Firms To Watch: Construction: non-contentious

Druces LLP relaunched its construction practice in 2021 with the hires of Richard Bailey and senior associate Laughlan Steer from RWK Goodman.
DWF expanded its London construction offering with new hires Jim Jordan from Weightmans and Yolanda Walker from CMS.
Hill Dickinson LLP has enhanced its London construction team through the strategic addition of David Rintoul in 2020 and legal director Ruth Wilkinson in 2021, both bringing valuable expertise from their previous roles at Clarkslegal LLP.

Firms in the Spotlight Construction: non-contentious

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …

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Construction: non-contentious in London

Clifford Chance LLP

Offering comprehensive services across major construction sectors, including energy, mining, infrastructure, and real estate, Clifford Chance LLP serves a varied clientele from developers and funders to financial investors and contractors. The firm is carving a niche for itself in emerging sectors such as green hydrogen, LNG, carbon capture, and data centres. Under the leadership of Sandy Hall, the practice excels in advising clients on complex projects across major industry sectors, placing particular emphasis on energy transition and new technology initiatives. Depth is added to the group through Marianne Toghill‘s expertise in large-scale real estate and data centre developments, and Edward Bretherton‘s proficiency in handling complex construction projects, specifically those related to energy transition. David Metzger, the former team leader, continues to contribute his expansive knowledge, especially in the fields of renewables, nuclear energy, transport, and real estate development.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Hall

Other key lawyers:

Marianne Toghill, David Metzger, Edward Bretherton


‘The team is sophisticated and able to run with new matters with justified confidence and efficiency. They understand the specific concerns of working on construction in the UAE and are able to express their knowledge and thought leadership in a user-friendly and constructive way.’

‘Sandy Hall’s experience on construction and process technology licensing matters is excellent and has proved highly valuable in clarifying issues, determining commercially viable options and progressing difficult negotiations.’

‘Excellent market knowledge and seamless working relationships with other departments within Clifford Chance to provide comprehensive advice.’

‘Always responsive and willing to go the extra mile to support, particularly Marianne Toghill and Adam Waite.’

‘The team is dynamic and responsive and always challenging ‘the norm’. They are collaborative with clients and their teams.’

‘Marianne Toghill, in particular, is a very engaging partner and is always available to clients. Her advice is always well constructed and level-headed, and she brings an experienced calm to the table.’

‘Marianne Toghill – vast knowledge of construction law and industry knowledge.’

‘An excellent team who are very commercial and practical – down to earth and very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

CNIC Corporation

Siemens Energie





US Department of Energy

Native Land

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)

Battersea Project Land Company Limited

Electricite de France (EDF)

EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN)



PlatformCo Hidrogeno

8 Rivers Capital LLC


Stack Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising the PlatformCo on the construction and procurement aspects of one of Europe’s largest green hydrogen projects with a fleet of first in kind integrated solar to gas H2 production plants.
  • Advising 8 Rivers LLC as developer of a Net Zero power plant in Teesside using state-of-the-art technology to generate highly-efficient, low-cost energy from natural gas and capturing exhaust CO2 for commercial purposes or sequestration.
  • Advising Native Land on the 9-building urban regeneration project at Bankside Yards, London comprising multiple high rise buildings including office and residential.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, a developer-led practice, provides front-end project implementation advice across multiple sectors. Renowned for its expertise in the real estate sector, the firm delivers expert counsel on significant UK development projects. In the energy and infrastructure spheres, the firm’s insights extend to interconnector projects, renewable energy initiatives, and pioneering decarbonisation projects. Tim Healey, head of the team, offers strategic procurement advice and leads negotiations for high-profile development projects, particularly in sustainable construction and decarbonisation. Nicholas Downing offers vast experience on major domestic and international projects across the commercial real estate development, energy, transport and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Bool, who joined the group in April 2023 from Ashurst, where he was head of the non-contentious construction team, contributes his expertise in UK real estate development. Iain Suttie, of counsel, is highly regarded for his specialisation in major urban regeneration and infrastructure programmes within the transport and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Healey

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Downing; Matthew Bool; Iain Suttie


‘The team is strong, and they work well together, so the client does not have a single focal point.’

‘Their strengths are (1) availability, (2) knowledge, and (3) teamwork.’

‘Quality team who are able to assist with the most complicated of projects.’

‘Iain Suttie is an absolute font of knowledge and brings assurance to any transaction.’

‘Absolutely bang up to date in law and expected legal changes.’

‘Nick Downing has lustrous skills in construction, but with a fabulous legal bandwidth. He never fails to return a call, and the work produced under his supervision is never, ever less than of the highest and most rigorous quality.

Key clients

British Land


Related Argent


HB Reavis

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

BP Exploration Operating Company Limited

Cero Generation

IGI Poseidon

High Speed Two Limited



RWE Supply & Trading AG

VPI Immingham


Work highlights

  • Advised British Land on the 53-acre redevelopment of Canada Water to provide up to 3,000 homes as well as workspace and retail, leisure, entertainment and community space.
  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ Energy Transition Fund on the development of the HØST power-to-x facility in Denmark, using electricity from renewables to produce CO2-free green ammonia and provide district heating to the local area.
  • Advised HB Reavis on the large-scale redevelopment of Elizabeth House, Waterloo, London to provide 1.2m sq ft of workspace, retail space and public realm connected to Waterloo Station, including significant rail interfaces.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s globe-spanning practice handles every stage of projects, including initial set-up, procurement, and risk management during delivery. The team advises suppliers and purchasers involved in the delivery of significant construction and infrastructure projects, acting for an array of clients from contractors and employers to governments, sponsors, and investors. Practice leader John Woolley provides guidance across the energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular expertise in East Africa. Infrastructure specialist Jonathan Hart brings extensive knowledge of drafting and negotiating construction contracts and project documentation. Greg Jones, who has experience across the firm’s Birmingham, Hong Kong and Beijing offices, focuses on infrastructure and energy projects primarily in international markets, while Anne-Marie Friel, expert in NEC and collaborative contracting, brings her experience in advising multi-party contractor joint ventures. Rob Morson, who recently moved from the firm’s Johannesburg office to London, specialises in project delivery and non-contentious construction matters with significant experience across Africa.

Practice head(s):

John Woolley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hart; Greg Jones; Anne-Marie Friel; Rob Morson; Lynne Davy; Kofi Atta; Sam Roberts


‘One of the particular strengths was the commerciality of brinkmanship with regard to chasing construction contracts. There are lots of unknowns and you are trying to minimise the unknowns and the detrimental impact that comes with those issues. In particular, the negotiation of the construction contract was a particular highlight of the service.’

‘There were a couple of instances where we had some health and safety crossovers where they were supportive of the specialist team within Pinsent Masons that focuses on Health & Safety. They were able to draw upon that knowledge quickly and effectively. Lots of good legal advice was provided before they started and that was very beneficial.’

‘Brilliant commercial perspective and focus on the client’s end result.’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)

Global Gem Hotels Limited

McLaren Construction Group SA

Laing O’Rourke

Mulalley Construction Limited

Power Construction Corporation of China (Powerchina)

Sinohydro Corporation Limited

China Machinery Engineering Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising TII Ireland on the Dublin Metrolink. The project will deliver a surface-level and underground metro system from Swords to Charlemont, connecting a park and ride facility north of the city, Dublin Airport, and the city centre.
  • Advising UKSFH Eddington Property on the design and construction of two residential developments in Cambridge as part of a wider development of land previously owned by The University of Cambridge.
  • Advising Scottish Power in relation to all aspects of the development of the GBP 3 billion East Anglia 3 offshore windfarm including multiple packages for turbines, foundations, vessels and cabling.

Addleshaw Goddard

Renowned for advising on large-scale, high-risk projects, Addleshaw Goddard supports both UK and international clients, providing strategic guidance on complex structuring solutions, risk management and various construction-related issues throughout the lifespan of projects. The firm’s sector expertise spans living spaces, major London mixed-use developments, industrial engineering, healthcare, and energy. Andrew McVeigh, who heads the team, is well-versed in all facets of residential development and student accommodation, as well as real estate matters, including offices, data centres, and hotels. Luke Baines co-chairs the firm’s hotels and leisure practice, demonstrating significant expertise in domestic and international construction and engineering projects, with a specialisation in complex EPC contracts. Alex Hirom, who focuses on non-contentious agreements for major construction and engineering projects, co-heads the power sub-sector practice. Julia Court brings extensive experience in the UK development sector, while Sam Cary specialises in residential development and process engineering projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McVeigh

Other key lawyers:

Luke Baines; Alex Hirom; Julia Court; Sam Cary; Rob Easton


‘A team that knows and cares about the industry and invests time and effort to know our assets and business. Responsive, helpful and transparent when it comes to billing.’

‘Luke Baines is responsive, friendly, approachable and genuinely cares about our business.’

‘Good commerciality. Understand the sector very well. Make good efforts to understand our business and requirements. Willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Pension Insurance Corporation

Norlake Hospitality

Federated Hermes (Hestia UK Residential Investment 1 LP)

PGIM Real Estate

Primark Stores Limited

Beltane Asset Management

McLaren Property Limited

Mount Anvil Limited

Angelo Gordon

Ridgeback Group

The Warden and Scholars of Winchester College

CBRE Global Investors

Notting Hill Genesis

UCB Celltech

Village Hotels

Endurance Land

Associated British Foods

Intermediate Capital Group

Cadogan Estates

Royal London

Work highlights

  • Advising PIC on the deployment of their assets into strategic investments across the country, including a 51-storey BTR tower in Birmingham.
  • Acting for Norlake Hospitality in relation to the refinancing, construction and refurbishment works at numerous hotels across the UK and Europe, including the development of new Hoxton Hotels in Shepherd’s Bush, Barcelona and Berlin and the redevelopment of Eynsham Hall.
  • Advising MiddleCap on the re-development of Seal House, located on the River Thames in the City of London to create a mixed-use scheme comprising 131,000 sq ft of offices, 10,000 sq ft of restaurants, external terraces and a rooftop public viewing garden.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman is known for its advice on significant standalone construction mandates, particularly those related to energy transition. The firm is also proficient in handling the construction aspects of broader project development transactions, providing a holistic service to clients. Under Troy Edwards‘ leadership, the practice offers significant expertise in both privately and publicly financed energy projects, benefiting governments, lenders, developers, and contractors. Alex Chenery brings his comprehensive experience in advising sponsors and lenders on major construction projects within the energy and infrastructure sectors. Mark Walker further strengthens the department with his extensive exposure in power, gas, LNG, coal, and renewables-related projects throughout the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. Energy infrastructure projects specialist Daniel Garton joined from White & Case LLP in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Alex Chenery; Mark Walker; Guled Yusuf; Eleanor Milne; Daniel Garton


‘Great availability, skills and knowledge. Reactivity for solving any requests or emergency raised during the collaboration period.’

‘The team has diverse experience, spanning a wide range of different sectors, and brings innovation and a fresh perspective to problem-solving. Very capable and bright individuals who have excellent law skills are able to communicate and translate legal knowledge in a practical way.’

‘Troy Edwards has an exceptional commercial sense, providing spot on proactive practical advice. He has an innate instinct in getting to the heart of an issue with lightning speed and finds workarounds even with the most difficult counter-parties which are appropriate for the context.’

‘The legal team’s ability to provide practical advice and real life impact analysis on extremely complex multi stakeholder transactions, highlighting the key business, legal and commercial risk is excellent. Especially good in the hot house of negotiation, understood well the need for collaboration and developing detailed understanding and clarity on contract efficacy.’

‘Mark Walker – A very thorough and experienced lawyer with strong people skills. Great work ethic.’

Key clients

NNB Generation Company Limited

GemCorp Capital LLP

Chervron Mediterranean Ltd

Xlinks Limited

Green Investment Group Limited (GIG)

CWP Global

Vertex Hydrogen Limited

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL)

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)


Virgin Media

Liberty Global


Alujain Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising NNB Generation Company Limited on the development of the new GBP 20bn Sizewell C nuclear power plant to be constructed at Suffolk, United Kingdom.
  • Advising Xlinks on the development and financing of the Xlinks Morocco-UK power project.
  • Advising the financiers on a project financing for the greenfield construction of an olefin complex in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.


Operating across diverse sectors such as real estate development, transport, life sciences, and global infrastructure, Ashurst showcases its capability in handling complex projects both domestically and internationally. With Ben Patton at the helm, the team provides strategic procurement advice and is well-versed in all aspects of non-contentious construction, excelling in large-scale development projects, logistics, and infrastructure. Nicholas Hilder leverages his skills in advising developers, contractors, and funders across the infrastructure, oil and gas, and power sectors, whereas counsel Sadia McEvoy offers expertise in JCT and NEC contracts and advice on health and safety legislation. Senior associate Lauren Morrison adeptly handles high-value redevelopments, acquisitions, and disposals for diverse clients, while senior associate Chris Whitehouse’s specialisation in non-contentious construction and real estate, particularly in logistics and infrastructure projects, bolsters the team’s proficiency.

Practice head(s):

Ben Patton

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Hilder; Sadia McEvoy; Lauren Morrison; Chris Whitehouse; Matt Pearson; Ian Hedberg; Michelle Devonport


‘The Ashurst team are very diligent, thoughtful and very proactive. They have assisted expertly in numerous construction documents, but also provide strategic business and market insight. The ‘Ashurst Collaborate’ site (EDMS) is extremely helpful and is used more times than I care to remember to track down appointments or specific terms agreed.’

‘A personal level of service, with a real interest in your business needs and drivers. The support received is not just the transactional workload, it includes industry and legislative changes with the guidance one needs to adapt to it.’

‘Always confident that their approach and responses are fully developed and delivering a genuinely superior service.’

Key clients

SNC Lavlin

Associate British Ports

Balfour Beatty

British Land



H&M Hennes


Invesco Ltd.





The Berkeley Group

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield SE

Virgin Media O2

Cadillac Fairview

Stanhope plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for British Land, one of the largest UK property companies, on the redevelopment of the Broadgate estate (a 32 acre mixed use campus in the City of London). Our current focus is 1 Appold Street which is currently being repositioned to deliver a best-in-class sustainable workplace with BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Platinum and NABERS 5*+ rating.
  • Acting for HS2 Limited on the procurement of nine rail systems packages for Phases One and 2a of the HS2 project using first-of-a-kind alliancing arrangements which incentivise all parties to act on a ‘best for project’ basis. The heavily modified form of the NEC3 ECC encourages an unprecedented level of coordination between contractors.
  • Acting for Stanhope plc as the sole legal provider on the construction contracts for the Oxford North development, one of the UK’s most significant life science projects which puts sustainability at the heart of its plans, and which, at 64 acres, will contain 939,000 square feet of laboratory space and 480 homes.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s robust and global practice provides comprehensive advice on all stages of project life cycles, from upfront structuring to effective contract management. Adept at handling both governmental and private projects, the firm stands out in guiding employers on complex engineering projects and advising on high-profile commercial, residential, and industrial developments. Leading the group is Mike Webster, a specialist in major energy, mining, and infrastructure assets development. His expertise is complemented by Neil Donoghue’s experience in project development and M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Senior associate Rhiannon Williams specialises in developing major mining and infrastructure assets, with a diverse portfolio of projects and concessions, while senior associate Tania Arora focuses on power projects in the UK, Asia, and the EMEA region.

Practice head(s):

Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:

Neil Donoghue; Rhiannon Williams; Tania Arora; Andrew Hope

Key clients



Standard Chartered Bank


Edwardian Group


Global Ports Holding Plc

Korea Electric Power Corporation KEPCO

Bank Hapoalim

Vanguard Asset Management

Hutchison Ports


CLDN Cobelfret

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of lenders including Standard Chartered Bank, CIMB, Maybank OCBC, DBS and RHB in relation to the multi-billion pound financing, refinancing, construction and re-development of all phases of the iconic Battersea Power Station.
  • Advising Global Port Holdings PLC, as the sponsors, and their project company as successful proponents in connection with the 30-year concession to repair, improve, operate and maintain the Cruise Port situated in San Juan, Puerto Rico on a PPP basis.
  • Assisting Ma’aden in relation to its major Phosphate 3 expansion project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner distinguishes itself with its proficiency in commercial construction matters, serving UK property companies and developers. Renowned for its drafting expertise in commercial construction matters, the firm provides strategic guidance to real estate developers on a plethora of projects, including build-to-rent, student accommodation, mixed-use, and retirement living projects. The practice’s expertise is increasingly sought internationally, extending its client reach across Europe and Asia. Team leader Gareth Stringer offers comprehensive advice on contract drafting and negotiation, procurement strategy, and project management, primarily for large-scale developments. The firm’s capability is further augmented by Nazir Dewji’s proficiency in procurement strategy and project management, Kimberly Roberts’s versatile expertise on major developments, and senior associate Christopher Skone James‘s specialisation in advising developers, employers and funders on retail, residential, and other projects.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Stringer

Other key lawyers:

Nazir Dewji; Kimberly Roberts; Christopher Skone James


‘We use BCLP for all services. We’ve been impressed with the collaboration internally with the other departments.’

‘Aside from being commercially focused and sound, Kimberly Roberts is very personable and organised. She gets back to you and holds deadlines. She can make tough timeframes work and we’ve always managed to get to where we need to be. I work with multiple partners across different disciplines and in my view is arguably one of the best we have working with us.’

‘Strength in depth with good market coverage.’

‘Gareth Stringer is accessible and pragmatic with good market knowledge.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Great Portland Estates

Blackstone/ Hudson Pacific Properties JV (Sunset London Studios Propco Ltd)

EDF Energy

Barking Riverside Limited

Edge Technologies

Oxford Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising The Crown Estate on the construction aspects of its Central London Portfolio, a £7bn property portfolio comprising St James’ and Regent Street.
  • Advising gas and electricity giant, EDF Energy, on the civils package for the £20bn Sizewell C nuclear project in Suffolk, England.
  • Advised Blackstone and Hudson Pacific Properties joint venture vehicle (Sunset London Studios Propco Ltd) on the purchase and development of site at Theobalds Park Farm, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire into a £700m film and TV studio.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s construction team, which advises clients across the complete lifecycle of a construction project, has expertise ranging from planning and finance to construction and long-term operation. The firm’s proficiency extends across a range of sectors, including social, energy, transport, and commercial development projects. Led by John Morris, who is known for his extensive experience in negotiating and drafting building and engineering contracts, the department serves an array of industry players such as developers, contractors, and insurers. Recent addition Victoria Peckett, former co-head of the CMS team, brings with her considerable contentious and non-contentious experience across a broad range of sectors. Legal director Will Cooper adds expertise in project delivery agreements and different procurement forms to the team.

Practice head(s):

John Morris

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Peckett; Will Cooper

Key clients

Grainger Residential Limited

Connected London Living

Seaway 7

Wates Construction Limited


Work highlights

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


CMS delivers a comprehensive suite of services that encompass the entire lifespan of a project, from inception and financing to procurement, facilities, and asset management. The firm is notable for its growing sector expertise in areas like leisure, retail, education, urban regeneration sites, life sciences, and data centres. Team leader David Parton advises on all facets of infrastructure, construction, and energy projects, domestically and abroad. Karen Clarke adopts a lifecycle approach to property assets, offering guidance to investors, developers, funders, occupiers and services on all aspects of development and operation. Alistair McGrigor‘s extensive experience in major forms of construction procurement, coupled with Rebecca Prigg‘s proficiency in due diligence, development obligations, and live project management issues, further enriches the department’s capabilities.

Practice head(s):

David Parton

Other key lawyers:

Karen Clarke; Alistair McGrigor; Rebecca Prigg


‘Very deep team and experience in real estate and construction.’

‘David Parton is really strong. He is an excellent project manager, very good with clients and technically strong.’

‘Karen Clarke is approachable and experienced’

Key clients



Transport for London

Earls Court Properties Limited

Mace Ltd

Dragados S.A.

Moorfields NHS Trust

University College London

Great Portland Estates

The Wellcome Trust

Yondr Group Limited

Arrow Capital Partners

M&G Funds

M&G Real Estate Limited

Kennedy Wilson


University of the Arts, London

Legal & General




Capital & Regional


Castleforge Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint venture between Delancey, Dutch pension fund APG and Transport for London (ECPL), on the £4bn redevelopment of the Earls Court Opportunity Area.
  • Advised Mace Ltd and Dragados S.A. (in joint venture) on all its construction and related contracts on HS2’s transformation of Euston Station and the construction of the new Birmingham Curzon Street Station.
  • Advised Moorfields NHS Trust and University College London (in joint venture) on Project Oriel which is a new purpose built 40,000 sqm hospital and research centre, situated in King’s Cross London.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper, with its expertise in real estate, Infratech, and energy and natural resources spheres, serves a diverse portfolio of domestic and international clients. Its reach spans a variety of real estate sectors including commercial, residential, and hotels, to logistics sites, sports arenas, and retail. The team also has particular expertise in the private rented sector and student accommodation projects. The non-contentious side is helmed by Peter Lowe, who advises a broad spectrum of the construction industry from developers to end-user occupiers, and Sarah Thomas, who brings expertise in large UK and international infrastructure projects. The practice includes legal directors Corinne McCarthy, who has a diverse clientele ranging from developers to banks, and Jon Baker, an infrastructure-focused construction lawyer with growing experience in energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Corinne McCarthy; Jon Baker


‘The department’s strengths are in the depth of service, and ability to respond in a timely manner. In addition, the type of advice – the team is very good at analysing complex situations and breaking them down into tangible, easy to understand parts.’

‘Peter Lowe is an outstanding non-contentious construction lawyer. His advice on complex situations during acquisitions, to administration of contractors through to disposal of portfolios is a real testament to his breadth and depth of knowledge and knowing what both funders and purchasers will accept.’

‘No hesitation on using DLA Construction on high value real estate projects, and have done so for many years.’

Key clients

ABB Construction


Affinity water

Agility Trains

Amber Infrastructure Group;


BAM Construction Limited

BAM Nuttall

BMM JV Limited

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Brunel University London

CA Ventures

Campus Living Villages UK Ltd

Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Limited

CBRE Limited

Clyde Wind Farm Limited

Consort Healthcare (Salford) PLC

Croda Europe Limited

Crouch End (FEC) Limited

Dalmore Capital

DPR Construction

Eco World – Ballymore Embassy Gardens Company Limited

Elounda LLP / Southend United Football Club

Erith Contractors Limited


Global Student Accommodation



Hitachi Rail Ltd

Infrared Capital Partners

Kier Construction Ltd

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mace Developments Limited

Merlin Group

NPH Healthcare Limited


PGP Consortium Limited

Royal SMIT Transformers B.V

Quintain Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company


Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd

Sellafield Limited

Severfield UK Limited

St James’s Place UK Plc / Orchard Street Investment Management

State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Stobart Rail Limited (now XYZ Rail Limited)

The Alumasc Group plc

The Glebe Old School S.a.r.l / Orion Capital Managers

Watkin Jones Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising CA Ventures on all new purpose-built student accommodation developments in the UK, including projects in Leicester, two in Hackney, Leeds, New Cross, Woolwich and Edinburgh.
  • Advising the owners of Southend United Football Club in connection with the construction documentation for a large, phased 1,300 unit residential development across two sites (Roots Hall and Fossetts Farm), and the construction of a new 14,000 seater football stadium and training ground facilities.
  • Advising Sunrise in connection with the acquisition and construction of various logistics parks across the UK, including developments at Crewe, Farnborough, Burgess Hill, Doncaster, and Rugby.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is recognised for its sector expertise in power, energy, transport, and infrastructure. The firm serves a diverse clientele including developers, owners, contractors, manufacturers, and consultants. Spearheading the team is Gillian Thomas, whose work on high-profile developments within the UK has cemented her excellent reputation within the industry. Adrian Walker brings to the table a broad scope of experience, having advised both the private and public sectors on complex infrastructure projects. Jeremy Brittenden offers proficiency in managing high-profile PPP/PFI projects globally, including extensive experience negotiating project agreements. Senior associate Malcolm Parry is a specialist in handling first-of-a-kind projects, providing valuable advice on risk structuring and project management.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Walker; Jeremy Brittenden; Malcolm Parry

Key clients

King’s Cross Central LP

Argent Related

Paradise Circus Ltd Partnership

The Crown Estate

Cross London Trains Limited

National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU)

Government of Uzbekistan

Work highlights

  • Advising King’s Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2bn, 8 million square feet King’s Cross Central development, London’s most prestigious mixed development. Advice has included all associated infrastructure and public realm works.
  • Advising Argent Related as development partner in the multibillion-pound Brent Cross Town regeneration scheme.
  • Advising on a new landmark development in the heart of Birmingham, including on construction contracts for the onsite infrastructure podium works and the asset protection agreement with Birmingham City Council.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP takes on complex construction and engineering projects in the UK, spanning various asset classes including major offices, large-scale residential projects and alternative asset classes. The practice is co-led by Simon Hunter, a specialist in the hotel, student accommodation, and distribution sectors, and Marc Hanson. Hanson and Adriano Amorese, both of whom joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in 2022, jointly bring expertise in procurement routes for complex construction projects and the drafting and negotiation of construction documentation. Managing associate Charlotte Braine adds her vast experience in representing developers, funders, purchasers, tenants, and investors across a wide array of construction documentation.

Practice head(s):

Marc Hanson; Simon Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Adriano Amorese; Justine Ayto; Phoebe McLarty, Charlotte Braine


‘The team is very commercial and understood the brief well. Their response time was excellent and they resolved issues quickly and creatively.’

‘Adriano Amorese is very bright and experienced; gives total reassurance that matters in hand have been considered and addressed.’

‘Charlotte Braine is an excellent technical lawyer and has quick response times. Gets the right balance between resolving issues with the other party on their own initiative and returning to the client for instructions.’

‘The team is notable for its speed of responses and ability to think quickly and advise on courses of action prior to then getting the full, written justification for what has been discussed.’

‘Willing to discuss matters rather than dictate, and ready to explain the nuances between certain aspects.’

‘A real understanding of their client and what’s important to them, resulting in pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Brookfield Properties

Juramia Limited


Colt Data Centre Services

Crosstree Real Estate Partners LLP


Get Living



Starwood Capital Group

Watkin Jones

Sky Studios Limited and Comcast Corporation



Student Roost


The Church Commissioners for England



Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield Properties on all construction aspects of its development of 1 Leadenhall.
  • Acting for Juramia Limited in connection with their £500m redevelopment of Lansdowne House in Berkeley Square, London.
  • Advising Colt Data Centre Services on procurement strategy and construction documentation in connection with its London 4 campus (a 50MW data centre campus in Hayes, West London).

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has earned a reputation for its expert advice to project owners, developers, contractors, financiers, and more, across all areas of the construction industry. It is distinguished for its sectoral focus encompassing energy, infrastructure, and natural resources, particularly in projects involving roads, rail, mines, and power generation facilities. The firm’s proficiency extends to advising on alternative procurement models, contract negotiation and preparation, as well as handling supply chain issues. Under the leadership of Donald Warnock, the department includes Andrew Buisson, renowned for his expertise in PFI/PPP concession arrangements, and Chris Down, who offers broad experience in the development and financing of construction projects. Recently relocated from Singapore to London, Nicky Davies brings her speciality in financing and construction aspects of major infrastructure projects, particularly in negotiating concession agreements and associated project and finance documentation.

Practice head(s):

Donald Warnock

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Buisson; Chris Down; Nicky Davies; David Hawkins; Wasim Khan


‘A very strong team in the construction and projects space.’

Key clients

Assured Guaranty

Balfour Beatty

Bouygues UK

DP World

Hyde Housing

Eco World

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Eurasian Resources Group

Full Circle Generation Limited





International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Marubeni Corporation

National Grid

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation




Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Work highlights

  • Advised Masdar on multiple renewable projects in Uzbekistan. Advised and led on the drafting and negotiation of split EPC contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction components.
  • Advised a joint venture of institutional investors on the £1.3bn redevelopment of Olympia London, a 130 year old exhibition and events business.
  • Advised Red Sea Global in connection with the negotiation and execution of a design, consultancy services, management, operation and maintenance contract with daa International relating to the Red Sea Airport located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia along the Red Sea.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP boasts a highly collaborative international practice, expertly offering strategic advice across diverse industry sectors, including energy, infrastructure, and major property developments. Leading the construction group is Ellis Baker, a recognised authority on FIDIC contracts, who has guided clients across over 30 countries in all aspects of project delivery. Richard Hill, who co-heads the non-contentious team, brings extensive experience in the procurement, construction, and operation of diverse projects, with a primary geographical focus on the United Kingdom, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. Senior associate Paddy Mohen‘s expertise lies in advising on the construction of projects that are vital to energy transition, covering areas such as renewable energy, energy storage, and green metal projects. Daniel Garton left for A&O Shearman in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Baker; Richard Hill

Other key lawyers:

Paddy Mohen


‘The team is professional, provides comprehensive advice yet very practical with a clear bottom line.’

Key clients

Republic of Uzbekistan

Work highlights

  • Advising various ministries and state-owned companies of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the construction of a number of major projects, including the projects highlighted below, as Uzbekistan continues to modernise and open up to greater foreign investment.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP operates across a range of areas including nuclear technologies, transport, defence, and renewable energy. Leading the firm’s construction department is Steven James, who focuses on non-contentious construction matters in the nuclear, renewable energy, and commercial real estate spheres. Lloyd James and James Horton augment the non-contentious team with their focus on renewable energy construction and infrastructure projects respectively.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd James; James Horton


‘Very capable organisation with a lot of experience and valuable lessons learnt. They have shown their strength in the FIDIC DMIC contract type.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon are clearly well-informed on the project, and maintain a strong relationship with the in-house legal team, often highlighting areas of concern.’

‘In over a year of working together, James Horton has always delivered to quality and met agreed timelines. Based on feedback from the supplier, it is clear that James has a great working relationship with his counterpart on the supplier’s side, facilitating negotiations for the supply chain team.’

‘Accommodating and adaptable. Open to feedback – I requested a more diverse team for my project, and Burges Salmon were instantly responsive and supportive. They “get” startups much better than most straitjacketed law firms and are building an increasingly impressive practice area in the clean energy and distributed energy resources sector.’

‘James Horton is empathetic – a rare quality in the legal world – and able to advise non-traditional, innovative businesses. Able to draw on existing body of work and knowledge and apply to novel commercial circumstances.’

‘The team were commercial and responsive, with a flexible approach which marked them out as an excellent choice.’

‘They displayed good judgement, patience and determination in dealing with some tricky issues and personalities.’

‘Very personable and easy to communicate with.’

Key clients

Eden Geothermal and Gravis


AEG Presents

Cardiff Parkway

Reactive Technologies

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Ministers

Cayman Islands Government (CIG)

National Highways


Green Lithium Refining

Severn Trent Water Limited

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Birmingham City Council


Energy Storage Battery clients including BayWa, JLEN/Foresight, GIG, Macquarie, Eku Energy, Energia, et al.

Lloyds Bank PLC

Fern Trading Group Limited

PP08 Finance Ltd

Work highlights

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers an extensive range of services for major construction and engineering projects, both domestically and internationally, covering procurement, transactional work, and dispute resolution. The construction group is spearheaded by Steven Carey and features specialists like Fiona Edmond, who advises central London commercial developers on a multitude of construction projects and property transactions. Senior counsel Duncan Salmon lends his expertise to the regeneration and development sectors, advising on substantial UK projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Edmond; Duncan Salmon; James Worthington

Key clients

Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Bellway Homes Limited

Hill Residential Limited

BioMed Realty L.P.

Derwent London Plc

Howard de Walden Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Derwent London Plc on all of their construction work across their entire portfolio, including their newest major scheme, 25 Baker Street, which comprises 298,000 sq. ft, and started on site in February 2022.
  • Advised BioMed Realty L.P. in relation to all of their UK developments across their extensive portfolio of multi let science park developments, including extensive construction input on multiple agreements for lease and preparing and negotiating construction documents for incoming tenants.
  • Acted for Bellway Homes Limited (Bellway Partnerships) in the negotiation of a complex development agreement for the regeneration of Avenue Road Estate in Leytonstone with the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Fenwick Elliott LLP, a construction and energy boutique firm, offers extensive services that cover all phases of the construction process, including procurement, contract documentation and negotiation, and project support. The firm’s influence in the energy sector has notably grown, handling an increasing number of energy-from-waste and nuclear power projects, and advising on power plant matters both domestically and abroad. The non-contentious team is headed by David Bebb and Jatinder Garcha. Bebb specialises in contract drafting and project advice, whilst Garcha acts for a range of clients during the development process, with a recent focus on the renewable energy sector. The firm benefits from the expertise of senior associates Mark Pantry, who advises on both domestic and international projects, and Andrew Jeffcoat, who specialises in the effective structuring of complex project documents.

Practice head(s):

David Bebb; Jatinder Garcha

Other key lawyers:

Mark Pantry; Andrew Jeffcoat


‘They are on top of the legal and market developments in the wider construction business; very hands-on and pragmatic advice; great experience; very responsive; great negotiators.’

‘Jatinder Garcha: Very structured approach to issues; thinks it through; receptive to new aspects and perspectives; great to work with.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Acting for Nexans on various matters, one of which is the landmark Celtic Interconnector, the first subsea link for direct electricity exchange between France and Ireland.


Fieldfisher offers expertise in large-scale UK infrastructure projects, especially within the health and education sectors through major PFI initiatives, and in energy-from-waste projects. The construction department is at the helm of Dan Preston, who specialises in dispute resolution and project management for contractors and employers. Cecily Davis hones her focus on transport and energy projects, advising diverse stakeholders both domestically and internationally. Senior associate Christina Cheriyan acts for purchaser and contractor clients across different sectors, with experience in non-contentious legal work including contract drafting, negotiation, and review.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:

Cecily Davis; Jamie Key; Christina Cheriyan


‘Excellent senior associates, and the partners let them get on with it. Lean and mean.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

HS2 Limited

Imperial College




Kennedy Wilson

M Group

McLaren Group

Morgan Sindall Group (including Muse Developments)

Qatari National Bank

Rocket Properties

Rocket Properties

Sir Robert McAlpine

Tilbury Douglas

VolkerWessels Group

Work highlights

  • Appointed as one of two panel firms to HS2 Limited for all aspects of the HS2 project.
  • Acting for the Lot Partners in drafting and negotiating the Key Delivery Partner contracts for the £multi-billion PPP programme at Sellafield.
  • Advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of their new £1billion global R&D centre and corporate headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG provides comprehensive legal services for developers, contractors, and institutional clients across diverse sectors, specialising in PFI hand back, building safety, and international energy projects. Philip Baker heads the non-contentious side of the practice, using his extensive experience in advising on procurement strategy and project delivery for a wide array of real estate, construction, and engineering clients, including institutions, funders, and end-users. Principal associate Tarfa Ahmad guides developer and institutional investor clients on various construction projects and the construction aspects of investment acquisitions, while principal associate Hannah Daeche complements the team with her expertise in providing transactional advice to a diverse clientele in the real estate, construction, and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Philip Baker

Other key lawyers:

Tarfa Ahmad; Hannah Daeche

Key clients

BAE Systems Pension Funds Trustees

Legal & General

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society

iQ Student Accommodation

Empiric Student Property PLC

Battersea Power Station Development Company

The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

London Borough of Barnet

Telford Homes Limited

Canada Life


Columbia Threadneedle

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on various non-contentious and contentious issues arising from the development of the iconic power station site in London.
  • Advising the Royal London UK Real Estate Fund on the construction documents for a £200 million new office building in central London.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on the construction elements of a new railway station, known as Brent Cross Thameslink and other significant regeneration works.


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

Practice head(s):

Michael Sergeant; Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:

Richard Booth

Key clients

VolkerWessels Group

MW High Tech Projects UK Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited


JRL Group

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Barhale Limited

Hochtief Solutions AG

Belectric Gulf Limited

Robert Bird Group

Kuwait Oil Company

Work highlights

  • Advised a tier one UK rail contractor on the £9bn framework with Network Rail for track renewals and building and civil engineering work. This will run over a 10 year period from 2024.
  • Advised a tier one offshore contractor on the circa £800m EPCI Contract for the 3.1GW East Anglia offshore wind farm.
  • Advising on the tender for the £1bn Greenlink Interconnector cable, designed to provide National Grid with greater ability to utilise renewable energy being generated by the offshore wind farms in Scottish and English waters.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP provides advisory services on high-profile UK real estate development and transport infrastructure projects, with an expanding international practice. Kevin Greene, leading the London department, acts on behalf of institutional investors, developers, owners, funders, and contractors, bringing expertise in negotiating and drafting complex construction, procurement, and engineering contracts. Matthew Smith, as the global head of construction, focuses on advising clients in the UK and internationally on transport, energy, and infrastructure projects. Matthew Walker, a partner based in both the Doha and London offices, offers non-contentious construction advice specifically within the rail sector.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Walker

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Limited

Qatar Rail

European Metals Holdings

Mass Rapid Transit Malaysia

Angola LNG

Crown Commercial Services

Greater London Authority (GLA)


Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

London River Services Ltd

Ferrovial Construction UK

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Westinghouse Electric Company

Work highlights

  • Advising on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, an extensive mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of £850 million.
  • Advised on the FIDIC-based contract forms for initial feasibility studies and the most efficient project structure for the client, taking into account local law issues. On this project we are working with our local Czech counsel, Kamil Blažek of Kinstellar.
  • Representing Westinghouse, the nuclear technology provider, in relation to a series of high value nuclear projects across the globe.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP displays a robust capability in structuring various agreements for a multitude of projects, including public infrastructure, renewable energy, conventional power, and petrochemicals, both domestically and internationally. Co-head Andrew Penfold offers expertise in managing complex, high-value energy and infrastructure projects, serving sponsors, lenders, investors, governments, and contractors. Richard Coar, also leading the practice, is a specialist in advising clients on construction documents, with a particular focus on thermal power stations and various infrastructure assets. Managing associate Harith Canna brings acumen in procurement strategies and the negotiation of design, engineering, supply, and construction contracts.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Penfold; Richard Coar

Other key lawyers:

Harith Canna; Jonathan Inman

Key clients

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”)

The Ministry of Defence

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to four UK-based nuclear projects and the wider nuclear policy for delivery of nuclear new build since November 2017. The value of the projects range from £20 billion to £80 billion.
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom on its £4.2bn acquisition of a further five Type 26 Frigates from BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP, primarily a developer and investor-based practice, showcases its versatility through involvement in various sectors, ranging from build-to-rent and office developments to hotels, leisure, infrastructure, and residential projects. Leading the non-contentious group is Angus Dawson, who possesses specialised knowledge of the Building Safety Act’s impact on high-rise residential and mixed-use schemes. Senior associate Radhika Shah and associate Louisa Hudson provide advice to a wide range of stakeholders on all aspects of construction procurement, including contract drafting and negotiation, securing collateral warranties, third-party rights, guarantees, and bonds.

Practice head(s):

Angus Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Radhika Shah; Rebecca Whatman; Louisa Hudson


‘Angus Dawson and Louisa Hudson are stand-out performers and provide excellent service.’

‘Radhika Shah is very details driven.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports


Canary Wharf


Legal & General



The Ritz Hotel

Work highlights

  • Advising L&G’s flagship build to rent fund on the acquisition and development of various sites, including Wandsworth, Walthamstow, Bristol, Brighton and others.
  • Advising Stanhope on 8 Bishopsgate, a new 50-storey skyscraper, and the refurbishment of Warwick Court.
  • Acting on various major infrastructure and green energy developments for Associated British Ports, such as advising on the development of a renewable hydrogen plant by Air Products at the Port of Immingham.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP extends comprehensive advice to an array of clients including governments, suppliers, and purchasers. Proficiency spans across a wide array of sectors such as energy, process engineering, transport, and commercial property, as well as, increasingly, energy and ESG-related development work. Under the leadership of Michael Regan, the firm’s construction and engineering department navigates risk allocation and procurement strategies, utilising Regan’s in-depth familiarity of major construction and engineering contracts, especially FIDIC. Jonathan Hosie brings experience in advising on complex, high-value projects carrying substantial technical detail and significant risks. Jonathan Stone provides counsel to his diverse domestic and international clientele, encompassing developers, energy companies, and contractors, on all aspects of construction and engineering law.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hosie; Jonathan Stone; Tamsin Travers; Charles Pacey; Sean Hummerstone; Peter Parten


‘Practical in all aspects of work – don’t miss a trick.’

Key clients

British Land

Cheyne Capital


Galliford Try

Gardiner & Theobald


SSE and joint venture partners

Tide Construction

United Living

Wates Construction Limited

Work highlights

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP specialises in the areas of commercial and residential development, energy and utilities, infrastructure, and PFI/PPP projects. Under the joint leadership of Philip Davies and Alexandra Gower, the department includes associate director Nicholas Grewal, an expert in procurement, contract drafting, negotiation, and project delivery. Additionally, associate director Duncan Parker advises developers, funders, and contractors on the construction, operation, and maintenance of assets, with particular proficiency in renewables, bioenergy, and energy-from-waste projects, both domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Philip Davies; Alexandra Gower

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Grewal; Duncan Parker


‘Very friendly and knowledgeable. They really understand our business and how this work fits into the bigger picture. We appreciate them being on board as we don’t have this area of expertise in-house and these projects are high profile internally.’

‘Technically excellent, dedicated to getting the project done and on time; pragmatic.’

Key clients




British Land

Foresight Energy

Fusion Students


Long Harbour


Partners Group


Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised the Acorn consortium on their successful bid for the Velindre Cancer Centre Project and will continue to advise the client through to financial close and into the delivery phase of the project, including in respect of their negotiations with the building contract and O&M contractor.
  • Advised Partners Group on all real estate and construction aspects of their acquisition of nine student development sites through equity investment into a new £1bn joint venture with Host to manage and develop the properties going forward.
  • Advising Long Harbour on its acquisition of a site at The Mall, Walthamstow, for development into a 495-unit residential scheme consisting of two high-rise towers adjacent to the shopping centre owned by the vendor.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May engages in complex, large-scale construction and infrastructure projects, including high-stakes “bet the farm” ventures, large stadiums, and fit-out projects. Tom Inker, the head of construction, focuses on extensive projects such as football stadiums and significant infrastructure asset sales and acquisitions. Richard Todd brings expertise in the engineering, construction, and operation and maintenance aspects of major international and domestic projects. Associate Chloe Halloran contributes to the group with her work on large-scale construction projects and significant fit-out works, with particular proficiency in FIDIC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Tom Inker

Other key lawyers:

Richard Todd; Chloe Halloran; Jodi Haigh; John Nevin


‘The lead associate, Tom Inker, was excellent. He understood what was needed and was very hands-on in delivering, as well as managing the work of the wider team. In a transaction with a tricky client dynamic, he balanced the needs of all sides with remarkable aplomb and made a significant difference to the transaction as a whole.’

‘Industry knowledge is top-notch. Slaughter & May have lawyers who have different specialisms in a niche marketplace, and they always have (or can find) an answer. They are not above reassessing initial advice and revising it if they feel it necessary, so humility with excellence. Collaboration is excellent.’

‘Well resourced and strength in depth to provide quick advice at very short notice, enabling the client to move forwards. Advice always considers commercial situations and dynamics to ensure that it is appropriate.’

‘Excellent knowledge of our industry, acceptable positions and consideration of risk profile to be able to advise the client. Always available to respond to information and provide information. Ability to pitch responses to the audience.’

‘Very strong market knowledge and great attention to detail. They know the legal and commercial issues and how to fix them.’

‘Richard Todd – great at thinking on his feet and finding innovative solutions. Tom Inker – exceptional at spotting the issues and suggesting mitigations. Chloe Halloran – great market knowledge. Jodi Haigh – great attention to detail.’

‘John Nevin (Partner) is amazing; considered, balanced and supremely knowledgeable. I believe Slaughter & May is genuinely becoming the law firms’ choice of law firm for all things real estate and construction related. This in itself should be the highest praise possible.’

Key clients

Everton Football Club

Ferrovial S.A.

HM Government (Department of Levelling UP, Housing and Communities)

Therme North Limited

Marubeni Europower Limited

Lendlease Construction Europe Limited

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Inmarsat Global Limited

Arsenal Football Club

Baker McKenzie

Work highlights

  • Advising Everton FC on all procurement and construction aspects (including the interface with the financing) of its ground breaking 52,000 seat stadium project.
  • Advising HM Government (Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) (“DLUHC”) on the self-remediation terms to be entered into by major residential property developers and DLUHC.
  • Advised Ferrovial on the sale of Amey plc.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP advises on complex, high-value matters for a diverse clientele including contractors, lenders, and management companies. The team is headed by Matthew Jones, who provides guidance on procurement, drafting, and negotiation of building and engineering contracts, as well as related construction agreements. David Quinlan offers expertise to clients involved in all facets of the procurement process, including contracting authorities, sponsors, and construction contractors. Senior associate Stephanie O’Hare, with her cross-sector experience in housing and leisure, advises on matters ranging from building contracts and pre-construction agreements to security documents and third-party rights.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

David Quinlan; Stephanie O’Hare


‘Very strong team with capabilities across the board. Very commercial and personable. Very responsive.’

Key clients

R&F Properties

Cain International

Clearbell Capital

Blue Coast Capital

W. RE – Westminster Real Estate


Various Development Finance Lenders

BentallGreenOak UK Advisors LLP

NG DevCo Limited

The Westbury Hotel Limited

Trammell Crow Company Logistics (Milton Keynes) Limited

Vestas Offshore Wind UK Limited

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP caters to a diverse clientele across the private and public sectors, offering specialist expertise in regeneration, residential and commercial developments, procurement, energy, sustainability, and other areas. The department is spearheaded by Stephanie Canham, who primarily acts for private and commercial developers. Assad Maqbool contributes his unique specialisation in alliancing and collaborative forms of contract, while James Huckstep offers his expertise in procurement strategy and the drafting and negotiation of construction documents.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Canham

Other key lawyers:

Assad Maqbool; Paul Bartter; James Huckstep; David Cordery

Work highlights

  • Advised Ellison Oxford Limited (part of The Ellison Institute, LLC and the Ellison Institute of Transformative Medicine) on their acquisition of a 5.9-acre site in Oxford to create one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.
  • Advised IPS – Integrated Project Services Limited in respect of the construction of two new state-of-the-art facilities (a viral gene therapy GMP2 facility and a GMP mammalian cell culture facility) as part of a ¥90 Billion Yen global capital investment package.
  • Advised St James Group on the £130 million highways, bridges and infrastructure works in connection with the 4,600 home urban expansion of Milton Keynes East.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP, recognised for its work on high-value infrastructure projects, boasts a wide geographic reach and operates across numerous sectors such as renewables, transportation infrastructure, and data centres. Head of construction Roberta Downey leads a formidable department, including Andrew Nealon who oversees the non-contentious side of the group, advising on international construction projects particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with significant experience in high-value EPC contracts. Counsel Alistair Wishart further strengthens the team’s global presence with his counsel on large, complex construction projects across jurisdictions including Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Downey

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Nealon; Alistair Wishart

Key clients


Panama Canal Authority

SOCAR Polymer

SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. and BP

STAR Rafineri

Uzbekistan GTL LLC

Work highlights

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP offers comprehensive cradle-to-grave services in the energy, infrastructure, and transport sectors. Team head Martin Lucas specialises in offshore wind construction and project development. Barry Hembling provides both contentious and non-contentious support throughout a project’s lifecycle, from initial contract negotiations to dispute avoidance, with particular emphasis on real estate assets, especially in the hotel, leisure, and healthcare sectors. Emmanuel Ninos adds expertise in working with major utilities companies, developers, and contractors to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Barry Hembling; Emmanuel Ninos


‘Barry Hembling is extremely thorough in all that he does. He is never flustered and always provides reasoned robust advice and legal positions in a fair and balanced way, and has a skill of articulating his argument always in a manner that seems to avoid confrontation such that the other side sees his point and can engage positively.’

‘Watson Farley & Williams cover all sectors of industry with unrivalled knowledge and excellent counsel.’

‘Barry Hembling is an excellent communicator, giving a thoroughly professional service at all times. Cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘The team possess excellent technical knowledge and clear communication skills. They have collaborated closely with the client.’

‘Jamie Bell is very driven and helpful. He is capable of creative thinking whilst also possessing strong technical knowledge and is a very good communicator. Jamie understands the problem quickly and seeks to find sensible solutions.’

‘Experienced and knowledgeable team. Keep in regular touch and provide excellent quality industry legal updates. Always contactable for high-level advice when required.’

‘The individuals are extremely knowledgeable about our business, our governance and what is important to us. They take the time to maintain regular contact even when not directly commissioned.’

‘I am very glad we opted for WF&W and in particular Barry Hembling. He clearly has the experience, and he has excellent legal knowledge and is a good communicator, which is important when dealing with material contracts. I am pleased we have Barry in our corner in order to best protect the business in a period of growth.’

Key clients

The Wolseley Hospitality Group

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust

Poplar Harca

GMS Estates

Zaha Hadid Architects

BP Pension Fund

Colas Limited

Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm




Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Hitachi Zosen Innova

Work highlights

  • Advising the special purpose vehicles set-up by SSE plc and Equinor on all the construction elements for the development of the large-scale wind farms that are often referred to as the “Dogger Bank” offshore wind farm.
  • Continuing to provide non-contentious construction law advice on a portfolio of real estate development projects for the BP Pension Fund (Ropemaker Properties), one of the UK’s largest pension funds.
  • Advising Vattenfall on the development and construction of the 4.2 GW Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farms, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.

Beale & Co

The non-contentious construction team at Beale & Co, a boutique firm specialising in construction and insurance law, concentrates exclusively on drafting and negotiating contracts and handling project-related construction matters. The group is under the joint leadership of Will Buckby, Peter Kitson, and Andrew Croft. Buckby hones his focus on the highway and rail sectors, with UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa experience. Kitson, who joined from Russell-Cooke LLP in February 2023, is proficient in contract strategy, while Croft brings expertise in advising on international projects, including those in the Middle East and Africa.

Practice head(s):

Will Buckby; Andrew Croft; Peter Kitson

Other key lawyers:

Nadir Hasan; Tim Kittow


‘The Beale & Co team make a real effort to know their clients and teams – both in terms of in-house lawyers and relevant business leads. They are open to feedback and innovation.’

‘Will Buckby is very responsive and great at client service and expectations management. Provides practical advice, as well as being clear on the black letter law.’

‘Andrew Croft is good at responding to queries and making time for clients. Plugged into key industry organisations and clearly interested and on top of key legal developments.’

‘The team at Beales have always been 1st Class. They are responsive, professional and always given us advice that has been appropriate for our business. The finance and billings side is always transparent and they work with us to accommodate our difficult finance system.’

‘The Beale & Co team are standout in being ‘user-friendly’. Their legal advice is robust and impressive (as would be expected from a firm of their calibre), but is unique in that it presented in such a way that it can be easily digested by stakeholders across the business. The team are available, very approachable and personable.’

‘Will Buckby is a standout partner. His advice is not only extremely high quality, but uniquely is able to provide this in a format which is accessible; making very complex issues understandable for non-legal stakeholders. Will has an innate ability to provide succinct, pragmatic and commercially-focused advice. Other standout members of the team include:

‘Always well prepared with a good understanding of both commercial and technical issues.’

Key clients

Arup Group Limited


Broadway Malyan


Tetra Tech


BHM Construction


BAM Nuttall

Atkins (a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group)

Galliford Try

Work highlights

  • Advising a global engineering firm in relation to a c.US$40 billion transport infrastructure project in the Middle East.
  • Advising a pioneering offshore energy design and engineering specialist in respect of the construction of a substantial floating offshore windfarm in Europe.
  • Acting for one of the UK’s largest contractors in reviewing, advising on and drafting the contract documents for the design and construction of a c.£100 million+ highway construction project.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP handles matters across core sectors such as housing, regeneration projects, education, energy, hospital estates, and highways. Catering to a vast number of public sector clients, the firm also shows robust growth in its private sector clientele. The department is co-led by Andrew Tobin, who covers an extensive range of sectors including health, social care, and government, and disputes specialist Louise Robling. Jonathan Turner, with a keen focus on procurement and contracting strategies, chiefly advises employers, developers, and landowners.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tobin; Louise Robling

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Turner


‘I have full confidence in the team that they will deliver robust advice and documentation that meets our requirements.’

‘Andrew Tobin knows NEC contracts inside and out. I have full confidence in him to produce the documentation that we need for the specific project.’

Key clients

Department for Education

Oxfordshire County Council

The Corporation of London

Siemens Healthcare Limited

Peabody Trust

Cardiff City Council

University of Oxford

Places for People

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP engages in substantial work for social housing developers, local authorities, and private sector clients. Co-led by Asif Patel and Mark London, the group provides a breadth of services from initial planning to project completion. Patel specialises in strategic advice while London brings extensive experience with residential developers and contractors. Senior solicitor Sasha Pirbhai contributes expertise in contract negotiation, drafting, and handling distressed projects.

Practice head(s):

Asif Patel; Mark London

Other key lawyers:

Sasha Pirbhai


‘The key strengths of Devonshires are that they have a very detailed understanding of the sector in which we work and provide advice that is always clear and practical. We have always found Devonshires dynamic when we have needed swift and decisive advice.’

‘The team are very skilled in engaging our mutual clients in the drafting of contracts and ensuring each client is fully engaged in the development of the documents, and importantly, understands the contract management requirements.’

‘The team at Devonshires have an unrivalled knowledge of the sector in which they work.’

‘Asif Patel has an incredibly in-depth knowledge of all the standard forms of contract and has developed a highly effective set of amendments that are truly reflective of the needs of the clients/works we are procuring, Asif is also highly skilled in walking clients (who often have limited contract knowledge) through the contract drafting process.’

‘Mark London has provided an authoritative voice on the implications of the Building Safety Act to our sector and has provided excellent guidance in this area.’

‘Responsive, easy to follow advice, clear interpretation of counsel advice. Mark London is our go-to – always makes time for us as clients and does not spend more time on matters than is warranted.’

Key clients

The Riverside Group Limited

The Greener Future Partnership

Swan Housing Association Limited

Stonewater Limited

Elements (Europe) Limited

Pocket Living Limited

Southern Housing

Metropolitan Housing Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Riverside Group Limited on the purchase and development of land at Westwood Village Thanet, Kent, and the £100 million development of 449 modular homes, a school and associated highways and infrastructure works.
  • Acting for The Greener Future Partnership in the delivery of its £1.5 billion decarbonisation programme across 300,000 properties to achieve an EPC band C rating or above by 2040 and Net-Zero by 2050.
  • Retained by Southern Housing to advise on the development of Phase 2 of Free Wharf (Shoreham-on-Sea). The entire development of Free Wharf will provide 587 new homes.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts on significant UK infrastructure projects across diverse areas including energy, transport, data centres, and fit-outs. Simon Oats, leading the firm’s global construction practice, specialises in complex procurement projects and cross-border disputes resolution, while construction litigator Jonathan Douglas heads the UK construction team. Lucy Chadwick advises private sector clients on procurement strategies and a full range of construction documentation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Chadwick


‘Lucy Chadwick has become my ‘go to’ construction partner due to her deep understanding of the market and her very commercial approach. Her technical expertise is excellent, but also has the rare skill of negotiating quietly and effectively under pressure.’

‘I am always delighted with their advice and professionalism.’

Key clients

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

St Modwen Properties Limited

Jean Francois Clin

Energetický aprůmyslový holding (EPH)


Thames Water Utilities Limited

Brockton Capital

Next Energy Capital


Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP guides its clients on major projects in the UK’s infrastructure and energy sectors. David Weare, head of the construction department, brings extensive knowledge in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, carrying significant experience from the Middle East. Olivia Bateman hones her focus on transactional work primarily within the UK property market, with a particular emphasis on mixed-use and residential developments. Digby Hebbard’s broad expertise spans a range of sectors from transport and infrastructure to heritage and oil and gas.

Practice head(s):

David Weare

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Bateman; Digby Hebbard; Elliot Lewis

Key clients

Ares Management

Strawberry Star

National Portrait Gallery

Scape Student Accommodation

Otis Ltd.

Quintessential Homes (Wembley) LLP

Wembley Park Limited

Essex Services Group Ltd

Bailey Acquisitions Limited

Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) Limited

Innisfree investment Fund


Collins Construction Ltd

MEC Construction

Henry Boot Developments



Beck Interiors Ltd

Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services

Turner Broadcasting

Royal Derby Hospital PLC

Phoenix ME

Dobler UK Ltd

Yumn Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bailey on the post completion aspects of a £630 million refinancing of Wembley with existing funders Wells Fargo, AIG, and CPPIB as the mezzanine lender.
  • Advising on the £35m refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery, London. Have been retained to advise the Gallery in connection with procurement of, negotiation of all project documents and then managing its delivery.
  • Advised Scape Student Accommodation in relation to the construction of a 32-storey tower in the heart of Leeds, providing 660 bed spaces along with ground floor retail and cultural spaces.

Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP, specialising in UK-focused real estate developments, is noted for its involvement in sectors such as industrials and logistics, hotels, leisure, high-end residential facilities, and film studios. Head of construction, Sarah Cook, brings expertise in drafting tailored building contracts and handling construction documentation across all sectors. Emily Holdstock adds comprehensive experience with various procurement methods and contract forms to the department.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Cook

Other key lawyers:

Emily Holdstock; Daniel Easom


‘The team is approachable and highly professional. They are pragmatic and are willing to provide reasoned opinion where others might not.’

‘They are excellent advisors. Sarah Cook continues to be highly impressive and leads a very strong team. This year, Daniel Easom has provided very robust support and advice and is also very approachable.’

‘The team provide an excellent service dealing with construction contracts and professional appointments and collateral warranties. Advice is sensible, pragmatic and delivered in a timely manner. Service is good from Trainee level up to Associate and Partner.’

‘Sarah Cook is an outstanding partner. Her advice is delivered with humour and enthusiasm. She is a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Warner Bros.

Knight Dragon Developments Limited

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

Maples Teesdale LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP offers legal guidance to a broad range of clients including institutional property funds, developers, corporate occupiers, and educational bodies, advising on a variety of development projects from shopping centres to major mixed-use schemes and refurbishments. The team is led by Sam Nichols, who specialises in transactional construction matters including the construction law aspects of acquisitions, disposals, and development. Jo Preece adds to the department’s strength with her vast experience in working on development schemes, acquisitions, disposals, lettings, and financings.

Practice head(s):

Sam Nichols

Other key lawyers:

Jo Preece


‘Client care – At least two people on your case and both are involved. Responsiveness – Always receive immediate responses. Commercial awareness – Advice is tailored to your needs with implications of the decision explained. Synergy – The team work well with our other advisers such as building surveyors.’

‘They attend commercial property CPD events where I rarely see representatives from other legal firms.’

Key clients


Sky UK Limited

Interglobe Hotels

Deutsche Hypo Nord/LB Real Estate Finance

Global Fund Manager, abrdn

International Real Estate Fund Manager, Patrizia AG

Calthorpe Estates

DTZ Investors

Pictet Asset Management

Northview Investment Advisors

Work highlights

  • Prepared Mileway Real Estate UK Limited’s precedent construction contracts are providing construction legal advice on the use of those construction contracts on a project specific basis on schemes across the UK.
  • Instructed to assist Sky (UK) Limited with a number of their UK transactional matters in relation to construction and also to assist with the production of their model form documents.
  • Instructed on Interglobe Hotels’s UK hotel development, starting with the redevelopment of Hotel George, Kensington London.

Memery Crystal

Memery Crystal, primarily a purchaser-led practice, holds expertise in traditional, design and build, and EPC procurement models, utilising an array of contract forms such as JCT, NEC3, FIDIC, and IChemE. Team leader Joanne Kelly advises clients on procurement routes to maximise value and ensure construction documents are to investment standards. Legal director James Ashwin represents developers, funders, and high-net-worth individuals in a broad spectrum of areas including development finance and acquisition due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Kelly

Other key lawyers:

James Ashwin


‘Extremely knowledgeable and experienced in contracting and construction law. Knowledgeable in working in foreign countries. Excellent in adapting standard construction and services contracts to suit circumstances.’

‘Working with them is like working with your own team. Very experienced and knowledgeable. Always try to make themselves available when needed – even on short notice. Very rapid turnaround on documents, opinions etc. Just a very good experience working with them. Two standouts are Joanne Kelly and James Ashwin.’

‘Memery Crystal is a professional and focussed team.’

‘Joanne Kelly is exemplary in her ability, attitude and client focus.’

‘They have fantastic technical knowledge and a wealth of experience in high-value complex developments, and combine this with excellent commercial awareness and outstanding client service.’

‘Joanne Kelly is outstanding and excellent in every way. Very approachable, a great negotiator and superb technical lawyer.’

‘Joanne Kelly leads the team very well.’

‘Joanne Kelly is commercial, approachable and proactive. She knows her stuff technically but also gives commercial no-nonsense advice.’

Key clients

Telford Homes

Nordex Energy

Global Holdings Management UK

Shiva Hotels

Big Yellow Construction Company

Saracens Rugby Club

Ashtrom Properties UK

The Lansdowne Club

Gage Properties UK

Frontier Estates

Trans-Africa Energy Limited

WKE (Middlesbrough) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Telford Homes on £28.3m on Perfume Factory site acquisition; £91m on Perfume Factory forward funding arrangement; £300m on Capital Interchange Way.
  • Advising Shiva Hotels, a multiple hotel owner with sites mainly in Central London, on all their current hotel refurbishments, worth upwards of £150m.
  • Advised Big Yellow Construction Company on newly acquired sites in Kingston North, Kings Cross, and Slough in 2021 which they refurbished or will refurbish and convert into a self-storage centre throughout 2022. The project is worth approximately £100m.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is renowned for its public sector construction expertise in the UK, working on significant infrastructure, public realm, and mixed-use regeneration schemes. The construction department is led by Justin Mendelle, who provides advice to various central and local government clients. Rachel Murray-Smith offers broad experience in various construction contracts, including JCT and NEC standard form contracts, and regularly advises on complex regeneration schemes, school building projects, and a wide range of other non-contentious public sector construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mendelle

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Murray-Smith; Melanie Blake; Helen Batter; Michael Comba


‘Justin Mendelle provides that balance of strategic and transactional advice that is required and balance of senior to more junior time well. Almost always get the right advisor in the room at the right time.’

‘A real strategic approach to the delivery of outcomes. Instead of purely a transactional approach Justin Mendelle and the team consider the outcomes desired, commercial tensions and the legal ramifications.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard has a great depth of knowledge and experience in construction law and related contentious matters. That, coupled with their practical experience and commercial awareness, make SP an excellent provider of legal expertise within the construction sector.’

‘The availability of staff to react to tight deadlines, their wealth of knowledge and experience, commercial awareness and strategic input all combine to ensure that clients are well served by Sharpe Pritchard. Both Justin Mendelle (Partner) and Melanie Blake (Associate) have provided sterling legal and strategic advice.’

‘Real expertise that gives confidence in the creation and drafting of contracts, reliable, quick to respond and friendly service.’

‘Rachel Murray-Smith and Michael Comba are a dynamic team that provides first-class advice, to the extent that those on the other side of a transaction find it necessary to pass comment on their excellence. It is a pleasure to work with genuine good-natured individuals who are talented in their line of work whilst retaining their modesty.’

‘Rachel Murray-Smith has been a real asset to our project. As well as being an outstanding lawyer, she is very personable and provides advice which is clear to the project team and is commercially based. Coming from a local government background she has a clear understanding of public sector issues.’

‘Rachel Murray-Smith and Helen Batter were excellent at their job. In the middle of the work when it was extremely busy with a lot of information flying about both people were very controlled, detail orientated and gave us a lot of confidence in the work produced (which was to a very high standard).’

Key clients

Imperial College London

London Borough of Southwark

Cambridge City Council

London Borough of Hackney

John Whitgift Foundation

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Lambeth

Work highlights

  • Preparing a mission-critical review and update of Imperial College’s existing suites of JCT 2016 and NEC4 contract amendments for use on many of its major projects moving forward.
  • Advising London Borough of Southwark on the flagship regeneration scheme of the Tustin Estate. The scheme is the first large-scale project procured through the national framework provider Pagabo’s Developer Led Framework.
  • Advising London Borough of Hackney in connection with the Council’s high-profile redevelopment of the Colville Estate in Hoxton.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons offers expertise in contract drafting, pre-work advice and project financing across a range of sectors, with particular experience in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences spheres. Head of team Richard Dyton hones his focus on energy-from-waste and defence procurement, bringing extensive experience in drafting and negotiating infrastructure contracts. Duncan Athol is well-versed in all aspects of commercial development, ranging from offices and mixed-use schemes to logistics.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dyton

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Athol; Andrew Russell


‘Friendly, efficient service. Very good communication between the legal team and our project managers.’

Richard Dyton is diligent, efficient and friendly.’

‘The team is joined up, when someone is away the rest of the team is already briefed in advance, and they offer a seamless service. The team are good at co-ordinating with other professional advisers where necessary without prompting.’

Key clients



LaSalle Investment Management



Goldman Sachs

Stone City Energy

Firethorn Developments Limited

Threadneedle Pensions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Deka on London investment development projects for over 20 years, including Kings Place and Rathbone Square.
  • Advised L&G on complicated high-value and sophisticated project in the heart of Cardiff, advising through due diligence and construction reporting, and now into the further financing phase.
  • Instructed by Blackrock on a £150M forward funding mixed-use (residential and commercial) scheme in Birmingham, advising Blackrock on all development and financing aspects of this scheme.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP operates across several sectors, including residential development, logistics and industrial, pharmaceutical, and healthcare. Sarah Elliott, who leads the department, has a record of advising on various residential developments, particularly in the build-to-rent sector, catering to ultra-high-net-worth clients from different jurisdictions. The practice also benefits from the expertise of Suzanne Reeves and Brad Fearn, who bring specialised knowledge to healthcare and industrial sector development projects, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Reeves; Brad Fearn


‘Personal service, access to senior partner when necessary, quality advice on contracts and events requiring legal advice. Staff are all well-trained and go out of their way to assist in seeking specialist advice from others as required. A great team providing exceptional service.’

‘Sarah Elliott responds to queries quickly, providing quality technical advice and if it is a non-construction issue she will take responsibility to find the answer from other departments in her organisation. Although her team has changed over the years, the service we receive is excellent and seamless. Sarah and her team are very professional, always giving sound advice.’

Key clients



Elysian Residences

London Land Group


Care UK

Qube Research

Oxenwood Real Estate

London Metric Property PLC

Tungsten Properties

Quadrature Capital

Perella Weinberg UK Limited

Spire Healthcare



Jimmy Choo

Work highlights

  • Acted for Chartway Home on the purchase of a significant site in Hastings for major development, which will include 151 new homes and a new Aldi supermarket.
  • Assisted Pace Investments (London Limited) with the sale of high-profile mixed-use scheme of 500,000 sq ft in the heart of Cambridge to Railpen, a large UK railways pension scheme manager.
  • Acting as sole legal advisor to the developer, London Land Group, on a major mixed-use development at Poole’s West Quay Marina.

Ashfords LLP

With Jessica Taylor at the helm, Ashfords LLP‘s London team handles complex construction, engineering, and infrastructure projects for a varied client base, including central and local government bodies, housing groups, and developers. The department has particular expertise in managing intricate multi-phase regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Blake; Jessica Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Carl Thompson


‘They provide highly tailored, specialist advice for a reasonable price. It is refreshing in the charity sector to be able to afford such a high-quality service. They are also commercially astute; the advice is always provided based on what is reasonable, achievable and in our best financial interest.’

‘Jessica Taylor is extraordinarily knowledgeable and extremely swift to respond.’

Key clients

Ashford Borough Council

London Borough of Hackney

Populo Living

The Royal Parks

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Norman Rourke Pryme Limited

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

Curo Group

Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Studio Millership

Stonewater Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ashford Borough Council on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of the Newtown Works site into an International Film Studios complex.
  • Advising the London Borough of Hackney on its complex social infrastructure regeneration project being procured in up to 10 phases.
  • Advising a multi-disciplinary consultancy on a 9 year sub-consultancy agreement in connection with a contract for a London Borough.

Bird & Bird LLP

Under the leadership of Marco Nicolai, Bird & Bird LLP advises contractors, specialists and consultants on a range of projects, including European data centres and logistics projects. The team offers guidance on development financing projects and construction contracts and handles large-scale property and infrastructure projects both in the UK and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Marco Nicolai

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Phillips


‘Bird & Bird has been fantastic across multiple transactions. Bird & Bird has navigated us through many complicated scenarios with ease.’

‘Their industry knowledge has been second to none and has understood our business model and strategy.’

‘Marco Nicolai has been integral to us setting up our contracting strategy, including running a contracting seminar for the members of the team. Marco has worked seamlessly with the internal legal team, commercial team and technical specialists.’

Work highlights

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP navigates clients through every stage of construction projects, offering counsel on development contracts, project advisory services, and dispute avoidance. Team leader Sarah Rock joined from Fladgate LLP in November 2022 and specialises in advising on Building Safety Act implications, while associate Oliver Johnson hones his focus on drafting and advising on critical construction agreements.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rock

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Johnson


‘Switch on. Response. Diverse’

‘Oliver Johnson has proved continuously effective and efficient.’

‘The team respond quickly with clear advice.’

‘They provide commercial advice in an easy-to-understand way.’

‘The department is extremely diligent and tenacious, firmly placing their clients’ interests at the forefront.’

‘Oliver Johnson is extremely diligent and provides well thought through and balanced responses. He is commercially astute and gets to the detail that matters.’

Work highlights

Bracewell (UK) LLP

With an exclusive focus on the energy sector, Bracewell (UK) LLP’s areas of expertise include the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Tracy London, the head of the team, focuses on preparing and negotiating construction-related documentation, with experience in energy projects across Africa, the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Tracy London

Key clients

Tè Power Company S.A.S.U. (majority owned by Endeavor Energy)

Alcazar Energy Partners

EOG Resources

GEA Group (including subsidiaries)

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 EOG Resources with respect to the proposed engineering procurement and construction, and transportation and installation and other service related agreements being utilised by the client in its projects in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Advised GEA Group and its subsidiaries on a number of different projects throughout the year.

Browne Jacobson LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont

Key clients

Mace Group


Zurich Insurance plc




Yara International ASA

Willmott Dixon


Alpha Real Capital


Clydesdale Bank

Games Workshop

Wilko Ltd

Work highlights

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co serves private clients, private banks, overseas investors, and sectors such as charity, culture, and education. Led by Edward Banyard Smith, who particularly concentrates on the charity, cultural and wealth sectors, the department includes senior associate Marie-Thérèse Groarke, who principally assists property developers and banks. The team was recently boosted by the arrival of Clare Reddy from Lewis Silkin.

Practice head(s):

Edward Banyard Smith

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Thérèse Groarke; Clare Reddy


‘Edward Banyard Smith takes a complex file and clarifies it in a no-nonsense style. He is reachable, keeps his deadlines and solves the case. He knows the construction market very well, which helps in contract negotiations.’

‘Edward Banyard Smith has an in-depth knowledge of construction.’

‘The Farrer & Co team are an exceptionally competent firm that provides a friendly, no-nonsense, client service-based approach to law.’

‘The Farrers team are always quick to respond and the quality of their work is always of a high standard.’

‘Clare Reddy is excellent. Clare works tirelessly to achieve the best results, successfully negotiating difficult and tricky contract points.’

Key clients

Duchy of Cornwall

Charities Property Fund

Artesian Property Partnership

Coutts & Co

Shinfield Studios Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Highgate Cemetery

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Welbeck Estates

Burghley Estate

Work highlights

  • Acting as the legal advisers to the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury and Nansledan Developments. Poundbury is the urban community at Dorchester, based on the latest principles of successful placemaking and urbanism.
  • Advising Shinfield Studios Limited on a landmark transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.
  • Acting for the CPF, an open-ended common investment fund which exists to enable over 2,000 charities to invest in commercial property, with over 100 properties and £1.3 billion in assets across the retail, offices, industrial and alternatives sectors.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP offers expertise across multiple sectors, including housing, local authorities, energy, care, and hotels, with notable experience in advising on fire safety issues. Led by Peter Massey, the practice handles various public-private joint ventures, developments, and regeneration schemes, contributing to projects such as waste-to-energy and green infrastructure initiatives.

Practice head(s):

Peter Massey

Other key lawyers:

James Hallas; Mike Newton; Osaruchi Amadi-Echendu


‘Peter Massey and the team are very knowledgeable and seek to find practical and commercial solutions to a problem. They highlight areas that are of concern without burdening you in areas that are of little commercial and financial risk.’

‘Peter Massey leads the team well, is always available to discuss matters and also understands that sometimes a commercial position needs to be taken. I have worked now with Peter on a number of high-value transactions and would recommend him to others.’

Key clients

Treveth Developments LLP

Treveth Commercial LLP

Peabody Trust / Peabody Construction

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

L1 Property

Ennismore Group

Norlake Hospitality

Hoxton Hotels

Abri Housing Association

Clarion Housing Association

Activum SG Capital Management

Espalier Ventures

City & Country

Wooldridge Developments

Hutchison Ports

The Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company

Poplar Harca Housing

Newlon Housing Trust

Paragon Asra Housing

Clarion Housing


Catalyst Housing



Zurich Insurance

Ares Management

Aviva Insurance

Beazley Furlonge

Andreas Stihl Limited

Esdevium Games Limited

Signature Care Homes (Signature Senior Lifestyle Developments Ltd)

NL Bushey and NL Properties

Concert Healthcare No 2 Ltd

Plymouth Community Homes

Nazareth Care Charitable Trust

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Greencore Construction Ltd

Gordon Murray


Aytoun Street Developments

Invel Real Estate Partners


Farnborough International Ltd

Parkwood Leisure

Third Space

All Star Lanes

K West Hotel & Spa

Principal Hotels

Great Eagle Group


Southern Housing Group

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

CBRE UK Affordable Housing Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised on the set-up and delivery of Cornwall Council’s investment and delivery programme through Treveth Holdings LLP and Treveth Developments LLP, including advising on over 12+ active developments.
  • Acting on the forward funding and acquisition of four housing blocks for Paragon Asra Housing Limited in the context of a wider regeneration of a brown field site in South London by a Jersey based trustee funded by L&G.
  • Advising on a complex agreement for lease for Asmodee UK Limited, comprising their head office, storage space and headquarters for their UK operations and acting as their primary distribution centre.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides non-contentious advice on high-end development matters, primarily serving developers. Ian Reid leads the team, offering a range of services from advising on procurement routes to providing legal guidance throughout the build period. Ryan Fordham specialises in drafting and negotiating industry-standard construction and engineering contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ian Reid

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Fordham


‘A highly experienced and commercially aware team. They handle high-value, complex construction projects with expertise and attention to detail. They deliver the service in a friendly and approachable manner.’

‘Ryan Fordham as the construction contract partner has provided invaluable advice and guidance on some testing negotiations.’

‘Robust commercial and legal advice on property and related matters.’

‘Incredibly pragmatic and cost-effective expertise.’

‘Team are very proactive and solution-driven. Any time there is an issue which seems as if it may end up at a stalemate, Shoosmiths comes up with a workaround that suits all parties.’

‘Ryan Fordham I really believe is the best in his field. He stands out with his knowledge and solution-driven approach.’

‘The construction team are collaborative and interacts well with the wider Shoosmiths teams (e.g. finance, property, tax) on projects requiring multidisciplinary involvement.’

‘Ryan Fordham is a meticulous and effective construction lawyer. We thoroughly rate him.’

Key clients

Seven Capital Mark Limited

Seven Capital Limited

Seven Capital Kleins Wharf

Noah Limited

Eros Limited

7 St James Square Limited

Savile Row 1 Limited

Oasis Southside Limited

Merchant Square Capital Limited

Boots UK Limited

Global Switch Amsterdam B.V

Lou Ware Limited

Merlin Attractions Operations Limited

UK Logistics Trafford Limited

Norfolk Boreas Limited

Norfolk Vanguard Limited

Norfolk Vanguard East Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising MARK on the development at 100 West Cromwell Road, London. This mixed-use development comprises 462 residential units across 7 buildings including a 29-storey tower, with a gross development value of £500 million.
  • Advising CPI Property Group on construction law matters related to their UK portfolio, including the conversion of a listed Georgian building in St James Square into a luxury residence.
  • Advising Clivedale Group on construction law matters across their super prime property development portfolio in London’s Mayfair.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood advises clients on large-scale engineering, infrastructure, and development projects. The practice is headed by Graeme Barton, who offers guidance on domestic and international projects across sectors such as energy and transport, and Navpreet Atwal, who provides counsel on procurement issues and project support.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Barton; Navpreet Atwal

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Carter; Richard Pike; Jenna Plush


‘The quality of service is comparable to other Magic or Silver Circle firms in terms of clarity of advice, user-friendliness and professionalism.’

‘Navpreet Atwal is a very experienced and impressive lawyer. She delivers advice that is clear and solutions-driven, and she is very hard-working. She is a trustworthy adviser and I would recommend her to anyone.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has provided a first-class service. The team has been exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism.’

‘From the very beginning of our complex project, we have received consistently high and responsive service to make the project a success. From the partner, Rebecca Carter, to the associates (Richard Pike and Jenna Plush), it has been an outstanding all-round service. Their knowledge, commitment and responsiveness have stood them out from other firms in this sector.’

Key clients

JB Structures Limited



Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

University of Greenwich

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Fabricom S.A

Thornsett Developments

103 Colmore Row Unit Trust

North London Waste Authority

Trenitalia UK Limited

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles

Work highlights

  • Advised NLWA on all legal aspects of its North London Heat and Power Project – a programme to build a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at the Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield.
  • Advising Fabricom as the EPC contractor on a number of pipelines for solar farm construction across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, as well as advising on projects which are in the process of construction.
  • Acting for a Jersey based unit trust on the demolition of the former NatWest tower on Colmore Row in Birmingham and on the construction of a new landmark 26 storey building comprising 206,000 square feet of Grade A offices and 15,000 square feet of leisure space.


TLT hones its focus on the clean energy and public sectors, under the leadership of Simon Goss. Co-heading the London team are Nick Pincott, who brings UK and international experience in energy and infrastructure projects, and Patrick Sweeney, who advises on complex infrastructure arrangements and PFI/PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goss

Other key lawyers:

Nick Pincott; Patrick Sweeney


‘They offer advice on a niche industry – the heat networks industry. TLT are very good at understanding client issues and working out solutions to problems in a friendly manner.’

‘TLT is great at providing dedicated advice on various matters of contract management and procurement. The person we work with is also able to identify who else in the team needs to input as they are subject matter experts. They are approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and able to identify simple solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients

Mersey Heat Limited

The Carbon and Energy Fund

West Sussex County Council

Work highlights

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Kilminster

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hall; Alexandra Reid


‘Hard-working, client-focused, commercially minded, experienced and forward-thinking.’

‘Eleanor Kilminster – superb.’

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

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

Key clients


London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Quadrant Construction Services Limited

Flametree Properties Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Redrow Homes Limited

Network Homes Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Watkins Energy

Aviva Investors

Westminster Green Management Co Limited

Crest Nicholson (Operations) Limited

Lewisham Homes (subsidiary of the London Borough of Lewisham)

Harwich Haven Port Authority

Euro Investments

Clarion Housing Group

Bouygues Development

Camden Town Centre Limited

Catalyst Housing Limited


Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Countrywide Developments

Evolve Housing

Hill Partnerships


Horiba Mira Limited

Hyde Housing

Keepmoat Homes

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


One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Optivo Housing

Peabody Trust

Populo Living (subsidiary of the London Borough of Newham)

Swan Housing

Sovereign Housing Trust

Telford Homes

Argent Energy (UK) Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Watkins Energy

Hill Partnerships


Horiba Mira Limited

Hyde Housing

Keepmoat Homes

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


One Crown Place

One Brighton Quarter

Optivo Housing

Peabody Trust

Populo Living (subsidiary of the London Borough of Newham)

Swan Housing

Sovereign Housing Trust

Telford Homes

Argent Energy (UK) Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Watkins Energy

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Network Homes to advise holistically on ongoing projects and in relation to defect claims arising out of the building safety crisis.
  • Instructed by Peabody Trust in connection with claims and remedial works contracts on sixteen occupied developments with latent defects, with a total remedial works cost exceeding £30,000,000.
  • Instructed to advise Barratt on its joint venture with Transport for London for the development of a large TfL-owned brownfield site at Bollo Lane, Ealing. The WS team has advised on the structuring of the joint venture (LLP) between Barratt and a nominated TfL subsidiary, including a conditional joint venture agreement, and the terms of the strategic partnership and all related development, planning and financing arrangements.