Hall Of Fame

Construction in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

The strength of its team and breadth of its expertise continue to set the  practice at Addleshaw Goddard apart. Nancy McGuire is national head of non-contentious construction; her strengths include advising on procurement strategies and supporting clients with development and funding agreements. Jonathan Tattersall, who leads the construction energy and infrastructure disputes team, is particularly experienced in cross-jurisdictional matters and energy projects. Other key lawyers include Paul O’Kane, who covers contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and managing associate and litigator Philip Withey, who has acted for a number of national and international companies and organisations.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Kane; Jonathan Tattersall; Paul Barge; Philip Withey; Andrew Greaves

Key clients



West Midland Combined Authority

Moda Living

Allied London

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

Alumno Group

Vita Group

DunnCox (Jamaican law firm acting for Mexican client)

MB Bermondsey (Guernsey) Limited

UK Parliament

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

Liverpool John Moores University

Select Property Group


Far East Consortium

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hermes in connection with the Wellington Place development in Leeds, including advising on all aspects of the construction legal documentation for buildings 4, 11 and 12.
  • Advising on an array of Bruntwood projects across the Alderley Park site, including various laboratory redevelopments, the development of office accommodation and a new multi storey car park.
  • Advised Allied London on the £1bn development of a six-hectare plot within central Manchester for Allied London.

Pinsent Masons LLP

With its exceptionally diverse and international range of matters and clients and its involvement in nationally significant projects, Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice retains its prominent role in the market. Drawing on expertise in the nuclear, oil refining and roads sectors, among others, Graham Alty leads the team together with Michael Hopkins, who has in-depth experience in litigation, adjudication and arbitration. Key lawyer Mark Job assists on large PPP regeneration schemes and acts on major infrastructure projects, as does Anthony Bradley. Both Katherine Sneddon and Siân Hughes are active on the contentious side. Legal director Ian Fairclough and senior associate Arwyn Jones are names to watch.

Practice head(s):

Graham Alty; Michael Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Bradley; Mark Job; Katherine Sneddon; Siân Hughes; Ian Fairclough; Arwyn Jones


‘The Pinsent Masons construction disputes team work hard to achieve the best outcome for their client. They are committed, collaborative and capable.’

‘Katherine Sneddon is a star. She handles large, complex, multi-party disputes with aplomb and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Sellafield Limited

Cayman Island Government

Balfour Beatty/Vinci Systra

Himor (Carrington)

Eiffage Génie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited, Ferrovial Construction Limited and BAM Nuttall Limited

United Utilities

Ministry of Justice

JV comprising Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited, FCC Construccion SA, Samsung C&T ECUK Limited


MSC Cruises SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Sellafield Limited in relation to multiple, inter-related complex contracts for decommissioning facilities at Europe’s largest nuclear decommissioning site.
  • Advised a joint venture of Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited, FCC Construccion SA and Samsung C&T ECUK Limited in relation to multimillion-pound claims in proceedings arising from £600m DBFO contracts.
  • Advised a joint venture of Eiffage Génie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited, Ferrovial Construction Limited and BAM Nuttall Limited in relation to its £1bn contracts and associated design appointments, joint venture contracts and sub-contracts for certain sections of the £75bn-plus HS2 project.


The practitioners at CMS ‘consistently deliver excellent service and advice’ to a high-profile client base that includes major contractors and government and public sector bodies, as well as employers and institutional investors. ‘Exceptionally strong technical lawyerChris Hallam leads the energy, projects and construction group in the North, and has most recently advised on major, high-volume energy and infrastructure projects. Construction and engineering dispute resolution specialist Nigel Lewis is head of the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team, providing strategic advice in contentious or potentially contentious matters. The team is continuing to grow rapidly, with five new associate-level hires in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Eccles; Andrew Wood


‘This practice has the appropriate legal expertise and experience to assist clients in any type of construction matters, however this is enhanced further by their professional but extremely friendly approach in their day-to-day operations.’

‘Chris Hallam is the partner leading the projects for CMS and is worthy of being singled out for special attention. His project management of the legal services as a whole has been excellent. In addition to being an exceptionally strong technical lawyer, Chris has very good commercial awareness and an ability to explain even the most complicated issues in a straightforward manner. He also has a very good way with people, which is always helpful with finding a way forward in complicated negotiations.’

‘The CMS team consistently deliver excellent service and advice and have become our go-to industry experts for help. Whatever the issue, the team help to quickly drill down to the key elements and formulate a plan to navigate through. What makes the engagement with CMS unique is the continuity with the team we work with. They know our business and take the time to understand the projects and the intricate details so that they go beyond the contract drafting to helping us to develop strategies on how to execute the project in the most efficient and risk-mitigated way. They work as extended members of our team and even when a matter relates to another practice area they  identify other colleagues to help, and the standard across CMS is always consistently impressive.’

‘Chris Hallam and his team have been exceptional in the service they provide. They are always approachable and thoughtful in how they present information so that even complex areas feel understandable. They have developed excellent relationships with our teams and are very well respected and trusted as industry experts in their field. The differentiator with Chris and the team to other companies is that they feel like extended members of our in-house team. They don’t approach a piece of work in silo but look at how it fits in with the bigger project. In negotiations they participate like colleagues and don’t shy away from the fight to represent us, and we know we can almost take the back seat with total trust in them.’

‘The team were “on tap” to assist myself and our mutual client through a difficult process. All team members were knowledgeable, supportive and delivered their advice professionally and with good humour.’

Key clients

Lendlease Construction

Muse Developments

Public Health England

Balfour Beatty

Moorfields NHS Trust

University College London

The Crown Estate

Altrad SA

Doosan Babcock

Ask Real Estate

Cavendish Nuclear

Manchester Airport Group

Viridor Waste Management

GRS Roadstone Group

Studytel Project Services

Lodha Group


NG Bailey

Education & Skills Funding Agency

Ipsen Pharma

Equinor New Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust on a new 430,000 sq ft £250m state-of-the-art eye hospital and centre of ophthalmological excellence for clinical, services, research and education.
  • Advising Mountpark Properties on the sale of over £500m-worth of industrial and logistics assets.
  • Advising the Mayfield Partnership on a ten-year regeneration of a 21-acre site in Manchester city centre, comprising 1,300 homes, over 800,000 sq ft of office space, and hotel, parking, retail and leisure facilities and the city’s first new park in over a century.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s contentious practice is focused on PFI/PPP disputes, as well as UK and international construction disputes, particularly related to engineering projects. On the non-contentious side, the team assists on major development schemes. Paul Giles heads the ‘very strong, tightly-knit team’, with particular expertise in high-stakes national and cross-jurisdictional disputes in the  energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors, while Alison Fagan is known for her considerable experience in PPP/PFI projects and disputes. Eminent practitioner David Moss supports the team as a consultant. The DLA Piper Project Simulator, an interactive training tool which helps clients to better understand business and stakeholder independencies, further strengthens the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Giles

Other key lawyers:

Alison Fagan; David Moss


‘A very strong, tightly-knit team. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Alison Fagan runs her team very effectively.’

‘A solid, well-structured team which is competent at all levels and provides a balanced approach to work, with matters being handled at the right level with appropriate oversight.’

‘The depth of knowledge is impressive and the team is a one-stop shop for construction disputes.’

‘Robust legal advice with a wide variety of sector experience. Flexible approach to ways of working and take time to know their client. Reliable and responsive.’

‘Specialists in PFI disputes and strong on disputes relating to defects generally.’

‘DLA’s team are young and dynamic and enjoy offering innovative solutions to their clients, including introducing the Project Simulator online platform. The team and the firm appear to be on top of digitalisation and technology and investing in research regarding how to serve clients best.’

‘A committed and excellent team, who are knowledgeable from a legal perspective but also go above and beyond in terms of subject matter and understanding of the broader implications of the project.’

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With a strong sector focus on energy, utilities, infrastructure and transport, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, led by the ‘highly capable and experiencedSimon Chamberlain, assists both private and public sector clients, predominantly employers or purchasers. Gregory Buckley leads the disputes practice with a focus on large-scale dispute avoidance and resolution, supported by Claire Randall-Smith, who was promoted to partner in May 2020 and acts for some of the practice's major clients. Chris Pickens assists clients in transactional matters and advises on procurement strategies for complex construction contracts, as well as leading cross-office and disciplinary teams to deliver high-value projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Claire Randall-Smith; Gregory Buckley; Chris Pickens


‘The construction team provide a professional service from contract drafting to supplemental agreements and clear strategic and tactical advice on the operational aspects of contracts as they arise. The advice is thorough but above all practical and pragmatic, based on a commercial as well as legal perspective.’

‘A highly capable team with experience across a wide range of issues. Very responsive and able to resource and meet demanding deadlines. The team works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders/partners.’

‘Simon Chamberlain is a highly capable and experienced individual. Simon consistently provides advice and service of the highest quality and is extremely responsive regardless of the demands. Unlike many other legal professionals I have worked with, as well as being very talented Simon is able to communicate and collaborate with a wide range of team members and stakeholders, always putting the client’s requirements first.’

‘The team have a wealth of experience and have the added advantage of worldwide coverage.’

‘Newly promoted to the partnership, Claire Randall-Smith is knowledgable and tenacious.’

‘This team has significant sector knowledge and experience. It is responsive, professional and knowledgeable both in relation to this practice area but also to the unique needs of the industry. The firm’s commitment to this business, including throughout these challenging times, has been extremely welcome.’

Key clients

Network Rail


National Grid Plc

Sellafield Limited

Severn Trent Water

Welsh Water Organic Energy Ltd

John Sisk & Son Limited

Manchester City Council

English Cities Fund

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Airport City Limited

Applied Industrial Systems

University of Essex

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Cadent Gas Limited, the UK’s largest gas distribution network, on contracts used to maintain and renew its infrastructure over the next ten years.
  • Continuing to advise Network Rail on a large dispute with one of its suppliers, ABC Electrification Limited (ABC).
  • Advised new joint venture Applied Industrial Systems and Talleres Zitron SA on its successful bid for the contract with Rail for London for the infrastructure and maintenance for the tunnel ventilation and controls system for the Crossrail project.

Brabners LLP

Led by experienced construction sector specialist Barry Goodall, who is also a qualified quantity surveyor, Brabners LLP's 'accessible and hardworking' team supports an ever-growing client list in contentious and non-contentious matters. Elspeth Christie has particular experience with student accommodation and residential developments and Eleanor Stirrett advises developers, housing associates and retail sector tenants. The arrival of the 'straight-talking' Jennie Jones from Freeths LLP in October 2020 has further strengthened the practice, with Jones contributing expertise in dispute management and transactional construction law.

Practice head(s):

Barry Goodall

Other key lawyers:

Elspeth Christie; Eleanor Stirrett; Jennie Jones; Anthony Willis


‘The team are accessible, hardworking and very pleasant to deal with.’

‘Anthony Willis is able to understand our needs and commercial objectives and frame his legal advice accordingly. He is a good strategic thinker.’

‘Forward thinking and have a real understanding of client issues.’

‘Jennie Jones is a pragmatic lawyer and has exceptional commercial acumen.’

‘I have always found Jennie Jones to be straight talking and reliable in her review of legal matters.’

‘The team engaged in a professional yet friendly way and explained issues in terms that were easy to understand from a layman’s perspective.’

‘Anthony Willis explained the legal situation in a thoughtful and clear manner.’

‘Elspeth Christie provides good solid support and advice on construction matters, across a wide range of issues and varying degrees of complexity. She maintains good timings for work turnaround and ensures the matters are adequately resourced and explained.’

Key clients

Peel Media Limited

Cole Waterhouse

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Meinhardt UK Limited

YPG Baltic square Limited

Maritime Transport Limited

Peel L&P Investments and Property Limited



Downing Group

TJ Morris Limited (Home Bargains)

Cityheart Developments


Liverpool FC

Sofology Limited


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool

Peel Ports Limited/The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for TJ Morris in respect of the construction documentation for its retail portfolio.
  • Advising Downing Group on the construction documentation for a scheme which incorporates 842 student bedrooms within a 37-storey tower and a six-storey office block.
  • Advising Cole Waterhouse on the construction documentation for a scheme at Hoyle Street, Sheffield and Leeds City Village in respect of major residential and commercial developments .

Gateley Plc

The client portfolio for Gateley Plc includes construction companies, developers and housebuilders. Emlyn Hudson, national head of the construction and surety unit, contributes experience in construction disputes. Hayley Sullivan focuses on non-contentious construction and surety matters, while consultant Karen Spencer draws on experience on the contentious side, with particular expertise in disputes surrounding nuclear decommissioning projects.

Practice head(s):

Emlyn Hudson

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Sullivan; Karen Spencer

Hill Dickinson LLP

Offering client service that is ‘second to none’, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its complex international work and its assistance of clients that are involved in major regeneration projects, such as the Liverpool Waters scheme. Alan Pugh heads the team; he is noted for his expertise in managing contractual risks and advising on strategy. David Chinn, who draws on around 30 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, is also a key member of the team, as is David Oram, who is involved in a broad range of matters, including complex cross-jurisdictional disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team are well directed and managed and have a good understanding of us and our business. The team have a good balance of experience and technical engineering knowledge and are able to offer a range of strategies and tactics which are cost effective and cost/time risk based.’

‘They have a customer and solution focus and are flexible in terms of timing and approach to problems. They are happy to challenge us, they provide a balanced view to enable a sensible conversation and are happy to offer cost-effective options.’

‘We have found the service to be second to none. The team have advanced technology. Their fees are very competitive and we found their service and communication skills to be far superior to firms we have previously instructed.’

‘Michael Woolley has sole responsibility for our work and we have found his abilities exceptional. He has incredible intellectual capacity and has an incredible eye for detail. He is always available and always prepared to go the extra mile. His fees are competitive and he always gets the outcome that is required. I would be very reluctant to use another solicitor and his knowledge of the law is exceptional.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have demonstrated an excellent understanding of contractual commercial matters, but just as importantly have demonstrated and applied a practical approach. It is very good to work with people who can convey requirements to non-legal clients.’

Key clients


Liverpool City Council

Peel L&P Property

Legacie Developments

Geomet S.R.O.

Ion Projects

Gericke Ltd (part of Gericke Group)

FI Facilities Management Limited

First Group Plc

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Area Sq Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Legacie Developments on a £20m development financing deal with Maslow Capital in connection with the client’s £90m Parliament Square scheme – part the major Wirral Waters mixed-use regeneration project in Liverpool.
  • Advising Geomet, a Czech-registered company and subsidiary of Australia- and UK-listed European Metals Holdings, in connection with Europe’s largest hard rock lithium project, valued at £500m.
  • Advising Liverpool City Council on a major regeneration project at the former International Festival Gardens site, which involves a plan for 1,500 homes, as well as community facilities, recreational spaces and related infrastructure.

Squire Patton Boggs

The team at Squire Patton Boggs has been involved in local, national and international matters. Julian Scott covers non-contentious construction work, with expertise in renewable energy and other heavy engineering projects, as well as residential and mixed-use developments. Nick Helm contributes experience in infrastructure project finance and PFI/PPP schemes, with a wide range of sector expertise including education, energy, transport and healthcare.

Other key lawyers:

Julian Scott; Nick Helm

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP, led by experienced construction expert Katie Saunders, assists clients with a variety of housing and development projects, in addition to working with local authorities and central government agencies. Saunders is noted for her experience in providing clients with procurement advice. Tom Holroyd's expertise lies in the waste sector; he also continues to develop the firm’s construction litigation practice and is involved in contentious matters surrounding relevant construction issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Canham; Katie Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Tom Holroyd

Key clients

Government Property Agency

Crown Commercial Service

West Midlands Combined Authority

Clarion Housing Group

National Housing Federation – Building Better consortium

Granite Turner

Swan Housing

The Guinness Partnership


Work highlights

  • Advising the Government Property Agency on its £25m national office refurbishment programme, procured through the Crown Commercial Service major works framework.
  • Advised Clarion Housing Group on several joint ventures for new homes, including the development of a site at Weston, Cheshire, with Lovell Partnerships and the development of a site in Eddington, Cambridge.
  • Advising Granite Turner (previously Midia Group) on all construction matters relating to the Trinity Plaza development in Bolton, a £55m mixed-use development including residential and office space and a multi-storey car park, and the conversion of the Grade II-listed Bolton Magistrate’s Court into a luxury boutique 87-room hotel.

Clyde & Co LLP

The 'always accessible' team at Clyde & Co LLP assists clients from a range of sectors, including education, manufacturing and development. Steven Cannon co-leads the practice; he draws upon his expertise in contentious engineering and construction matters and provides 'sound and commercially focused advice' to clients both in the UK and abroad. Alongside him is newly promoted construction co-head and ‘excellent and trusted adviserLucy Frith, who assists major industry groups in complex disputes.

Practice head(s):

Steven Cannon; Lucy Frith


‘The team are always accessible to provide updates and advice. They share the reasoning for their advice to allow the client to understand and evaluate the risks and opportunities of the various options available, and listen to, understand and address the needs of the client at each stage of the matter being dealt with. Steven Cannon and Lucy Frith have delivered a very high-quality service across the period of a challenging dispute, leading to a successful resolution. ’

‘The Clyde & Co construction team in Manchester includes high-calibre lawyers with a great breadth of experience and knowledge. As a result, it has the same capability as many London-based practices, but with the advantage of lower hourly rates.’

‘The team has vast experience and a high level of capability in construction disputes in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. In particular, the team is very strong advising in relation to adjudication.’

‘I’ve worked with Steven Cannon for many years and he is an excellent strategic adviser, with the ability to understand and simplify very complex legal issues and provide practical solutions. Steve is also very client-friendly – he understands the businesses he works with, can communicate well and provides sound and commercially focused advice.’

‘Lucy Frith is an excellent lead, with a thorough understanding of complex issues and of our underlying commercial drivers.’

‘Lucy Frith has been excellent to deal with in complicated and time-critical matters. She really understands the technical details of our market and how to deliver pragmatic, efficient advice. She is an excellent and trusted adviser.’

Key clients

Vita Students

Select Group UAE

OakNorth Bank plc

University of Leeds

University of Manchester

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Advising Whittan Industrial Limited on the construction aspects of a fit-out project for the Pretty Little Thing/Boohoo automation project in Sheffield.
  • Advising the University of Leeds on aspects of the specialist engineering contracts, as well as the infrastructure contracts, in relation to its new Technology and Engineering Campus Project.
  • Advising Select Group UAE on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of parts of Baker Street and Sherlock Mews in London to create new high-end residential properties.


Praised for its ‘knowledge, expertise and excellent construction advice’, the team at DTM Legal LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular experience in contract-related issues and disputes. Practice head Jim Morris  draws on expertise in contentious matters related to construction and engineering. Guy Thomas, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and chartered civil engineer, contributes a broad range of experience, acting for some of the practice’s largest clients.

Practice head(s):

Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:

Guy Thomas


‘Very strong leadership that is focused on clients’ best interests and commercially minded.’

‘DTM Legal are our go-to construction legal advisers in the North West. They have huge strength and great depth of experience and expertise on both highly complex contentious and non-contentious matters.’ 

‘They get to grips with clients’ needs, provide top-class legal advice and get great results. The team are technically excellent and stand out for their pragmatic, proactive, personable and commercial approach.’

‘I would highly recommend them for their knowledge, expertise and excellent construction advice.’

‘We deal with Jim Morris and Guy Thomas and we just find their range of expertise, sector-specific knowledge and advice, as well as their understanding of how the different scopes and trades interact on a contractual basis, to be first class.

Key clients

Foundation Piling Limited

Atmore Developments Limited

Dee Tech Services Limited

Clancy Consulting Limited

Henrob Limited

Anwyl Construction Company Limited

Rotex Europe Limited (part of the Hillenbrand Group)

Sterling Services Limited

Electricity Solutions Limited

Forster Tullett Limited

Cartwright Pond Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on numerous matters for NewRiver Retail REIT Limited, including advice and negotiation relating to the property portfolio for a retail developer.
  • Advising on and negotiating NEC construction documents in respect of jetty repair works for Orthios Limited.
  • Advised and negotiated on an adjudication and claim relating to piling works for Foundation Piling Ltd.


With sector strengths in real estate, energy, transport and infrastructure, the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable, proactive and collaborative’ team at TLT acts for contractors, government bodies and developers. 'Excellent technical lawyerSean McCay focuses on the contentious side of the practice, assisting clients with dispute resolution and avoidance. The team has been bolstered considerably with the addition of the 'fantasticJahanara Hussain from BLM in May 2020, who contributes expertise in transactional matters. The practice is also able to take advantage of the innovations and legal tech solutions developed by TLT’s Future Law team such as TLT One, a document, task and contract lifecycle management online platform.

Practice head(s):

Sean McCay

Other key lawyers:

Jahanara Hussain


‘My company works regularly with the construction team at TLT and we find them to be exceptionally knowledgeable, proactive and collaborative.’

‘Jahanara Hussain in particular is a valued member of our project teams across numerous high-value, technically challenging projects. The support and knowledge she brings to the team helps to assure a successful delivery of our schemes.’

‘Sean McCay is a highly experienced, excellent technical lawyer. Pragmatic, thorough and the provider of sound, commercial advice.’

‘Not only can the firm call upon experienced formal dispute resolution lawyers but also on experienced litigation avoiders and help set strategies accordingly. This ability to resolve contract issues outside of a formal legal process is a rare commodity these days.’

‘Sean McCay leads from the front, combining detailed contract knowledge with the common law, ensuring full consideration of all factors affecting case strategies before decisions are made and actions taken. This ability to see what is coming’drives efficient case management and avoids surprises.’

‘Sean McCay is responsive and commercial. Aside from knowing standard forms inside out, Sean can provide a fresh and innovative perspective on how to resolve a dispute. Sean is easy to work with but can be a strong negotiator when required. He doesn’t dabble in construction, he knows it.’

‘Sean McCay is the standout partner at TLT for construction matters. His strategic thinking will bring disputes into sharp focus with minimum effort and costs. Equally, his defensive work is highly responsive in time-sensitive situations which has avoided an escalation of costs and uncertainty.’

‘Jahanarah Hussain has been fantastic in pulling together and negotiating a full suite of construction contracts with our consultants. Jahanarah is always very responsive and knowledgeable. She understands our needs and has been a great help in getting everything in place on the construction side for our start-up business.’

Key clients

F. Parkinson Limited

Maro Developments Limited

Harry Fairclough (Construction) Limited

SSG Contracts Limited

Mark Bates & Sons Limited

Westshield Limited

Creative Support Limited

PLP Construction Limited


MCR Property Group

CERT Property

Langtree Property Partners

Sci-Tech Daresbury

TOCA Social

Step Places

Work highlights

  • Advising Harry Fairclough (Construction) Limited on a range of contractual issues across a number of significant design and construction projects in the North of England.
  • Advising SSG Contracts Limited on complex contractual issues arising out of a civil engineering project in relation to motorway services.
  • Advising Salboy, a property developer, on the transformation of a well-known North West site, the former Manchester race course, into a new residential neighbourhood.

Weightmans LLP

Helmed by leading practitioner Colette Morgan-Ford, whose expertise involves dispute resolution and strategic advice, Weightmans LLP's client portfolio includes a number of significant private firms as well as universities and local authorities. Ian Hardman heads up the non-contentious team; he draws on decades of experience in construction and engineering matters to advise clients on a wide range of projects in the areas of retail, development and logistics.

Practice head(s):

Colette Morgan-Ford; Ian Hardman

Other key lawyers:

Tom Collins; David Rogers


‘Very experienced and always available to support us as needed.’

‘We deal with Ian Hardman primarily and he provides us with expert, reliable and practical advice on all specialist construction matters.’

Key clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group Limited)

Read Construction Group Limited

One Vision Housing Limited

Co-Operative Group

M&Y Maintenance and Construction Limited

Walsall Council

Liverpool City Council

University of Leicester

Sefton MBC

Clarion Housing Group

Loughborough University

Greenwich University

Watkin Jones Group

Carroll Build Limited

Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council

Adoni Developments Limited

TJ Morris Limited (Home Bargains)

The Mersey Docks & Harbour Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for public development fund The Chrysalis Fund in relation to its proposed loan to a developer to develop new office buildings (including all the infrastructure works) at Daresbury, Warrington.
  • Advising Liverpool City Council in relation to the building contract for a new 16-storey hotel at Paddington Village in Liverpool.
  • Advising Arrow XL in connection with its lease of a new distribution centre in Enfield, including advising Arrow in connection with the security provided by various collateral warranties from the contractor, design team and subcontractors.

Clarke Willmott LLP

The practice at Clarke Willmott LLP, led by dispute and infrastructure specialist and 'extremely astute lawyer' James Driver, assists clients in a number of sectors, including energy, social housing and technology. The team has a strong focus on development and has 'strengths in resolving complex and technically challenging construction disputes', as well as expertise in cross- jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

James Driver


‘James Driver is an extremely astute lawyer who is able to think laterally to achieve the best outcome for a client.’

‘This is a very diverse practice with strong leadership from James Driver.’

‘Strengths in resolving complex and technically challenging construction disputes.’

‘Very strong in the energy and power sectors, and cases involving bespoke contracts and multi-country parties.

‘James Driver is strategic, commercially minded and client focused. Exceptional.’

‘We have principally instructed them on litigation matters and they have been phenomenal. I am continually impressed with their drive, persistence and organisation.’

Key clients

Orona Group

Wasa Dredging Limited

John Turner Construction Group Limited

Westshield Limited

London & Quadrant

Persimmon Homes Limited

Barratt Homes

Pulse Gyms

Abacus Cost Management Limited

ESS Modular Limited

Mills & Reeve LLP

With sector strengths in education, healthcare and culture, the Manchester practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is headed by Catherine Kay. Kay advises on non-contentious construction matters with a diverse public and private sector client portfolio, most recently acting for the University of Salford in relation to a prestigious new campus building.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Kay

Key clients

The Law Society

Champneys Hotels

Stockport Council

Royal Northern College of Music

Supply Chain Coordination Limited

University of Salford

Halle Concerts Society

Contact Theatre

Bolton Octagon

Oldham College

Bury College

Booth Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for the University of Salford on the NEC contract for the new-build Science, Engineering and Environment building at the university.
  • Producing a full suite of construction documents for a new accommodation project for the Royal Northern College of Music.
  • Advised Oldham College on Covid-related matters for a new-build two-storey venue to be completed during the 2020/21 academic year.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

The team at Myerson Solicitors LLP assists clients in the transport and industrial sectors, as well as developers and contractors in both non-contentious and, increasingly, contentious matters. Drawing on practice head Neil Armstrong's mechanical engineering background and construction expertise, the team is known for its depth of practical knowledge as well as being 'focused on getting the best outcome for the client'.

Practice head(s):

Neil Armstrong


‘Over the past year I have predominantly worked with a team led by Neil Armstrong, who has always been available for each and every meeting and is always open and honest about options and next steps. Neil does understand the commerciality aspect and is able to advise on risk and reward scenarios, which enables a more informed forecast to be determined.’

‘A very helpful and responsive team, focused on getting the best outcome for the client. They are not afraid to embrace innovative litigation finance solutions.’

‘Neil Armstrong is incredibly competent and pragmatic and leads a professional team.’

Key clients

One Heritage

Spatial Initiative Limited

Extra Space Solutions

Urban Splash

Renaker Build Limited

Styles & Wood Limited

Adlington Retirement Homes

Akzo Nobel

Pozzoni Architects

Gladman Group

MD Catapult

Kempton Homes

Britannia Group

Salford Van Hire

Maple Sunscreening Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Styles & Wood Limited (and subsequently its administrators) in Styles & Wood (in administration) v GE CIF Trustees [2020] EWHC 2694 (TCC), relating to the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision by a company in administration arising from a complex final account dispute on a project in central Manchester.
  • Advising and supporting the commercial team at Renaker Build Limited on contract reviews, sub-contract negotiations and contentious matters, as well as contract negotiations for projects where the client is being appointed by Select Property Group.
  • Appointed by One Heritage Tower to advise on the project documentation for its iconic 55-storey residential tower development in the heart of Salford, Greater Manchester.

Shoosmiths LLP

Praised for its ‘responsiveness, pragmatism, technical expertise and sensible advice’, Shoosmiths LLP, led by noted practitioner John Cleaveley, has managed to grow its client portfolio throughout the tumultuous Covid year. Cleaveley draws on almost 30 years of experience in the industry and has particular experience of acting for developers in the accommodation sector. The team assists developers, funders and contractors in the drafting and negotiating of building contracts and also provides strategic advice to clients on contentious disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Cleaveley


‘The North West construction team presents as being really close-knit and people-centric, which is a huge plus as I see it. The evident functionality of the team from a communications and collaboration perspective instils a level of trust and confidence that is simply not present in respect of many other advisory teams (in a very broad sense). In combination with the team’s responsiveness, pragmatism, technical expertise and sensible advice, this makes for quite a compelling advisory proposition. I’m a fan.’

‘John Cleaveley in many key ways sets the bar in terms of client service for this sector. John knows the industry incredibly well and is able to provide quick, pragmatic solutions and suggestion that ultimately lead to efficient and practical outcomes. In addition to this, John understands (first hand) what it is like to be an in-house lawyer and is empathetic and responsive in that context –  which is hugely valuable and appreciated.’

‘John Cleaveley is an exceptionally pragmatic and results-driven solicitor who over the years has developed a clear understanding of our requirements, minimising the need for detailed briefing on every issue and allowing matters to be brought to a swift and effective conclusion.’

Key clients

Vita Group

Ask Real Estate

LendLease Construction Europe

Jungheinrich UK

Robertson CE Limited


Fulcrum Group

Wirral Growth Company/Muse

University of Keele

Reigate and Banstead Council

Work highlights

  • Advised developer Cedar (Maple Oak) Limited (part of Ask Real Estate) on drafting and negotiating the construction documents for a £54m development forming part of the South Bank regeneration project in Leeds City Centre.
  • Advised a joint venture between Wirral Borough Council and Muse Developments for the re-development of Birkenhead and the surrounding area on drafting and negotiating the construction documents for the project.
  • Appointed by Vita Student to draft and negotiate the construction documents in relation to a large student accommodation development in Cardiff.

JMW Solicitors LLP

Noted for its ‘good hands-on approach’, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP  provides a range of services to a client portfolio that includes developers and  contractors in the North West, as well as a large infrastructure provider. Practice head Andrew Rimmer handles both contentious and non-contentious matters while Helen Daley, who joined the team in March 2020 from TLT, assists clients with dispute resolution and avoidance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rimmer

Other key lawyers:

Helen Daley


‘The practice has a good hands-on approach and explains in detail the relevant facts.’

‘Helen Daley is always careful to explain the whys and wherefores of an issue at the start before it runs away with costs.’

Key clients

Domis Construction Ltd

Ashton Yates Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Domis Construction Limited on negotiating building contracts on schemes ranging in value from £20m to over £300m.
  • Advising a leading provider of bespoke modular homes on the development of a consultant framework and building contracts for eight projects.
  • Acted for Ashton Yates in connection with a series of disputes concerning the construction of a four-star hotel.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Assisting clients in wide range of projects across the commercial development, energy, transport and logistics areas in addition to working with local councils, Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is headed by construction and engineering specialist Charlie Tomlinson, who is praised for providing ‘clear and pragmatic advice’. As well as advising on all of the standard major forms of contract, the team also has expertise in drafting bespoke forms of contract for specialist projects.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Steven Finney


‘The arrival of Charlie Tomlinson has added significant weight to Kuits’ construction practice.’

‘Charlie Tomlinson is very quick at spotting the issues involved and provides clear and pragmatic advice on how best to proceed in order to best protect his clients’ interests and achieve the desired outcome.’

‘The service provided by the department is extremely efficient. The members of the team have excellent knowledge of their field and are able to deal with complex issues in a commercial way.’

‘They are always available to deal with matters and respond promptly to emails. They are able to explain matters concisely and are aware of the clients requirements.’

‘Provide sound and quality advice in property dealings.’

‘Charlie Tomlinson and Steven Finney have worked closely with us on a number of transactions in the past year. They are always approachable and supportive.’

Key clients

Emerson Group Limited

Hardwick Homes Limited

Heaton Group Limited

Legend Property Group Limited

PIN Property

Property Alliance Group Limited

Rayner Rowen Construction Limited

Regal Estates Limited

Stoller Charitable Trust

Urban Logistics Limited

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP’s client list is diverse, ranging from construction employers such as public sector bodies or large companies to national sub-contractors. The team provides transactional services and assists clients in contentious situations, with expertise in dispute resolution and avoidance. Emma Judge, praised for her ‘knowledge, collaboration and attention to detail’, leads the team, drawing on many years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Emma Judge


‘Excellent support and service – they review the contractual issue and provide advice, and their proposal and fee is based on the potential result.’

‘When we have required any service or assistance, Emma Judge basically becomes a member of our team and will initially provide us with the strengths and weaknesses of our dispute so we are fully versed with the potential outcome. Emma’s knowledge, experience, collaboration and attention to detail are excellent.’

‘Emma Judge is as relentless as she is meticulous in her delivery of vital arguments that drain the fight out of her opponents.’

‘Collectively Pannone are a competent, dependable, customer-focused firm. Always approachable, always sensible, and always providing value.’

‘We work mostly with Emma Judge. She is a knowledgeable, thorough and warm solicitor, willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Emma Judge has worked closely with us on various company disputes over the last 15 years. I find Emma’s knowledge and fact-driven guidance invaluable. In each dispute where Emma has represented us, we have had a satisfactory resolution. I would not hesitate to recommend Emma and her team.’

‘All of the partners feel like extended members of the in-house team. They are flexible and accommodating.’

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

NG Bailey Limited

Mercury Engineering

Geobear Commercial Limited

Burgaflex UK Limited

Maya Property Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a national mechanical and electrical sub-contractor in an adjudication against a large main contractor for a claim totalling £1m.
  • Acted for Burgaflex UK Limited, a global supplier, on the construction elements of its lease of a new premises at Chamberhall Business Park.
  • Advised Mercury Engineering on drafting a new form of facilities management maintenance contract and sub-contract, for particular use on its data centre projects in the UK.

Slater Heelis

The practice at Slater Heelis covers contentious issues, assisting clients with avoiding disputes and advising them on adjudication and arbitration proceedings, as well as non-contentious issues, with particular growth in the education sector. The ‘extremely approachable and professional’ Matthew Grellier heads the team, drawing on a broad base of expertise. He is supported by esteemed practitioner Kenneth Salmon.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Grellier

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Salmon


‘I was very happy with Ken Salmon’s personal qualities in conveying legal issues and negotiating tactical advice, at a level which matched my understanding, all the while calming my somewhat frayed nerves.’

‘We have worked very closely with Matt Grellier, who has been extremely helpful and patient in breaking down the complexities of all aspects of the project into manageable chunks. His advice has been spot on.’

‘Professionalism, accessibility and reliability are key strengths of the Slater Heelis team. They manage the subcontracting side of grant awards for us; we know that we’re in safe hands.’

‘We have worked with Matt Grellier for a number of years – he’s extremely approachable and professional and always goes above and beyond to ensure our legal position is protected.’

‘Matt Grellier provides excellent, clear advice, and always delivers to the timescales set out and within remit. He always answers questions clearly, with no sitting on the fence like I have experienced elsewhere, which is very important in the advice I need for planning strategy going forward.’

Key clients

One Manchester Limited

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

Cockermouth School Academy

The Mossley Academy Trust

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust

Novo Property Group

View Associates

Spencer Weston (Project Management) Ltd

Aramex (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising One Manchester Limited on construction contract documentation relating to a series of multimillion-pound housing development projects in Greater Manchester.
  • Drafting and negotiating the suite of construction contract documents on behalf of Chester Diocesan Academies Trust regarding construction projects at three of the trust’s primary schools.
  • Advising Novo Property Group regarding the construction contract documents for residential developments.