Construction in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'expert' team is active across a range of international, national and local construction projects; it is noted for its expertise in contracts for engineering schemes and process engineering and infrastructure, as well as regeneration and development schemes. The team also stands out for its contentious expertise where it is particularly commended for its experience in PFI disputes. Nancy McGuire heads the construction and engineering group and Jonathan Tattersall, who operates across London and Manchester, heads the contentious construction team. Paul O’Kane is active on contentious and non-contentious mandates, as is Paul Barge . Legal directors Susan Bennett, Chris Henshaw and Steve Ormand  are noted, as are managing associates Charlotte Higham and the 'brilliantPhilip Withey.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Kane; Paul Barge; Susan Bennett; Chris Henshaw; Steve Ormand; Charlotte Higham; Philip Withey


‘The team has real strength-in-depth and has uniquely strong expertise and experience in major PFI disputes.’

‘Nancy McGuire provides excellent strategic advice.’

‘The firm provides a very personable service delivery and stands out for its clear articulation of the issues at hand.’

‘Nancy McGuire has built a motivated team with a customer focus.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall is very talented.’


Key clients

DB Symmetry group companies (separate group company for each development)

UK Parliament

Moda Living



MB Bermondsey (Guernsey)



Work highlights

  • Advised DB Symmetry on the development of a 1.6 million sq ft warehouse distribution centre in Darlington, which includes 250,000 sq ft of office space for occupation by Amazon as a major delivery hub.
  • The team advised UK Parliament on the closing of the £650m works framework with Wates Construction for the refurbishment of Parliament’s Northern Estate.    
  • The team advises Moda Living on a number of high-end residential and mixed-use schemes including: Angel Gardens, Manchester; The Lexington, Liverpool; Broad Street, Birmingham; Holland Park, Glasgow and Springside, Edinburgh.  
  • The team is advising Allied on the £1bn development of a six hectare plot within central Manchester.
  • The team is instructed by Hermes on The Wellington Place development in Leeds, which will provide approximately 1.5 million sq. ft of commercial, retail, leisure and residential accommodation in 14 buildings, along with major public realm space.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is active across a raft of complex transactional and contentious construction mandates in the UK and internationally. It is active across real estate development and regeneration work and it operates across the nuclear, conventional power, offshore wind, energy from waste, rail, roads, education and health sectors. Graham Alty heads the transactional construction and projects team and Michael Hopkins leads on construction advisory and disputes work. Anthony Bradley specialises in major construction and infrastructure projects, Mark Job heads the national transactional team and Katherine Sneddon handles contentious construction work. Legal directors Siân Hughes, who is 'first-rate', and Ian Fairclough are also noted, as is senior associate Arwyn Jones.

Practice head(s):

Graham Alty; Michael Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Bradley; Mark Job; Katherine Sneddon; Ian Fairclough; Siân Hughes; Nick Kippax; Jo Falencka; Andrew Batty; Simon Stubbs; Arwyn Jones; Jennifer Cook.

Key clients


Ministry of Justice

Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş

Wates Construction

Himor (Carrington)

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Seddon Construction

Lendlease Construction (Europe)

Johnson Matthey

SK Engineering & Construction Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising Sellafield on more than £15bn of capital projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on a number of interlinking work streams, forming part of its overall prisons strategy totalling £5.3bn.
  • Advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi as EPC contractor on a $1.7bn railway project in Ethiopia.
  • Advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. as EPC contractor on two rail projects in Tanzania with a value of more than $3bn.
  • Advising Himor (Carrington) on the construction of the Carrington Village project, which includes the development of approximately 450 acres of former industrial land and 1,200 acres of agricultural land.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP is 'strong on contentious construction work' and is active across domestic and cross-border disputes. The energy, water, transport and social infrastructure sectors are key areas of focus. In Manchester, the 'brilliantPaul Giles heads the contentious construction team which includes the 'very experienced' David Moss and Alison Fagan, who is 'exceptional' on PPP and PFI projects and disputes, as well as senior associates Anthony Willis and Robin Jack. On the non-contentious side, the team in Liverpool, which includes senior associate Jennifer Price-Thomas, acts on high-value, development work for developers, corporate occupiers and institutional funds. Elspeth Christie has joined Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Giles

Key clients

United Utilities Water



Bachy Soletanche

BAM Construct UK

BAM Nuttall

Severfield (UK)

Integrated Bradford LEP

General Electric/Alstom Power

Yorkshire Water

Downing Group


Semperian PPP Investment Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners


Merlin Entertainments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council/Manchester Life

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Wood Group (incorporating AMEC Foster Wheeler)

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dalmore Capital

Royal Mail Group

Kelda Water Services/Alauna Renewable Energy

Griffen UK Logistics Fund

Quintain Estates

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council


BAM Infra BV

BAM International

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Boston Consulting Group UK in relation to its pre-letting of the fifth to eighth floors at 80 Charlotte Street.
  • Acted for Consort Healthcare (Fife) in advancing a claim in the Scottish Court of Session arising as a result of the defective installation and maintenance at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
  • The team provides continuing advice and support to Cheshire West & Chester Council on Chester Northgate, a new shopping and leisure development in the heart of Chester.
  • Advising Radisson on the development of a new Radisson RED Hotel at North Western Halls,  an iconic listed building in Liverpool.
  • Advising Global Student Accommodation on the construction documentation for all of its UK student accommodation schemes.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The team is instructed by employer and purchaser clients on construction projects and it is active on matters across the energy, utilities, transport, property development and public sectors. Simon Chamberlain heads the firm's North construction and engineering practice, and Chris Pickens is active in energy, utilities and transport sector work. The 'first-rateGregory Buckley heads the firm's national construction and engineering disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Chris Pickens; Gregory Buckley; Claire Randall-Smith; Alice Maloney; Nigel Proctor 


‘Nigel Proctor is a well-known name in the market.’

Key clients

Network Rail

The Hospital Company (Liverpool)

John Sisk & Son

Welsh Water Organic Energy

Manchester City Council

Salford City Council

English Cities Fund

Claremont Group Interiors


Airport City

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on the impact of the collapse of Carillion Construction and on the transfer of a significant number of vital construction and engineering contracts to Amey Rail.
  • Advised Network Rail on new construction contracts for inclusion in its standard suite of contracts. These contracts will be used to deliver the majority of its construction and engineering projects during its next five-year control period starting in 2019.
  • Advised The Hospital Company, an SPV which was set up to deliver the £400m Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI Project, on the restructuring of the project and its transfer to the NHS Trust.
  • The team continues to act for Irish contractor John Sisk & Son in relation to a major dispute concerning the construction of an energy-from-waste power plant in the UK.
  • Advised a Finnish headquartered global EPC contractor client on a $33m dispute with a Korean company concerning the construction of the world’s biggest tri-fuel power plant in the Middle East.


CMS has a 'growing profile in the North West' for construction work. The team is engaged on a number of high-profile regional development projects as well as several national projects. It acts for employer and contractor clients, as well as local authorities. The team also offers contentious construction expertise and handles a number of PFI disputes. The 'brilliantChris Hallam leads the firm's energy, projects and construction group in the North and Nigel Lewis leads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team in Manchester. The team has recently been bolstered at associate level where David Turner, Nick Case and Charlotte Eccles are singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Key clients

U + I

Public Health England


Muse Developments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Doosan Babcock

Renaker Group

Marcus Worthington Group

Cavendish Nuclear

Sheffield City Council

Ipsen Pharma

University of Sheffield

Select Properties

NG Bailey

Balfour Beatty

Education and Skills Funding Agency

Laing O’Rourke



Ringway Jacobs

Columbia Threadneedle

Manchester Airport Group


The Crown Estate

University of Arts London

Viridor Laing


Ask Developments

Far East Consortium


Work highlights

  • The team is advising Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, on procurement and construction matters in relation to a new £400m laboratory and public health campus in Harlow, Essex.
  • The team is instructed by the Mayfield Partnership (which comprises U+I, the London and Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester) on the transformation of a 22-acre brownfield site, which includes the former Mayfield railway station, into a new urban neighbourhood and riverside public park.
  • The team is advising Renaker Build on a project which involves the redevelopment of brownfield land on the edge of Manchester City Centre and involves the construction of four residential towers, which will accommodate 1,508 homes, a leisure centre, bars, restaurants and a new riverside public realm.
  • The team is instructed by Select Property Group on the £750m Circle Square mixed-use development.
  • The team is advising Sheffield City Council on the first phase of Sheffield’s new retail quarter (the SRQ), which commenced in Spring 2017.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's 'experienced and client-focused' team handles contentious and non-contentious construction work for banks, sport sector clients and developers. It stands out for its 'strong' surety offering where it offers expertise in bonds, guarantees and recourse structures including indemnity agreements. Karen Spencer stands out for her surety expertise; Emlyn Hudson focuses on complex construction disputes arising out of construction and engineering contracts, and professional negligence. Hayley Sullivan heads the non-contentious team and the construction banking team. Consultant Richard White, who is experienced in the surety sector, is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Emlyn Hudson


‘The team has strong surety knowledge and expertise across the team.’

‘The team has strong negotiation skills in challenging circumstances.’

‘Advice is always clear, concise and considered.’

‘Karen Spencer has the ability to communicate and explain the legal position in a straightforward manner.’

Key clients

Aviva Insurance

Manchester City Football Club


Everton Football Club

Zurich Insurance

AIG Europe

QBE Insurance (Europe)

Network Space Developments

New York Bagel Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

Bournemouth Football Club

Fowler Welch

Work highlights

  • Advised New York Bagel Company on the construction of an 80,000 sq ft factory extension in Rotherham, to become the largest bagel factory in Europe.
  • Advised Dart Group/ on the refurbishment of its UK headquarters at the Mint, delivering over 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.
  • Advised Ease Treasure Holdings on the redevelopment of an office block into a new Hilton hotel at Bridge Street, Leeds.
  • The team was instructed to defend a claim on a bond provided by the client in respect of a materials recycling facility. The bond was provided on behalf of a very well-known contractor which became insolvent in early 2018.
  • Advised six sureties on a novel bonding structure guaranteeing deferred payments under a private equity sale and purchase agreement totalling $400m.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's construction and engineering team is active across contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team is engaged on domestic and international projects across the infrastructure, energy, transport, industrial, oil, gas and retail sectors. In Liverpool, team head Alan Pugh handles contentious and non-contentious work, as does the 'brilliantDavid Oram and David Chinn. Also in Liverpool, senior associate Phil Gazzola handles domestic and international disputes. Tricia Morrison focuses on high-value adjudications for specialist contractors. In Manchester, recently promoted senior associate David Banks is noted for development finance work.

Practice head(s):

Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:

David Oram; David Chinn; Michael Woolley; Tricia Morrison; Phil Gazzola; David Banks

Key clients

National Express

Iliad Group

Edmundson Electrical

Chester Zoo

Peel Holdings / Peel Land and Property

Lloyds Bank

Construction Partnership UK

Liverpool City Council

Stobart Group

Lancashire County Cricket Club


FCC Construction

Work highlights

  • Provided pre-contract advice to BCEGI (UK) on a 34-storey residential tower in the Liverpool Waters scheme.
  • The team provides a range of construction, property, planning and commercial advice to Liverpool City Council.
  • Represented GP Strategies in a multimillion-pound multi-party Technology and Construction Court action regarding alleged defective extension, construction and refurbishment works at an abattoir in Lancashire.
  • The team advises Signature Living Group on numerous development projects, involving a substantial construction element which includes drafting all relevant construction documents.
  • Advised Iliad Grenville Street on the acquisition and development of a site in the development and regeneration of the St Michaels development in Liverpool.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of national and international contentious and non-contentious construction work. The energy, nuclear, infrastructure, chemicals and waste sectors are key areas of expertise, and the team is engaged on regeneration and development projects. Sean McCay specialises in contentious construction and engineering work and Julian Scott handles projects and non-contentious construction mandates, with expertise in energy storage, solar and offshore wind farm projects, as well as property developments.  Infrastructure specialist Nick Helm acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, subcontractors, funders and public sector clients on project finance and PPP schemes.

Practice head(s):

Sean McCay; Julian Scott

Other key lawyers:

Nick Helm

Key clients

Harry Fairclough Construction

F Parkinson



Galliford Try Investments


Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Gresham House/Hazel Capital

EDF Energy

Manchester Life Development Company

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Harry Fairclough Construction in adjudication proceedings initiated by a sub-contractor concerning an alleged entitlement to a substantial payment arising out of the design and construction of an office development.
  • Successfully defended F Parkinson on two sets of adjudication proceedings, which were initiated on behalf of a sub-contractor, regarding an alleged entitlement to payment arising out of the design and construction of a schools project.
  • Advised Princes on contractual matters arising out of the design and construction of a major warehouse development.
  • Advised Westshield on contractual issues arising out of two significant civil engineering projects.
  • Advised Galliford Try Investments on separate disposals of interests in two PFI schemes to infrastructure investors InfraRed Capital Partners and Equitix.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP is engaged across contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The retail, port infrastructure, civil engineering, logistics and social housing sectors are key areas of expertise, as are regeneration, commercial and residential projects. On the disputes side, the team acts for regional and national contractors and subcontractors and is experienced in power, petrochemicals, nuclear, civil engineering and building works disputes. Team head Barry Goodall handles a range of construction projects and is also engaged on disputes. Recently promoted partner Eleanor Stirrett is recommended. The 'brilliantElspeth Christie, who handles UK-wide developments, and senior associate Sarah Nunnery-Jones joined in 2019 from DLA Piper UK LLP.  Ian Hardman has joined Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

Barry Goodall


‘The team stands out for its experience and for its strategic and pragmatic approach to problem solving.’

‘The team has the ability to deal with both pre-and-post contract issues across a wide range of complex projects.’

Key clients

T J Morris (Home Bargains)

Peel Ports Limited/The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company

Boulting Group

Interserve Engineering Services Limited (building services division)





Liverpool Mutual Homes

Pavers Shoes

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool

Yorkshire Bank

Paul John Construction

Work highlights

  • Represented T J Morris (trading as Home Bargains) on construction agreements relating to 15 new stores across the UK.
  • Represented the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool in relation to the negotiations and agreement of construction contracts for a new primary school in the North West.
  • Advised Interserve in relation to a dispute concerning construction works at a new-build NHS facility.
  • Advised Arnold Clark in relation to the purchase and development of a new site in Wolverhampton.
  • Represented Paul John Construction on a multi-layered dispute relating to a residential scheme and project in the Midlands.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP offers specialist construction advice for a range of industry players; it advises employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on contracts, project delivery and disputes. The education, healthcare and energy sectors are key focuses for the team which is headed by Steven Cannon, who is noted for his contentious expertise. Legal director Lucy Frith specialises in construction and engineering disputes, and has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Consultant Julie Morrissy handles contentious and non-contentious work for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Steven Cannon

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Frith; Julie Morrisy


‘Steven Cannon is an excellent construction litigator and provides extremely user-friendly, tactical advice and direction.’

‘It is a highly competent team which is able to present complex legal matters in an easily understandable and concise way.’

‘Lucy Frith is a particularly impressive member of the team; her energy and passion for her particular area of practice is an impressive character trait.’


DWF handles a range of construction matters across the hotel, leisure, retail, manufacturing, industrial, commercial and housing sectors. The team is instructed by local authority clients on major regeneration projects. It offers both contentious and non-contentious expertise. Department head David Vayro, who is 'first-rate', is based in Manchester and is ably supported by associate Gemma Wilson and recently promoted senior associate Ragene Raithatha.

Practice head(s):

David Vayro; Andrew Symms (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Wilson; Ragene Raithatha


‘David Vayro is a knowledgeable construction lawyer and he communicates very efficiently.’

Key clients


The Royal Bank of Scotland

Ashall Projects

M7 Real Estate

United Utilities

Manchester City Football Club

Work highlights

  • The team continues to provide Warrington Borough Council and Muse Developments with construction-related advice relating to the regeneration of the Bridge Street and Time Square area of Warrington.
  • Advising Ashall Projects (MB) on construction-related documentation, issues in relation to the demolition of existing buildings, and the design and construction of a hotel for occupation by major hotel operator.
  • Drafting and negotiating a full suite of construction documents for Starboard Hotels regarding the redevelopment of a multimillion-pound hotel in Ealing, London.
  • Representing adidas on various schemes across Europe where it is undertaking construction works.
  • Representing Manchester City Council on various matters in relation to the development of various housing schemes in Greater Manchester and also advice on the preparation of a building contract.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles construction disputes as well as non-contentious construction mandates. The team is noted for its housing sector expertise, where it enjoys a 'strong reputation', and it is increasingly active on infrastructure, education and leisure projects. Katie Saunders heads the team and is noted for her experience in advising on construction contracts in the real estate sector and engaged by housing providers on the procurement of regeneration, PFI, investment and asset management projects. Recently promoted partner Tom Holroyd leads the contentious practice and is experienced in waste sector mandates.

Practice head(s):

Katie Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Tom Holroyd; Andy Waite; Jo Davies


‘The team is approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Katie Saunders cuts through the complications, and sets out solutions and options.’


Key clients

Department for Education

Homes England




Liverpool City Council

Clarion Housing Group

Plus Dane Housing Group

Your Housing Group

Places For People Group

Onward Housing Group

Wates Construction

Seddon Construction

Contract Services

McLaren Construction

Osco Homes

Accent Housing Group

Guinness Housing Group

Work highlights

  • The team advises the Department for Education on the delivery of its free schools programme.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on the procurement of new frameworks for core and planned highways works and setting up a housing construction framework for its new local housing company.
  • Advised Plus Dane Housing Group on procurements of major works programmes and the high-profile Welsh Streets Refurbishment project.
  • The team represented Wheeldon Brothers on a successful TCC claim against its insurer, Millennium Insurance, in respect of a fire causing nearly £2m of damage to one of Wheeldon’s waste plants.
  • The team advises Clarion Housing Group on its major housing developments across the country, which includes advising on the construction contracts for the development of a £38m high-rise housing project in Salford.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is a 'first-rate' firm for contentious construction mandates, and the team is instructed on a raft of construction projects for public and private sector clients. Its expertise spans the education, social housing and health sectors. National head of construction Colette Morgan-Ford is noted for complex contentious work, as are Tom Collins and David Rogers. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Ian Hardman, who handles non-contentious construction, from Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):

Colette Morgan-Ford

Other key lawyers:

Tom Collins; David Rogers; Ian Hardman 

Key clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group)

Read Construction Group

One Vision Housing

Bangor University

Co-Operative Group


Walsall Council

Loughborough University

University of Leicester

Sefton MBC

Clarion Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a registered provider of social housing in the procurement of a long-term wide-scale substantive repairs and maintenance contractor across its housing stock provision and for its subsidiary companies.
  • Advised Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on the contract documents for a regionally significant highways project at Junction 10 of the M6 in the West Midlands in partnership with Highways England.
  • Acted for a roofing manufacturer on a dispute over the supply of defective goods that were incorporated into its roofing materials.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's construction offering has been significantly bolstered by the arrival of department head James Driver and a team which includes consultant David Lorenzo , from Freeths LLP. The team stands out for its niche experience in acting for large, Spanish EPC contractors on projects in the UK and overseas and it is developing a broader practice in advising EPC contractors. The firm is experienced in energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Priscilla Hall (London); James Driver

Key clients

SACYR – a multi-national infrastructure and services company based in Spain


Styles & Wood Group


Orona Group

John Turner Construction Group



Gleeds Iberica


Pulse Gyms

Work highlights

  • Represented Boultbee LDN (Marylebone) on an injunction and part 8 claim, which has been reported.
  • Advised Dentix on the acquisition and development of numerous new sites for new dental clinics in the UK.
  • Advised Gleeds Iberica on various construction projects in Spain.
  • Advises Styles & Wood and its subsidiaries on construction projects in the UK.
  • Defended Trokel on a £7m claim brought by Stadco, an international supplier of automotive body products and services. Trokel is also pursuing a £2m counterclaim.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles construction disputes and transactional work from its Manchester office. On the contentious side, the team acts for employers, developers, contractors, funders, specialist subcontractors and suppliers and leading insurers. The team is particularly noted for its experience in contentious construction and contentious insurance claims. In Manchester, Ian McConkey and Martin Paxton handle professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Michael Blackburne (London); James Harrison (Newcastle)

Other key lawyers:

Ian McConkey; Martin Paxton


‘The team is very approachable, has excellent sector knowledge and it is very commercial.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group

McLaren Construction

CPD Powerline

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dawn Construction

Black and Veatch (Teal Insurance)


BBL Company – Netherlands

Close Investments (Alpha  Real Capital)

Thundercloud & Others (Class Action)

Property Alliance Group

Bellway Homes

Kings School, Macclesfield

LTE Group

Taylor Wimpey

Burnley Council

Bolton Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Property Alliance Group on securing development finance from an institutional lender in order to deliver a new industrial scheme in Leigh and an extension to an existing office and warehouse facility in Bury.  
  • Acted for QBE, the insurers on behalf of a well-known firm of quantity surveyors, on a claim following the failed development of a joint police and emergency services training facility in Northern Ireland.


DTM Legal LLP handles a raft of contentious construction mandates and is particularly experienced in complex, cross-border disputes. On the non-contentious side, the team handles a number of projects and complex contractual work, and the team enjoys a number of repeat instructions from construction clients. Construction and engineering team head Jim Morris, who is based across the Chester and Liverpool offices, and recently promoted senior associate Guy Thomas, who is based in Chester and is 'a straight talker', handle transactional and contentious construction instructions.

Practice head(s):

Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:

Guy Thomas; Richard Harris

Key clients

Foundation Piling

Atmore Developments

Dee Tech Services

Clancy Consulting


Anwyl Construction

Rotex  Europe Limited (part of the Hillenbrand Group on NYSE

Pochin Construction

Sterling Services

Electricity Solutions

Work highlights

  • Reviewing existing contract terms and conditions for Sterling Services and drafting a suite of contract documents for use within the company’s activities.
  • The team was instructed by Clancy Consulting on a review of appointments and collateral warranties in respect of a range of various appointments on a wide-ranging scope of services and disciplines.
  • Reviewing and advising Electricity Solutions on a number of framework agreements and contracts for the supply and installation of electrical engineering services and equipment.
  • Drafting and negotiation for NewRiver Retail REIT of suites of documents on numerous retail shopping developments and public refurbishment works throughout the UK.
  • The team is instructed by Egerton (Street) Management Company to advise on claims against the developer and building guarantee provider for defective design and construction, which has resulted in a portion of the apartment block being vacated to allow foundations to be reconstructed and fire-related and other serious defects remedied.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a raft of non-contentious construction work in the region and across the UK, acting for contractors and developers. The team stands out for its arts sector expertise, as well as its education and healthcare sector nous. It is also often engaged on the demolition and build of mixed-use retail, office and residential developments. Team head Catherine Kay is noted for her experience in large construction projects and has a 'wealth of knowledge'. Senior associate James Badger is also a key member of the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Kay

Other key lawyers:

James Badger


‘Catherine Kay has a good level of availability.’

‘Catherine Kay always gives very clear, sensible and practical advice.’

‘The team has industry leading knowledge of construction law and contracts.’

‘Catherine Kay provides clear options and explains benefits and risks clearly and comprehensively.’

Key clients

Cheval Property Holding

Royal Northern College of Music

The Halle Orchestra

L Rowlands (Retail)

Manchester Communication Primary Academy

University Hospital South Manchester / Manchester Central Hospital

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC / NatWest



Contact theatre (Manchester Young Person’s theatre)

Work highlights

  • The team advised Cheval Group of Companies on the drafting and negotiation of all the documents for a range of its projects including projects in London such as Gloucester Park, 55-91 Knightsbridge (a large residential scheme), Moreau House (a large retail and office scheme), 57 Campden Hill Road (residential), and Watling Park (a large industrial scheme) in Daventry.
  • The team has drafted, negotiated and completed the suite of appointments to the specialist design team for the first phase of the project and building contract for phase 2, for the redevelopment of the Contact Theatre in Manchester.
  • The team continues to handle a range of construction mandates for L. Rowlands.
  • Acted for LTE Group on its full estate programme, which included dealing with the appointment of the architect as lead consultant alongside Cushman & Wakefield as estates manager for the estate and future development, and advised on contracts and further appointments for new builds and extensions.
  • The team acts for the Hallé Orchestra on the appointment of the design team for the stage 2 phase 2 works that were selected following a WORLDWIDE RIBA design competition and applications to the Arts Council. This is based in a sensitive heritage building (a former church) in the Northern Quarter. The building contract has also been completed with Smiths as contractor.


At BLM team head Jahanara Hussain is experienced in construction and engineering projects and is instructed by private and public sector clients such as developers, contractors, funders and local authorities. The team is particularly noted for its education sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jahanara Hussain

Key clients




Magnificent Developments

Property (Done)

Domis Construction

Etc Urban (Guildhall)


Langtree Property Partners

Work highlights

  • The team advised University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on the drafting and negotiation of a number of building contracts and consultants’ appointments for a number of developments and projects.
  • Acting for FICM on construction agreements and agreements with the funder in connection with its redevelopment of land off Trinity Way in Manchester.
  • Advised Tibst, which is a joint venture between Salboy and Factory Estates, on the construction agreements and agreements with the funder, for a mixed-use development in Manchester.
  • Advised First Choice Homes Oldham Limited (FCHO) on the acquisition and development of a new operations facility, which included advising on the structure of the acquisition, advising on the construction agreements and reviewing and negotiating the construction obligations in the sale contract for the delivery of the building.  
  • Advised Magnificent Developments, which is a joint venture between Salboy and Factory Estates, on the construction agreements and the agreements with the funder, for a residential development in Manchester consisting of 273 residential apartments and associated works.    

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP handles a raft of development work, is experienced in procurement matters, and also handles disputes in the sector. Recently promoted director Jennie Jones, who heads the team in Manchester, handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Pandora Lougheed has joined Addleshaw Goddard, while former team head James Driver and David Lorenzo have joined Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones


‘Jennie Jones is exceptional; she is highly knowledgeable, expert in her field, and tactically astute.’

‘The team is highly competent and efficient.’

Key clients

De Trafford Estates


Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies



Gleeds (global consultancy providing construction and property services)

MCR Property Group


Fabricom Oil, Gas and Power

Lloyds Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised on the construction documents in relation to a development of 137 luxury residential units with a roof garden and commercial space for De Trafford Group.
  • Advised De Trafford Group in order to procure and advise on construction documents in relation to the development of a high-value, luxury apartment block on a flagship site.
  • Advised Vabeld on the construction documents relating to the development of a luxury complex of 160 apartments in Liverpool.
  • Acted for Vabeld on the construction documents relating to the refurbishment of a large retail unit in central Liverpool.
  • Advised Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) on the £5m refurbishment of its offices at Whitehall, London.  

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles transactional construction work and is also active on construction disputes. The team is adept at advising on bonds and guarantees, construction contracts, procurement and maintenance contracts and acts for public and private sector clients on a range of development projects. The team - which is now led by construction, engineering and energy head Charlie Tomlinson, who joined from an in-house role at Pennon Group in summer 2019 -  works closely with the firm's commercial property, property finance and commercial litigation teams.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Tomlinson

Key clients

Styles & Wood

London and Scottish Investments

Property Alliance Group

Persimmon Homes

David Samuel Properties

Regal Estates

Cantt Pak

PIN Property

Work highlights

  • The team was instructed to act in connection with the development of a 17-storey, 330-bed hotel on Portland Street, Manchester.
  • The team is advising Duff & Phelps, who are acting on behalf of Bentley Investment Incorporation, a firm that has gone into administration, in relation to construction matters at Ringtail Retail Park in Burscough.    
  • Advised Evolve Facility Services on various framework agreements and advised on the drafting of standard documentation for it to use with all key sub-contractors and suppliers.  
  • Supported the commercial property team by drafting and negotiating appointments and warranties for PIN Property on a substantial commercial site assembly from multiple landowners at Oldham.  


MLP Law LLP's newly established construction and engineering team features real estate and built environment head Stephen Chalcraft, who joined in 2018 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, and is led by legal director Paul Donnelly. The team handles contentious and non-contentious construction work and is instructed by public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Donnelly

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Chalcraft

Work highlights

  • Advised an employer client on contractual issues relating to a building contract for the redevelopment of its offices, which included successfully defending an adjudication commenced by the building contract for extensions of time and disputed account.
  • Advised a tenant client on the construction aspects of its relocation to a new 40,000 sq ft distribution centre in the East Midlands.
  • Prepared amendments, on behalf of an employer client, to the building contract for the construction of a high-profile hotel at Luton Airport.
  • Advised a building contractor client on disputes arising on a green energy build project in Oxfordshire.
  • Advised a landlord client on issues relating to a fire at the client’s tenanted property, which included claims against insurers for rebuilding and reinstatement costs.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP's newly established construction team is led by Neil Armstrong, who joined in 2018 from Pannone Corporate LLP. It is mainly focused on non-contentious development transactions, and is developing a contentious practice. It is instructed by private sector clients where it advises on the drafting and negotiation of construction documents relating to a range of office, retail, residential, student accommodation, leisure and industrial developments. The team is instructed by developers on the procurement of projects across the UK, and also acts for tenants, purchasers and funders.

Practice head(s):

Neil Armstrong

Key clients

Renaker Build

Urban Splash


Mode Construction Services

FO Developments

Peter Brown & Co

Styles & Wood Group

Gladman Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Urban Splash on the construction elements of the grade 1 listed Royal William Yard mixed-use redevelopment project in Plymouth.  
  • The team advises Renaker Build on contract reviews, sub-contract negotiations and contentious matters.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP is active across transactional construction mandates and it also handles disputes in the sector. The team stands out for its public sector expertise where it handles transport and infrastructure projects. It is also experienced in the mechanical, electrical engineering and facilities management sectors. Director Emma Judge, who joined in 2018 from Turner Parkinson LLP, heads the team. Gareth Jessop has retired.

Practice head(s):

Emma Judge


‘Emma Judge is passionate and committed with an eye for detail; she works tirelessly to win and you want her on your side.’

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Mercury Engineering (Northern Ireland)

NG Bailey Group of Companies

Sibelco UK

Geobear Commercial (previously Uretek)

Geobear Infrastructure  (previously Uretek)

Anderton & Kitchen (Civil Engineers)

Iceland Foods

Coolair Equipment

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sibelco UK in the preparation of the procurement packages for a new mill, CHP system and extruder system together with associated structural and services works at its Devon processing plant.
  • Acted for Anderton & Kitchen (Civil Engineers) in its final account claims for civil engineering and associated groundworks under two design and build contracts for a housing developer.
  • Representing a main contractor in a complex final account adjudication commenced by one of its sub-contractors.
  • Representing a sub-contractor on the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision against a major national main contractor.
  • Handled the preparation of a full suite of contracts for use by a major retailer for major expansion works at two of its production sites in the UK.

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP's Stockport-based team handles contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering mandates and it is often instructed by employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals. Roger Allsup heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):

Roger Allsup

Other key lawyers:

James Clarke

Shoosmiths LLP

The construction team at Shoosmiths LLP was established in 2018 with the arrival of team head John Cleaveley from Weightmans LLP. The team is best known for its experience in acting on development projects for developer clients. It also supports the firm's real estate and banking teams in advising funders, tenants and purchasers on the risks associated with significant projects. Contentious matters are a growing area of practice for the team where senior associate Stephanie MacPherson is also active.

Practice head(s):

John Cleaveley

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie MacPherson


‘John Cleaveley is a top quality individual and he is approachable.’

‘John Cleaveley always provides balanced advice.’


Key clients

Select Property Group

Ask Real Estate

LendLease Construction Europe

DeTrafford Estates



Fulcrum Group

Robertson Construction


Manchester Metropolitan University

Work highlights

  • The team advised a leading developer of accommodation schemes on the building contract, appointments, collateral warranties and associated documents for the development of three buildings across two adjoining sites.
  • Advised DeTrafford Construction on the construction of St George’s Gardens, a build-for-sale scheme in Castlefield, Manchester.
  • Provided a suite of both process-driven and bespoke construction legal documents including building contracts, consultant appointments and collateral warranties for Marston’s Estates’ continuing programme of new-build pubs, lodges and convenience stores nationwide.
  • Provided Ask Real Estate with advice on the construction and funding of a key commercial office space in the Greengate area of Salford and Manchester, known as 100 Embankment.
  • The team is instructed by a developer currently procuring the development of purpose-built student accommodation, with two commercial units.

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis LLP renders non-contentious construction advice across the real estate, hotel, civil and structural engineering and education sectors. The team is also adept at contentious matters and regularly advises on dispute avoidance as well as adjudication and arbitration proceedings. Consultant solicitor Kenneth Salmon is 'very experienced and knowledgeable' and associate Matthew Grellier, who is an 'effective communicator', heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Grellier

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Salmon


‘Kenneth Salmon is calm and persuasive.’

‘The team has a high-quality and consistent approach.’

‘Matthew Grellier goes above and beyond to provide support and he provides expert advice despite extremely tight timescales.’


Key clients

Rochdale Borough Council

Grŵp Cynefin

Novo Property Solutions

ADT Workplace

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust


Work highlights

  • Advised Rochdale Borough Council on the contract documentation relating to the redevelopment of Rochdale Town Hall Square.
  • Provided contractual advice to Grŵp Cynefin in relation to residential development sites.
  • Advised Novo Property Solutions on professional appointments in relation to a residential development.
  • Advised ADT Workplace on contracts at tender stage.
  • Advised on the drafting of construction contracts for Endeavour Multi Academy Trust regarding roof repair and refurbishment work at Wightwick Hall School.