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.
Shoosmiths LLP has been building up its construction and engineering practice in recent months, taking on a number of new developer clients and recruiting Ian Reid from Trowers & Hamlins LLP and Ryan Fordham from Travers Smith 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

Clifford Chance LLP operates across a broad range of construction markets, including energy, oil and gas, mining, transport, infrastructure and real estate, acting for developer, funder and contractor clients. It has a core focus on domestic and international renewable energy matters, alongside an established nuclear practice. It is also well regarded for its work in emerging construction sectors, particularly for green hydrogen production facilities, green steel, carbon capture, and biofuel matters. David Metzger leads the group, with expertise across the energy, infrastructure and real estate development sectors. Sandy Hall‘s practice is focused on energy transition in the UK and the Caspian region, whilst Marianne Toghill specialises in large urban regeneration projects. Edward Bretherton is also notable for his expertise in wind, solar and new nuclear projects.

Practice head(s):

David Metzger

Other key lawyers:

Sandy Hall; Marianne Toghill; Edward Bretherton; Adam Waite

Testimonials

‘Effective advice always delivered by deadlines, with strength in depth across the team.’

‘Marianne Toghill is an expert and provides market leading insights and advice delivered with high efficiency.’

‘A well run team with a very commercial approach and a fast turnaround. Work is resourced appropriately. Very friendly and collaborative, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Adam Waite is very responsive and detailed in his work. Good at remembering what threads are outstanding and need chasing.’

‘Ed Bretherton is not only deeply knowledgeable in this sector but he is exceptionally commercial, able to navigate negotiations between lender and borrower in a balanced and equitable manner, making for a much smoother execution.’

‘Their knowledge on construction contracts is excellent, allied to their constant desire to be tested and learn from case study. Their input during contract negotiations remains friendly but firm and well measured.’

‘Availability, knowledge, agility and dedication. The service is really unique and personalised, particularly in relation to Sandy Hall and Simon Smith.’

‘David Metzger stands out at the top of premier league of non-contentious construction lawyers.’

Key clients

Battersea Project Land Company Limited

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic

US Department of Energy

Native Land

Electricite de France

EDF Energies Nouvelles

NTT

Aldau

PlatformCo Hidrogeno

8 Rivers Capital LLC

AIG

Work highlights

  • Advising PlatformCo Hidrogeno as developer of HyDeal Asturias, a multi-billion Euro, multi-GW green hydrogen project including a fleet of solar to gas plants and a green H2 pipeline feeding industrial and other offtakers in Asturias, Spain.
  • 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 Egyptian based developer, Aldau, on the construction of their first development in the UK, 4 Portal Way, which will be the tallest residential building in London.

CMS

CMS provides an impressive service to an varied client base across the construction sector, acting on prestigious construction projects. On the purchaser side, the practice acts for both developer and investor clients on big-ticket real estate development matters, with a particular specialism in complex, multi-faceted developments and regeneration projects. On the supplier side, it acts for top leading contractor clients both in the UK and internationally. the group is also experienced in advising major consultants, including on nuclear and nuclear defence projects. The team is led by David Parton, who advises on all aspects of infrastructure, construction and energy projects, including procurement strategies, contract preparation and negotiation, and contract administration. He is also well regarded for his expertise on build-to-rent, datacentre, office and logistics development projects. Other notable team members include Alistair McGrigor, who advises on all major forms of construction procurement and PFI projects, and Rebecca Prigg, who focuses on construction provisions in lease, sale and purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):

David Parton

Other key lawyers:

Alistair McGrigor; Hugh Picton Phillipps; Rebecca Prigg

Testimonials

‘CMS has one of the deepest real estate and construction teams in the UK. It is hard to think of a firm with more experience.’

‘David Parton is exceptionally good at managing multiple, complicated projects and providing top notch service.’

‘David Parton is great with clients and delivers a high quality product efficiently and cost effectively. He is also good at drawing on expertise across the firm where needed.’

‘The CMS construction team consistently provide an extremely high level of service. Advice is always considered and explained in a manner which is easy to understand.’

‘What most distinguishes the team is an ability to consider matters commercially and to identify what really matters from a client’s perspective.’

‘Alistair McGrigor has excellent commercial nous and an ability to cut through the noise and identify key issues quickly.’

‘The London real estate team continuously provide very professional advices based on both legal and commercial perspectives.’

‘Hugh Picton Phillips is one of the most excellent legal professionals.’

Key clients

Wates

ISG Engineering

Mitsubishi Estate London

Mace

Delancey

Kennedy Wilson

River Court Properties Limited

M&G Real Estate

Prudential

National Grid

Hammerson

SEGRO

Bowmer & Kirkland

Great Portland Estates

Skanska Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Lendlease on the 50:50 joint venture partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for the development of the next phase of the office-led neighbourhood at International Quarter London, which included drafting and negotiating the construction documents including the building contract for the £215m Turing Building.
  • Advising Delancey, APG and Transport for London on the major redevelopment of the Earls Court Opportunity Area. The project comprises circa 25 acres of land that formerly housed the Earls Court Exhibition centres and is London’s largest cleared Zone 1 development site.
  • Advising River Court Properties Limited on procurement and the construction agreements for the redevelopment of 120 Fleet Street, London (the former European headquarters of Goldman Sachs International) and the refurbishment of the neighbouring Grade 2* listed Daily Express Building.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

As a developer-side practice, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the front-end of project implementation across various sectors. The group is heavily active in the real estate sector, advising on large-scale development and regeneration projects across the UK. It is also well regarded for its work on international energy and infrastructure matters, which includes renewable and sustainable energy projects for developers and investors, as well as advising on first-of-its-kind projects in relation to decarbonisation and conversion of end-of-life plastic. Tim Healey heads the team, with significant experience of providing strategic procurement advice and leading negotiations for high-profile projects both domestically and internationally. The team is supported by Nicholas Downing, who is active in the commercial real estate development sector, and Iain Suttie, whose practice focuses on urban regeneration projects and domestic infrastructure matters in the transport and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Healey

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Downing; Iain Suttie; Adrian Brown

Testimonials

‘Herbert Smith Freehills have a deep and insightful understanding of the NEC contract, with insights given under extremely challenging circumstances.’

‘The team demonstrates a high degree of commitment, and give pragmatic and commercially astute advice.’

‘Nicholas Downing, Iain Suttie, and Adrian Brown perform an invaluable ‘critical friend’ role – with a deep understanding of the client’s business.’

‘The team act as a very helpful sounding board on discrete issues, without requiring an extensive briefing and with minimal time input.’

‘They are technically very good with a broad range of market experience, and they are very responsive.’

‘Tim Healey provides insightful strategic advice.’

‘Strong team which deals with construction work.’

‘Iain Suttie is very knowledgeable, commercial, and gets the deal done.’

Key clients

Beyond Net Zero

Cero Generation

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Glennmont Partners

High Speed Two

IGI Poseidon

Nala Renewables

Ocado

VPI Immingham

Almacantar

Argent Related

British Land

Brookgate

Hammerson

HB Reavis

Hermes Real Estate

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on the 53-acre phased redevelopment of Canada Water, London, comprising up to 3,000 homes as well as workspace and retail, leisure, entertainment and community space and site-wide utilities.
  • Advising HB Reavis on the redevelopment of One Waterloo, London, above and alongside railway infrastructure, to create 1.2 million sq ft of workspace alongside new retail space and regenerated public realm.
  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the development of the HØST power-to-x project in Esbjerg, Denmark. Using electricity from renewables, the facility will produce CO2-free green hydrogen and ammonia and be among the first gigawatt-scale facilities of its kind in Europe.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP holds a strong reputation in construction, with one of the largest dedicated non-contentious teams in London. The team advises on a diverse range of transactional projects, spanning multiple sectors, including energy, infrastructure, and real estate. It acts for top UK and international contractors, as well as employer and developer clients on the construction real estate side. The group is led by John Woolley, who has particular expertise with energy projects, including windfarm and hydro power projects. Jonathan Hart specialises in infrastructure, with extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts, whilst Anne-Marie Friel focuses on multi-party contractor joint ventures. Greg Jones’ practice is primarily focused on overseas infrastructure and energy projects for Chinese contractors and investors. Kofi Atta is also notable for his experience on domestic developments across a range of sectors, including hotels, offices, retail, education, residential, leisure and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

John Woolley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hart; Anne-Marie Friel; Greg Jones; Kofi Atta; Simon Stubbs

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of common practice in PPP projects.’

‘The wealth of expertise and experience by this firm through its widespread and international practice is available to benefit the construction and property development elements in all types business irrespective of sizes and resources.’

‘The level of expertise and resources devoted to any matter is always correct, with greater assistance available when and if required. Astute commercial acumen is provided to assist clients.’

‘Pragmatic knowledge and invaluable and productive commercial advice. They are able to deal with and treat as equally important both minor and large matters.’

‘It’s the depth of expertise across the issues facing the sector, experience of market position, and seeing the big picture which stands out.’

‘Jonathan Hart is great with clients, very knowledgeable on the sector, and enjoyable to work with.’

‘John Woolley has strong legal skills, and excels at developing a pragmatic solution to project specific issues.’

‘Simon Stubbs is excellent. Takes the time to explain, great industry knowledge, accuracy and sensible commercial approach.’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

BAM Nuttall

Costain

Multiplex

Mace

EDF Renewables

Portman Estates

Legal & General

Morgan Sindall

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Ministry of Justice

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the procurement of the Dublin Metrolink project, the largest civil engineering project in the Republic of Ireland and one of the largest procurements in Europe.
  • Advising Global Gem Hotels Limited Advising on the design and construction of two high quality hotels and 34 affordable residential homes comprising a whole city block near Holborn Station and fronting Southampton Row. The project includes advising on demolition, interface with the railway/underground system and negotiations with the proposed Registered Provider and other stakeholders.
  • Advising three of the UK’s largest contractors (Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall) as main contractor on the £416 million contract to build the West section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, or ‘super-sewer’, in London.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has an excellent reputation in advising on large scale, complex projects, particularly in relation to student accommodation, senior living, build-to-rent, logistic,  and PPP matters. It acts for UK and international clients, providing advise throughout the lifetime of a project, including strategic advice on structuring solutions and risk management. The team is led by Andrew McVeigh, who has extensive experience across all elements of residential development and student accommodation projects. The team also has a growing energy practice, with partner Alex Hirom specialising in construction and engineering matters in the energy, manufacturing and transport sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Luke Baines co-chairs the firms hotels and leisure practice, and also has significant experience in real estate development schemes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McVeigh

Other key lawyers:

Alex Hirom; Luke Baines; Julia Court; Keith Browne; Rob Easton; Josh Gibbons

Testimonials

‘The construction team at Addleshaw Goddard know business really well, enabling them to give high quality advice often in very short timescales, while balancing the risk in a way that is appropriate.’

‘Luke Baines, Keith Browne and Rob Easton all provide excellent advice. They genuinely feel like an extension of the internal legal team due to the in-depth knowledge they have.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard offer a tailored service that draws upon essential relevant experience to create a very solid foundation for the client relationship.’

‘Key individuals provide an attractive balance between thorough professional detail and industry insight with a candid pragmatism that helps simplify complex issues to help keep the clients focus on the important matters and outcomes.’

‘The team is always commercial, friendly, responsive and keen to integrate with, learn about and support the client’s business.’

‘Luke Baines is friendly, supportive, commercially and technically savvy and responsive.’

‘Josh Gibbons is a safe pair of hands to lead on matters and give concise and focused advice.’

‘Andrew McVeigh is an excellent relationship manager and lead partner.’

Key clients

Pension Insurance Corporation

Norlake Hospitality

Federated Hermes

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pension Insurance Corporation on their real assets platform alongside a substantial BTR scheme in Manchester, and advised them on c£300m of investment across 3 schemes.
  • Acting for Norlake Hospitality across its portfolio of hotels in the UK and Europe, including the development of new Hoxton Hotels in Shepherd’s Bush, Barcelona and Berlin, and the redevelopment of Eynsham Hall.
  • Acting for Semperian Investment Partners on a major variation to a prison PFI project. The project involves the construction of a new houseblock to provide 462 new prisoner places.

Allen & Overy LLP

The non-contentious construction team at Allen & Overy LLP is highly regarded for its advice in infrastructure, energy, and commercial real estate sectors, drawing upon other specialist teams to provide clients holistic advise on their broader project development transactions. The group is led by Troy Edwards, who has significant expertise advising governments, lenders, developers and contractors on a range of energy projects, including nuclear, renewables, and oil and gas matters. Mark Walker is noted for his extensive experience in power, gas, LNG, coal and renewables-related projects, both domestically and internationally. Meanwhile, Alex Chenery focuses on advising sponsors and lenders on energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Troy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walker; Alex Chenery

Key clients

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

TAPI Pipeline Company Limited

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

GemCorp Capital LLP

Korea Water Resources Corporation/JSC Nenskra Hydro

The Office of the Quartet

Japan Bank for International Corporation

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Standard Chartered Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advising NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited (currently a subsidiary of EDF) on the new GBP18bn Sizewell C nuclear power plant to be constructed at a greenfield site in Suffolk, United Kingdom, replicating the under-construction nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset.
  • Advising a client on all aspects of the development, construction and implementation of the new-build Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, including the complex multi-contract procurement and construction arrangements.
  • Advising the Office of the Quartet (an organisation formed by the UN, the EU, the USA and Russia) on the structuring of the Gas for Gaza project. The project was conceived to facilitate the construction and financing of a gas pipeline from Israel to Gaza.

Ashurst

The non-contentious construction offering at Ashurst is highly regarded for its advisory services for national and international developers and investors. It offers a broad sector expertise, including on logistics, transport, build-to-rent, and renewables matters. It also has strong international offering, acting on a number of global infrastructure projects. The team is co-headed by Matthew Bool and Ben Patton. Bool specialises in office and mixed-use development matters in the UK, as well as advising clients in the arts and education sectors, whilst Patton’s expertise is on large-scale development, logistics, infrastructure, and build-to-rent projects. Chris Whitehouse has particular expertise in infrastructure and logistics projects, whilst Lauren Morrison focuses on  real estate development projects across the UK.

Practice head(s):

Ben Patton; Matthew Bool

Other key lawyers:

Chris Whitehouse; Lauren Morrison; Lauren Hutchinson

Testimonials

‘Hard working and very customer focused, the construction team are diligent and fiercely loyal. They speak in plain English and always act proactively and rigorously in all aspects of their work.’

‘Matthew Bool acts with the utmost integrity and always finds solutions rather than problems, and he has a great ability to defuse and find.’

‘Lauren Hutchinson is a tireless and determined lawyer who is relentless in pursing any and all legal matters. She is always prepared to go above and beyond.’

‘Ashurst are very responsive and efficient at providing answers and solutions to a wide variation of situations.’

‘The service provided by Matthew Bool and Lauren Morrison is efficient and pro-active. They are able to offer current, relevant, and commercial advice that facilitates development whilst protecting their client’s position.’

‘The Ashurst construction team offer superb technical and practical assistance to project delivery. Thorough, responsive and pragmatic, the quality of their work has been and continues to be, first-class.’

‘Chris Whitehouse is an excellent lawyer; he has the ability to balance legal risk and commercial realities and communicate clearly to different persons within the client organisation.’

‘Ben Patton is involved in the whole process of the implementation of projects. He is one of the best construction lawyers.’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

British Land

DWS

Hines

H&M Hennes

HS2

Invesco Ltd

Kier

Lendlease

Mitie

Panattoni

The Berkeley Group

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield SE

Virgin Media O2

Work highlights

  • Acting for British Land, a leading UK property company, on the redevelopment of Broadgate, a 32-acre mixed-use campus in the City and the largest pedestrianised neighbourhood in Central London.
  • Advising Virgin Media O2 on its extensive project to upgrade and expand its network. This will upgrade c.15.5 million UK homes from cable to full fibre by 2027; and the expansion will reach 7 million new premises across the UK.
  • Advising the UK’s largest flexible power producer, Conrad Energy Holdings Limited, in relation to all aspects of the development of its renewable energy portfolio.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s construction practice offers advise to its clients across the full lifecycle of their projects. The non-contentious team is highly regarded for its work in advising employers and owners heavy engineering and process plant projects. It is also active on commercial, residential and industrial development matters, both in the UK and internationally, as well as on governmental and private projects. Mike Webster heads the team, specialising in major energy, mining and infrastructure development projects. Neil Donoghue‘s practice focuses on the energy, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors, and has particular expertise in the nuclear sector. The team is also supported by Rhiannon Williams and Tania Arora, who have particular specialisms in FIDIC contracts and power projects, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:

Neil Donoghue; Rhiannon Williams; Tania Arora; Graham Richmond

Testimonials

‘The Baker McKenzie team are pro-active and responsive with a strong focus on the matter in hand. The practice has strength in depth and is always able to meet expectations.’

‘Tania Arora demonstrated excellent client understanding and an ability to foresee client needs.’

‘Exceptional on a technical level – they are always willing to share experience from other projects and other areas of the business.’

‘Mike Webster stands out in the industry due to his knowledge and skill set, ability to maintain relationships in difficult circumstances, and willingness to work in trying circumstances for the benefit of the client but also the wider project.’

‘Graham Richmond and Tania Arora demonstrate a strong work ethic and quality work.’

‘The Baker McKenzie team always provides high quality services. The team is very qualified and experienced, their reviews of the contracts are always exhaustive, they consider all possible risks, and give different solutions for each specific case.’

The firm has qualified consultants in different countries and could assist in working with contracts with different laws and considering local terms and conditions in each country.’

‘Mike Webster and Rhiannon Williams are very strong, qualified and experienced specialists in the mining and construction fields. They are able to work with the most complicated cases, always meet the agreed deadlines, and provide different solutions to the problems.’

Key clients

CIMB Bank

Suez

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Edwardian Group

Ma’aden

Global Ports Holding Plc

Korea Electric Power Corporation KEPCO

PepsiCo International Limited

Amut S.p.A.

CLDN Cobelfret

Anaklia Development Consortium

Bank Hapoalim

Belgador Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of lenders, including Standard Chartered Bank, CIMB, Maybank OCBC, DBS and RHB, in relation to the financing, refinancing, construction and re-development of all phases of the Battersea Power Station.
  • Acting for Edwardian Group on all aspects of the planning, procurement and construction of an iconic modern destination hotel in Leicester Square.
  • Advising CLDN/Cobelfret group, an international operator of shipping port and terminals, on a number of real estate and construction projects across its portfolio in recent years.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

With strong ties in the real estate sector, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s non-contentious construction practice offers holistic advice across broad variety of sub-sectors, including real estate development, utilities, transport, sport and leisure, energy, nuclear, oil and gas, and renewables. In particular, it has strong expertise in mixed-use, build-to-rent, retirement living, and hotel projects. Gareth Stringer, who heads the team, is well regarded for his involvement on large scale development projects. Nazir Dewji‘s practice focuses on mixed-use regeneration projects, as well as on engineering and facilities management projects in the UK and the Middle East. Senior associate Kimberly Roberts is experienced in major industry standard forms as well as bespoke contracts, acting for both national and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Stringer

Other key lawyers:

Nazir Dewji; Kimberly Roberts; Emily Dickson; Richard Benn

Testimonials

‘The BCLP team have a deep understanding of the real estate sector, which means that they are always able to respond to challenges and issues.’

‘BCLP provide straightforward solutions to complex issues with no fuss and a commercial attitude towards the resolution of problem.’

‘Nazir Dewji is an excellent, client-orientated lawyer. Close to the detail, but pragmatic.’

‘Pragmatic, practical and highly responsive.’

‘A powerful teamKimberly Roberts and Emily Dickson are the eyes and ears for an in-house team with no construction expertise, picking up on key risks and seamlessly managing the internal client.’

‘Nazir Dewji’s knowledge and ability to cut through issues makes him an invaluable asset to our business and he is the first port of call on any complex construction issues.’

‘Richard Benn has become a key asset to our team. His responsiveness, advice, and ability makes him a go-to for construction related advice.’

‘Kimberly Roberts is excellent; she is very knowledgeable in her field and combines this with a friendly and professional approach on the client-side.

Key clients

Great Portland Estates

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Great Western Developments

Landsec

Pembroke

Colt Technology Services

The Crown Estate

NorthwoodInvestors International Limited

Edge Technologies

Elephant & Castle Development UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Colt Technology Services, one of the world’s leading data centre developers and operators, on its series of hyper-scale data centre development.
  • Advising The Crown Estate as sole legal advisor on the construction aspects of its Central London Portfolio.
  • Advising the world-class investment company, Pembroke/Fidelity, on many of its highest profile construction projects.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides advice on a broad array of construction, engineering, and infrastructure matters to a number of household name clients. Peter Lowe and Sarah Thomas co-lead the wider team, with each focusing on a different arm of the practice. Lowe leads the transactional side, covering real estate matters, including commercial, residential, hotels, logistics sites, data centres, and retail, with particular expertise in the private rented sector and student accommodation projects. Meanwhile, Thomas focuses on the infrastructure and projects side, with extensive experience advising on complex EPC and EPCM projects, including civil, engineering, energy and transport matters, as well as a growing focus on infratech.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Corinne McCarthy; Stephen Malley

Testimonials

‘Full service, experienced construction practice with consistent excellence across all practitioners.’

‘Stephen Malley is a high profile practitioner who not only knows his stuff, but is great to work with.’

Key clients

CA Ventures

Global Student Accommodation

Harrison Street Real Estate

Southend Football Club

Highways England Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising CA Ventures on the procurement and construction of new build purpose built student accommodation projects in the UK.
  • Advising HSRE on the construction documentation in connection with its joint ventures in the UK for student accommodation science park developments.
  • Advising LaSalle on the construction documentation its large scale office redevelopment projects.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a full range of clients on construction matters, including government entities, developers, contractors, manufacturers, and consultants. The practice is active in a variety of construction-related sectors, and is well known for its expertise in power, energy, transport, process plant, and infrastructure matters. Gillian Thomas heads the non-contentious construction and engineering practice, advising on a number of high-profile development projects and regeneration schemes in the UK. The team is bolstered by Adrian Walker and Jeremy Brittenden, both of whom have considerable experience of advising on private and public sector infrastructure projects. Malcolm Parry focuses on first-of-a-kind projects and nuclear power matters.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Walker; Jeremy Brittenden; Malcolm Parry

Testimonials

‘The team are very knowledgeable. Their advice is well reasoned, sufficiently detailed, timely, and pragmatic. They are also easy to deal with.’

‘Adrian Walker and Malcolm Parry demonstrate knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Hogan Lovells have an experienced and diverse team who can view problems from different perspectives, and anticipate reactions.’

‘The partners in Hogan Lovells have been very responsive and approachable and very reliable across the whole project life cycle from contract negotiations and preparation, to project execution variations, to final securing of payments and in potential arbitration processes.’

‘Jeremy Brittenden is extremely responsive and is very experienced in contract preparation and dispute resolution. He is also very pro-active in suggesting ways of business growth and improvement.’

‘Superlative customer service with seamless team operation – you feel like there is no divide between client and practitioner.’

‘Malcolm Parry is wise beyond his years and a very pragmatic problem solver.’

‘Adrian Walker balances the perfect level of involvement as a supervising partner, being a reassuring presence in the background.’

Key clients

King’s Cross Central LP

Argent Related

Paradise Circus Ltd Partnership

The Met Office

British Land

Fairhomes Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising King’s Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2 billion, 8 million square feet King’s Cross Central development, London’s most prestigious mixed development.
  • Advising Argent Related as development partner in the multibillion pound Brent Cross Town regeneration scheme.
  • Advising Paradise Circus Limited Partnership on a new landmark development in the heart of Birmingham, known as Paradise, Birmingham.

Mayer Brown International LLP

With strong ties to the firm’s wider real estate and infrastructure practice, Mayer Brown International LLP acts on a number of complex real estate and real estate finance transactions, and is particularly well known for cross-border transactions for overseas investors. It also provides advice across a range of sectors, including energy, process engineering, transport, mining, waste, property development, and insurance. The London construction and engineering group is led by Michael Regan, who has extensive expertise in large-scale mining and infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Jonathan Hosie‘s practice focuses on representing supplier and purchaser clients on high-risk projects, both in the UK and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hosie; Charles Pacey; Sean Hummerstone

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown has unique sector information.’

‘Jonathan Hosie is very responsive and engaged. He understands what we need and delivers it in a timely manner. He has a unique expertise in EPC & FEED & PMC Contracts.’

‘Mayer Brown understand clients’ businesses, bespoke developer contracts, and are able to provide clear advice on any issues which arise.’

‘Charles Pacey and Sean Hummerstone are both really good associates and senior associates.’

Key clients

British Land

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Cheyne Capital

Gaw Capital

Generali

Kennedy Wilson

Kier

Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Limited

Scape

Schlumberger

Sinar Mas Land

St George, The Berkeley Group

Tide Construction

Tüpraş

United Living

Wates Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Generali on all construction aspects relating to their acquisition of 160-162 Queen Victoria Street, “Times Square”.
  • Advising British Land Company Plc on all construction aspects relating to its regeneration of Blossom Street, Shoreditch, the development of Phase 2 of Aldgate Place in London, and the development of its Paddingon Central site.
  • Advising Tüpras, Turkey’s largest oil refinery company, on its suite of EPC, FEED and PMC contracts.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The non-contentious construction offering at Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its deep sector focus in relation to infrastructure, civil structures, office blocks and hotels. It is also a strong practice for student accommodation projects, acting for funders both domestically and internationally. Matthew Hardwick leads the team, with particular expertise in the transport, social infrastructure, and waste sectors. Andrew Buisson specialises in PFI/PPP concession arrangements, project-financed and conventionally-funded construction contracts, as well as operation and maintenance agreements in the infrastructure, construction, and engineering sectors. Matt Hacking‘s practice offers a particular focus on African jurisdictions, advising on development and financing of large-scale projects in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hardwick

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Buisson; Matt Hacking

Testimonials

‘The Norton Rose Fulbright team is well-rounded. They are very pragmatic in their approach, have great drafting skills and venture into areas such as the technical and payment schedules.’

‘Andrew Buisson is a standout partner; extremely knowledgeable in all types of infrastructure projects. His document control and drafting is also excellent. A highly recommended individual.’

‘Matt  Hacking is an extremely capable lawyer. He is a skilful draftsman, which comes from his ability to grasp complex issues and distil them into concise drafting.’

Key clients

ACWA Power

Assured Guaranty

Balfour Beatty

Bechtel

Bouygues UK

Chevron

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

DP World

Ecobank Ghana Limited

Eco World

European Investment Bank

Eurasian Resources Group

Full Circle Generation Limited

GuarantCo

Hochtief

INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, d.d.

Iridium

International Finance Corporation

JG Pears Power Limited

KS GOK LLC

Marubeni Corporation

Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy

National Grid

Ofwat

Orsted

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

TAV HAVALIMANLARI Holdings A.S.

Thales

TOTAL

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

Urbaser

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders (Stanbic Bank Kenya Limited, Standard Bank of South Africa, DEG, EAIF) on various lots in the Kenyan Annuity Roads Programme, which aims to construct up to 10,000km of new roads across the country. These are the first PPP projects in Kenya.
  • Advising Tibah Airports Development Company, and its sponsors TAV Havalimanlari Holding A.S and Al Rajhi Holdings, on operational aspects of the USD $1.2 billion Prince Mohammed Bin Adbulaziz International Airport at Madinah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Horizonte Minerals in relation to all aspects of the financing and construction of their Araguaia nickel project in the Carajas region of Brazil.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a strong international presence, working on a full range of industry sectors, including energy, infrastructure, and real estate developments across multiple jurisdictions. The team is co-headed by Ellis Baker and Richard Hill. Baker has broad experience advising developers, contractors, consultants and lenders on construction and engineering projects across the globe, meanwhile, Hill specialises in energy and infrastructure matters, as well as commercial property developments. Also recommended are Julian Bailey, whose practice is focused on large international infrastructure projects, and Daniel Garton, who is active on projects in the energy, oil and gas, petrochemical, transportation, and mining sectors. Paddy Mohen is also notable, specialising in energy transition projects, including renewable energy, energy storage and green metal projects.

Practice head(s):

Ellis Baker; Richard Hill

Other key lawyers:

Julian Bailey; Daniel Garton; Paddy Mohen

Testimonials

‘The firm provides an excellent service covering the full range of construction contracts and more general projects work, the work product is to a very high quality.’

‘The firm has been innovative in their offering of hourly rates to remain competitive with the market, our organisation has achieved good value for money.’

‘Ellis Baker is excellent in terms of drafting and advising on the key issues and risks within contracts, whilst always offering solutions.’

‘White & Case is a very reputable law firm and well-known. It also has strong presence in big merger and acquisition works.’

‘Julian Bailey is very customer-focused and very responsive with all queries. He is very personable and easy to work with – he always listens and understands first with clarifying questions and provides practical solutions.’

Key clients

Neoen S.A.

VALOREM S.A.S.

Republic of Uzbekistan – Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade

Work highlights

  • Advised Neoen, a leading French renewable energy company, on the construction of the Mutkalampi onshore wind farm in Finland. When completed, the 404MW wind farm will be one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe.
  • Advised growing French vertically-integrated green energy operator VALOREM S.A.S. on the development of two adjacent major onshore wind farms. The ‘Viiatti Project’ will collectively have a nameplate capacity of just over 300MW, making it one of the largest wind farm developments in Scandinavia.
  • Advised the Republic of Uzbekistan (Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade) in relation to the ongoing process for the privatisation and expansion of the Talimarjan power plant in Uzbekistan.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP offers expertise across a range of sectors, including nuclear, transport, defence, and utilities. It is also experienced in advising on mega infrastructure projects in the UK. The team is led by Steven James, who has extensive experience advising on a broad range of construction matters, including nuclear, renewable energy, commercial real estate, rail and aviation projects. Lloyd James has particular expertise in high-value engineering projects, alongside significant experience in energy and renewables matters. Marcus Harling focuses on the procurement and construction of real estate development projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd James; Marcus Harling

Testimonials

‘The practice have good experience in the detail of contracts in the sector we operate, including market benchmarking.’

‘Practical, down to earth approach, but underpinned by detailed knowledge of the industry and the contract form we were using. Able to communicate with everyone involved, using jargon-free language and work amicably with everyone.’

‘Steven James was excellent, flexible in his approach and willing to patiently explain issues to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, in straightforward terms without the need for technical language and jargon.’

Key clients

Eden Geothermal and Gravis

Energia

AEG Presents

Cardiff Parkway

Reactive Technologies

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Ministers

Serious International

Cayman Islands Government

National Highways

Work highlights

  • Advising the Cayman Islands Government on its procurement of a waste management project to include landfill remediation, recycling and energy recovery. This cutting-edge, 25 year waste-to-energy project is being procured and financed on a PPP basis.
  • Advising Eden Geothermal and Gravis on the ground-breaking Eden Geothermal Project, a project which seeks to unlock the geothermal energy found in the granite beneath Cornwall.
  • Advising National Highways on nationally significant infrastructure projects, including the construction of National Highways’ A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross Scheme – a project to upgrade this stretch of highway from a single to a dual carriageway including construction of a 12.5km new section and junctions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Acting for a range of clients, including employers, contractors, and consultants, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is experienced in advising on domestic and international large-scale construction and engineering projects. It has a strong international focus, and is particularly involved with projects in Africa and the Middle East. The practice also continues to grow its building and fire safety hub for construction professionals. Steven Carey heads the team, with significant experience in a broad range of construction and engineering matters. Fiona Edmond advises on central London commercial developments, including office, mixed-use developments, and hotels. James Worthington focuses regeneration and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Edmond; James Worthington

Testimonials

‘They have a good range of skills and knowledge within their team, and they support each other so that they have the right expertise to deal with the issue at hand.’

‘The people have always been approachable and friendly. They engage properly, which means getting to the right solution is always easier.’

‘James Worthington is excellent. He is involved others where needed and delegates to his team, but always keeps up with what is going on.’

Key clients

Derwent London plc

Expanded

Fortis IBA

Maldives Airport Company Limited, Government of the Maldives

The Pirbright Institute

Ministry of Transport & Telecommunications, Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Atkins

Work highlights

    Fenwick Elliott LLP

    As a specialist construction firm, Fenwick Elliott LLP advises a wide variety of construction industry clients, both in the UK and internationally. It regularly acts for developer and employer clients on residential and commercial development projects, including on data centre and regeneration scheme matters. It also acts for contractors on major infrastructure projects. The team is co-led by David Bebb and Jatinder Garcha. Bebb advises on domestic development projects, as well as on civil and rail engineering projects, and Garcha handles the international projects department, and has a particular focus on the renewable energy sector, which includes wind, nuclear, solar and energy from waste projects.

    Practice head(s):

    David Bebb; Jatinder Garcha

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Pantry

    Testimonials

    ‘Fenwick Elliott are hands-on, have great business understanding, know the law, and have great team spirit.’

    ‘Mark Pantry works with the client to get deals over the line.’

    ‘Fenwick Elliott have particularly good construction law knowledge.’

    ‘David Bebb and Mark Pantry both always act promptly and are extremely helpful in a market that demands prompt action.’

    ‘They are understanding of the commercial viewpoint as well as the legal.’

    ‘The key with Fenwick Elliott is that they show a real understanding of construction and always show a real determination to understand the project to allow them to advise us accordingly.’

    ‘FE advises on all forms of construction agreements and understands the intricacies and complexities in all cases.’

    ‘Jatinder Garcha and Mark Pantry make themselves available, work to deadlines and help the client achieve successful outcomes. Both are personable, professional, commited and dedicated.’

    Work highlights

      Gowling WLG

      The non-contentious construction team at Gowling WLG advises a full range of clients, including developers, contractors, purchasers and investors. The practice is active across a variety sectors, including commercial and residential development,  hotels, retail and leisure, energy, infrastructure and nuclear. It also has particular expertise in PFI handback-related matters in the UK, as well as a growing international practice acting for international contractors in Europe and the Middle East. Philip Baker leads the non-contentious team from London, advising on procurement strategy and project delivery on real estate, construction and engineering projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Philip Baker

      Testimonials

      ‘Practical application of the law to issues, creating a commercial driven outcome and advice.’

      ‘Excellent responsiveness and reactive that aligns with our business needs.’

      Key clients

      Battersea Power Station Development Company

      Organising Committee for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

      The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

      Transport for London

      London Borough of Barnet

      Castlepoint LLP

      Work highlights

      • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Limited in relation to one of London’s largest ever construction schemes, comprising some 8 million sq ft of residential, office, employment, and leisure development, the refurbishment of the iconic power station building and the provision of a new London Underground station.
      • Advising the Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in relation to procurement and drafting of numerous contracts to facilitate the games.
      • Advising The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund on the professional team appointments and building contracts for the £200 million new office building next to Holborn Viaduct in central London.

      HFW

      HFW advises a supplier-side client base on a range of infrastructure projects, including renewable energy, road, and rail matters. With the firm’s wider background in shipping, the non-contentious construction practice is also highly regarded for its involvement with offshore construction projects, including offshore wind farm matters both domestically and internationally, as well as port developments, dredging, FPSOs, subsea cabling and oil rig decommissioning projects. Max Wieliczko heads the team, advising on a number of large-scale infrastructure matters. Richard Booth specialises in renewables projects, whilst Ben Mellors focuses on process plant and power projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Max Wieliczko

      Other key lawyers:

      Richard Booth; Ben Mellors

      Testimonials

      ‘HFW provide a broad service to contractors with excellence in all aspects of non-contentious support, providing a high level of confidence to clients.’

      ‘Richard Booth is approachable, available, technically excellent and extremely thorough, but also commercially aware which allows a competitive edge to be maintained.’

      ‘HFW has broad experience in the offshore wind industry, and in particular offshore construction. The combination of maritime and construction law expertise is very valuable.’

      ‘Richard Booth is very knowledgeable, easy to approach and to the point. He is solution oriented and has a good eye for the commercial aspects of legal issues.’

      Key clients

      VolkerWessels Group

      J Reddington Group

      Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

      Hochtief Solutions AG

      Belectric Gulf Limited

      Posco Plantec

      Robert Bird Group

      Kuwait Oil Company

      Al Gihaz Contracting Co

      Work highlights

      • Advised a top offshore contractor on the circa £800m EPCI Contract for the 3.1GW East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm, soon to be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms by capacity.
      • Advised a top contractor on the circa £150m+ tender for the design and construction of a new Interchange Station for HS2 in Birmingham.
      • Advising a Middle East based contractor in respect of the tender and contract for the first PV and battery energy storage system in Senegal.

      Macfarlanes LLP

      As primarily a developer-based practice, Macfarlanes LLP advises on commercial and residential development projects for investors, owners, lenders, and art institution clients. Its areas of expertise include build to rent, offices, hotels and leisure, and infrastructure and regeneration mandates. It also has a growing practice for alternative asset classes, including life sciences, logistics, and film studios. Angus Dawson heads the team, advising on a broad array of non-contentious matters, including procurement strategies, building contracts, consultant appointments, warranties, and third party rights.

      Practice head(s):

      Angus Dawson

      Other key lawyers:

      Rhadika Shah

      Key clients

      Brookfield

      Canary Wharf

      Catalyst Healthcare (Manchester) Limited

      CIT

      Global Switch

      Legal & General

      Omnicom

      Realstar

      Stanhope

      The Ritz Hotel

      Work highlights

      • Advised Legal & General on various projects.
      • Advised Realstar on the sale of a £750m portfolio of eight build-to-rent and student accommodation properties to QuadReal Property Group. This is a landmark portfolio deal for build-to-rent assets in London.
      • Advising The Ritz Hotel (London) Limited on the extensive refurbishment of the hotel, requiring sensitive treatment of the historic building. The project requires careful consideration of procurement arrangements in what will be a complicated renovation.

      Mishcon de Reya LLP

      Mishcon de Reya LLP offers a broad expertise, acting on complex, high-profile development projects for developer, property investor, and development funder clients. The team is also experienced in working for high-net worth private clients, as well as advising build-to-rent operators. The firm recently secured a major coup with the hire of Marc Hanson from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP; he is being followed in his move by Adriano Amorese. Hanson now co-heads the team with Simon Hunter, who also has significant experience in the sector, and specialises in forward funding agreements and development management agreements. Justine Ayto has a particular focus on large-scale developments and commercial real estate.

      Practice head(s):

      Simon Hunter; Marc Hanson

      Other key lawyers:

      Justine Ayto; Charlotte Braine; Adriano Amorese

      Testimonials

      ‘Commitment to the project and willingness to discuss and explain aspects, but also the ability to listen and take on commercial aspects in order to make sure the tasks are dealt with.’

      ‘Justine Ayto and Charlotte Braine are stand out individuals.’

      ‘Marc Hanson goes way beyond the role of construction lawyer – he will help identify future issues before they become problems and is willing to provide insight into best practice in the construction industry. ‘

      ‘Adriano Amorese is exceptional. He gives us responsive and robust legal advice of the highest quality. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

      ‘Adriano Amorese is pragmatic, solution driven and has excellent peripheral vision when it comes to problem solving, and advising on complex development issues.’

      Key clients

      Sky

      Get Living

      Brookfield’s Student Roost

      Brookfield Properties

      Osborne Clarke LLP

      Osborne Clarke LLP acts on both the supplier and purchaser side in domestic construction mandates, regularly advising both developer and contractor clients. Its areas of expertise span a broad range of sectors, with particular experience in  commercial and residential development, energy and utilities, infrastructure, and PFI/PPP matters. The team is led by Philip Davies, who has significant experience acting for construction and engineering procurement matters across the UK. Alexandra Gower has particular expertise in the residential sector, advising on build to rent and senior and assisted living projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Philip Davies

      Other key lawyers:

      Alexandra Gower

      Key clients

      U+I PLC

      GLP

      Amey

      Foresight Group

      PGIM Real Estate

      Equitix

      M&G Real Estate

      Lifestory Group Limited

      Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

      RKE Biogroup Ltd

      Fusion Students

      Edmond de Rothschild REIM (UK) Limited

      Minety Battery Storage Limited

      Nordheat Denmark A/S

      BDW

      Fiera Real Estate

      Long Harbour

      Gresham House Asset Management Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising U+I PLC on the £200m redevelopment of The Liberty of Southwark, Southwark, a 1.7 acre derelict site near Borough Market. The project is in partnership with TfL and involves the development of new offices, residential, shops and restaurants.
      • Advising Gresham House Asset Management Limited on all aspects of a joint venture arrangement with an EPC contractor, Anesco, to develop a 200MW pipeline of unsubsidised solar assets in the UK.
      • Advising Fusion Students on the construction procurement of their student accommodation portfolio including advising on the development of student accommodation at Brent Cross Town, the £7bn new town development being developed through a joint venture between Barnet Council and Argent Related.

      Reed Smith LLP

      Reed Smith LLP offers advise on a broad array of engineering and construction matters, often acting on cross-border projects. The team’s areas of expertise include infrastructure, renewables, and onshore and offshore construction. Richard Ceeney heads the team, with significant experience advising on substantial transaction construction mandates. Laura Riddeck is also notable for her experience in mixed-use developments and power projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Ceeney

      Other key lawyers:

      Laura Riddeck

      Testimonials

      ‘Laura Riddeck is focused and business-like, but also practical and down to earth. A pleasure deal with.’

      ‘The team enjoys a broad expertise, and always deliver excellent support, rapid response with tenacity and zeal.’

      ‘Richard Ceeney’s agility, dedication, and willingness to engage in various matters as and when required is very highly valued. He has very deep knowledge in and excellent understanding of petrochemical complexes construction.’

      ‘Knowledgeable and experienced team, with positive attitude and never-ending patience.’

      ‘Richard Ceeney nails the essentials of any situation, and not only outlines the stand points in plain language, including parties’ weaknesses and strengths, but he also always has superb suggestions for how best to move on.’

      ‘Laura Riddeck’s attention to detail is unrivalled, as is her focus and her written accounts of the situation, and suggested outline of how to proceed.’

      ‘Together, Richard Ceeney and Laura Riddeck are a dream team! A super quick decision maker, and someone with attention to detail.’

      ‘They are busy people, but always find a way of making themselves available, and importantly to meet deadlines. The lead partner owns the task and has a thorough grasp of the issues.’

      Work highlights

        Slaughter and May

        Advising on major construction and engineering projects, Slaughter and May regularly acts on high-risk construction projects in the UK. The practice holds a strong reputation in the sports and leisure sector, advising on large stadia matters. It also has a growing commercial development practice. Richard Todd heads the team, specialising in the operation and maintenance aspects of both domestic and international projects. The team is supported by Tom Inker, who has particular expertise with large-scale projects and infrastructure sales and acquisitions, and Chloe Halloran, who has experience with development projects and fit-out works.

        Practice head(s):

        Richard Todd

        Other key lawyers:

        Tom Inker; Chloe Halloran; Jodi Haigh

        Testimonials

        ‘They understand the big picture and the key points very quickly, an then tailor advice to consider this and the commercial circumstances.’

        ‘Form part of the project team alongside other client advisors, not just an external lawyer. Proactive, foreseeing the next steps weeks ahead of when they are required.’

        ‘The breadth of experience, ability to deliver to demanding deadlines, and cross-border experience and knowledge are all key strengths.’

        ‘They have a good knowledge of the sector, committed to building sustainable long-term relationships, and are very flexible in helping the client navigate peaks and troughs in workload and resourcing.’

        ‘Chloe Halloran is first rate; hard-working and ready to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in to anything.’

        ‘Jodi Haigh is an excellent addition to the client team. She is hard-working, has good understanding of the sector, and keen to understand the client business.’

        ‘Tom Inker has excellent client relationship management, keen to develop sustainable long-term relationships, flexible in structuring overflow support arrangements, proactive in providing support and oversight of junior lawyers when needed.’

        ‘Richard Todd is personable, committed, and proactive in identifying opportunities to further develop the relationship and introducing us to other Slaughter and May teams.’

        Key clients

        Everton Football Club

        Inmarsat Global Limited

        Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom UK LLP

        Ocado Retail Limited

        Viridor and KKR

        Crisis

        McDermott Will & Emery LLP

        Allen & Overy LLP

        I CAN

        JLL

        Gamuda Berhad

        Lendlease

        Arsenal Football Club

        Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

        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.
        • Advised Ocado Retail Limited on all aspects of the construction of its new customer fulfilment centre in Luton.
        • Advising Allen & Overy on the move to its new London headquarters at 2 Broadgate.

        Taylor Wessing LLP

        The non-contentious construction team at Taylor Wessing LLP regularly advise on complex, high-value matters for an array of clients, including contractors, lenders, and management companies. The practice is particularly active in real estate development, development finance, energy, projects and infrastructure matters, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Matthew Jones specialises in real estate matters, with experience advising on offices, retail, hotels, residential, logistics, industrial, and mixed-use schemes. Meanwhile, David Quinlan's practice focuses on advising clients on domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects, with a key focus on project finance.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Jones

        Other key lawyers:

        David Quinlan

        Testimonials

        ‘Excellent team of experienced professionals who are very thorough and commercial at same time.’

        ‘Stephanie O’Hare and Matthew Jones are outstanding.’

        Key clients

        R&F Properties

        BentallGreenOak

        The Westbury Hotel Limited

        Wolfe Commercial Properties Southbank Ltd

        Clearbell Capital

        NG DevCo Limited

        Blue Coast Capital

        Newham Learning Partnership (Project Co) Limited

        Westminster Real Estate

        PGIM

        Cain International

        Atlantic Biogas

        McLaren Property

        Edyn

        J&A Young (Leicester) Ltd (Jayplas)

        Work highlights

        • Advise R&F in relation to procurement, construction legal matters and financing matters for R&F’s developments at One Nine Elms and Nine Elms Square.
        • Advising property investor BentallGreenOak in relation to the development of a build-to-core portfolio of eight prime logistics assets in the UK, including its new £240 million logistics loan.
        • Advising the owners of 81 Newgate Street London on a major redevelopment project with the purpose of transforming it into a mixed-use development.

        Trowers & Hamlins LLP

        Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises across a broad range of construction matters, and is particularly well known for its expertise in advising private and public sector clients on residential and mixed used development matters and regeneration schemes. Other sectors of expertise include retirement and senior living, hotel and leisure, and infrastructure, including rail, highways, and water utilities. The team is led by Stephanie Canham, who has significant experience acting for private and commercial developers. Assad Maqbool specialises in alliancing and collaborative forms of contract, whilst Michael Chilton brings additional experience advising on international power projects and PFI schemes.

        Practice head(s):

        Stephanie Canham

        Other key lawyers:

        Assad Maqbool; Michael Chilton

        Key clients

        UK Retirement Living Fund/Elysian Residences JV

        Museum of London

        EcoWorld

        The Berkeley Group pls

        Apache Capital

        Oxfordshire County Council

        Wates Construction

        JD Wetherspoon

        Thirdi Group

        RE Capital

        Federated Hermes

        Mission Street/BentallGreenOak JV

        London Borough of Hackney

        Fifth Capital

        Marylands Bolney

        Work highlights

        • Advising the Museum of London on the relocation of the museum from its current site on London Wall to a new location in the historic Smithfield Market, including risk management of the project.
        • Advising Berkeley Homes (South East London) Limited on the construction and infrastructure aspects of the multi-phased development of a 10 hectare/25-acre site at TwelveTrees Park, West Ham.
        • Advised Thirdi Group on the acquisition, finance, development, and construction contracting for an office-led and residential development of the site known as Graphite Square London SE11.

        Beale & Co

        Beale & Co is a boutique law firm specialising in both domestic and international construction projects, with a dedicated non-contentious team focusing solely on contracts and project-related matters. The team acts for construction firms on both the contractor and consultant side, and is experienced in a full range of standard forms of contract. Will Buckby and Andrew Croft co-head the team. Buckby specialises in matters in the UK, Middle East and Africa, whilst Croft brings additional expertise in joint venture agreements, collateral warranties, and novation agreements.

        Practice head(s):

        Will Buckby; Andrew Croft

        Other key lawyers:

        Tim Kittow

        Testimonials

        ‘Beale & Co’s non-contentious team are very customer centric, people and relationship focused, with a clear eye for technical detail.’

        ‘Will Buckby is exceptional, he is a technical lawyer and has buckets of charm. That combination can be a rare commodity in the profession of law as a whole.’

        ‘Beale & Co have a very strong team at all levels from partners to less senior staff.’

        ‘Andrew Croft is very knowledgeable and has an excellent understanding of the construction industry and of current topical matters.’

        ‘Will Buckby is always happy to spend time speaking to the client, even on an informal basis.’

        ‘Tim Kittow is very knowledgeable and has an excellent understanding of the construction industry, construction law, and how to mitigate risk to their client within the appointment.’

        ‘The people are approachable and available at all times. They are extremely professional and diligent in their advice.’

        ‘Knowledge of every aspect of construction law and application. They keep the industry informed on new legislation and important topics, assist in managing business risk, review commercial appointments and advise on claims and mitigation.’

        Key clients

        Arup Group Limited

        Mace

        Broadway Malyan

        WSP

        WYG

        Association for Consultancy and Engineering

        BHM Construction

        Aecom

        BAM Nuttall

        Atkins

        Bevan Brittan LLP

        Bevan Brittan LLP is active across a range of construction and infrastructure projects, including housing and regeneration, education, waste, energy, hospital estates and highways. It is particularly well regarded for its work for public sector clients, acting on a number of matters for local councils and for NHS bodies. It also has an increasing focus on private healthcare developer projects. Andrew Tobin leads the team, specialising in education construction matters. Jonathan Turner focuses on housing-led regeneration and development projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Tobin; Louise Robling

        Other key lawyers:

        Jonathan Turner

        Key clients

        Department for Education

        Barts Health NHS Trust

        City of London

        Siemens Healthcare Limited

        Canal and River Trust

        Cardiff City Council

        University of Oxford

        Places for People

        Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        Johnson Matthey plc

        Work highlights

        • Advising the Corporation of London on the construction of the new £350m London Museum and the wider redevelopment of Smithfield Market.
        • Advising the Peabody Trust on a project at Dagenham Green which will deliver 3,500 new homes as part of the Mayor of London’s Affordable Housing Programme.
        • Advising Barts Health NHS Trust on the construction of a new £700m hospital at Whipps Cross East London as part of the Government’s New Hospitals Programme.

        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

        Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers broad expertise across a variety of key types of construction work, including infrastructure, real estate, energy and transport. It is also active on construction investment and development finance matters, advising funders and lenders. The practice also continues to advise global tech firms on data centre procurement and commercial property fit-outs. The team is co-led by Jonathan Douglas, who leads the UK practice from London, and Simon Oats, who leads the global construction and engineering group.

        Practice head(s):

        Jonathan Douglas; Simon Oats

        Other key lawyers:

        Lucy Chadwick

        Key clients

        Lendlease

        St. Modwen Properties Plc

        Wärtsilä

        EP Langage Limited

        CyrusOne Dutch Holdings BV

        Government of Slovakia

        Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

        Critical Project Services LLC

        The Office Group

        Precis Capital Partners

        Fieldfisher

        Fieldfisher offers advice on high-profile construction and infrastructure matters in the UK, regularly representing international companies. It also is experienced with PFI projects in the health and education sectors, and on energy-from-waste projects. It has also recently expanded its international reach, particularly in relation to African infrastructure. Dan Preston heads the team, and has particular expertise acting for supplier clients in the UK market. Cecily Davis specialises in high-end development schemes, and transport and energy projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Dan Preston

        Other key lawyers:

        Cecily Davis

        Testimonials

        ‘A clear focus on understanding the client’s drivers and key concerns. Strong partner and assistant support on matters.’

        ‘Emphasis on understanding the client’s position and using wider knowledge and skills from industry-wide experience to support that outcome for the client.’

        Key clients

        AstraZeneca

        Cambridge MediPark

        City Developments Limited

        City Of London Corporation

        Costain

        Dominus Group

        Godwin Group

        HS2

        ISG Construction

        Jurassic Fibre

        M Group

        McLaren Construction Group

        Morgan Sindall Group

        Muse Developments

        Rocket Properties

        Royal Academy of Dance

        Sellafield PPP Partners

        Sir Robert McAlpine

        Tilbury Douglas Ltd

        VolkerWessells Group

        Work highlights

        • Advised on general commercial and construction issues on the HS2 project. The mandate covers procurement, construction advisory and disputes, and regeneration.
        • Advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of their new £1billion Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
        • Acting for the Lot Partners on the £4.5bn PPP programme at Sellafield.

        Fladgate LLP

        Known for its expertise in high-profile commercial developments, Fladgate LLP advises a range of clients, including funders, investors, suppliers, and an increasing number of international clients. It also acts on infrastructure and energy projects, and has a growing reputation for cultural and heritage construction matters. David Weare leads the team, with particular experience on Middle Eastern projects. Olivia Bateman specialises in UK mixed-use and residential developments, including on build-to-rent projects, whilst Digby Hebbard focuses on commercial and contractual issues for construction, engineering and building projects.

        Practice head(s):

        David Weare

        Other key lawyers:

        Olivia Bateman; Digby Hebbard

        Testimonials

        ‘A top team which combines expertise with pragmatism.’

        ‘Olivia Bateman is great to work with. Knowledgeable, calm under pressure and a consummate professional. Highly regarded amongst her peers.’

        Key clients

        Ares Management

        Seflam SGL

        National Portrait Gallery

        Scape Student Accommodation

        Otis Ltd.

        TClarke PLC

        Wembley Park Limited

        Briggs & Forrester Ltd

        PhoenixME

        Quintain (Wembley Retail Park) Limited

        Innisfree investment Fund

        Equitix

        Harlequin Homes

        MEC Construction

        Henry Boot Developments

        3i

        Ocado

        Nuvia Ltd

        Gratte Brothers

        Turner Broadcasting

        Royal Derby Hospital PLC

        Soho Estates

        Dobler UK Ltd

        Yumn Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Represented Ares Investments, a US-headquartered alternative investment manager with approximately $282 billion in assets under management, in connection with its £400 million redevelopment at Nine Elms, London.
        • Advising Quintain in relation to its phased redevelopment of Wembley Park, having acted for them in relation to over 25 development projects at Wembley since 2008.
        • Advising on the £35m refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

        K&L Gates LLP

        K&L Gates LLP is known for its transport infrastructure and real estate development expertise, acting on high value projects across the UK. It also has a growing international practice, in particular in the Asia Pacific area. Matthew Smith heads the global construction and infrastructure practice, focusing on transport, energy and infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Kevin Greene leads the London construction practice, with particular expertise in negotiating and drafting engineering contracts. Nicola Ellis is experienced in both bespoke and standard form contracts.

        Practice head(s):

        Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

        Other key lawyers:

        Nicola Ellis

        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

        Patrizia

        Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

        London River Services Ltd

        Ferrovial Construction UK

        Ferring Pharmaceuticals

        Work highlights

        • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership (Nuveen Real Estate) on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development. The St James Quarter Development is an extensive mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of £850 million.
        • Advised European Metals Holdings on the FIDIC-based contract forms for initial feasibility studies and the most efficient project structure, taking into account local law issues.

        Linklaters LLP

        Linklaters LLP‘s construction team is particularly strong in relation to public infrastructure, renewable energy, energy transition, nuclear power, petrochemicals, and oil and gas projects. The team is co-led by Andrew Penfold, who specialises in domestic and international energy and construction projects, and Richard Coar, who is experienced in advising clients on the full suite of construction documents.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Penfold; Richard Coar

        Key clients

        Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

        SSE Renewables and Equinor

        Northvolt

        Maples Teesdale LLP

        The non-contentious construction practice at Maples Teesdale LLP is well regarded for its work on development projects, with experience advising on shopping centres, universities and student accommodation, offices, industrial estates, hotels, and  mixed-use schemes. The team is led by Sam Nichols, who is experienced in advising developer and funder clients on a full range of transactional construction matters, including acquisitions and disposals, regeneration, and development. Joanna Preece is also noted for her additional experience working on rail projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Sam Nichols

        Other key lawyers:

        Joanna Preece; Michael Craik

        Testimonials

        ‘Direct access to senior partners who are clear and concise in their approach.’

        ‘Sam Nichols and Jo Preece are very clear and timeous in their approach.’

        ‘The team is experienced, client focused, and commercial.’

        ‘Sam Nichols and Michael Craik give excellent client service.’

        ‘Personable relationships with approachable people for any sort of issue or required advice.’

        ‘There is a good team harmony and team spirit. You always feel as though your work is a priority and they give it 100% attention.’

        ‘Ability to explain the issue, and excellent problem solving.’

        ‘They provide clear concise commercial rationale, and are efficient and easily contactable. They provide a great service.’

        Key clients

        Pictet Asset Management

        Mileway

        DTZ Investors

        Abrdn

        Balance Out Living

        Patrizia AG

        Calthorpe Estates

        Cheyne Capital

        Legal and General Investment Management

        Yoo Capital

        Work highlights

        • Advising DTZ Investors on the construction aspects of their Folk brand developments. DTZI’s COLIV fund is the world’s “first unlisted collective investment vehicle for professional investors investing in large scale purpose-built co-living buildings in London”.
        • Advising Pictet Asset Management on the construction aspects of a portfolio of residential schemes and a connected financing.
        • Advising Balance Out Living, a new co-living platform backed by leading investment manager Oaktree Capital, on all construction legal work on over 1,100 homes in various stages of planning across the UK capital.

        Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services)

        Memery Crystal (see also Rosenblatt) has a primarily purchaser-led construction practice, acting on matters in the residential and commercial development, energy and hospitality sectors; the team is experienced in a range of contract forms. Joanne Kelly heads the practice, with significant expertise in advising developers, contractors and sub-contractors on procurement routes, as well as additional experience in wind projects. James Ashwin focuses on development finance, with experience acting for institutional development lenders.

        Practice head(s):

        Joanne Kelly

        Other key lawyers:

        James Ashwin

        Testimonials

        ‘Joanne Kelly is an excellent lawyer, understanding the drivers for businesses and translating those into valuable advice and a practical approach to matters.’

        ‘The people are excellent, and very strong in their areas of knowledge. They provide very fast responses and are a pleasure to deal with.’

        ‘Knowledge of industry, contracting methods and appropriate contracts. Good communication skills and easy to work with.’

        ‘Stand-out partner is Joanne Kelly and associate James Ashwin.’

        ‘Memery Crystal have a hands-on and pragmatic approach to our matters, being realistic about their fee structuring and recognising what is needed to get the job done.’

        ‘Joanne Kelly is a very professional, pragmatic construction lawyer who knows the industry well and is always very balanced in her advice and approach.’

        ‘A top quality construction practice.’

        ‘Joanne Kelly is a fantastic lawyer. She is calm under pressure and has top level attention to detail. She is also extremely commercially aware and understands her clients needs.’

        Key clients

        Telford Homes

        Nordex Energy

        Global Holdings Management UK

        Shiva Hotels

        Big Yellow Construction Company

        Saracens Rugby Club

        Ashtrom Properties UK

        ASK Partners

        Gage Properties UK

        Frontier Estates

        Coven Energy

        WKE (Middlesbrough)

        Work highlights

        • Advising Telford Homes in relation to the £28.3m acquisition of the Perfume Factory site in North Acton from Essential Living and further, in a £91m forward-funding arrangement with Realstar to deliver a landmark build-to-rent (BTR) scheme consisting of 238 units at the same site.
        • Advising Shiva Hotels, a multiple hotel owner with sites mainly in Central London, on all their current hotel refurbishments.
        • Advising Saracens in relation to the £23m redevelopment of the West Stand at Allianz Park.

        Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

        Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s team offers broad expertise across a range of sectors, including mixed-use and private renting, hotels and leisure, housing, local authorities, care homes, and energy. Peter Stockill heads the wider construction team, which has a growing international practice. Francis Ho specialises in complex construction and infrastructure projects, and in using hybrid or management contracting procurement strategies. Peter Massey focuses on public and private joint ventures, and is experienced with waste-to-energy schemes and international development projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Peter Stockill

        Other key lawyers:

        Francis Ho; Peter Massey; James Hallas

        Testimonials

        ‘A good team that punches above its perceived weight.’

        ‘Francis Ho is a classy operator who knows his onions.’

        ‘They are extremely knowledgeable and embraced technology during the pandemic and lockdowns.’

        ‘Each lawyer has their own specialism and can be relied upon to provide straightforward advice in their area of expertise, they also very good at utilising those skills on each project.’

        ‘The team have considerable expertise in construction, land and property development law, particularly in complex contract scenarios including public-private collaboration.’

        ‘Individual expertise and experience matched with appropriate soft skills and business acumen.’

        Key clients

        Aviva Investors

        Hutchison Ports

        Ares Management

        Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

        Activum SG Capital Management

        City & Country

        Espalier Ventures Limited

        AECOM

        The Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company Limited

        Peabody Trust/Peabody Construction Limited

        Newlon Housing Trust

        Paragon Asra Housing

        Wooldridge Developments Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising Kampus Holdings on all construction matters relating to the 550 apartment Kampus development in central Manchester, with a construction cost of £140m, including residential and commercial units, disputes with contractors, construction insolvency and funding.
        • Advising ActivumSG Capital Management on the development of two upmarket new care homes with a construction cost of £100m.
        • Advised Newlon Housing Trust on the development of over 200 apartments at a former Homebase store site in Walthamstow, London, with a GDP of wider scheme £370k and key blocks being acquired over £60m.

        Sharpe Pritchard LLP

        Sharpe Pritchard LLP is well-known for acting on public sector construction matters, advising on major infrastructure, public realm, mixed-use regeneration and education projects. It also advises on all aspects of construction documents including standard form and bespoke contracts. Justin Mendelle leads the team, advising a number of central and local government clients on a broad range of matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Justin Mendelle

        Other key lawyers:

        Rachel Murray-Smith; Helen Batter

        Testimonials

        ‘Justin Mendelle has an immense knowledge of construction in the context of local authority of government agencies. He is a great leader and has the right balance of intellect and people skills.’

        ‘Sharpe Pritchard have expertise of construction in a local government context. The team are all experts in their field, and provide commercially based advice.’

        ‘They are experts in the local government field and have a strong team who provide commercial and practical advice. They have a clear understanding of public sector issues.’

        ‘Rachel Murray-Smith is an outstanding lawyer, is very personable and provides advice which whilst always legally correct, is also commercially based.’

        ‘As a team they ensure that the appropriate legal resource is always used, achieving value for money.’

        ‘They are extremely knowledgeable in the local government field, and have a strong team who are pro-active.’

        Key clients

        King’s College London

        Imperial College London

        Imperial College London

        London Borough of Southwark

        Lewisham Homes

        Cambridge City Council

        London Borough of Hackney

        A Regional Council

        Brighton and Hove City Council

        London Borough of Southwark

        Simmons & Simmons

        Principally acting for developer and occupier clients, Simmons & Simmons offers expertise across a range of sectors, including healthcare, telecoms, media and technology, energy, and infrastructure. It has particular expertise in data centre procurement and renewable energy infrastructure matters. It also has a strong international presence, acting on development matters across the globe, including Hong Kong. Richard Dyton heads the team, specialising in energy-from-waste and defence procurement matters. Duncan Athol is notable for his experience on commercial development projects, including offices, mixed-use schemes, and logistics.

        Practice head(s):

        Richard Dyton

        Other key lawyers:

        Duncan Athol; Andrew Russell

        Key clients

        EuroCape Ukraine I LLC

        Emergy

        UDP Renewables

        BlackRock Europe Property Fund V S.C.Sp SIF

        Ministry of Defence

        Great Elm Assets Ltd

        Legal & General

        M7 Real Estate Investment Partners

        MB Propco Limited

        Hines

        Deutsche Bank

        DEKA Immobilien Investment GmBH

        Work highlights

        • Advising Deutsche Bank on the construction documentation, including the construction manager’s appointment, professional team appointments and trade contracts in respect of the funding of the acquisition of a significant part of the Battersea Power Station Development.
        • Advised Legal & General on the development of production facility and support offices for Sky Studios.
        • Advising BlackRock Europe Property Fund V S.C.Sp SIF in relation to the proposed indirect purchase of a freehold interest in 101 Camley Street, London by way of the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Camley Street Limited from MTH Investments Limited.

        Vinson & Elkins RLLP

        Providing advice on 'complex projects from inception to close', the London office of US firm Vinson & Elkins RLLP handles high-value projects across a full range of sectors, both in international and domestic markets. Andrew Nealon heads the non-contentious side of the wider construction team, with significant experience in international construction developments and projects, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Nealon

        Other key lawyers:

        Alistair Wishart

        Testimonials

        ‘V&E’s non-contentious construction lawyers work hand in hand with their contentious team. They continue to regularly advise on complex projects from inception to close.’

        ‘Andrew Nealon leads a top-notch front-end construction practice in London. You’ll find him at the forefront of large scale-energy projects, and he divides his time between more traditional infrastructure and increasingly cutting-edge energy transition work.’

        ‘Alistair Wishart is completely unflappable and misses nothing. A master at protecting the client but still getting the project off the ground.’

        Key clients

        Eurochem

        SOCAR Polymer

        SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. and BP

        STAR Rafineri

        Uzbekistan GTL LLC

        Watson Farley & Williams LLP

        Watson Farley & Williams LLP offers broad sector focused advice, with the non-contentious construction team acting across real estate, infrastructure, and energy matters. The team is co-led by Martin Lucas, who has particular expertise in offshore wind farm projects both in the UK and internationally, and Rebecca Williams, who advises on front-end dispute avoidance elements of project documents. Barry Hembling is also noted for his experience in real estate matters, particularly in the healthcare, hotel, and leisure sectors.

        Practice head(s):

        Martin Lucas; Rebecca Williams

        Other key lawyers:

        Barry Hembling; Alexander Mulroney

        Testimonials

        ‘The team’s strength is their their dedication and level of knowledge of relevant case law.’

        ‘Barry Hembling is a stand-out partner. He is a highly capable lawyer who possess detailed experience and knowledge of the construction sector.’

        ‘The team possess good communication skills and are very polite. They are attentive and highly responsive.’

        ‘Alexander Mulroney provides solid and capable support, and displays good communication skills and strong legal knowledge of the construction sector.’

        ‘Watson Farley & Williams has incredibly deep knowledge about offshore wind power projects in UK. Their advice is always comprehensive and they always heed to client’s intention.’

        ‘Martin Lucas has rich knowledge about market practice in offshore wind power projects in the UK. He is also familiar with the relationships between project companies and the government, which enables clients to analyse projects more effectively. In addition, he is a skilful negotiator.’

        ‘Barry Hembling adopts a pragmatic approach and provides incisive analytical and concise advice that is clear to follow and implement thereafter.’

        ‘The team are aware of emerging technologies and their potential legal impact within the construction sector.’

        Key clients

        Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm

        BP Pension Fund

        Zaha Hadid Architects

        Vattenfall

        Equinor

        Scira Offshore Wind Energy

        Entain

        Ørsted

        Millennium Hotels & Resorts

        Hitachi Zosen Innova

        Colas Limited

        WSP (UK) Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising the special purpose vehicles set-up by SSE plc and Equinor that are developing the three offshore windfarms known as Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C in the North Sea on all the construction elements for the development of those wind farms.
        • Advising 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 as Projects Counsel in relation to the development of the Norfolk Projects, Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard, off the east coast of England, which will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

        Wedlake Bell LLP

        Wedlake Bell LLP advises on high-value and complex construction matters both domestically and internationally, with its key areas of sector expertise being logistics, pharmaceuticals, residential development, and healthcare and later living. Sarah Elliott heads the team, principally acting for developers, funders, property investors, consultants and contractors, as well as for ultra-high net worth clients. Suzanne Reeves has a broad expertise, including in infrastructure matters, whilst Helen Garthwaite offers construction-related finance advice.

        Practice head(s):

        Sarah Elliott

        Other key lawyers:

        Suzanne Reeves; Helen Garthwaite; Natascia Alden

        Testimonials

        ‘A very approachable firm at all levels of seniority, who take the time to explain issues without running the clock.’

        ‘Their attention to detail stands them apart, with a focus on getting matters concluded promptly and efficiently.’

        ‘Sarah Elliott is exceptional – exceptional contract knowledge and goes out of her way to support her client in whatever is needed.’

        ‘Attention to detail while also understanding commercial aspects of contract negotiations, ensuring that commercially sensible, legally robust terms are in place on different scales of projects.’

        ‘Very personable and approachable. Willing to advise on contractual position but with a realistic approach to potential outcomes.’

        ‘Impressive industry knowledge and expertise within the construction field. The team also have foresight in the way construction terms are negotiated and look to future proof agreements where possible.’

        ‘Suzanne Reeves and Natascia Alden are pragmatic, dedicated, attention driven, and supports the client in delivering to timescales.’

        Key clients

        CALA Management Limited

        Hachette UK Limited

        Sheppard Robson Architects LLP

        London Metric Property PLC

        Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

        Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC

        Skonto Plan UK Ltd

        Elysian Residences

        Blue Coast Capital Properties

        Quadrature Capital

        Work highlights

        • Advising CALA Management Limited on the development agreements for affordable housing and for build to rent schemes.
        • Advising Elysian Residences on all construction and associated construction finance aspects for its growing portfolio of investment and development projects.
        • Advising London Metric Property PLC in respect of construction and development works at several of their properties.

        Ashfords LLP

        Ashfords LLP is known for advising local authorities and developers on construction, infrastructure, housing, and regeneration projects. It has a strong practice acting for London borough councils, advising on project procurement. It also acts for employers and purchasers on energy projects. Jessica Taylor heads the London team, with particular expertise advising housing sector clients.

        Practice head(s):

        Patrick Blake; Jessica Taylor

        Other key lawyers:

        Carl Thompson

        Testimonials

        ‘The commerciality of their advice is great.’

        ‘Jessica Taylor is very knowledgeable in the field of construction offering pragmatic, commercially sound solutions.’

        ‘There is no waffle – clear direction on the best way to solve issues with relevant case study if needed.’

        ‘It’s all down to the people; they are knowledgeable in their fields and try to find the most cost effective solutions to supporting our business.

        ‘Jessica Taylor’s guidance to others within the firm has been second to none.’

        ‘The depth of knowledge and personal skills has been above standards.’

        Key clients

        London Borough of Hackney

        Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

        Norman Rourke Pryme Limited

        Wandsworth Borough Council

        Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

        Curo Group

        Shepheard Epstein Hunter

        Stonewater Limited

        CC Construction Limited

        London Gateway Port Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acting for a leading housing provider on a complex, multi-million pound acquisition and development scheme.
        • Acting for specialist consultants on a major highways and infrastructure scheme for a London Borough.
        • Advising Curo Enterprise Limited in respect of its acquisition of a site on which it intends building 124 open market and affordable homes involving particularly complex construction advice.

        Bird & Bird LLP

        Bird & Bird LLP is particularly experienced in advising on IT infrastructure and data centre projects. It is also active in a range of other sectors, including energy and utilities, logistics, and refurbishments and fit-outs. Marco Nicolai leads the team, focusing on large scale property and infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally.

        Practice head(s):

        Marco Nicolai

        Testimonials

        ‘A breadth of knowledge and experience, which means you can easily find someone with the answer.’

        ‘Bird & Bird’s advice is characterised by excellent professional depth and a high degree of business acumen.’

        ‘Bird & Bird is able to convey complex content in a comprehensible way, even for non-legal clients, and thus optimally support corporate decision-making processes.’

        ‘Bird & Bird provides excellent advice with a high degree of understanding of business issues.’

        ‘Marco Nicolai has vast experience in the area of construction law and, with his background of advising on complex infrastructural projects, he was the perfect legal lead partner.’

        Boodle Hatfield LLP

        Boodle Hatfield LLP offers a range of services, including procurement advice, preparing development contracts, and project advisory services. It acts on high-value residential matters, acting for private clients and developers, as well as on hotel development and urban estates projects. Navpreet Atwal leads the team, which is known for providing 'a very high quality service’.

        Practice head(s):

        Navpreet Atwal

        Other key lawyers:

        Oliver Johnson

        Testimonials

        ‘They are extremely professional in terms of timing and pricing, as well as understanding of client requirements.’

        ‘What sets Boodle Hatfield apart is their understanding of what exactly the client was expecting from them in terms of strategy in managing legal matters. They are strategically very smart and pro-active.’

        ‘The team at Boodles are very good at co-ordinating information, communicating and managing sensitive matters through range of different professionals.’

        ‘Navpreet Atwal is a very good listener and understands client requirements. She is very straightforward and ethically correct in advising on legally correct strategies for projects.’

        ‘The team are incredibly friendly and easy to get on with. They are very knowledgeable about all the elements of advice required from them, and they simplified things to make it easy for the client to understand.’

        ‘Navpreet Atwal and Oliver Johnson are both experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, understanding and patient.’

        ‘Navpreet Atwal has proved to be a great asset. She provides a single point of contact and a very high quality service’

        ‘Navpreet Atwal possesses great communication skills, and has a firm grasp of the melding of the ‘technical’ and ‘commercial’ aspects of the advice that she provides.’

        ‘Navpreet Atwal is quite singular in that she willingly engages in open and enquiring dialogue and is capable of revisiting her advice and guidance as fresh information becomes known.’

        Key clients

        Bedford Estate

        Marriott International

        Harcourt Investment Limited

        Lovett Enterprises

        Black Pearl Limited

        Bracewell (UK) LLP

        Bracewell (UK) LLP offers construction expertise in energy matters, particularly in the oil and gas sector, as well as in in renewable energy and sustainability matters. The team is led by Tracy London, who has a strong focus on wind, solar, hydro, and biomass projects, as well as LNG matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Tracy London

        Other key lawyers:

        Ronen Lazarovitch

        Key clients

        Tè Power Company S.A.S.U.

        Alcazar Energy Partners

        Early Power Limited

        EOG Resources

        GEA Group

        Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas

        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 Alcazar Energy Partners in connection with its project financing of four solar 50 MW projects in Egypt, the Al Shobak wind farm project in Jordan, and the Al Rajef wind project in Jordan.
        • Advising Early Power Limited in relation to Stage 1A of the Bridge Power Project which is the first phase (202 MW) of a 424 MW multi-stage integrated gas-to-power thermal generation plant in Ghana, 16 miles east of Accra.

        Browne Jacobson LLP

        Browne Jacobson LLP advises on major national and international projects, acting for clients across the construction industry in both the private and public sectors. Tim Claremont leads the team, with extensive experience advising on domestic and international engineering and construction matters, including on clean energy projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Claremont

        Testimonials

        ‘The team is effective, economical, robust, and knowledgeable across a number of contractual arrangements, from NEC construction contracts to development and asset protection agreements.’

        ‘They are quick to respond and agile when requirements or priorities have changed.’

        ‘They are approachable, knowledgeable and highly professional. It is clear that they appoint specialists to each of the client’s differing requirements, and all are able to understand complicated contractual relationships and interpret client intentions quickly and accurately.’

        ‘They have the skill to explain complicated concepts in clear layman’s language and explain legal jargon in plain English.’

        Key clients

        Mace Group

        Centrica

        Zurich Insurance plc

        F3G

        IHI

        CPH2

        Yara International ASA

        Willmott Dixon

        CBRE

        Alpha Real Capital

        HCA

        Clydesdale Bank

        Games Workshop

        Wilko Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Advising on three major and important projects for the Mace Data Centre business unit (Ireland, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium). The total value of construction work exceeds €1bn for each project.
        • Advising Clean Power Hydrogen Group Limited on a number of deals to commercialise its core membrane-free electrolyser technology in the production of highly-pure hydrogen (for energy), as well as oxygen (for use in treating waste water).
        • Advising Mace in relation to numerous large matters, including the fit-out of Apple’s new research base at 30 Station Road in Cambridge UK.

        Devonshires Solicitors LLP

        Devonshires Solicitors LLP is well regarded for its advice to clients in the housing sector, often acting for social housing developers, local authorities, and private sector clients. The non-contentious construction team is led by Asif Patel, who regularly acts for clients across both the private and public sectors and is experienced in all forms of construction procurement.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark London; Asif Patel

        Other key lawyers:

        Sasha Pirbhai

        Testimonials

        ‘Excellent responsive service, completes tasks in line with agreed timescales, excellent advice provided, and looks for solutions to suit all.’

        ‘Asif Patel is very personable, makes everything simple to understand, delivers on promises, responds quickly, and makes the whole process very straight forward.’

        ‘Sasha Pirbhai is very professional, commercial and pragmatic in her approach. She is engaging and consistent with her advice and manner.’

        ‘Asif Patel and Mark London give essential support.’

        ‘Asif Patel has a highly pragmatic approach to contract drafting. He has a highly measured and engaging approach.’

        ‘The Devonshires team are always highly responsive, particularly in the area of procurement. Their advice is always well thought out with explained rationale.’

        Key clients

        Swan Housing Association Limited

        Stonewater Limited

        Sage Housing

        Peabody Trust

        Peabody Construction Limited

        Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

        The Riverside Group Limited

        Soho Estates Limited

        Berkeley Square Developments Limited

        Pocket Living Limited

        LabTech

        Persimmon Homes Limited

        Morgan Sindall Property Services Limited

        One Housing Group Limited

        Paradigm Housing Group

        Hexagon Housing Association Limited

        London Borough of Enfield

        Charnwood Borough Council

        Stevenage Borough Council

        Paragon Asra Housing Limited

        A2 Dominion

        Accent Group Limited

        Catalyst Housing Limited

        Optivo

        Forviva

        Clarion Housing Group

        Home Group

        Hyde Housing Association

        Lewisham Homes Limited

        Longhurst Group Limited

        London & Quadrant Housing Association

        Moat Homes Limited

        Newlon Housing Trust

        Notting Hill Genesis

        Progress Housing Group

        The Guiness Partnership

        Trafford Housing Trust

        Your Housing Group

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Swan Housing Association to deliver a 30-year £500m regeneration project in Southend, which will involve the development of 1,300 new homes, a commercial development and new highways infrastructure.
        • Acting for Stonewater Limited in its restructure of development and construction arrangements to the value of circa £465m in order to secure £100m in new funding to maximise capacity to deliver its planned 6,000 affordable homes over the next 4 years.
        • Acting for Sage on a £106m portfolio purchase of 420 new homes from Optivo, providing a mixture of rental and shared ownership properties across six sites in London and the South East.

        Farrer & Co

        Farrer & Co‘s private client expertise is mirrored in its construction team, with the team often acting for private individuals, private banks and overseas investors. Edward Banyard Smith leads the team, adding to the practice’s longstanding reputation for advising cultural, charitable, and educational institutions on building projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Edward Banyard Smith

        Testimonials

        ‘The practice has a very good reputation.’

        ‘Edward Banyard Smith is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, responsive and efficient. He strikes the perfect balance between professional and friendly.’

        ‘Although the team is a small one, it has a level of expertise, knowledge and experience that belies its size.’

        ‘The team is experienced and knowledgeable about the standard forms of construction contracts, and it is well versed in dealing with projects of all sizes and complexity.’

        ‘Edward Banyard Smith has a calm and reassuring approach combined with a deeply impressive level of knowledge and expertise, enabling him to provide comprehensive and incisive advice across the full range of construction issues.’

        Key clients

        Duchy of Cornwall

        Coutts & Co

        Charities Property Fund

        Artesian Property Partnership

        Price & Myers LLP

        Arbuthnot Latham & Co

        Shinfield Studios Limited

        Worshipful Company of Skinners

        Triodos Bank NV

        Graven Hill Purchaser Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acting as the legal advisers to the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury and Nansledan Developments.
        • 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.
        • Advising The British Library in relation to its St Pancras development, which involves the disposal of the 2.8-acre St Pancras development site for commercial investment and the construction of gallery facilities and a public realm for The British Library.

        Lewis Silkin

        Lewis Silkin advises on the full lifecycle of projects, including procurement strategy. It is active in a range of industries, with a notable focus on work for TV and film, luxury lifestyle, technology, and professional services clients. It also frequently acts for overseas investors and corporate occupiers. Clare Reddy leads the team, focusing on high-profile commercial and residential development projects in the UK.

        Practice head(s):

        Clare Reddy

        Testimonials

        ‘The construction legal team have been excellent and very supportive attentive and rigorous in the delivery.’

        ‘Knowledgeable, thorough in the analysis of risk and reward against the back drop of the commercial and legal constraints.’

        ‘Clare Reddy has been outstanding team player and has helped the project team arrive at a fully considered result. Her knowledge and ability to apply the knowledge in to the very detailed implication of our project has been outstanding.’

        Key clients

        Great Wolf Resorts

        Shinfield Studios Limited

        Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Limited

        Unispace Global Limited

        Sager Group Limited

        London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

        Daniel J Edelman

        Four Communications Group Limited

        Spirited Projects Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised Shinfield Studios Limited in connection with the construction contracts for its Reading film and TV studio complex, including 18 stages, workshops, offices and a post-production and screening facility.
        • Advised Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands in connection with its appointments for numerous high profile central London developments.
        • Advising a developer operator on its design and construction of a major new south-east resort involving a circa 500 room hotel and various attractions.

        TLT

        TLT is known for advising on clean energy and public sector projects. It also advises developer clients on real estate matters. Nick Pincott leads the London team, advising on energy and infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally. Patrick Sweeney has public sector expertise, including PFI/PPP projects.

        Practice head(s):

        Nick Pincott; Patrick Sweeney

        Other key lawyers:

        Simon Goss; Lawrence Mansell

        Testimonials

        ‘Very approachable, keen to invest time to understand the client’s business, and great technical advice.’

        ‘Excellent at getting work done at right level for speed, efficiency and value for money.’

        ‘Simon Goss demonstrates exemplary customer care, clear strategic thinking, and great team management.’

        ‘Lawrence Mansell has excellent knowledge of standard form contracts, clear, concise drafting and great delivery on agreed targets.’

        ‘TLT’s practice demonstrates strengths in capability, legal awareness and understanding of the complexities of bringing investment into the heat sector.’

        ‘TLT teams consistently engage multi-disciplinary legal experts who bring together expertise in public sector law, most notably in public procurement, contract law and negotiations.’

        ‘Patrick Sweeney is a highly regarded advisor, and is readily supported by strong procurement lawyers such as Nathalia Perera.’

        ‘As a team they work seamlessly to bring the right expertise to the front and are comfortable offering senior lawyers to push through complex issues on a particular engagement.’

        Key clients

        Mersey Heat Limited

        West Sussex County Council

        Blackfinch Investments Limited

        Arlington Energy

        Macquarie Capital Principal Finance

        Gridmov

        Work highlights

        • Advising Mersey Heat Limited on all aspects of the construction, connection and supply arrangements of a major district heating project in Liverpool.
        • Advising Ecotricity on the sale of the Electric Highway to sustainable energy company GRIDSERVE.
        • Advising Enso Green Holdings on a joint venture which aims to develop and build over 3GW of solar and battery projects using NG transmission connections, some of the first of its kind, advising on all the construction aspects for over one hundred sites across England and Wales.

        Winckworth Sherwood LLP

        Winckworth Sherwood LLP has a strong practice acting for private residential developers and housebuilders in the UK, as well as for acting for public sector developers. The team is led by Eleanor Kilminster, who is experienced in advising on commercial projects, including mixed-use schemes.

        Practice head(s):

        Eleanor Kilminster

        Other key lawyers:

        Colin Hall

        Testimonials

        ‘Very responsive and always well briefed.’

        ‘Well qualified and professional.’

        ‘A group of experienced lawyers that are solution-focused, they can come up with creative solutions to complex legal issues without increasing the client’s risk position.’

        ‘They are highly motivated and solution focussed.’

        ‘Strength in understanding development agreements for long term regeneration projects.’

        ‘Eleanor Kilminster always gives timely and effective advice.’

        Key clients

        A2Dominion

        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

        Harwich Haven Port Authority

        Euro Investments

        Clarion Housing Group

        Bouygues Development

        Camden Town Centre Limited

        Catalyst Housing Limited

        Consensus

        Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

        Countrywide Developments

        Evolve Housing

        Hill Partnerships

        Hollybrook

        Hyde Housing

        Keepmoat Homes

        Meridian Home Start

        Octopus

        One Crown Place

        One Brighton Quarter

        Optivo Housing

        Peabody Trust

        Populo Living

        Swan Housing

        Telford Homes

        Sovereign Housing Trust

        Argent Energy (UK) Limited

        Vivid Housing Association

        Watkins Energy