections with engineering firms, Hogan Lovells International LLP is well regarded for advising contractors, consultants and employers on construction issues. The team handles work across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in aerospace, energy, transport, and infrastructure projects. It also offers a strong international practice, supporting international clients on UK developments and vice versa. Gillian Thomas leads the team, acting on a number of high-profile urban regeneration projects and specialising in renewable energy. Also recommended are Adrian Walker and Jeremy Brittenden, both of whom provide strategic advice on public and private sector infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Walker; Jeremy Brittenden

Key clients


King’s Cross Central LP


Paradise Circus Ltd Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised Mytilineos on an EPC contract and related agreements.
  • Advising King’s Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2bn, 8m sq ft King’s Cross Central development.
  • Advising Argent Related as development partner in the multibillion-pound Brent Cross South regeneration scheme.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's construction practice acts on a number of matters in the energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste and property development sectors, benefiting from strong support from the firm's real estate and infrastructure teams, particularly on international matters. Its clients include a number of blue-chip purchasers and suppliers, as well as national governments. Michael Regan heads the construction and engineering group, while Jonathan Hosie is also well regarded for his advice on high-risk projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hosie


‘The team-wide experience in construction gives them an edge when it comes to advising on construction matters. Their advice is both practical and real, and is drawn from actual experience.’ 

‘Jonathan Hosie is the best in the legal industry for his knowledge and expertise in claims over construction liability and defects, such as cladding.’

‘The Mayer Brown team are extremely experienced and dynamic. They are agile and fleet of foot, and able to respond rapidly and concisely to complex issues and questions. They never fail to hit the tight deadlines we expect.’

‘The Mayer Brown construction team continue to provide excellent advice and service. They are always open and provide good advice on the strengths and weaknesses of any issue. The whole team are always available for advice and provide a good depth of experience in the sector’

‘The help and advice we receive is of a consistently high standard.’

Key clients

British Land

Cheyne Capital


Galliford Try

Gardiner & Theobald

GS Corporation

Hyundai Corporation


QBE, Zurich and many other members of the London insurance market

St George

Tide Construction

United Living

Wates Construction Limited (and following its acquisition, Shepherd Engineering Services)

Work highlights

  • Advised Wates Construction on its tender for the Grenfell Tower maintenance contract.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's construction practice leverages the firm's strengths in employment and health and safety law to provide a full set of services to clients. The dedicated team provides technical support on a number of key agreements, both standard and bespoke, to clients across the infrastructure, civil structures, office and hotel sectors. Mark Berry heads up the team, specialising in EPC and ECM contracts in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, with a particular emphasis on public-private partnerships. Peter Hall is well regarded for his experience in large domestic developments and his involvement in the firm's sustainable cities initiative. Andrew Buisson is also highly active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Mark Berry

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hall; Andrew Buisson


‘Highly skilled team members, thorough analysis and the ability to explore all options. Able to understand the client’s position and advise during the negotiation and finalisation of legal documents.’

‘Solid legal advice, always delivered in a timely and professional manner. Stuck to the brief and sub budgets for particular deliverables and refreshingly came in under budget.’

‘Andrew Buisson is extremely knowledgeable in aviation projects. His drafting and attention to detail is excellent, he is deal focused and he has a great ability to break down and explain difficult legal concepts in manner that is easily understandable for both parties, which in turn made him a great negotiator and facilitator.’

Key clients

ACWA Power

Assured Guaranty

Balfour Beatty


Bouygues UK


Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

DP World

Ecobank Ghana Limited

Eco World

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Eurasian Resources Group

Full Circle Generation Limited





International Finance Corporation (IFC)

JG Pears Power Limited


Marubeni Corporation

Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy

National Grid



Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation




Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi


Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of 29 lenders and three export credit agencies on the financial close of Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.
  • Advising Lagos State Government in relation to a number of key civic works projects.
  • Advising the Tibah Airports Development Company on operational aspects of the $1.2bn Prince Mohammed Bin Adbulaziz International Airport at Madinah in Saudi Arabia.

White & Case LLP

Known for its international scope, White & Case LLP is well regarded for its advice to multinational energy companies, governments, lenders and contractors on infrastructure, engineering and energy projects. This is spearheaded by practice leader Ellis Baker, who is noted for his drafting skills on large-scale international developments, with particular expertise in the Middle East and Africa. The team's international offering is supported by Daniel Garton, whose work focuses on South America, and Richard Hill, who focuses on Central Asia. Julian Bailey is another notable contact.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Baker

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Garton; Richard Hill; Julian Bailey


‘Working with Julian Bailey is a pleasure: he is always available and very efficient with timelines and our needs.’

Key clients

Western Power Corporation

Russian petrochemical plant

Amur Gas processing plant


Carbon Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising Western Power Corporation, a project company backed by InfraCo Africa, on the development of the Ngonye Falls hydropower project in Zambia.
  • Advising Neoen, a leading French renewable energy company, on the construction of the Mutkalampi onshore wind farm in Finland.
  • Advising the owner on a major project involving the construction of a new-build nuclear power station in Europe.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's non-contentious construction team offers significant expertise in energy, real estate and infrastructure projects, and can draw on the support of other teams at the firm to provide a one-stop shop for clients in need of development transactions. Beyond this, it is also well regarded for its strong international clientele. Troy Edwards heads up the team, advising on a number of large-scale public and private infrastructure projects. Mark Walker is also a noted construction specialist, particularly for energy-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walker


‘They have a strong understanding of how a construction contract will be applied in the practical sense.’

‘Responsive and always looking at the big picture. Document control is very good as is collaboration with different departments.’

‘Open to discussing the options and opportunities to approach a task in the way which will best suit the project.’

Key clients

NNB Generation Company Limited

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

GemCorp Capital LLP

Korea Water Resources Corporation / JSC Nenskra Hydro

Green Investment Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising NNB Generation Company Limited as the project company on the development of the new £20bn Sizewell C nuclear power plant, to be constructed at a greenfield site in Suffolk.
  • Advised the project company on all aspects of the development, construction and implementation of the new-build Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.
  • Advised GemCorp on all aspects of its development and financing of the Cabinda Oil Refinery in Angola.

Burges Salmon LLP

Particularly known for its involvement in energy, transport, defence and heavy infrastructure projects, Burges Salmon LLP offers expertise in a number of specialist sectors. It is often instructed in relation to mega infrastructure projects, acting on behalf of government bodies. Steven James heads the team, focusing on nuclear and civic works projects. He is supported by Lloyd James, who focuses on high-value, complex infrastructure projects, and Marcus Harling, who often advises on procurement and delivery issues on rail and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd James; Marcus Harling


‘The unique and standout aspect was the quality of the personal interactions mixed with the ability to absorb complex technical information to produce legal documents accommodating that information, in a way that demonstrated deep understanding.’

‘Depth of knowledge regarding regulations and contracting norms in the offshore wind sector.’

‘Burges Salmon have a very strong construction team. They are proactive, commercially minded and really partner with us to deliver on our objectives. They understand how we operate and what our priorities are from a construction and wider business perspective.’

‘Lloyd James not only delivers excellent legal advice but also partners with our in-house team to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget. He has a great ability to explain legally complex subjects and explain them clearly.’

‘The practice has a good understanding of the structure of the project. They have a multi-disciplined team with specialist knowledge in each of the areas required for infrastructure projects.’

‘We have been working for many years with Lloyd James and his team because they are very responsive and give hands-on advice that is based on outstanding knowledge of market standards and economic acumen. Lloyd and his team are always straight to the point.’

Key clients


Highways England

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London



National Trust


Transport for Wales and Welsh Government

Eden Geothermal

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for Wales and the Welsh government on all construction aspects of a major national rail infrastructure project to transform the Wales and Borders franchise and South Wales Metro.
  • Advising Highways England on all aspects of the works required to the strategic road network in order to accommodate the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
  • Advising the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on all construction aspects of the Fusion Foundations programme and the Culham Commercial Development programme.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Already experienced in advising employers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has expanded its focus and, as part of its joined-up contentious and non-contentious approach, it has created a hub focused on fire safety regulation for construction professionals. It also has strong international connections, in particular with Africa and the Middle East. Steven Carey leads the practice and is supported by Fiona Edmond and James Worthington; Edmond advises central London developers, and Worthington acts on regeneration and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Edmond; James Worthington


‘Steve Carey manages and motivates a great team, but is always there himself as well to provide that extra experience and expertise just when needed. His legal skills and problem-solving abilities are special, but just as importantly, he listens and works with you and is never too proud to consider and adopt your suggestions – great to work with.’

‘James Worthington is very reliable, knowledgeable, extremely thorough and a great drafter. You disagree with his legal interpretation and advice at your peril!’

‘The firm is really customer focused, much more than many other firms I have come across. There is a true breadth of experience and knowledge, and willingness to assist.’

‘They want to work with you rather than for you. They want to understand your business, what the real issues are and how those issues really impact on it. A unique blend of legal expertise, working knowledge of the industry, hands on can-do attitude, great drafting skills, sheer hard work when required, approachability and charisma. The legal team that you need!’

‘There is strength and depth of knowledge and experience within the team and an excellent speed of response and availability when needed. Problem solving in difficult situations has been first class.’

‘The team are very thorough with their advice. their attention to detail is next to none.’

‘Collaborative and supportive advisors, always on hand.’

Key clients

Romulus Construction Ltd.

BioMed Realty LLP

Countryside Properties

Derwent London PLC

Permasteelisa Group

Reynolds Polymer


United Living Group

London Array Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising London and Regional Properties on its extensive hotel portfolio under L+R Hotels.
  • Advised on the national framework agreement between Countryside Properties and Places for People to develop approximately 10,000 homes over a ten-year period across the UK.
  • Advising on negotiations for the regeneration of a site carried out by a joint venture owned equally by A2Dominion and Higgins Partnerships 1961 PLC.


DentonsComparative Guides promotional icon offers its clients expertise across a number of major construction sectors, advising on UK real estate matters and both UK and international energy and infrastructure developments. The team has a strong international client base in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, and domestic strength in housebuilding matters. It also has a growing emphasis on renewable energy. Mark Macaulay leads the team’s non-contentious arm and primarily acts on employer-led development work domestically while advising on broader issues internationally.

Practice head(s):

Mark Macaulay

Key clients

Marks & Spencer plc

Kier Construction

Transport for London

Helical plc

M&G Real Estate

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Galliford Try

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Power by Britishvolt Limited

Virgin Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Stanton Bonna in respect of the design and construction of green tunnels for the HS2 rail project.
  • Providing legal support to AMMC in connection with the preparation of a two-stage procurement for the reconstruction and stabilisation of AMMC’s mining production facilities in Uzbekistan.
  • Advising Power by Britishvolt Limited in connection with the development of the UK’s first-ever gigaplant for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's construction team advises a range of high-profile domestic and international clients on both standard construction and projects-adjacent matters. The team is co-led by Peter Lowe and Sarah Thomas, each emphasising a different arm of the practice. Lowe advises developers and investors on a number of core real estate asset classes, with particular knowledge of the student accommodation and private rental sector. Thomas, meanwhile, focuses on the infrastructure and projects arm, with particular knowledge of energy, mining and water matters, and a growing focus on infratech.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas


‘The practice has a unique skill set of being very strong legally combined with excellent commercial acumen and the project management skills to close complex multi-site portfolio deals.’

‘Solid experience and accessibility. Strong ability to deliver on short notice.’

‘Sarah Thomas is very responsive, to the point and with significant business acumen and a holistic approach to projects. We appreciate her clear, razor-sharp legal analysis and her pragmatic approach to solutions.’

‘Peter Lowe has been my go-to construction lawyer for almost a decade. He has provided invaluable advice time and time again. He has managed the construction workstream progress with ease on multiple projects. This project management skill set is something I haven’t come across often with any lawyer. DLA has real depth and the reach back into other offices to assist with the heavy lifting is a real positive for the practice.’

Key clients

Quintain Limited

CA Ventures

Global Student Accommodation

The Pollen Estate

Work highlights

  • Assisting CA Ventures on the procurement and construction of new build purpose-built student accommodation projects in the UK.
  • Advising Quintain in connection with the construction aspects of various phases of its £3.5bn regeneration project at Wembley Park.
  • Advising GSA on the construction documentation for all of its UK student accommodation schemes, including new-build and refurbishment projects.


HFW has significant expertise in construction matters involving infrastructure and energy projects. The team is particularly strong in offshore matters, including renewables and oil rig decommissioning projects. Furthermore, it has good connections with European contractors, in addition to a solid base of UK clients. Max Wieliczko leads the team, acting on the largest infrastructure matters with an emphasis on offshore wind. Richard Booth is well regarded for his rail and renewables work, and Ben Mellors is known as an expert in FIDIC contract forms.

Practice head(s):

Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:

Richard Booth; Ben Mellors


‘A very knowledgeable and very productive team. Good cooperation within the team. Open to using new communication techniques.’

‘Good understanding of our business.’

‘The team know a lot about construction and are realistic about expectations.’

Key clients

VolkerWessels Group

J Reddington Group

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Barhale Limited

Hochtief Solutions AG

Belectric Gulf Limited

Posco Plantec

Robert Bird Group

Kuwait Oil Company

Al Gihaz Contracting Co

Work highlights

  • Retained by various VolkerWessels UK group companies in relation to the HS2 projects the group is tendering for and constructing.
  • Advising on the substantial EPC and O&M contracts for part of the £1.6bn 1.4GW NeuConnect electrical interconnector between Germany and the UK.
  • Advising a client on its procurement strategy for the design and construction of new hydropower projects in South America.

K&L Gates LLP

Offering strong domestic infrastructure expertise and a broad international practice, K&L Gates LLP acts on behalf of a number of investors, employers and infrastructure developers. The team has particular strength in real estate development and transport projects. It also has an expanding client base in East Asia. Matthew Smith leads the global construction practice, acting for high-profile transit clients, while Kevin Greene heads the London construction group. Nicola Ellis is also recommended for her advice on the drafting of bespoke contracts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith; Kevin Greene

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Ellis


‘Consistently high-quality service and advice.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hitachi Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Ltd

Qatar Rail

Laing O’Rourke Group

Grupo Pacadar



Mass Rapid Transit Malaysia

Crown Commercial Services

Angola LNG




Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A

ENEL Green Power

Work highlights

  • Advised on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, one of the biggest construction projects in the UK with a value of £850m.
  • Advising on the construction of the 40 Leadenhall Street development, a £1bn project.
  • Advising Creative Technology Group on its contracts for specialist projection facilities at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP's construction team advises on key commercial and residential developments, as well as PFI and civil infrastructure projects. It acts on behalf of investors, owners and lenders on the finance side, and is notable for its work on behalf of household-name arts institutions. Angus Dawson leads the practice, offering particular expertise in off-site manufacture. Radhika Shah is also highly regarded for procurement advice.

Practice head(s):

Angus Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Radihka Shah; Rebecca Whatman


‘Work tends to be delegated to the right level. Good industry knowledge.’

‘Deep and broad sector-specific knowledge. Approachable, friendly team who can balance the requirements of the complex organisation I work with.’

‘They strike the right balance between professional and open, fun and hardworking.’

‘Radhika Shah is a very experienced and thorough senior lawyer.’

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's non-contentious construction team advises major developers as well key contractors, governments and funding bodies. Its core offering is domestic, covering energy and transport infrastructure projects, and the residential, commercial and entertainment development sectors. Philip Davies leads the practice, advising on the team's largest scale matters both in London and the wider UK. Carl Thompson is also well regarded for his work in the energy sector, advising international clients on high-stakes oil and gas, nuclear and renewable matters.

Practice head(s):

Philip Davies

Other key lawyers:

Carl Thompson


‘The team are excellent, proactive and manage their workload extremely well. Their eagerness to engage all parties in constructive dialogue is admirable and the approach is always focused on identifying solutions rather than problems.’

‘Philip Davies is excellent. Our regular catch-ups are extremely useful and it’s refreshing to work with somebody who usually knows the answers before the question is asked!’

‘The team have an excellent collaborative approach with all members liaising and coordinating with each other and with us as their client. There are never any surprises. The team take a commercial approach and consistently provide clear and concise advice.’

‘Response times and availability are exceptional. Knowledge of the industry is also exceptional.’

‘This team continues to perform beyond expectations in terms of response time, comprehensive advice and collaboration. The team goes beyond answering the question but considers all associated implications.’

Key clients

U and I Plc


Royal Bank of Scotland


Foresight Group


Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

M&G Real Estate

Lifestory Group Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

RKE Biogroup Ltd

Fusion Students

Kingston Space Property

Minety Battery Storage Limited

Nordheat Denmark A/S


Fiera Real Estate

Dalata Hotels

Bluefield Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising GLP, a leading investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, on its entire UK programme of industrial logistics developments.
  • Advising U+I on the £200m redevelopment of Landmark Court, Southwark, a 1.7 acre derelict site near Borough Market.

Reed Smith LLP

Advising on all major forms of engineering and construction agreements, Reed Smith LLP offers support to high-profile clients domestically and internationally. Its areas of expertise include infrastructure, energy and offshore construction. Richard Ceeney leads the practice, acting on highly complex, multi-contract matters on behalf of developers and contractors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ceeney


‘Thorough, practical advice. Understanding of the whole picture. Billing transparency.’

‘The availability, speed of response and practical approach is very much welcomed from Richard Ceeney and his team.’

Slaughter and May

Known for its work on large infrastructure projects, Slaughter and May offers expertise in both high and low-risk construction matters. The team has notably been involved in a number of stadium projects, in particular acting on behalf of Premier League football teams, and has a growing number of contractors on its client roster. Richard Todd heads up the construction team, advising on the engineering, operations and maintenance aspects of international and domestic projects. Senior associate Tom Inker is also well regarded for his large project work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Todd

Other key lawyers:

Tom Inker


‘Slaughter & May were the most professional, the most competitive and the most knowledgeable about potential things that could occur and how they would deal with those eventualities.’

‘Honest, truthful advice from throughout the team that is commercial whilst also providing technical knowledge as required.’

‘Tom Inker provides clear advice and makes the technical aspects understandable to accountants to enable informed decisions based on the advice provided.’

‘A team of true experts who have excellent legal acumen as well as invaluable industry knowledge. They really understand our business.’

‘Tom Inker is a highly astute and trusted adviser. He understands the law but always keeps a close eye on pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited

Everton Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Arsenal Football Club

Ocado PLC

Baker McKenzie LLP

Vodafone Limited

Bourne Leisure

Linklaters LLP

Clothworkers’ Company

Diageo PLC

English National Ballet


Amey PLC

Legal & General

Work highlights

  • Advised Lendlease Construction  Limited in respect of all the construction aspects of the Athletes’ Village and associated infrastructure for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • Advising Everton FC on its groundbreaking 52,000-seat stadium project.
  • Advising Ocado PLC on all construction aspects of the fit-out and construction of an associated yard at its new customer fulfilment centre at Symmetry Park.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP offers strong support across development and finance matters relating to construction. The team acts for a number of high-profile domestic and international clients, including employers and contractors. It also receives significant projects work from its technology and life sciences practices. Matthew Jones leads the team, offering experience acting in a number of international jurisdictions. David Quinlan also comes highly recommended, with particular expertise in international infrastructure and project financing across a number of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

David Quinlan


‘Outstanding team that handled our work in an exceptional manner.’

‘Exceptional insights gained from this team.’

Key clients

EQT Fund Management Sarl

Lionel Road Development Limited

McLaren Property

Wolfe Commercial Properties Southbank Ltd

Clearbell Capital

Brentford FC

Newham Learning Partnership Limited

Charnwood General Trust

Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising R&F in relation to procurement, construction and financings matters for its developments at One Nine Elms, Nine Elms Square and Queen’s Square.
  • Advising Brentford FC on its relocation and the development of its new stadium and related facilities, a hugely significant and strategically important mixed-use scheme in West London.
  • Advising McLaren Properties on the appointment of the professional team for its landmark new office development in Leeds.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP offers support to a broad array of clients on traditional construction matters. It advises a number of high-value developers on residential-led mixed-use projects, with a particular emphasis on offsite and modular construction; much of that development work is led by practice head Stephanie Canham. The team also acts for institutional investors on larger projects. Other key sectors of expertise include retirement, care and education developments. The practice expanded in January 2021 when Michael Chilton joined the firm from Thrings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Canham

Other key lawyers:

Michael Chilton


‘Capable of working collaboratively as part of a wider deal transaction. Good reporting to get funders comfortable.’

‘The firm gives wide-ranging advice vital to a large organisation that needs a variety of services. The teams work together to give assistance across the whole project.’

Key clients

Museum of London

Apache Capital

The Berkeley Group plc

Aegon Asset Management UK

Secretary of State for Education


Oxfordshire County Council

Wates Construction

Ballymore group of companies


Federated Hermes

RE Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising the Secretary of State for Education and LocatED on approximately 100 school building projects per year.
  • Advising the Museum of London on its relocation from the current site on London Wall to a new location in the historic Smithfield Market.
  • Advising Berkeley Homes on the construction and infrastructure aspects of the multi-phased development of a 25-acre site at TwelveTrees Park, West Ham.

Beale & Co

Known for its experience in domestic and international matters, Beale & Co advises on projects and real estate construction. A boutique firm, it also offers close connections with its contentious team, providing a one-stop shop for construction law services. Will Buckby leads the non-contentious construction practice, advising on bespoke and standard contract matters, and is supported by newly promoted partner Andrew Croft.

Practice head(s):

Will Buckby

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Croft


‘Very approachable people that are easy to deal with and work with.’

‘Will Buckby is very approachable and always goes the extra mile to help and deliver succinct advice.’

‘Beale are no-nonsense lawyers who don’t hide behind reams of reports and caveats, they answer the questions clearly and succinctly and promptly.’

‘Beale & Co have offered and provide a tailored service that suits our current needs.’

‘They stand out for their collaboration and thought leadership.’

‘Will Buckby was quick to respond to communications and always keen to help.’

‘Very attentive and easy to work with. Very knowledgeable and provide expertise in construction contracts.’

Key clients

Arup Group Limited


Broadway Malyan



Association for Consultancy and Engineering

BHM Construction


BAM Nuttall


Bracewell (UK) LLP

Led by Tracy London, the team at Bracewell (UK) LLP has exceptionally strong expertise in energy sector matters, and advises on the development of oil and gas projects, in addition to financing and acquisition. Beyond that, it has a growing focus on the renewables sector, acting on wind, solar and carbon capture projects. The firm's global energy practice saw explosive growth in 2021 with the hiring of four new partners, including energy and infrastructure projects specialist Ronen Lazarovitch, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tracy London

Other key lawyers:

Ronen Lazarovitch


‘They have a real international focus and expertise in the energy sector.’

‘Tracy London is tremendous – extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and always a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Endeavor Energy

Delphin LNG

Alcazar Energy Partners

EOG Resources

Early Power Limited


Tè Power Company S.A.S.U.

GEA Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Tè Power Company S.A.S.U. in relation to its 50 MW greenfield power plant under construction in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.
  • Advising Early Power Limited in relation to Stage 1A of the Bridge Power Project, a multi-stage integrated gas-to-power thermal generation plant in Ghana.
  • Advising Alcazar Energy Partners in connection with various restructuring and new project documents for its project financing of four solar projects in Egypt.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers a depth of experience in a number of construction matters, with sector specialities including infrastructure, energy, transport and real estate. It also has strength in development finance and a growing practice advising global tech firms on data centre procurements. The firm's global construction arm is led by Simon Oats, while Jonathan Douglas heads the UK practice from London.

Practice head(s):

Simon Oats; Jonathan Douglas

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Neuberger


‘Great legal insight for dealing with tough issues.’

Key clients


EP Langage Limited



Legal & General



Thames Water



Fenwick Elliott LLP

The construction team at Fenwick Elliott LLP has significant experience advising on prime residential, engineering and civil projects. David Bebb and Jatinder Garcha lead the team. Bebb heads the domestic arm, advising on procurement strategies and a variety of bespoke contract forms. Garcha, meanwhile, handles international matters, with a growing focus on renewable energy work including nuclear, wind and solar projects.

Practice head(s):

David Bebb; Jatinder Garcha


‘The construction team we work with we find to be proactive and commercial.’

‘Great team, very knowledgeable, know the market, hands-on advice.’

‘Down to earth, practical and commercial. They take time to understand the project work specific to the job and our commercial risk, and support us proactively.’

Fladgate LLP

With strong links to a number of leading ventures and investors, Fladgate LLP acts on a range of high-calibre construction matters. The team is well regarded for its work on large development projects and cultural institution refurbishment and has received an increasing number of international instructions. David Weare leads the practice, with significant experience working on projects in Abu Dhabi. Digby Hebbard and Olivia Bateman are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Weare

Other key lawyers:

Digby Hebbard; Olivia Bateman


‘Fladgate have built up a fantastic construction team with star individuals who have great experience and expertise in this specialist area. They bring in-depth industry understanding, commercial awareness, and heavyweight expertise.’

‘David Weare is hugely experienced in construction work, he has great commercial understanding and is very tactically astute.’

‘Digby Hebbard is a really impressive lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the legal and technical issues, as well as a keen commercial awareness and tactical nous.’

‘David Weare combines first-class no-nonsense advice with a likeable approach and a sense of humour.’

‘David Weare embraces you as part of the team, and delivers a very collaborative approach to finding the most appropriate solution for the client.’

‘A really strong team of commercially pragmatic problem solvers.’

Key clients

Bailey Acquisitions Limited

Michael J Lonsdale Ltd

Quintain Limited


National Portrait Gallery

Science Museum Group

Wembley Park Limited


4C Hotels Group

Otis Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting as advisor to Quintain in relation to its phased redevelopment of Wembley Park.
  • Advising on the refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery, its first capital project for a century.
  • Advised on the construction works pertaining to the demolition of the iconic pedway leading to Wembley Stadium and the installation of new lifts.

Forsters LLP

With strong connections to high-profile real estate clients, Forsters LLP acts on a number of high-value construction matters. Its experience is multisectoral, covering logistics, office, retail, leisure, sport and multi-use projects. The highly experienced Sarah Cook leads the team, acting on significant matters for industrial and residential providers. Emily Holdstock, who has strength in restaurant and logistics developments, was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Cook

Other key lawyers:

Emily Holdstock


‘This practice specialises in property and all staff that we have encountered in the construction department are knowledgeable and commercial. They respond quickly, often advising us what to do rather than simply quoting the law.’

‘Sarah Cook is pragmatic, knowledgeable, efficient and fun.’

‘Excellent people and great service delivered in a friendly and timely manner.’

Key clients

Warner Bros.

British Airways Pension Fund

LaSalle Investment Management

Aberdeen Standard Investments

The Crown Estate

Reignwood Group

Mayfair Capital


Sony Pictures Entertainment

Fiera Real Estate UK/Wrenbridge Land/Wrenbridge Sport

The Mercers’ Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Consolidated Developments in respect of the procurement of Outernet and its hotel elements.
  • Acting for Menta Regeneration in relation to a £250m regeneration project adjacent to East Croydon Station.
  • Advising specialist real estate lender and investor Octopus Real Estate in connection with the construction aspects of its acquisition of a care home portfolio.

Gowling WLG

Known for representing a number of blue-chip construction clients, Gowling WLG offers support in key areas including real estate and energy. In addition to acting on London matters, the team is advising on many large-scale regeneration projects in Birmingham and the Midlands area. It also benefits from the strong support of the firm's contentious practice. Richard Green heads up the firm's non-contentious arm from the Birmingham office, supported by Philip Baker in London, who offers strategic procurement advice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Green

Other key lawyers:

Philip Baker


‘They listen to clients, action matters quickly and provide an excellent all-round service.’

Key clients

Battersea Power Station Development Company

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees Limited

iQ Student Accommodation

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited

The developer of Admiralty Arch, The Mall, London

Highways England


GCP Student Fund

London Borough of Barnet

The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on the construction contracts and ancillary documents relating to the appointment of the consultants across a number of the phases of the development.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on the procurement and construction elements in relation to the closure of existing rail freight facilities, and their replacement.
  • Advising Highways England  on the transformational upgrade of the single carriageway section of the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, near the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

Maples Teesdale LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP advises its clients on a number of core construction matters, across residential, office, refurbishment and other asset classes. The team primarily acts on behalf of funders and developers, including a number of major property funds. Sam Nichols leads the team, advising on the full range of transactional matters, including assisting development funders with construction-based secured lending arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Sam Nichols


‘They are experienced in the construction process, client focused and fair.’

‘Professional, experienced, thorough, non-adversarial.’

‘The practice is very responsive and gives clear and effective advice. The service is also cost-effective.’

‘Great team players – they were constructive, collaborative and assisted in delivering two excellent deals on time and on budget.’

Key clients

The Collective

BMO Real Estate

CLS Holdings

Patrizia AG

Thames Brettenham Limited

Deutsche Hypo

Aberdeen Standard Investments

City, University of London

Legal & General

Conran & Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Dorsey and Witney


Maslow Capital

Calthorpe Estates


Work highlights

  • Advising The Collective on its current developments across London.
  • Advised on the redevelopment of the Apex Tower in New Malden.
  • Advised BMO Real Estate Partners on two development forward funding deals in Ipswich and Birmingham.

Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services)

Memery Crystal LLP's construction team offers transactional support to clients regarding assets in the energy, residential and hospitality sectors. The team's work focuses on EPC procurement and traditional design and build matters. Additionally, it has a growing practice advising borrowers on key contractual agreements. Joanne Kelly leads the team, acting for developers, contractors and sub-contractors, with a growing focus on international renewable projects.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Kelly


‘Joanne Kelly is an excellent lawyer. Listens to what is needed, is very analytical, pragmatic and knowledgeable about the sectors she works in, and gets the job done well. Tonnes of experience and expertise. I would recommend her to anyone.’

‘Very organised and capable team.’

‘Joanne Kelly is excellent – she is very clever and very commercial.’

‘The whole team are very strong technically but also have a great understanding of the commercial realities and what the client wants to achieve, and are very sensible about negotiations. They are excellent team players and work very well with wider teams. They are inclusive and creative and very good value for money compared to other construction teams in London.’

‘Joanne Kelly provides very clear, concise advice and understand more about the actual construction process than most construction lawyers.’

‘Attention to detail. Very practical and pragmatic advice. Clear direction and a good level of client service.’

Key clients

Telford Homes

Nordex Energy

Global Holdings Management

Shiva Hotels

Big Yellow Construction Company

Saracens Rugby Club

OakNorth Bank

Waste Knot Energy

Gage Properties

ASK Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Telford Homes on its joint venture with SGN for the acquisition and development of Rotherhithe Gas Works.
  • Advising Big Yellow on newly acquired sites across the country which have been converted to self-storage centres.
  • Advising Waste Knot Energy in relation to the development of a solid recovered fuel pelleting plant in Middlesborough.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Known for its strong work in the public sector, Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises on standard and bespoke documentation for major infrastructure and regeneration projects. Though its core client base is made up of higher education institutions and county and borough councils, the team has expanded its work advising NHS trusts on new construction matters. Justin Mendelle leads the team, adding on procurement and negotiation for high-value projects.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mendelle


‘The team are all experts in their field and provide commercially based advice.’

‘The team at SP are extremely knowledgeable in their field, are proactive and work very well with our in-house legal team. They have a particular understanding of the requirements of local government.’

‘They apply a mix of technical and commercial knowledge, with pragmatic and common-sense outcomes.’

‘Client service is closely curated by the partner, with someone being always available and quick to respond.’

Key clients

West Sussex County Council

Kings College London

Imperial College

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Borough of Southwark

Work highlights

  • Advising West Sussex County Council in respect of its procurement, via the competitive dialogue procedure, of a strategic property development partner for multiple projects.
  • Preparing and advising King’s College London on a precedent set of amendments to the main forms of contract in the JCT 2016 suite of contracts.
  • Preparing a mission-critical update of Imperial College London’s existing set of NEC contract amendments from NEC3 to NEC4 for use on major projects moving forward.

Simmons & Simmons

Well regarded for construction matters involving transport infrastructure and technical builds, Simmons & Simmons offers significant experience in drafting, risk assessment and insurance matters. It has been expanding its work internationally, with key clients in the Middle East, Africa and Central Europe. Richard Dyton heads the non-contentious group, specialising in international PPP and construction projects as well as work involving central government agencies.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dyton


‘The team have worked hard to manage our projects in a timely manner and have worked to pre-agreed fee budgets.’

‘They understand the client’s commercial position and objectives inside out. Their advice and suggestions are both practical and insightful.’

‘The team provide solid and commercial legal advice in relation to consultant appointments and construction contracts.’

‘They are responsive to queries and questions and offer a personable service. It is an enjoyable team to work with.’

Key clients

EuroCape Ukraine I LLC

John Sisk & Son Ltd

M7 Real Estate Investment Partners MB Propco Limited

Great Elm Assets Ltd

Legal and General



DEKA Immobilien Investment GmBH

Work highlights

  • Advising Great Elm in conjunction with Old Park Lane Management together with its professional advisers on the steps to take regarding Covid-19 and Brexit.
  • Advised Legal & General on the development of production facility and support offices for Sky Studios.
  • Advised Hines on the drafting and negotiation of all of the required consultancy appointments and main contract documentation for student accommodation planned for the Selly Oak Triangle.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a diverse construction practice, covering energy projects, commercial real estate and large-scale infrastructure. Though its core business is domestic, it also offers international services, acting on behalf of purchasers, funders and suppliers on matters in Ireland, South Africa and the United States. Graeme Barton heads the practice, with particular strength in the energy, education, hotels and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Barton


‘I have found Stephenson Harwood to be highly responsive to support the resolution of a number of complex commercial issues. These have been wide ranging and at times needed to be responded to at pace. Stephenson Harwood have shown the ability to work flexibly, to react quickly when needed and to draw in experts on particular issues, as and when required.’

‘Graeme Barton is our main contact – we have confidence in him, and in the system we have set up to provide for responses to meet the timing required for returning tenders.’

Key clients



Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

University of Greenwich

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Fabricom S.A

Thornsett Developments

JJ Rhatigan & Co

103 Colmore Row Unit Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising NLWA on its North London Heat and Power Project, a ten-year programme to build a new energy recovery facility in Enfield.
  • Advised a property unit trust on the demolition of the old NatWest tower in Birmingham and the subsequent reconstruction of a 25-storey office tower.
  • Advised a solar contractor which is part of the Engie group on the construction of three subsidy-free ground-mounted solar projects in the UK.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

The construction team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP offers drafting and negotiating advice on large-scale energy and real estate projects. In addition to its contractual expertise, it offers transactional support to clients in relation to project funding, advising on market trends and the bankable aspects of construction documentation. Martin Lucas leads the non-contentious team, working with purchasers in the energy and power sectors.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hembling


‘Strong understanding of construction and international projects.’

‘Always very prompt to respond and keen to develop solutions where needed. Good fun to work with.’

‘WFW has expertise in all disciplines that are required by my business. They are able to provide quick responses as well as comprehensive legal solutions and analysis as required. Compared to other law firms I find WFW is very approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Barry Hembling is very approachable and pragmatic. He always fully engages with the client and provides practical and high-quality advice, no matter how small or large the works are.’

‘They really know the energy sector and renewables industry.’

Key clients



Zaha Hadid Architects

Ropemaker Properties

CNG Fuels

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Sustainable Development Capital

Bio Capital

Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Walney Extension Wind Farm


Ladbrokes Coral

Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advising as projects counsel on the SPVs set up by SSE and Equinor that are developing the three Dogger Bank offshore wind farms.
  • Continuing to provide non-contentious construction law advice on a portfolio of real estate development projects for Ropemaker properties.
  • Advising the joint venture of Copperbelt Energy Corporation and InnoVent on the development of two solar PV projects in Zambia.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Offering diverse expertise, the team at Wedlake Bell LLP acts on behalf of owners, funders and operators both domestically and internationally. Its sector specialities include a strong focus on care sector projects, as well as expertise in housebuilding, medtech and high-end residential work. Sarah Elliott heads up the team, acting on a number of high-value matters. Helen Garthwaite and Suzanne Reeves are also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Helen Garthwaite; Suzanne Reeves


‘Wedlake Bell has a diverse pool of talent that has been extremely useful to us as a company when looking at the various types of contractual arrangements we use within our business. All of the team are professional, conscientious and commercially minded as well as having the ability to explain complicated matters simply to their clients.’

‘Sarah Elliott in the construction team demonstrates dedication to the client’s needs. She understands the way the client operates and tailors her service to suit. Wedlake Bell has introduced an online collaboration portal and loads contracts, appointments and other legal documents in a place where we can easily find and download them for all our different projects.’

‘Suzanne Reeves’ depth of knowledge of the sector and our business and very personable nature are highly valued. She has ensured a consistent calibre of associates who always provide a thorough and reliable service. They make it easy for us and have always kept our trust over many years.’

‘An extremely responsive, practical and helpful team who know our business intimately and can be trusted to get on with the job efficiently and always deliver a quality product. Key differentiation is knowledge of our business, trust and relationships with the right people, developed over years, making it a relatively hands-off work-stream for the in-house lawyer.’

‘An excellent team of lawyers. They work well together, with other teams within the firm and with external consultants.’

‘Helen Garthwaite is very personable and easy to work with, and she provided excellent advice throughout.’

Key clients

CALA Homes


Urban Logistics REIT

Native Land

Heron International Group

GSE Commercial Estates

Trinity Laban

Oxford Sciences

London Metric Property PLC

Spire Healthcare

Vectura Group

Care UK

Hugo Boss

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Helical PLC



Elysian Residences

Electus Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advising Novanta Technologies UK on the delivery of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Taunton.
  • Advising CALA Management on development agreements for affordable housing, often involving separate contracts for affordable rented and shared ownership units.
  • Advising Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC on a variety of drafting and procurement matters for the refurbishment of an existing building in Oxford Sciences Park.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP's construction team is well regarded for its advice to a number of local authorities, with key clients including many London borough councils. It also acts for developers and contractors on energy projects, regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments. Jessica Taylor leads the team, with experience advising housing sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Taylor


‘Expertise provided with a personable approach.’

‘Ashfords are very knowledgeable and commercial in their advice. They always go the extra mile for the client. They seek to work with you to find a solution and it is never about the fees.’

‘Jessica Taylor is very approachable and solutions-driven.’

‘Ashfords provide an impressive breadth of knowledge in construction and have particularly useful expertise in term service contracts for longer-term repair and maintenance contracts.’

Key clients

London Borough of Hackney

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Norman Rourke Pryme Limited

Wandsworth Borough Council

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

United Living Group

Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Network Security & Alarms Limited

CC Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for London Borough of Hackney on its Britannia Project, a complex social infrastructure project being procured in up to ten phases.
  • Advised Wandsworth Borough Council on the contract for its multimillion-pound refurbishment of Wandsworth Bridge.
  • Advised on the development funding agreement for the design and construction of over 100 sustainable affordable homes.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP's construction team acts on a number of high-value infrastructure and engineering matters, including housing, energy and commercial projects. It is particularly well known for its work with public sector funders, acting for a number of local councils and NHS trusts. Andrew Tobin leads the team, offering solid expertise on matters in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tobin


‘Excellent engagement and availability. A good mixture of partners and associates and a proactive approach to delivering the client’s requirements.’

‘Andrew Tobin is very pragmatic, easy to work with and listens to and understands the client’s needs.’

‘Good knowledge and skills in public sector contracts and construction.’

Key clients

Department for Education

Barts Health NHS Trust

City of London

London Borough of Hackney

Canal and River Trust

Peabody Trust

University of Oxford

Places for People

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Elekta Limited

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of London on the £330m redevelopment of Smithfield Market as the new Museum of London.
  • Advising Barts Health NHS Trust on the construction of the new Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, East London.
  • Advising the Department for Education on the programme for the construction of over 25 new free school projects across the country.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's construction team is known for acting on high-value residential matters, advising both individuals and developers. It is also active advising on hotel construction and urban estates matters. Navpreet Atwal leads the team, offering her clients a holistic set of services. John Wevill is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):

Navpreet Atwal

Other key lawyers:

John Wevill


‘Navpreet Atwal has exceptional intelligence. Her manner in dealing with clients is empathetic, kind, and understanding. She is very easy to work with.’

Key clients


Marriott International

Bedford Estate

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts on behalf of a number of major clients, including contractors, developers, insurers and public sector funders. It is well regarded for its work with NHS and higher education providers. Tim Claremont leads the construction and engineering team, advising on the practice's highest value domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont


‘Great people, very responsive, good fees.’

‘Focused on a quick and economic outcome.’

‘In all our involvement with them, we have found Browne Jacobson staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, professional, reliable and efficient. They have met critical deadlines and respond promptly when contacted.’

 ‘As a practice, they are both agile and knowledgeable across a diverse spectrum of disciplines.’

Key clients

Mace Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Yara International ASA

Golder Associates


Tokio Marine HCC

LVMH Group


Alpha Real Capital

Aspen Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advising on seven major projects for the Mace Data Centre business units in Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and England.
  • Advised First Sentier Investors on the construction and infrastructure aspects of the acquisition of SSE’s 50% stake in three large energy-from-waste projects.
  • Advised First Sentier Investors (FSI) on the construction and infrastructure aspects of the acquisition of Wheelabrator U.K. from waste management company Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Well known for its work in the housing sector, Devonshires Solicitors LLP offers support to social housing providers, local authorities, funders and public and private sector developers on construction matters. The team has been particularly active in advising owners of tall buildings regarding Grenfell-related remediation work. Asif Patel leads the non-contentious team, offering a full range of services.

Practice head(s):

Mark London; Asif Patel


‘I’ve always felt valued as a client.’

‘They’re engaged, find solutions and make matters simple to understand.’

‘Availability, pragmatism, quick responses, understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘They are quick to understand our needs, drawing experience from other projects with us so there is no duplication of advice and fees. They are committed to deadlines.’

Key clients

Swan Housing Association Limited

Peabody Construction Limited

Peabody Trust

Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

Soho Estates Portfolio Limited

Trafford Housing Trust Limited

Clarion Housing Group Limited

Berkeley Square Developments Limited

Barnet Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Swan Housing Association to deliver a 30-year £400m regeneration project in Southend.
  • Advising Peabody Construction Limited on the delivery of its development at Frankham Street, London.
  • Advised Metropolitan Housing Trust on the delivery of its development at Amber House, Bracknell.

Farrer & Co

Leveraging the firm's private client expertise, Farrer & Co is best known for acting on behalf of high-value individuals, private banks and overseas investors. Beyond that, it offers a traditional construction practice focused on education, heritage and charity sector clients. Edward Banyard Smith leads the team following Clive Lovatt's move to a consultant role.

Practice head(s):

Edward Banyard Smith

Other key lawyers:

Clive Lovatt


‘Edward Banyard Smith is always extremely helpful, practical and quick to respond to requests from us.’

‘The team at Farrer’s continue to offer clear, unfettered, professional advice on a range of complex and technical issues. Their ability to unlock commercial real estate problems whilst protecting the client’s interests makes them stand out amongst the crowd. The team are all intelligent, consummately professional lawyers whilst retaining a high degree of human interaction and the ability to enjoy their work and engage proactively in the wider teams.’

‘Fundamentally, the depth and strength of the team is astounding. It is comforting to know that each team member has the ability to pick up and carry another team member’s work. Having the confidence to rely on your colleagues is an admirable quality in a firm (a quality that in my experience does not always exist). This sets this team aside from others and I would say the team stands out.’

‘The individuals that I deal with from the construction team provide a professional, personal service.’

‘No detail or question is too much trouble.’

‘My first thought of Farrer & Co is professional. Each and every time we have worked together their approach has always been very professional.’

‘Farrer & Co manage clients very well and they deliver a superior level of service.’

‘The great benefit of working with Farrer is the communication and the understanding to balance the risk correctly to suit the client and the project. With this understanding the client obtains best value on the project with risks correctly identified and shared on the team.’

Key clients

Duchy of Cornwall

The British Library

Royal College of Surgeons

Artesian Property Partnership

Price & Myers LLP

Charities Property Fund

Shinfield Studios Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Coutts & Co

Arbuthnot Latham & CO

Work highlights

  • Acting as the legal adviser to the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury and Nansledan Developments.
  • Advised Shinfield Studios Limited on a landmark transaction with the University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex.
  • Advised the British Library in relation to its St Pancras development, involving the construction of gallery facilities and a public realm.

RWK Goodman

With a strong advisory practice, Goodman Derrick LLP offers support to not only developers and contractors, but to banks and individual professionals as well. Richard Bailey heads the construction and engineering practice, advising on energy-related and other construction work. Tom Pemberton specialises in non-contentious construction and is notable for his advice on large-scale infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bailey; Tom Pemberton


‘The firm is responsive to our needs across the range of practice areas in which we need support. A partner is always willing to make time available at short notice to deal with our enquiries, and to ensure the prompt delivery of the advice we need. Through their international network, they have been able to obtain support from law firms in other jurisdictions where we have needed advice on overseas law, and have worked seamlessly with the international lawyers in providing the advice required.’

‘Tom Pemberton has developed a good understanding of the nature of the risks that we face as a business, and he takes a pragmatic and commercial view in prioritising the exclusion or mitigation of these risks in order to close out negotiations as rapidly as possible. His advice is well focused on the issues that matter, and presented in a way that can be easily digested. He is reliable in meeting key deadlines, keeping us informed of progress as required.’

‘Goodman Derrick’s non-contentious construction practice is very responsive to our needs. Tom Pemberton is always willing to make time available at short notice to deal with our enquiries, and to ensure the prompt delivery of the advice we need. The team collaborates closely with me and my colleagues in the in-house legal group, and we have developed sufficient confidence to treat them as external members of our team.’

‘The team works closely with an impressive range of Goodman’s Derrick’s other practice areas to meet the various legal requirements of our numerous businesses in the UK and internationally. We are particularly appreciative of the support they obtain for us from law firms in their international network where we need advice on overseas law, and the way in which they collaborate with the overseas firms in providing the advice we require on international matters. The team’s knowledge of what we require, and their ability to impart this to the overseas lawyers and to manage them in order to deliver the seamless advice we expect, differentiates them from their competitors.’

‘Tom Pemberton has an excellent understanding of our products and management structures, and a thorough knowledge of our corporate legal risk management policies. He is very responsive to our requirements with regard to turnaround time, the level of detail required and the manner in which his advice is expressed so it can easily be used and understood by our sales and purchasing managers.’

Key clients

Acre Invest

Alfa Laval Corporate AB

Areen Design Ltd

Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Craig Hamilton Architects Ltd

Elliott Wood

Essex Services Group Limited

Lynch Architects

Martin’s Properties

Modus Workspace Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Alfa Laval on Brexit developments including compliance issues and the implications of the TCA for the business.
  • Drafted the Civil Engineering Contractors Association’s generic form of sub-contract, which was published for use in conjunction with a range of standard form and bespoke main contracts.
  • Advised Elliott Wood Structural Engineers in relation to a toolkit it developed with the Institution of Structural Engineers for measuring carbon emissions from construction projects.

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin LLP offers advice on procurement strategy and a variety of construction-related drafting matters. The team frequently acts on behalf of overseas investors in UK construction and corporate occupiers, as well as luxury and film sector clients. Clare Reddy heads the construction team, advising on mixed-use, regeneration and other high-value projects in London.

Practice head(s):

Clare Reddy


‘Approachability and a grasp of commercial reality when looking at issues.’

‘Clare Reddy is our go-to for any of our own work and we recommend her to others.’

Key clients

Electronic Arts

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

Euler Hermes Services UK Limited

Four Communications Limited

Bow Street Hotel Limited

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Buro Four Project Services Limited

Interpublic Group of Companies

Osborne Property Services Limited

Shinfield Studios Limited

London Borough of Ealing

Unispace Global Limited

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Limited

CZWG Limited

Studio Lost Limited

Verisk Analytics Limited

VVB Engineering

Work highlights

  • Advising the developer of the £200m state-of-the-art film studio campus at the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park.
  • Advised Bow Street Hotel, now branded as NoMad London, to achieve practical completion.
  • Advised the UK subsidiary of Poly Real Estate Group on its project at Millbrook Park, Mill Hill, for a residential-led development.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's non-contentious construction team offers services across a broad range of sectors, including commercial, mixed-use and private client developments. It also advises on a number of growing asset classes, particularly logistics and build to rent, and has a solid international client base. Simon Hunter leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hunter


‘They are client focused and respond to queries in a timely manner and without preamble or the need to seek further assistance. All members of the team are capable but all ensure that any responses are considered before replying.’

‘There is a high level of contact time with the partners and good resourcing throughout.’

Key clients

The Residents of Morea Mews development


Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties PLC

Student Cribs

Fizzy Living

Mears Group PLC




Work highlights

  • Advising Sky on the construction documentation relating its existing campus, as well as the construction of a new 70,000 sq ft studio in Elstree.
  • Advising on the second and final phase of Lewisham Gateway, one of the largest regeneration schemes in the South East.
  • Advising Brookfield Properties on all construction aspects of its development of Leadenhall.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The growing construction practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP offers a diverse set of expertise across the housing, care, energy, mixed-use and education sectors. While the core of its work is domestic, acting on behalf of local authorities and contractors, it is receiving an increasing number of instructions from international companies. Richard Cooke leads the team, working alongside Francis Ho and Peter Massey.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Francis Ho; Peter Massey


‘Proactive in making contact and ensuring that clients are provided with information on developments that may be relevant.’

‘Francis Ho has good interpersonal skills and knowledge.’

‘In a very busy marketplace the firm has consistently delivered on its promises.’

‘Peter Massey has continually delivered for us and the team he manages work to the same high standards.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Generation Partners

Black Mountain Partners

Aviva Investors




Invel Real Estate Advisors

American Institute for Foreign Study

St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

Aytoun Street Developments

The Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust


St Peter’s College, University of Oxford


Evox Therapeutics

Project & Building Consultancy

Esdevium part of the Asmodee group

Catalyst housing group

Permasteelisa UK Ltd

One Housing Group

Newlon Housing Trust

Paragon Asra Housing Limited

Poplar Harca

BDL group

Southern Housing

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Treveth Developments Limited

Cornwall City Council



Epping Forest District Council

Signature Homes



Ennismore International / Hoxton Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advising Black Mountain Partners on the redevelopment of 68 King William Street and an all-day restaurant from the owners of the Wolseley.
  • Negotiated a complex agreement for a lease for Esdevium Limited with a gross internal area in excess of 13,000 sq ft.
  • Advising the developers of a large 250,000 sq ft office to private rented sector scheme to create 629 apartments at Parkview in Bristol.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is well regarded for its advice to housebuilders and infrastructure and UK real estate developers. The team has a broad practice, but with particular expertise in matters involving building safety concerns and large-scale heating schemes. Eleanor Kilminster and Colin Hall co-head the construction team, advising on public sector and energy work respectively.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Kilminster; Colin Hall


‘Very friendly and approachable. Excellent service delivery.’

‘Wide range of expertise. Honest advice.’

‘Eleanor Kilminster is always super helpful.’

‘The in-house team at Winckworth Sherwood provides a comprehensive service that covers all aspects of residential property development. This provides an efficient service for us.’

‘I often seek advice over specific points requiring a friendly, common-sense view with a quick turnaround. The WS team always support the task in hand.’

Key clients


Aviva Investors

Barratt Homes

Bouygues Development

Camden Town Centre Limited

Catalyst Housing

Clarion Housing Group


Countryside Properties

Countrywide Developments

Evolve Housing

Fusion Leisure

Harwich Haven Authority

Hill Partnerships


Hyde Housing

Keepmoat Homes

Lewisham Homes

London & Quadrant Housing

Meridian Home Start

Network Housing

Notting Hill Genesis


One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Optivo Housing


Pimlico District Heating

Populo Living

Redrow Homes

Swan Housing

Telford Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Redrow Homes on transactions for the development and sale of two schemes with a combined GDV of £183.5m.
  • Advising Barratt on its role as construction and development manager on two projects at Blackhorse Road and Wembley Park.
  • Advising Notting Hill Genesis, the lead developer regenerating the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, on overall strategy matters.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's non-contentious construction practice is led by Simon Rowland from the firm's Newcastle office.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rowland

Key clients

Stepnell Limited

Life Story Group Limited

Grainger PLC