Contruction: non-contentious in London
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has strong, well-regarded non-contentious offering, advising a big-name roster of both domestic and international clients. UK head of commercial construction and engineering Marc Hanson heads up the team, with recent work highlights including advising Peninsula Hotels on the construction of their flagship £600m London hotel. John Hughes-D’Aeth is another significant figure in the team, specialising primarily in the negotiation of construction documentation for public bodies, developers and institutions. Nazir Dewji has been lead partner on several substantial matters, including work with the UOL Group on the redevelopment of Heron Plaza.
Other key lawyers:
John Hughes-D’Aeth; Nazir Dewji
Canary Wharf Group
- Advising Highways England Company on delivering £16bn of investment in the Roads Investment Strategy, covering the period to 2021.
- Acting for University College London on a number of matters including the £500m UCL East Campus development.
- Advising on the construction aspects of the £3bn joint venture between Silvertown Homes and the GLA to develop the 50-acre Thameside West site at London’s Royal Docks.
- Advising Landsec on the complex procurement and construction of 21 Moorfields, a 564,000 sq ft building situated directly above Moorgate underground station.
CMS' non-contentious team advises many of the largest contractors, both domestically and internationally, while also acting for investors and developers in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors. David Parton co-leads the team, working on all aspects of construction, energy and infrastructure projects, and recently advised Morgan Stanley on the refurbishment of Premier Place, Devonshire Square in London. He works alongside fellow co-head Victoria Peckett, who is cited for providing 'gold standard' advice. Recent work includes advising on the Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI project. Alistair McGrigor, who advised Google on the development of its new European HQ at Kings Cross, is also recommended.
David Parton; Victoria Peckett
Other key lawyers:
‘There is nothing Victoria Peckett does not know.’
‘Victoria Peckett’s advice is the gold standard. She is extremely bright, commercial and pragmatic, and with a thorough understanding of the law.’
‘Great strength in depth.’
Legal & General
Great Portland Estates
National Grid Properties
- Advising Morgan Stanley on the refurbishment of Premier Place, Devonshire Square in London.
- Advising Legal and General on its acquisition of a stake in a £1.8bn collection of science and technology parks.
- Advised the project company on construction failures at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
- Advising Wates on the building contracts for new mixed use development at Wembley Park.
- Advising Norges Bank on its £320m acquisition of 60 Holborn Viaduct (the Amazon London headquarters building).
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's non-contentious team is part of what is described as 'one of the best construction practices in London'. The firm has a multi-sector approach, covering energy, transport, infrastructure and real estate for a variety of clients including developers, governments, contractors as well as construction professionals. Nicholas Downing leads the team and has advised on some of the largest real estate development projects, including working with British Land on the redevelopment of Canada Water. Tim Healey is a standout figure, advising on energy and infrastructure projects, including prominent work on HS2.
Other key lawyers:
‘HSF’s construction team is full of hugely capable lawyers who are a real pleasure to work with. They are excellent at what they do.’
‘One of the best construction practices in London in terms of the quality of the lawyers they bring to the table: from the senior partners to the junior associates.’
‘Strength in depth, with some of the best associates.’
‘The team’s practice is unique in offering consistently high quality service and excellent availability.’
‘Calm, considered and thorough.’
‘Senior associate Iain Suttie’s approach is informative and helpful.’
‘Iain Suttie has a detailed knowledge of the construction sector and was always able to provide comprehensive advice on any matter relating to a construction contract.’
‘Iain’s Suttie advice has always been thorough and well considered.’
‘Senior associate Samantha Scott has has an excellent grasp of relevant law and the practical points of project work. She works incredibly hard to meet deadlines and her work is consistently of a high quality.’
‘Iain Suttie is a standout construction lawyer, brilliant on the detail and charming to deal with.’
Capital & Counties Properties
Nord Stream 2 AG
Transport for London
- Advising Argent Related on the multi-phase housing-led redevelopment of Tottenham Hale.
- Advising Capital & Counties Properties on all construction aspects of the £5bn redevelopment of Earls Court and Olympia.
- Advised The Stage Shoreditch Development on 400,000 sq ft mixed use development in Shoreditch office consisting of retail and leisure space within new and historic buildings.
- Advised Nord Stream 2 on the development and financing of the massive twin gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea.
- Advising IGI Poseidon on the development and installation of the Poseidon Pipeline, a natural gas inter connector between the Turkish-Greek border and Italy.
Pinsent Masons LLP's non-contentious team, which is highly regarded among market peers, is headed up by John Woolley, who joined from Dentons in September 2018. His work is primarily across the energy and infrastructure sectors. The London team works closely with its international offices in China, the Middle East and South Africa. Another notable name is Jonathan Hart, who has decades of experience as an infrastructure specialist with strong expertise in construction contracts.
Other key lawyers:
‘Confident, well balanced advice.’
‘Pinsent Masons remains the best known construction law practice.’
‘Excellent knowledge and experience of the sector.’
‘Good at communicating ways through often very complicated issues.’
‘Anne-Marie Friel is very good.’
‘Richard Williams is very knowledgeable.’
‘Anne-Marie Friel stands out.’
‘Anne-Marie Friel’s specialist knowledge makes her stand out. She is very calm and hands-on.’
Scottish Power Renewables Kellogg Brown & Root
OHL Construction UK
SEPCOIII Powerchina Group
- Advising the BMB joint venture, which comprises Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall.
- Delivering transactional construction advice to the A14 IDT (Costain, Skanska and Balfour Beatty) since 2016.
- Providing legal advice to The Portman Estate on the redevelopments of Marylebone Police Station and 1-4 Marble Arch.
- Advising Johnson Matthey plc in connection with projects to construct a new demonstration scale manufacturing plant in Clitheroe and first full scale commercial plant in Mainland Europe for the production of their battery material to power electric vehicles.
Addleshaw Goddard has a broad non-contentious offering which covers the health, education, housing, manufacturing and hotels sectors, advising a range of well-known developers, employers and funders. The team is led by the 'very commercial' Andy McVeigh who is a specialist in student accommodation and residential development, and who led the firm's team advising St Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on the delivery of its capital investment strategy plan. Julia Court is another notable name, acting as the prime partner on the Battersea Power Station redevelopment. Luke Baines is a 'hotels specialist' and has experience in real estate development including town centre regeneration. Legal director Sam Cary, who has worked closely with McVeigh and acted for investors, developers and manufacturers, is also recommended.
‘Andy McVeigh is very commercial – you want him in the bunker with you if things go wrong.’
‘Luke Baines is a hotels specialist.’
‘Luke Baines is responsive, helpful, friendly and keen to understand client needs.’
‘Friendly and responsive team.’
University Partnership Programme
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
- Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company across the whole business and phases in relation to construction.
- Advising Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures on the development of two new hospitals at the Trust’s two main sites in Tooting and Kingston.
- Advising the University Partnership Programme on all of its student accommodation schemes.
Ashurst's non-contentious offering displays strength across a range of sectors, including transport, infrastructure and energy. The London team is part of the international firm's global group, which has a presence in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Ben Patton, Matthew Bool and Michael Smith collectively lead the team. Smith specialises in renewable energy projects, Bool in mixed-use developments and Patton in urban regeneration projects. A notable highlight saw Patton lead a team advising Virgin Media on 'Project Lightning', the delivery of its £3bn network expansion to 3.8 million homes across the UK and Ireland.
Ben Patton; Matthew Bool; Michael Smith
‘Ashurst is also an outstanding law firm in this sector with great quality.’
‘Partners are highly skilled, approachable and effective deal doers.’
‘Really impressive law firm giving magic circle quality advice without charging their rates.’
‘Ben Patton has a calm style and is very professional.’
‘Ben Patton has the quality of acting as a really good sounding board for issues and will come up with alternative solutions that achieve a good outcome for our business.’
‘Michael Smith has unrivalled knowledge in construction law.’
‘Chris Whitehouse is an associate to watch as he has great technical knowledge and experience.’
Transport for London
Financial Conduct Authority
China General Nuclear Power Group UK
Oxford City Council
- Represented Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in relation to ongoing construction matters at the £3.5bn Westfield London development in White City and the £2bn Westfield Stratford City development.
- Advising the funders in relation to the £300m development of a 60MW energy from waste facility in Buckinghamshire.
- Advising Virgin Media on ‘Project Lightning’ – the delivery of Virgin Media’s £3bn network (broadband, phone, TV and mobile) expansion to 3.8 million homes across the UK and Ireland.
- Advising City of Edinburgh Council on the £150m development of the Edinburgh tram system between York Place in the centre of Edinburgh and Newhaven in Leith.
- Advising Countryside Zest (Beaulieu Park) LLP (a joint venture between Countryside Properties and London & Quadrant Housing) in relation to the £1bn development at Beaulieu Park, Chelmsford.
Clifford Chance LLP's non-contentious team offers impressive breadth across the real estate, conventional and renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. The 'stand out' David Metzger, who leads the team, advises on transport, social infrastructure and urban regeneration matters, and was lead partner for Global Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea 1 offshore wind project. The 'trusted and confident' Marianne Toghill heads up the UK real estate construction offering, while Sandy Hall is another key member of the team, with a particular focus on oil and gas, mining and energy projects, while senior associate Edward Bretherton is another name to note for his work across the mixed use developments and energy sectors, especially solar power.
‘Delivery of timely and efficient services.’
‘Clifford Chance’s non-contentious construction team is full of highly skilled, meticulous, sensible associates.’
‘Clifford Chance are world class’
‘Marianne Toghill is trusted, confident, knowledgeable and responsive.’
‘David Metzger is the standout partner – he combines razor sharp intellect with a sensible approach to closing deals.’
Global Infrastructure Partners
Kuwait National Petroleum Company
State Oil Company of Azerbaijan
Battersea Power Station Development Company
- Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on its £4.5bn acquisition of a 50% interest in the 1,218MW Hornsea 1 offshore wind project.
- Advising EMF and EDF on the development of three offshore wind farms in France in Round 1 of the French Offshore Wind programme.
- Advising KIPIC/KNPC on all construction aspects of its new petrochemical facility in Al-Zour, Kuwait.
- Acting for Native Land as developer of a nine-building urban regeneration project at Bankside, London.
- Advising Battersea Power Station Land Company Limited on the development of the Battersea Power Station complex.
Hogan Lovells International LLP boasts a strong non-contentious construction offering, with a particular focus on advising clients in the real estate and energy sectors, whil the firm also has well-established expertise in work for transport and infrastructure clients. The team is headed up by 'industry leader' Gillian Thomas, who has worked on a raft of high-profile developments in London including advising King's Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2bn King's Cross Central development.
‘Considered advice with excellent commercial awareness and market knowledge. Good exposure to the lead partner.’
‘The whole team are excellent at fostering strong relationships and supporting at every level.’
‘Gillian Thomas is one of the industry leaders and leads by example with her clear unambiguous advice.’
‘Gillian Thomas is always calm, always positive and brings years of expertise and wisdom to every negotiation.’
‘Rosie Miller is a ‘go-to’ lawyer in every way. Proactive, commercial, confidently knowledgeable.’
‘Phil Hassett is assertive and brings sense to proceedings when all is lost.’
Department for Transport
Rio Tinto Group
- Advising King’s Cross Central LP on all construction aspects of the £2bn, 8 million sq ft King’s Cross Central development.
- Advising Argent Related as development partner in the £3bn Brent Cross South regeneration scheme.
Norton Rose Fulbright provides a full service non-contentious offering to a big-name client roster including developers, investors, sponsors, contractors and financiers. The team is headed up by Mark Berry, who has advised on many of the major waste-to-energy projects in the UK. He also has particular expertise in mining and associated infrastructure development and advised the Eurasian Resources Group and its subsidiary Metalkol on the £511m construction and financing of its copper and cobalt project in the Kolwezi region of China. Andrew Buisson has particular experience of advising on major infrastructure transactions in the transport and social accommodation sectors, while Matthew Hardwick has a track record of working with government institutions.
Full Circle Generation
European Investment Bank
- Advising Eurasian Resources Group and its subsidiary Metalkol on the £511m construction and financing its RTR copper and cobalt project in the Kolwezi region of China.
- Advised Lundin Gold on the £275m development and construction of the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador.
- Advised National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House in relation to the £654m financing for the extension of Kuwait International Airport.
- Acting for Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile on their potential bid for the construction of a £790m-plus desalination plant in Chile.
- Advised the joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and OHL on the restructuring of its role on the £2.2bn Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal project in Montreal.
White & Case LLP has a strong non-contentious offering which works with a roster of premium clients across its international network. The US firm's London practice advises on major power projects relating to renewable, conventional and nuclear energy. Ellis Baker heads up the team and counts developers, contractors, consultants and lenders among his client base. He recently acted as lead partner for Carbon Holdings as the sponsor on all aspects of a multibillion-dollar petrochemicals complex in Egypt. Daniel Garton, who has a focus on the energy sector, is also recommended, while the team was boosted in early 2019 by the lateral hire of long-serving Norton Rose Fulbright partner Richard Hill.
Western Power Corporation
- Advising the owner on a major project involving the construction of two new-build nuclear power stations.
- Advising Western Power Corporation, a project company backed by InfraCo Africa, on the development of the Ngonye Falls hydropower project in Zambia.
- Advising Carbon Holdings as the sponsor on all aspects of a multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex in Egypt.
- Advising a leading global Silicon Valley technology company on the drafting of contracts for the design and construction of data centres in various countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
- Advising the lenders on Sirius Minerals Plc’s $3.2bn financing of the North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, one of the largest mining project in the UK in recent decades.
Allen & Overy LLP's non-contentious practice advises on a range of matters relating to commercial offices, bank headquarters, shopping centres and energy and infrastructure projects. The firm specialises in PFI/PPP and finance related work, acting for investment banks, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds.
Baker McKenzie's non-contentious team has two key areas of focus: acting for employers/owners on heavy engineering and process plant projects; and working on the development of commercial, residential and industrial buildings. The team is led by Steve Webster who specialises in project development and construction law with decades of experience advising contractors, owners and lenders. A recent highlight involving advising CIMB Bank, Maybank and a consortium of lenders on the financing and redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
‘Experience, skills in communication and the ability to quickly understand issues.’
‘Immediate responses and action given when required. Able to appreciate and adapt to differing cultures.’
Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited
Global Ports Holdings
First State Investments
AlTaaqa Alternative Investments
Liontaine Holdings Ltd / Alliance Altyn
- Acting for CIMB Bank, Maybank and a consortium of lenders on the financing and redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station and locality into a mixed use space including offices, retail and residential.
- Acting for Edwardian Group on all aspects of the £350m planning, procurement and construction of an iconic modern destination hotel in Leicester Square.
- Advised the borrower, Alliance Altyn, in connection with attracting a $180m project financing from VTB Bank for the construction of mining facilities and processing plant at Jerooy gold ore deposit in the Kyrgyzstan Republic.
- Advising international water and waste management company, Suez and Itochu Corporation as the successful sponsors on their bid for the €300 million 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.
- Assisting Ma’aden in relation to the development of its Ad Duwayhi Gold Mining Project at Zalim and also the development of the Mansourah-Massarah Gold Project.
Burges Salmon LLP's practice, which has a focus on sectors such as national infrastructure, nuclear and renewable energy and transport, is led by William Gard. Another key member of the practice is Lloyd James who has expertise in matters relating to waste management, minerals and mining and transport infrastructure. James was lead partner advising Costain on the £1.3bn relief road project in South Wales. Another notable name is Steven James, who was lead partner advising HSBC and Bank Leumi on the £125m refinancing of a retirement village portfolio.
.Independent law firm that delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. Burges Salmon is driven by the clients’ needs and focuses on best outcomes for clients. Perfect delivery in partnership with clients for business critical issues: this includes transparent billing, appropriate resource allocation, and impeccable partner attention, plus: best value for money service.
‘Lloyd James is very sensible, pragmatic and commercial. Knows the energy construction industry in and out. Very diligent and hard-working.’
‘Steve James; innovative and commercially-minded and has a great humour; easy to work with. Keen on details – find all the issues at once which can save a lot of money in the future!’
John Lewis Partnership
University of Bristol
Crown Commercial Service
- Advising Costain in relation to its work on the £1.3bn M4 relief road project in South Wales.
- Advising Redcliff as JV developer of a £250m mixed use redevelopment in Bristol city centre.
- Advising Welsh Government on the £5bn procurement of the Wales and Borders rail service and the South Wales Metro project.
- Advising HSBC and Bank Leumi on the £125m refinancing of a retirement village portfolio.
- Advising National Australia Bank and Santander on the £86m financing of a portfolio of onshore wind farms.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's non-contentious team acts for contractors, developers and user occupiers on residential developments and mixed use developments and energy work. The team is led by Steven Carey who recently advised Permasteelisa on several developments such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards. Fiona Edmond is also a notable name within the team, and has been advising Derwent London on recent developments including Soho Place and the Brunel Building. Edmond has advised commercial developers on office and mixed use developments, hotels and data centres. Duncan Salmon is noted for his work in the regeneration and development sectors, while newly promoted partner James Worthington is also recommended.
‘James Worthington’s elevation to partner is well deserved.’
Permasteelisa UK Limited
London and Regional Properties
Reynolds Polymer technology
Manhattan Loft Corporation
- Served as Derwent London’s sole legal advisers on the procurement and construction aspects of all of its projects including the construction contract between Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke for the procurement of its 285,000 sq ft mixed-use project at Soho Place.
- Advising Countryside and Clarion Housing Group on their joint venture and acquisition via a conditional sale and purchase agreement for 2,600 dwellings forming part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, with funding from Homes England with a gross development value of £1bn.
- Advising London and Regional Properties in relation to its extensive hotel portfolio on procurement and negotiation of all relevant contracts.
- Advising Crest Nicholson on their bid in competitive dialogue to be the development partner for a new scheme to develop more than 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and supporting infrastructure at Maidenhead Golf Club worth £1bn in total.
- Acting for Permasteelisa (UK) Limited on matters such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards.
Clyde & Co LLP's non-contentious team advises across a wide range of sectors including energy, transport and commercial development. John Morris, who leads the team, has particular expertise in construction contracts, as well as the design, supply and installation of mechanical and electrical engineering plants, offshore structures, power stations, coal liquefaction, mining and environmental issues. The firm also has a track record of advising on health and mixed use development matters. Other key partners in the team include Anthony Albertini.
Other key lawyers:
Dentons' client roster includes major contractors, developers, housebuilders and retailers, while the firm also acts on energy projects relating to both conventional and renewable power. The team is led by Mark Macaulay, an expert in employer-led development, especially in the real estate, regeneration and transport sectors. Macaulay was lead partner advising Network Rail on the Crewe area work project, an infrastructure project facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line. Another major role for the firm saw it act for the official receiver to Carillion following the construction giant's collapse. Long-serving partner John Woolley left for Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2018.
‘Mark Macaulay offers clear advice and provides an innovative approach.’
‘Quality of listening and taking into account client needs.’
‘Pragmatism and experience in the field.’
‘Senior associate Anna Tostevin has provided quality work and shows the mental agility to adjust to changes in situation and/or orientations.’
Transport for London
London Luton Airport
Network Rail Infrastructure
- Advising Her Majesty’s Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc in respect of placing additional companies into insolvency processes in the UK and Scotland.
- Advising Kenyan developer Gulf Energy Limited on its role in delivering Kenya’s first coal power plant.
- Advising Network Rail on the Crewe Area Works Project, a significant infrastructure project primarily facilitating the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line and increasing capacity and connectivity.
- Advising Transport for London on its £250m delivery partner contract for its programme of track renewals and maintenance works.
- Advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited on the development of a new $418m international airport in Rwanda, known as the Bugesera International Airport.
DLA Piper's non-contentious practice is made up of two two core strands. The first is its real estate development, which is led by 'impressive' newly promoted partner Peter Lowe, who covers the commercial, retail, manufacturing and residential sectors, alongside work on data centres and student accommodation. The 'approachable and professional' Sarah Thomas, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018, leads the EPC/infrastructure work which includes civil engineering, transport, energy and mining. Lowe was the lead partner acting for Quintain on the construction documentation for its £3bn regeneration project at Wembley Park.
Peter Lowe; Sarah Thomas
‘The construction team are particularly good at understanding the specific needs and requirements of individual clients and tailoring their advice accordingly.’
‘Very helpful team, always on hand to assist and respond in a clear, accurate way.’
‘Consistently impressed by Peter Lowe. He understands the specific requirements and drivers of our business and is able to offer pragmatic and commercially aware advice.’
‘Hannah Thomas and Peter Lowe are both are very approachable and professional in their approach.’
Global Student Accommodation
The Office Group
LaSalle Investment Management
St James’ Place
- Acting for Quintain on the construction documentation for various plots comprised within its £3bn regeneration project at Wembley Park.
- Acting for WeWork on the construction documentation and procurement of its office premises across the UK.
- Acting for Global Student Accommodation in relation to the construction documentation for its student accommodation portfolio across the UK.
- Advising LaSalle on the procurement of and construction documentation for a 486,000 sq ft high-end office development in the City of London
- Advising Mace in connection with the construction aspects of Phase 2 of its Green Square development.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's non-contentious team handles a broad range of matters for energy, transport, real estate clients. Within the construction sphere, it is one of the largest teams in the UK, working almost exclusively for purchaser clients, while the London office serves as both a domestic and global hub for a variety of international work. Global practice head Simon Oats has been leading the firm's team on the £1bn redevelopment of Chelsea Football Club’s new stadium, while disputes specialist James Pickavance also acts for construction purchasers across a range of sectors including energy, healthcare, hotels and transport. Other key partners include Jonathan Bowley, who leads the transactional team in London.
Thames Water Utilities
- Advising Network Rail on the process of seeking a partner to help deliver the first major inter-city digital railway on the East Coast Mainline.
- Advising Dairy Crest in the procurement of a number of construction projects including the £85m expansion of the Davidstow creamery.
Specialist construction and energy firm Fenwick Elliott LLP fields a bench of partners handling non-contentious work, including Jatinder Garcha, who has a track record in waste to energy matters and renewables work, and David Bebb, who acts for contractors and developers. The firm represents clients at all levels of the supply chain including architects, employers, investors, governments and contractors, and is the primary legal service provider to King's College and UCL.
Jatinder Garcha; David Bebb
‘Ed Colclough is a capable construction lawyer who has assisted me and my clients on some complex and challenging matters.’
‘David Bebb is always available; he is knowledgeable.’
‘Fenwick Elliott have worked hard over the years and have not felt the need to work with another practice.’
‘The Fenwick Elliott team are always on hand to offer expert advice.’
London Square Developments
Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies
- Represented London Square Developments on the redevelopment of Holloway Prison to provide social and private housing.
- Advising Bilfinger Engineering and Technologies on the design, supply and installation of pipework and the installation of free-issue equipment at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Gowling WLG's practice acts for developers, contractors and institutional investors across a variety of sectors, such as commercial development, retail and leisure, energy, infrastructure and hotels. The team is led by Richard Green who divides his time between Birmingham and London and who has significant experience of drafting and negotiating bespoke documentation for onshore and offshore projects. Philip Baker is another key partner in the team; he advises on hotel developments and has also been serving as lead partner advising the Battersea Power Station Development Company on construction aspects of its £8bn redevelopment.
Other key lawyers:
St. Modwen Properties
London Borough of Barnet
Sheffield City Council
- Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on the construction aspects of various elements of the £8bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.
- Advising Barnet Council on the procurement and construction elements (including construction contracts and agreements with Network Rail) in relation to the closure of existing rail freight facilities, and the delivery of a new rail freight facility and new railway station, currently known as Brent Cross Thameslink.
- Advising a private development company on the redevelopment of the iconic Admiralty Arch in London.
- Advised Charles Well on the procurement route and drafted and negotiated all construction documentation for a new brewery and visitor centre.
- Advising Meggitt on all construction aspects of the construction, by developers Manse Opus, of its new £130m manufacturing facility at Ansty Park.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP's non-contentious team advises a range of international clients across the real estate, transport and energy sectors. The team is headed up Kevin Greene and Matthew Smith who provides 'thoughtful and creative solutions.' Smith recently acted as lead partner for Corinth Pipeworks Holdings in relation to two international energy projects, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, while Greene led for Nuveen Real Estate on construction aspects of the £850m St James Quarter development. Nicola Ellis, who specialises in brownfield and greenfield projects, is also recommended.
Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith
Other key lawyers:
‘The work and advice produced is to an exceptional standard.’
‘The firm provides a service which is both seamless and efficient.’
‘Matthew Smith is very good.’
‘Clear and accurate advice delivered in a timely and organised manner.’
‘Partners who not only understand the detail but also are able to stand back and offer pragmatic advice to aid decision making.’
‘Matt Smith engages fully, quickly identifying further information needed from our side, and whether other teams within their firm should be engaged.’
‘Matt Smith has extensive knowledge and experience meaning he is able to provide thoughtful and creative solutions.’
‘Kevin Greene is able to quickly advise legal options in the context of wider non legal material considerations.’
‘Kevin Greene’s willingness to engage and the quality of his advice has made him our go-to person.’
TH Real Estate
Laing O’Rourke Group
- Advising Corinth Pipeworks Holdings in respect of two international projects; the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and the Trans Anatolian Pipeline.
- Advising TH Real Estate (now Nuveen Real Estate) on the construction aspects of the £850m St James Quarter Development, one of the biggest construction projects in the UK.
- Advising MRT Corp on the construction of a second line for Malaysia’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit project.
- Advising the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in relation to updating their standard forms of consultant appointments to reflect industry developments and legislative changes.
Macfarlanes LLP's non-contentious practice had a broad client base including owners, contractors, consultants and institutions. The team is headed up by the 'proactive' Angus Dawson and is known for its work in relation to office developments, mixed-use developments and hotels, resorts and leisure. Another key name within the team is the hugely experienced senior consultant Ann Minogue, who has been acting as lead adviser to Stanhope across its portfolio of development projects, including One Angel Court.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is competitive, proactive and very experienced across the industry.’
‘Good, clear explanations and advice. Great service received from Angus Dawson and Alexander Crockford.’
‘Angus Dawson, Radhika Shah and Tom Parsons are proactive and help us solve some difficult contract issues and negotiations.’
Legal and General
- Advising Legal & General’s flagship Build to Rent fund on the acquisition and development of various sites with a deal value of £40m-£100m.
- Acting for Stanhope across its portfolio of development projects including One Angel Court and 6-8 Bishopsgate.
- Advising Ecoworld London, part of Malaysian-listed real estate developer EcoWorld International, on the forward funding of a £400m build-to-rent scheme by Invesco Real Estate.
- Advising Covivio (formerly, Foncière des Murs) on its debut deal in the UK, the purchase of fourteen four and five-star hotels for £858m from Starwood Capital.
- Advising CIT on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of a site at Silicon Roundabout to create a 29 storey building.
Mayer Brown International LLP's non-contentious team advises a prestigious client list comprising purchasers, lenders, project sponsors, contractors and suppliers, covering sectors including commercial and residential property, energy and waste. The non-contentious practice is headed up by Jonathan Olson-Welsh, who has expertise in construction and engineering contracts and leads on development and project transactions, both domestically and internationally. Jonathan Hosie is a key member of the practice, working on a diversity of projects and acting as lead partner on major matters. Chris Fellowes retired from the partnership as of December 2018 and now serves as a consultant to the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Gardiner & Theobald
Panama Canal Authority
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP's international construction practice advises owners, developers, contractors, project managers, financiers and government entities. The firm's non-contentious team is led by Richard Ceeney, who has a particular focus on renewables.
Taylor Wessing LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Matthew Jones, who advises on all aspects of construction legal matters, particularly procurement and the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts. Jones was the lead partner advising R&F on the construction documentation and procurement structure for its £1bn developments at Nine Elms Square and Queen's Square. The practice's client roster includes funders, investors, agents and contractors. The 'impressive' David Quinlan specialises in domestic and international infrastructure projects and project finance.
Other key lawyers:
‘David Quinlan and Andrew Wood impress.’
Brentford Football Club
- Advising R&F in relation to the negotiation of construction documentation, as well as giving strategic advice on procurement structure, for R&F’s developments at Nine Elms Square and Queen’s Square.
- Act for Chesington Investment and its group companies in relation to all construction matters affecting the development of Lancer Square; a mixed-use scheme located in Kensington worth £100m.
- The firm has worked closely with Essential Living since its entry into the market in order to deliver their pipeline of schemes, advising on all matters relating to the development, including financing, of each project.
- Acting for the Westminster Group on a new £50m retail and business campus, St Pancras Centre.
- Advising Imagile Group on a portfolio of infrastructure projects worth £35m.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP's non-contentious practice covers several sectors including private and commercial development, projects and offsite and modular construction. The firm's clients include subcontractors, contractors and investors. The team is led by Stephanie Canham and Charles Morrish. Canham displays an 'unquestionable' knowledge of construction law and primarily acts for private and commercial developers. She was lead partner acting for Avanton in relation to its £100m development in Battersea. Morrish has advised extensively on PPP across the housing and student accommodation sectors, and was lead partner advising the Museum of London on its relocation to Smithfield Market.
Stephanie Canham; Charles Morrish
‘The practice has a proven and clear understanding of our needs, requirements and way of operating.’
‘Stephanie Canham always acts in a considered and knowledgeable way, leading her team from the front. She has the ability to get direct to the cause of the problem and her knowledge of relevant law is unquestionable in my experience.’
Hermes Real Estate
Museum of London
- 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.
- Acted for Apache Capital (in joint venture with Moda Living) in relation to the appointment of Caddick Construction to complete one of the UK’s largest build to rent projects at Angel Gardens Manchester.
- Advised Central & Cecil Housing Trust in connection with the award of a £55m design and build contract to Regal London to build a retirement home block next to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
- Acting for Avanton in relation to its development at York Pace, Battersea comprising three towers of residential accommodation totaling 275 apartments and the new Royal Academy of Dance headquarters.
- Continuing to advise Hermes Real Estate on construction and property matters, in particular in relation to the approximately £1.6bn of assets currently under management within the Hermes Property Unit Trust.
The contracts and projects advisory team at Beale & Co is led by Will Buckby, who advises consultants, contractors and employers in the UK and abroad, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Senior associate Samantha Jonsson specialises in non-contentious construction and infrastructure matters in the UK and Dubai. Her focus is on drafting contracts, development agreements and collateral warranties. Senior associate Andrew Croft, who advises developers, specialist contractors and interior designers, is also recommended.
‘Specific relevant knowledge of our industry.’
‘Level of response is excellent. The team are all very personable.’
Fieldfisher's non-contentious practice recently secured a major boost with the hire of former RPC construction and projects head Dan Preston, who joined as practice head with fellow partner David Thorne and team of associates. The team acts for developers, contractors private clients and funders, providing procurement, contract negotiation and risk allocation advice. Key clients are drawn from a variety of sectors including energy, real estate, mining and hospitality and leisure.
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Fladgate LLP's non-contentious practice advises a mix of clients in the hotels and leisure, renewable energy and museums and exhibitions sectors. The team is led by Alan Woolston, who works alongside a team of partners including Digby Hebbard, who has a broad practice acting for specialist contractors, suppliers and employers. He recently advised the Science Museum Group in relation to the design and construction of the museum's new offsite storage facility. The team was bolstered in late 2018 by the hire of well-regarded former Squire Patton Boggs London construction head Olivia Bateman, who has particular experience in the retail and leisure sectors.
West Midlands Trains
Science Museum Group
National Portrait Gallery
- Advising Equitix on a portfolio of complex infrastructure projects covering everything from strategic advice to drafting bespoke commercial arrangements.
- Advised West Midlands Trains on all construction aspects of the business including the delivery of the company’s new HQ in Birmingham, platform extension works across the network, and a suite of supplier frameworks for ongoing works and maintenance.
- Advised the Science Museum Group in relation to the design and construction of the museum’s new off-site 33,000 sq m storage facility.
- Advised the National Portrait Gallery on its refurbishment, specifically the drafting and negotiation all project documents and procurement
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's non-contentious team covers the full range of construction transactions. Alex Carver advises on greenfield project financing and brownfield acquisitions in the UK and internationally, acting for sponsors, credit providers and government authorities, with a particular focus on transport and social infrastructure. On the energy side Carver is known for his work on renewables transactions.
HFW's non-contentious team acts for an international client base on projects including power, ports and terminals, rail and tunnels. The team is headed up by Max Wieliczko who was lead partner advising Clugston Construction in relation to the construction of several energy to waste projects in the UK. The 'innovative' Richard Booth is another notable name within the team with a focus on renewables including offshore wind and solar as well as transport work. He leads the firm's work for a number of major clients, including advising solar energy company Belectric on an EPC contract for the design, procurement and construction of a solar plant in Jordan.
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Booth is very approachable; he has a good legal brain and is an innovative thinker with a commercial acumen.’
Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.
- Retained by a major Korean shipbuilding contractor to review and report on the proposed terms of the EPCI contract for a new floating production storage and offloading unit.
- Acting for Clugston Construction Limited in relation to the construction of a number of energy from waste projects in the UK.
- Advised VolkerRail on the negotiation of its subcontract for the signalling upgrade work forming part of the London Underground.
- Advised VolkerTrenchlessSolutions on a number of contracts for HDD projects, including the tunnelling required for the landing of the IFA2 interconnector cable on UK shores.
- Acted for Belectric Gulf on the negotiation and agreement of the EPC contract for the design, procurement and construction of a solar power plant in Jordan.
Maples Teesdale LLP's non-contentious practice specialises in commercial real estate, with key clients including property funds, banks and developers. The team is led by Sam Nichols who deals with a range of transactional matters including regeneration, development and infrastructure. Nichols was the lead partner advising The Collective on a development in Westminster and the design and build construction of a mixed rise building in Stratford with a combined value of £500m. Other key members of the team include Michael Craik.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good construction lawyers who are very precise and technically good but also able to take a commercial view.’
‘The team completely aligns themselves with their client and will work diligently to deliver above par results.’
‘Sam Nichols has the knowledge and ability to interpret contracts into real world situations. Additionally he can cut to the core of a problem and present a solution which is effective and efficient. This ability is almost unparalleled and the key to his success.’
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Legal & General
BMO Real Estate
Niveda Reality Group
CBRE Global Investors
Conran & Partners
- Acted for The Collective on the buyout of its £125m Old Oak Common co living scheme.
- Advised Shop Direct on the £200m automated warehouse consolidation of its UK distribution operations in Castle Donington.
- Advising Conran and Partners on various schemes in London, Hong Kong and Dubai collectively worth £500m.
- Acted for UK Commercial Property REIT on the acquisition of a portfolio of five distribution warehouses from Clipstone Logistics REIT for £85.4m
- Advising The Collective on the development in Westminster and the design and build construction of a mixed rise building in Stratford worth £500m in total.
Memery Crystal LLP's practice, which acts for developers, global corporations and retailers, is led by Joanne Kelly, who specialises in renewable energy contracts, primarily wind projects. Kelly - described as 'a star of the Memery Crystal offering' - was lead partner advising Telford Homes on its £500m London building programme which included developments at Nine Elms, Battersea and work at Walthamstow.
‘The team has a commercial and pragmatic approach, as well as the ability to deliver advice on complex issues in a straightforward accessible way.
‘Very bright and strong team. Depth of knowledge on industry matters is excellent.’
‘Joanne Kelly’s wide ranging experience and expertise means that clients have the benefit of commercial and astute advice across a range of project types. The team is really friendly and approachable, very on the ball, enthusiastic and talented.’
‘Joanne Kelly is a star of the Memery Crystal offering. She has a strong team around her.’
‘James Ashwin is a rising star and punches above his weight for his experience.’
‘Nikola Lowry Lee is also strong on disputes and strategic advice.’
‘Joanne Kelly is excellent. She has a very firm grasp of legal issues, gives clear advice but at the same time is very practical, which clients really appreciate.’
Big Yellow Construction Company Limited
Vastint Hospitality B.V.
Saracens Rugby Club
Global Holdings Management (UK) Limited
- Advised Big Yellow Construction on the acquisition of new sites, including construction agreements.
- Advising Shiva Hotels on construction documents for all of its current hotel refurbishments including Marylebone Lane Hotel and Kingsway Hall Hotel.
- Advising Telford Homes on its London Building Programme which includes the construction of 1,000 apartments at Nine Elms, Battersea and 250 unit development site in Walthamstow.
- Advised Asda on a £50m development agreement in relation to its Crossharbour site.
- Advised Metro Bank on a lease agreement and related construction documents.
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP's practice, which is active across the energy, transport, urban regeneration and social infrastructure sectors, is led by Phil Davies and Carl Thompson. Davies has experience of advising employers, funders and contractors on a range of projects, and was one of the lead partners advising on the bid for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of 1,400 new student beds at the University of York's east campus. Thompson, meanwhile, was the lead partner advising Sumitomo Electric industries as EPC contractor for the installation of an electricity interconnector between Denmark and the UK worth £300m.
Phil Davies; Carl Thompson
Royal Bank of Scotland
- Acting for both developer and funder for the £200m energy-from-waste project at Northacre.
- Advising Citivas Living on the bid for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of 1,400 new student beds at the University of York’s East Campus.
- Advised M&G Real Estate on its £250m-plus forward funding of numerous PRS schemes in Bath, London and other cities, including a 315-apartment new build-to-rent development in Reading.
- Advising Sumitomo Electric industries as EPC contractor for the installation of an electricity interconnector between Denmark and the UK.
- Advising Foresight on a number of construction projects in the client’s solar and energy storage portfolio.
Sharpe Pritchard LLP's practice acts on infrastructure projects, energy-from-waste facilities, housing schemes and school expansion programmes. The team is led by Justin Mendelle, who has a track record of work on city centre developments, regeneration work and office and retail schemes, including advising on a major central government project involving a landmark building. Roseanne Serrelli is an infrastructure specialist with experience on a variety of construction projects, and was lead partner advising on the firm's work relating to the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Other key lawyers:
‘All round excellent service from partners right through the firm. Exceptional.’
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Brentwood Borough Council
Southend on Sea Borough Council
King’s College London
London Borough of Southwark
- Instructed on a two-year retainer to advise on projects within the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s capital programme for civic buildings, schools and new build housing.
- Advising Brentwood Borough Council on the procurement of a development construction partner to finance, build and operate a series of developments in the borough for a 30-year period.
- Advised on numerous items of Thames Tideway Tunnel associated work, including variations to the main construction contracts for the tunnel.
- Acted on the regeneration of the Queensway site in Southend, a multi-phase construction project worth £450m.
Simmons & Simmons acts on infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally, for a mix of multinational clients. The team is led by Richard Dyton who advises clients in the defence, transportation and waste to energy sectors, as well as specialising in public-private partnerships (PPPs). Dyton was lead partner in the team advising infrastructure company Dragados on its contract with HS2, while the team also has notable experience in Africa and Saudi Arabia, where it has been advising on adopting the PPP model in jurisdictions where such public procurement has not been conducted before.
‘Richard Dyton and his team display good understanding and are adept at identifying key risks and providing pragmatic solutions.’
‘Considered and reasoned advice.’
‘The team is very tuned in to the client’s needs and does not lose sight of the wider commercial picture.’
‘The team are always available, accommodating, willing to go over and beyond, and their advice is always commercial and pragmatic.’
- Advising infrastructure company Dragados on its contract with HS2 for the Euston Station remodelling.
- Providing English law advice to Russian law firm Ivanyan & Partners on the negotiation on behalf of its client, the purchaser, under a contract for supply and installation of coal handling equipment at Vanino Port.
Stephenson Harwood's team works across a range of sectors, such as rail infrastructure, education, hotels and real estate. Graeme Barton leads the team is known for his work in the energy, hotels and leisure and education sectors, advising purchasers, suppliers and funders. He recently took the lead for 103 Colmore Row Unit Trust on the construction of a new 26-storey building in Birmingham. Rebecca Carter is another name to note, with experience of economic and social infrastructure projects and acting as lead partner advising the North London Waste Authority on a programme of construction works in connection with the North London Heat and Power Project.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent client service.’
‘What is distinctive about Stephenson Harwood is the breadth and quality of the work being undertaken.’
North London Waste Authority
University of Greenwich
Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group
- Advice on the £80m renovation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group’s flagship London hotel.
- Advising 103 Colmore Row Unit Trust on the construction of a new 26-storey building in Birmingham worth £80m.
- Advising North London Waste Authority on a £550m programme of construction works in connection with the North London Heat and Power Project.
- Advising the Royal College of Art on the £56m construction of its new Battersea South Campus buildings.
- Advising 4C Hotels Group on the £100m re-development of Queensbridge House.
Wedlake Bell LLP's practice covers the healthcare, care homes, infrastructure and residential development sectors, advising contractors, developers and landowners. The team is led by Suzanne Reeves who acts for project sponsors, consultants and specialists contractors, and has been advising Spire Healthcare on various new developments worth £50m. Other key names in he team include Helen Garthwaite and Sarah Elliott, who advised the Bank of Ireland on all aspects of a mixed-use scheme worth £100m.
‘The team has a commercial and pragmatic approach.’
Tungsten Properties Limited
Jaynic Suffolk Park Limited
The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
The Worshipful Company of Carpenters
Bank of Ireland
- Acted on behalf of clients affiliated to Care UK to advise on the £230m sale of 14 care home investment properties.
- Advising the Bank of Ireland on all aspects of a £50m mixed use scheme.
- Advising on various projects for Spire Healthcare including new developments.
- Advising Ronson Capital Partners on a high specification residential development worth £100m.
- Advising City Developments on various high specification residential, hotel and mixed use developments worth £100m.
Bevan Brittan LLP , which has a particular specialism in advising public sector clients, also works with business across the urban regeneration, housing and waste-from-energy sectors. The practice is led by Andrew Tobin, whose notable recent work has included advising the Department for Education on the implementation of a construction framework delivering £8bn worth of school building projects. Jonathan Turner is a specialist in housing-led regeneration, while Pippa Beesley focuses on projects in the development and social housing markets.
Department for Education
Wates Construction Limited
London Borough of Hackney
London Borough of Barnet
Nottingham City Council
City of London Corporation
London Borough of Hounslow
- Advising the Department for Education on the setting-up of a new £8bn Construction Framework for schools building projects.
- Advising Nottingham City Council on the £250m redevelopment of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre.
- Advising the City of London on the relocation of the Museum of London to Smithfield Market.
- Advising the Peabody Trust on the £3.5bn Thamesmead Waterfront development, which includes 11,500 new houses.
- Advising A Shade Greener on secured lending on a range of construction/development projects.
Boodle Hatfield LLP's practice acts for developers, professional consultants and high net worth individuals in the hotels, urban estates, residential and mixed-use development sectors. The team is led by John Wevill who has experience advising lenders, contractors and insurers on a range of projects. Oliver Johnson is the other key member of the practice, working in tandem with Wevill on the firm's key matters.
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Bracewell (UK) LLP has strong expertise in the energy sector, covering both conventional and renewables work, while also working on energy storage projects. The firm's focus is on the developing markets of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Tracy London leads the team, and recently advised Equinor on the contracts for the supply and installation of wind turbine generators for the £2.35bn offshore Empire Wind Project.
Alcazar Energy Partners
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
Arabia Trading and Consulting Company
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Advised Ophir Energy in relation to the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning contracts, and operation and maintenance aspects via inspection, maintenance and repair contracts of its floating LNG project in Equatorial Guinea.
- Advising Alcazar Energy Partners in connection with drafting and negotiating contracts for its project financing of its Al Shobak wind farm project in Jordan.
- Advising Equinor on its tender arrangements for commercial contracts including the contracts for supply and installation of the wind turbine generators for the Empire Wind Project.
- Advising Fotowatio Renewable Ventures in connection with the drafting and negotiating a series of documents, contracts and agreements.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP's non-contentious construction team works with funders, developers and local authorities. The team is led by Asif Patel, who acts for clients on design and build, joint venture, management contracting and construction management arrangements. He recently advised on a regeneration project in Canada Water consisting of mixed residential and commercial development.
Other key lawyers:
‘Devonshires are unique because they provide very clear and practical advice with no ambiguity in a responsive and timely manner.’
‘Kris Kelliher provides excellent advice on all aspects of procurement.’
‘Kris Kelliher and Asif Patel are excellent and always go the extra mile to ensure we have the highest quality of advice and documentation.’
Farrer & Co, which advises a high-end client base of investors, funders and banks, handles work across the health, education, real estate and charities sectors. The team is led by the 'thoughtful' and 'impressive' Clive Lovatt who primarily acts for property developers, banks and cultural institutions. He was the lead partner advising the British Library on its development of the land adjacent to the library where the Alan Turing Institute will be located. The 'calm and reassuring' Edward Banyard Smith works with charities and schools, and advised the Duchy of Cornwall on the long-running development at Poundbury.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Farrers team’s in-depth experience and understanding has enabled us to deal with complex structures and overcome difficult issues.’
‘The service provided by the team at Farrer & Co is excellent; they are approachable, reliable, diligent and highly professional.’
‘They have superb background knowledge and a flexible approach which ensures their solutions and approaches are correct.’
‘Clive Lovatt is an impressive individual, thoughtful, calm, competent and extremely knowledgeable.’
‘Edward Banyard-Smith has a calm, confident, reassuring manner which is reflected in his working practice.’
‘Edward’s detailed legal knowledge, coupled with an excellent understanding of the construction industry allows for considered and flexible solutions to most effectively meet a clients requirements.’
‘Edward Banyard Smith and Jonathan Came are very knowledgeable and always helpful.’
‘Edward Banyard-Smith is consistently prompt and helpful in his advice.’
Highbridge Properties plc
Royal College of Surgeons
Artesian Property Partnership
Charities Property Fund
Coutts & Co
Lloyds Banking Group
Duchy of Cornwall
Price & Myers LLP
- Advising the Royal College of Surgeons of England on all construction aspects of a £100m development in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
- Advising the British Library on the development of the land adjacent to the library where the Alan Turing Institute will be located.
- Advised the Charities Property Fund in connection with the redevelopment of ‘The Smithson’ building.
- Providing the Duchy of Cornwall with advice on property and construction law, including the development at Poundbury.
- Advising on all construction aspects of the new activity centre at St George’s Weybridge.
Forsters LLP's non-contentious practice advises on real estate development for a range of clients across sectors including logistics, mixed use, retail and hotels. The practice is led by Sarah Cook who brings 'something different to the table', and was the lead partner advising Warner Bros in respect of the refurbishment of its European headquarters in Central London. Fellow partner Andrew Parker acted as lead partner advising Reignwood on the redevelopment of 10 Trinity Square.
Other key lawyers:
‘An excellent firm, much more user friendly and approachable than most. The construction and property teams are excellent providing pragmatic advice in a timely manner. Very good indeed.’
‘Forsters works with dedication and commitment. Until recent experience from another large London firm, I did not realise how much I took Forsters’ performance for granted.’
‘A very proactive team who are very easy to talk to. The difference that we find with this team is that they not only understand construction law and contracts but also have an ability to look at solving issues with a commercial understanding.’
‘Our longstanding relationship with Forsters means they really know how our developments work and so can give practical, solutions-based advice within tight timeframes.’
‘Forsters are very experienced in construction and property matters, both contentious and non-contentious, and this gives them a breath of expertise that is very impressive; they’ve seen it all.’
‘Forsters as a practice are very accessible and personable. They act in a more personal way although they are a reasonably sized practice.’
‘Sarah Cook is outstanding. Efficient, experienced and knowledgeable and quick to grasp the complexities of what happens in the real world on construction sites. Her advice is always sensible, practical and yet still robust, without unnecessary complications.’
‘Associate Richard Spring’s advice has been very valuable – he always delivers in a timely manner and is a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Sarah Cook is always happy to listen to points raised by the client – she may not always agree but finds a position that we can work with. Her commercial understanding really does make her stand out from other solicitors that we work with.’
‘Emily Holdstock really adds value during the whole process and negotiates points very quickly without much fuss.’
‘The team does really stand out and they are all a pleasure to work with.’
‘Sarah Cook is very responsive and commercial – but also very thorough. Highly recommended.’
‘Emily Holdstock is proactive, thorough and extremely commercial. She is an absolute pleasure to deal with.’
‘Sarah Cook and Andrew Parker are exceptional because they don’t just quote the legal options, but they also make recommendations on what to do, which is invaluable for clients. Thoughtful, measured and calm, they are both a pleasure to work with.’
‘Emily Holdstock presents herself in a very straightforward manner. Her communications are simple and to the point, making them very understandable. We as a business are more commercial than contractual and Emily/Forsters recognise that and act in the appropriate manner.’
Aberdeen Standard Investments
British Airways Pension Fund
LaSalle Investment Management
Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Crown Estate
- Advised Warner Bros on the £30m refurbishment of its European HQ in London.
- Advising Reignwood on the £200m redevelopment of 10 Trinity Square.
- Advising Apartments for London in relation to over-station developments using modular construction.
- Advising Sony on the construction aspects of its occupation of 77,000 sq ft of office space at the newly constructed Brunel Building, Paddington, and in connection with the construction documentation for the fit out works.
- Advised Wrenbridge, on behalf of the Palmer Capital Development Fund IV, in relation to a joint venture arrangement, with the owner of a site in Basildon, for the redevelopment of that site into a new 223,000 sq ft warehouse scheme.
Goodman Derrick LLP advises construction clients involved in the procurement, design and delivery of high-profile building and infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally, across sectors including transport, energy, power, leisure, residential and retail. Tom Pemberton has a track record of work with clients in the healthcare, hotels, housing and leisure sectors, while Tim Mould is another key member of the team, advising on projects in relation to schools, defence facilities and stadiums.
Irwin Mitchell's team advises on commercial investment projects, mixed use development and residential schemes, as well as PRS schemes. Gordon Anderson, who leads the team, has significant experience of retail and residential projects, and leads on much of the practice's key work, including advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed use development of London's 101 Camley Street, including the construction of a bridge over Regent’s Canal.
- Advising Westeleven on the development of 39 residential units and a sports hall for the Harris Academy.
- Advising on the fitting-out of Blackstone’s headquarters in London, 40 Berkeley Square.
- Advising Peel Holdings on the redevelopment of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, including new terminal buildings, by dealing with the construction contracts with contractors and engineers.
- Advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed–use development of 101 Camley Street incorporating the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Regent’s Canal.
Kennedys' non-contentious team advises on infrastructure projects involving power stations, dams, airports, roads, and rail. The practice acts for consultants, contractors and architects, as well as private and public developers, and has a strong presence outside of the UK, most notably in the Middle East and Europe. The team is led by Iain Corbett. A crucial member of the practice is James Shaw, who has decades of experience advising on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for a client base including architects, consultants and surety providers.
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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
Mishcon de Reya LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Simon Hunter who covers a range of areas, with a particular expertise in the hotel, student accommodation and residential sectors. Partner Justine Ayto is another key member of the team, and acted for Almacantar on the construction aspects of its £290m sale of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue. Managing associate Marie Mulligan, who represents building owners, purchasers and landlords, is also recommended. The practice's client base also includes developers, property investors, contractors and consultants.
‘The team provide very clear, practical, commercial advice in a friendly and approachable manner.’
‘Justine Ayto understands commercial practicalities and gives very clear advice.’
Echo Global Feeder Fund
The Office Group
- Advising a joint venture fund on the construction of a series of large distribution centres throughout the UK.
- Advising Sky on a number of matters.
- Advising Almacantar on the construction aspects of its £290m sale of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue.
- Advising Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’ on a number of matters.
- Acting as sole legal adviser on Capco’s Covent Garden portfolio, including for all construction matters.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's practice primarily acts for developers and funders, while also advising contractors, handling across the hotels, social housing, healthcare and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Richard Cooke who covers the oil and gas, energy and transport sectors. The 'high performing' Francis Ho is a key member of the team and is advising Harlow Properties on a regeneration project in Harlow, Essex.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has been proactive to achieve the best possible outcomes in often difficult and complex situations.’
‘Friendly and hard-working team.’
‘Francis Ho is very knowledgeable, focused, quick to respond and communicates complex legal issues with ease.’
‘Peter Massey and Francis Ho are high performing individuals who give prompt and practical advice.’
‘Expertise on complex deals.’
Aytoun Street Developments Limited
Metropolitan Thames Valley
Wokingham Housing Limited
Winckworth Sherwood LLP's non-contentious practice, which has expertise in residential and regeneration work, is one of the principal advisers to developers, housebuilders and infrastructure operators in the UK. The team is led by Eleanor Kilminster, who acts for both purchaser and supplier clients on construction and engineering projects, and was lead partner advising Redrow Homes in relation to the ten-year, £1.2bn construction of 2,900 homes across North London. Colin Hall, who acts for developers, contractors and infrastructure providers, is also recommended.
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‘A team with strength across a range of construction and housing areas.’
‘The firm goes the extra mile to ensure the client’s interests are best represented.’
‘Always prepared to go the extra mile.’
‘Very hardworking and always available.’
‘Particularly impressed and won over by their ability to represent prevailing legislation in the context of the matters at hand.’
Bouygues Development Ltd
Pimlico District Heating Undertaking
One Crown Place
One Brighton Quarter
Clarion Housing Group
Notting Hill Genesis
London & Quadrant Housing
- Advising Redrow Homes in relation to the £1.2bn design and construction of 2,900 homes in Colindale, North London over a 10-year period.
- Advising Catalyst Housing on a multi phase joint venture with residential developer Mount Anvil in relation to the regeneration of existing social housing worth £500m.
- Advising Notting Hill Genesis on its role as developer in the £500m regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark.
- Advising First Central in connection with the accession of new developers for the further phases of the regeneration project.
- Advising Bouygues Development on the £100m redevelopment of part of Canning Town.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's non-contentious practice advises purchaser clients in the transport, energy and manufacturing sectors. Alex Hirom, who leads the team, has a specialist focus on renewable and conventional power and chemical projects, and was the lead partner advising South Tees Site Company on the construction contracts and procurement strategy for the decommissioning project of the former SSI steel works plant in Redcar, Yorkshire.
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
South Tess Site Company