Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: Construction

Primas made a key hire for its built environment projects team in summer 2020 with the appointment of construction specialist, and former DWF practice head, David Vayro.

Construction in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

The construction and engineering team at Addleshaw Goddard has considerable expertise in contracts for engineering schemes and infrastructure - including energy and utilities - regeneration, and development. National practice head Nancy McGuire leads on non-contentious matters with a specialism in non-procurement strategies and the delivery of complex infrastructure projects. Paul O’Kane has expertise in risk and contentious matters, and practicing arbitrator Andrew Greaves assists with transport matters with a focus on the Middle Eastern market. Jonathan Tattersall  continues to handle energy and infrastructure disputes, often supported by legal director Philip Withey who regularly advises on domestic PFI and foreign PPP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The team always provides high quality and commercial advice when needed.’

‘Nancy McGuire takes a pragmatic approach when providing construction advice and knows how to get straight to the issue at hand.’

‘A very strong team with experience domestically and internationally. Considerable experience of PFI projects, disputes arising out of the Middle East and UK litigation/adjudication. Very user friendly, approachable and down-to-earth. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Jonathan Tattersall always plays it with a straight bat, commercial, knowledgeable and a great leader of his team.’

‘Philip Withey – a very solid lawyer, user friendly, approachable and pragmatic.’

‘Clear, considered advice to clients. Attentive to people’s needs and put the client first. Very important’

‘Andrew Greaves is excellent.’

Key clients

Hermes/MEPC

Bruntwood

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

BT

Far East Consortium

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Watkin Jones Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Bruntwood on its £1.5 billion development of an innovation district – ID Manchester, is spread across four million square feet.
  • Advising Moda Living and Far East Corporation (FEC) on residential schemes both within the PRS sector and for private sale.
  • Advising Allied London on its re-development of the London Road Fire Station in Manchester and also in relation to its £1 billion development within central Manchester at St John’s.

CMS

The construction practice at CMS is notable for having a broad 'spread of experience and specialism across the team', regularly advising government bodies and institutional investors. Chris Hallam leads the energy, projects, and construction group, and specialises in contract structuring and negotiation. Nigel Lewis leads the infrastructure, construction, and energy team in Manchester, advising on numerous projects in the energy sector and handling disputes alongside Fraser Askham. Chris Henshaw, formerly of Addleshaw Goddard, advises public and private sector clients on a range of development matters including PFI and PPP schemes.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Chris Henshaw; Fraser Askham; Nick Case

Testimonials

‘They are demonstrating rapid and impressive growth in which the quality of domestic and international work is notable, to the extent I would suggest it matches and exceeds a number of their London competitors.’

‘Nigel Lewis is a superb lawyer, commercial, thorough and well respected by clients and peers alike. Special note also to his junior colleague Nick Case who is an excellent up and coming lawyer.’

‘There is a good spread of experience and specialism across the team and the associates demonstrate a strong understanding of the project.’

‘At senior level the market knowledge is excellent and mid-level associates demonstrate a strong propensity to have familiarised themselves with the issues and done the background work before picking up the phone – which is refreshing.’

‘I have tremendous respect for the team who have assisted me in building new infrastructure in Greater Manchester. The team have a wide range of legal and technical skills; they complement each other and where necessary, individuals demonstrate a unique contribution that gives me complete confidence.’

‘The team is led by Chris Hallam and he provides dynamic enthusiastic and complete all round skills and excellent service. Chris delivers a personal involvement and at all times ensures that the project is on time and on budget.’

Key clients

Landsec

Muse Developments

Lendlease Construction

Goldman Sachs

University College London

The UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England)

Ask Real Estate

Vita Group

The MEH Alliance (a JV comprising Balfour Beatty, NG Bailey, Doosan Babcock, Cavendish Nuclear and Altrad SA)

Moorfields NHS Trust

Lodha Group

Manchester Airport Group

Arlington Group

Ipsen Pharma

Equinor New Energy

Studytel Project Services

CBRE

GRS Roadstone Group

Education & Skills Funding Agency

Imtech

Work highlights

  • Advised Landsec on its acquisition of a 75% interest in MediaCity; Europe’s leading digital, media and tech hub, for £425.6 million; he purchase included multiple buildings comprising offices, TV and radio studios, housing, hotels, car park and a landscaped public park on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
  • 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.
  • Advised on Project Oriel – a new purpose built 40,000 sqm hospital and research centre, situated in King’s Cross London, that will house the new Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's construction practice stands out with a diverse international client list and well-established presence in the region. Practice co-heads Graham Alty and Michael Hopkins together have extensive expertise in complex transactional and engineering projects as well as disputes across all sectors. Leading infrastructure experts Anthony Bradley and Mark Job regularly advise on major transport deals and PPP regeneration schemes. Katherine Sneddon has advised clients on numerous PFI project disputes, and Siân Hughes leads on key energy matters. Arwyn Jones continues to assist high-profile contractors with complex disputes. Legal director Ian Fairclough is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Graham Alty; Michael Hopkins

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The team has very capable, commercially minded and personable lawyers.’

‘Katherine Sneddon is driven to get the best result for her client. She is very capable and personable. She is a good negotiator. She works very well with in-house lawyers and others in the business.’

Anthony Bradley is very thorough. He is calm under pressure. He is a good negotiator.

‘Pinsent Masons have invested considerable time to understand me and how the business works. The core team is a blend of different partners and associates and collectively that makes for a strong output. That is what sets them apart but also the good results they get.’

‘The collaboration between the business and the firm is very high and they are constantly looking at how they can add value to their offering.’

Key clients

Sellafield Limited

Balfour Beatty/Vinci Systra

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

Ministry of Justice

Morgan Sindall

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Southern Water

McFarlan Smith Ltd

ISG Engineering Services Limited

db San Gorg

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on its £7bn+ prisons estate development strategy across England and Wales.
  • Advising a FTSE100 contractor in relation to various business critical disputes arising out of the design and construction of some of the largest biomass plants in Europe.
  • Advising Pets at Home regarding litigation arising from complex claims relating to their main distribution centre.

DLA Piper

Known for its specialism in contentious matters, the construction team at DLA Piper primarily deal with PFI/PPP disputes, national and international disputes, as well as major non-contentious development matters. Practice head Paul Giles has particular expertise in cross-jurisdictional dispute avoidance and resolution within the energy and infrastructure sectors. Infrastructure expert Alison Fagan regularly handles PFI/PPP issues and disputes with complex supply chain arrangements. David Moss continues to support the team as a consultant, assisting with numerous non-standard contracts in the civil engineering space and building the practice’s international presence.

Practice head(s):

Paul Giles

Other key lawyers:

Alison Fagan; David Moss

Testimonials

‘The whole contentious construction team is responsive, thorough and deliver good results.’

‘The team has obvious strength in depth. Work is conducted at levels appropriate to task. The team is extremely responsive and scales up or down according to workflows.’

‘Paul Giles’ experience and gravitas has been of significant benefit to us as a client, helping to bridge the gap in size between parties.’

‘Very strong PFI disputes knowledge, both legal and use of technical experts.’

‘Alison Fagan is well known to our organisation and trusted. A tough negotiator but pragmatic.’

‘Just very responsive and helpful. Always deliver.’

‘David Moss and Paul Giles are excellent.’

Key clients

Amber Infrastructure Group

BAM Construction Limited

BAM Nuttall Limited

BMM JV Limited

British Airways PLC

Brunel University London

Campus Living Ventures

Core UK 2016 1 SARL (an SPV, owned by the AXA Group)

Croda Europe Limited

Dalmore Capital

Equitix Limited

G-Network Communications Limited

Heineken (UK) Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

NPH Healthcare Limited

Premier Farnell UK Limited

Prysmian Powerlink SRL

Royal Smit Marine / Royal Smit Transformers BV

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company

Severfield (UK) Limited

Steward Healthcare

Strabag UK

Telereal Trillium

Transform Schools (Knowsley) Limited

Watkin Jones & Son Limited

XYZ Rail Limited (formerly Stobart Rail Limited)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a GBP5.2 billion leading infrastructure fund which owns Transform Schools (Knowsley) Limited, the project company for the GBP600 million Knowsley Building Schools for the Future Project in Merseyside. The project involves the demolition of existing schools stock and the construction of 8 new state of the art schools.
  • Acted for Croda Europe Limited in respect of two related contractual adjudications and the subsequent enforcement proceedings, in which Croda was wholly successful.
  • Acting for Watkin Jones, the UK’s leading developer and manager of residential student accommodation, in respect of a claim being pursued against it by the current leaseholder of a building designed and built by Watkin Jones in 2009.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With a team of ‘experts in their field’, the construction practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong sector focus on energy, transport, and government. The team is led by Simon Chamberlain who has extensive arbitration experience, while Chris Pickens assists with the procurement of big spend complex construction and engineering contracts. Gregory Buckley heads the national disputes group with a specialism in avoiding high-profile disputes, and Claire Randall-Smith primarily handles disputes within the built environment and infrastructure sectors. Alice Maloney assists the team with complex domestic and international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘One of their key strength is the team wants to help and deliver well for us and it shines through in everything. They have fielded different people seamlessly to keep transactions moving forward well, adapted well to brief the different levels within our organisation, shown their commercial approach in cost-conscious ways on particular matters, and have invested time and energy in understanding what we want as a business.’

‘Chris Pickens is positive, sensible and hard headed. Very good to work with and we always get a good result. Has good understanding of our market, our business and the drivers.’

‘Claire Randall-Smith has stood out in her work carefully resolving a tricky situation and with her ability to devour detail.’

‘Very good at communicating with the client construction project team as well as the client legal/leadership team.’

‘Alice Maloney is technically extremely able, very personable, always delivers on time and is definitively in the top few of our go-to people for contentious construction work.’

Gregory Buckley is very able and approachable and good at understanding and delivering client objectives.

‘The team are very friendly and able to deal with ongoing project queries as well as disputed matters. They are clearly experts in their field.’

‘Alice Maloney is very engaged, always on top of the detail, and very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Cadent Gas Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

The Council of the City of Manchester

EP UK Investments

Barchester Healthcare

Muse Developments Limited/English Cities Fund

Genr8 Developments LLP

Croda International

Work highlights

    Hill Dickinson LLP

    The team at Hill Dickinson LLP is notable for its involvement in complex cross-jurisdictional matters and regional regeneration projects, regularly acting for major contractors and government bodies in the region. The practice is led by Alan Pugh who specialises in managing contractual risks and advising on strategy within the energy, logistics, and retail sectors. With over 30 years' experience David Chinn is sought after for his expertise in both contentious and non-contentious transport matters, while Tricia Morrison is distinguished for her work on construction payment provisions.

    Practice head(s):

    Alan Pugh

    Other key lawyers:

    David Chinn; Tricia Morrison

    Testimonials

    ‘Tricia Morrison, the partner in charge of the construction dispute team, is a highly able individual with a sharp view and ability to analyse a situation and crystallise a dispute where appropriate.’

    Key clients

    Bilfinger

    Liverpool City Council

    Peel L&P Property

    Legacie Developments

    Ion Projects

    Gericke Ltd (part of Gericke Group)

    FI real Estate

    First Greater Western Limited

    Vascroft Contractors Limited

    Area Sq Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Legacie Developments on a £20 million development financing deal with Maslow Capital in connection with the client’s £90 million Parliament Square scheme – part the major Wirral Waters mixed-use regeneration project in Liverpool.
    • Represented Motacus Constructions Limited in the reported case involving a dispute with its Italian employer in connection with a £300 million hotel project at a prime location in the City of London following the termination of our client’s contract.
    • Advising Peel L&P Property on a wide range of key strategic matters including advising on our client’s role in the £5 billion Liverpool Waters development – one of the largest regeneration projects within Europe.

    Brabners LLP

    Brabners LLP's standout construction team advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work, regularly acting for national and international contractors, commercial developers, and major retailers. Practice head Barry Goodall is dual qualified as a quantity surveyor and leads on major disputes. Elspeth Christie has particular expertise in student accommodation matters, and Eleanor Stirrett assists with transport and engineering matters. Dispute management specialist Jennie Jones is also a key member of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Barry Goodall

    Other key lawyers:

    Elspeth Christie; Jennie Jones; Eleanor Stirrett

    Testimonials

    ‘We have been using Brabners since the early 1990s and the consistency in their service has been excellent and has evolved into what we consider to be the best service in construction services outside London. They are in front of the game in terms of dealing with all that the amendments to the standard forms of contract have seen over the years and give good commercial and pragmatic advice .’

    ‘The individuals we work with have been excellent and over the years they have built up a very good understanding of the commercial challenges we face in our sector and this consistency means they can provide focus and give both technical and commercial solutions which is invaluable. The stand out person we work with is Barry Goodall.’

    ‘Jennie Jones and Barry Goodall have been really helpful with our queries.’

    ‘Brabners’ construction team have assisted us for many years in dealing with both complicated and more “run of the mill” construction matters. Whilst the team have evolved over those years, the standard of work has maintained at a good level. They are resourced well and capable of dealing with matters at appropriate levels.’

    ‘They are proactive and clear in the advice. Availability is good and their approach is focussed on delivery of solution, rather than the legal niceties of construction practice.’

    Key clients

    Peel Media Limited

    Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

    Meinheart UK Limited

    Maritime Transport Limited

    Peel L&P Investments and Property Limited

    LiverbuildingCo

    Regenda

    Downing Group

    TJ Morris (Home Bargains)

    Cityheart Developments

    Glenbrook

    Liverpool FC

    Sofology Limited

    Primark

    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 their retail portfolio. Projects span the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and range from smaller retail units to large multi-unit projects.
    • Advising Downing Group on the construction aspects in relation to the £388m sale of five properties to Greystar Real Estate Partners.

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    Headed up by housing and regeneration expert Katie Saunders, the practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises clients in the infrastructure, central government, and education sectors, while the practice has expanded into modular construction projects and supply chain matters in response to various market factors. Tom Holroyd leads the construction litigation team acting on high-profile disputes, and specialises in energy-from-waste projects nationally and internationally.

    Practice head(s):

    Stephanie Canham; Katie Saunders

    Other key lawyers:

    Tom Holroyd

    Testimonials

    ‘The construction team are really collaborative and have over the years built a deep understanding about what the sector requires while also balancing that with risk and the external market context. This makes for a pragmatic solutions-focussed approach.’

    ‘They explain things really clearly providing different points of view in a way which cuts through some of the complexities and puts it in layperson terms. Tom Holroyd delivers this.’

    Key clients

    Places for People Group

    Clarion Housing Group

    Salix Homes

    JV North

    Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

    HTA Design LLP

    Seven Capital

    Warwick District Council

    Pilon Construction

    Top Hat

    Work highlights

    • Advised JV North Limited, a procurement consortium of 13 housing associations and local authorities in the north west comprising in one of the biggest developers of new affordable homes in the UK.
    • Advised Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council on the procurement and selection of a construction partner for their town centre regeneration programme, the first phase comprising constriction of a 145-bed hotel for Hampton by Hilton.
    • We advise PiLON Limited an award winning, maintenance contractor on their construction contracts and contentious matters as well as their corporate and employment requirements.

    Clyde & Co

    The team at Clyde & Co has a ‘vast amount of experience’ in construction, with a particular focus on advising educational institutions, national developers, and both offshore and onshore oil and gas suppliers. Practice co-head Steven Cannon advises leading contractors and housing associations on a range of contentious matters, while co-head Lucy Frith conducts high-value complex disputes for energy and infrastructure clients. Julie Morrissy is also a key member of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Cannon; Lucy Frith

    Other key lawyers:

    Julie Morrissy

    Testimonials

    ‘Very client responsive and agile enough to react to client needs expeditiously. Small enough team that client relationship management does not become too remote.’

    ‘Lucy Frith provides an extremely efficient and cost-effective service providing pragmatic legal advice in the context of the prevailing circumstances. Her ability to get to the crux of the issue in a timely manner to facilitate decision making is excellent.’

    ‘Clyde & Co have a very strong construction and engineering disputes practice. The team has a vast amount of experience, especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors. They are very client-focused and have a good understanding of businesses such as ours, meaning that they are able to deliver tailored, robust advice and help us consider the advantages and disadvantages of different courses of action. Moreover, the team delivers a high quality service at competitive rates.’

    ‘Steven Cannon is a clear, strategic thinker who has been a trusted adviser for many years now. I am always impressed by Steve’s ability to achieve successful outcomes in even the most difficult and complex disputes.’

    ‘Lucy Frith is an accomplished lawyer, with strong technical skills. Lucy excels at identifying the key issues very quickly, and managing all aspects of a dispute.

    ‘I have worked with a number of the Clyde & Co team based in the North West of England. The team is particularly strong at taking technical and commercial analysis and distilling from this clear legal advice, which enhances communication and engagement with the client.’

    Key clients

    Engie (including EQUANS)

    Kajima Partnerships Limited

    Galliford Try

    Costain

    TotalEnergies

    Select Group UAE

    Anchor Hanover Group

    University of Leeds

    University of Manchester

    University of Sheffield

    Vita/Select Property Group

    Engie (including EQUANS)

    Kajima Partnerships Limited

    Galliford Try

    Costain

    TotalEnergies

    Select Group UAE

    Anchor Hanover Group

    University of Leeds

    University of Manchester

    University of Sheffield

    Mace

    Vita/Select Property Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Anchor Hanover in the long-running TCC litigation including a 5-day stage 1 trial, in which the firm was successful in the disposal of a £14m quantum meruit claim.
    • Acting for the University of Sheffield in relation to the procurement of its £70m new world class Social Sciences Building.
    • Advising Vita Group on a project in Edinburgh for new luxury student, residential and affordable living accommodation.

    DTM Legal LLP

    The 'highly experienced and very professional' team at DTM Legal LLP handles complex construction disputes as well as advising on the suite of JCT, NEC, ICC contracts and amendments. The practice is led by Jim Morris whose sector strengths include the provision of construction advice for transport projects and disputes concerning defect issues. Guy Thomas is dual qualified as a civil engineer, and has expertise in all forms of procurement strategy.

    Practice head(s):

    Jim Morris

    Other key lawyers:

    Guy Thomas

    Testimonials

    ‘DTM Legal are a client oriented business who strive to obtain the best outcome for their clients. They clearly care about their clients.’

    ‘Jim Morris understands the needs of our business and whilst ensuring we receive the best legal advice it is with a real commercial acumen providing us with a strong legal and tactical solution for every issue.’

    ‘The Construction team at DTM Legal are highly experienced and very professional with exceptional sector knowledge. Their legal and technical expertise is second to none and provide straightforward, pragmatic and realistic advice. The partner-led team are close-knit, down to earth/personable, calm under pressure, great communicators, super-efficient and super responsive. On all matters they provide tactical strategies and excellent support. They get the right results in a timely manner.’

    ‘I recommend Jim Morris and Guy Thomas.’

    ‘I would highly recommend Jim Morris, utterly professional at all times but has a personal touch. Helped resolve some tricky issues with contractors.’

    Key clients

    Foundation Piling Limited

    Atmore Developments Limited

    Dee Tech Services Limited

    Clancy Consulting Limited

    Anwyl Construction Company Limited

    Rotex Europe Limited (part of the Hillenbrand Group on NYSE

    Sterling Services Limited

    Electricity Solutions Limited

    Forster Tullett Limited

    Cartwright Pond Limited

    Monolith Brick & Stone Ltd

    Vectorex Construction Limited

    Greenthumb Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising NewRiver Retail REIT Limited on numerous matters including negotiating on property portfolio for a retail developer.
    • Advise Overlord Limited and negotiate construction documents in respect of a new distribution warehouse.
    • Advised Foundation Piling Ltd and negotiated on an adjudication and claim relating to piling works.

    DWF

    With sector strengths in retail, infrastructure, and real estate, the team at DWF acts for multinational clients as well as notable UK businesses. Non-contentious construction law expert Adam Jason leads the practice in Manchester and regularly advises government bodies and residential developers nationwide. David McNeice heads up the national construction and infrastructure practice out of Belfast.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Jason; David McNeice

    Key clients

    Greater Manchester Combined Authority

    GCRE Co

    Manchester City Council

    adidas (UK) Limited

    Muse Developments Limited

    Ashall Projects

    Panattoni

    Wirral Borough Council

    London Borough of Haringey

    Work highlights

    • Advising Manchester City Council on the high profile St Michael’s Development in the centre of Manchester continues.
    • Advising adidas (UK) Limited in respect of construction works across its portfolio including fit out works at its flagship store at Foubert’s Place along with significant works at its Trafford Distribution Centre.
    • Acting for Wirral Borough Council in relation to the development of 500 residential units and associated works at North Bank West, Wirral Waters, Dock Road, Birkenhead.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Shoosmiths LLP's construction practice is 'pragmatic, responsive, and experienced' in its advice on major development schemes, student accommodation matters, and disputes. John Cleaveley draws on his background as an in-house practitioner to lead the team, specialising in non-contentious matters for developers in the accommodation sector and PRS schemes. The addition of Ian Hardman from Weightmans LLP has strengthened the practice's expertise in the energy and retail sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    John Cleaveley

    Other key lawyers:

    Ian Hardman

    Testimonials

    ‘Really pragmatic advice, very prompt and agile approach.’

    ‘John Cleavely has unique insights due to his combination of private practice and in-house experience. This gives him a sense of empathy (as to the realities of in-house life!) that many private practice lawyers are unable to provide. This ensures that John provides his advice in a very targeted and efficient way.’

    ‘Shoosmiths has a strong construction team headed up by an experienced partner. The associates are highly experienced and hard working and will always look for the strategy which best serves the client rather than one that simply generates fees.’

    ‘John Cleaveley is a highly experienced individual having worked both in-house and as a solicitor. This helps in him being able to provide well-rounded advice. He is also highly supportive of his team without micromanaging them which fosters a good atmosphere for learning and development of the associates.’

    ‘A team who have experience both in legal firms and in-house with main contractors, this allows the team to give more balanced views and also see both sides of a potential problem. They always try their best to ensure a problem is solved ideally by commercial negotiation or discussion. Cost to the client is always top of the agenda and ensuring where possible it is kept to a minimum. With the team you always feel it is personal service rather than just a lawyer who happened to be available.’

    ‘John Cleaveley mixes non-contentious with disputes in a smooth and effortless approach, his years in-house with main contractors also allows a balanced view to be taken.’

    ‘Team are friendly and good at not telling clients all the law and making it sound more complex than it needs to be. Commercial and relevant.’

    ‘Pragmatic, responsive, and experienced. They understand the client’s acceptable risk profile.’

    Key clients

    Vita Group

    Ask Real Estate

    Lendlease Construction Europe

    Jungheinrich UK

    Robertson CE Limited

    The National Trust

    Revolution Bars

    Wirral Growth Company/Muse

    Fulcrum Group

    Northwood Investors

    Work highlights

    • Advised Vita Student on the construction documents for the £130million financing and construction of 2 student accommodation blocks at the old Granada Studios site in Manchester.
    • Advised Nikal Limited on the construction documents for the £25million development of a car park at Blackpool Central, being the first phase of a £300million re-development of Blackpool town centre.
    • Advised Renaker on the construction documents on a £55m development of the construction of the Blade; a 52 storey landmark apartment building in Manchester.

    TLT

    The practice at TLT displays particular strengths in the energy, infrastructure, and real estate sectors. 'Superb strategist' Sean McCay leads the team and specialises in dispute avoidance and litigation. Jahanara Hussain advises on transactional matters, largely focusing on engineering and development projects. The team was further strengthened by the addition of legal director Richard Linton from Addleshaw Goddard, who contributes expertise in complex contentious matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Sean McCay

    Other key lawyers:

    Jahanara Hussain; Richard Linton

    Testimonials

    ‘What makes this team unique is not only do they provide an exceptional legal service with second-to-none none subject knowledge and experience, they provide this with a fantastic customer support, creating a warm, friendly environment, guiding their clients through litigation in a caring and understanding way. All potential clients should know that with TLT’s construction team they will be in safe, caring, hands.’

    ‘The services provided by Sean McCay this year have, yet again, exceeded my expectations. I would like to mention specifically how fantastic his client care and understanding was, as this is an aspect of legal services that I believe isn’t praised enough. Sean’s professional manner and conduct has been brilliant, a real pleasure to work with someone who is not only an expert in his field, but someone who provides his services with great care and thoughtfulness.’

    ‘The team is well rehearsed on construction matters with a wide range of experience across multiple sectors of the construction industry.’

    ‘Sean McCay as Head of Construction in Manchester has an excellent understanding of how to get to the key issues quickly and cost effectively. He is a superb strategist and is able to move matters to a speedy resolution when appropriate to do so.’

    Key clients

    Dandara Group

    F. Parkinson Limited

    Harry Fairclough (Construction) Limited

    Maro Developments Limited

    Mark Bates & Sons Limited

    Westshield Limited

    Salboy

    MCR Property Group

    CERT Property

    Langtree Property Partners

    Global Gate Capital

    TOCA Social

    Step Places

    Boohoo

    Bart Ingredients

    Domis Construction

    Penrose Manor

    Work highlights

    • Advising Dandara Group, one of the UK’s largest private housebuilders, on a major residential development.
    • 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 Castle Irwell Limited (a Salboy property development company), in the transformation of a well-known North West site, the former Manchester race course, into a new residential neighbourhood.

    Weightmans LLP

    The practice at Weightmans LLP is headed up by leading practitioner Colette Morgan-Ford, who regularly advises contractors on cross-jurisdictional disputes and provides strategic advice. Tom Collins, described as 'truly exceptional', manages the team nationally with a focus on contentious work for clients in the public and private sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Colette Morgan-Ford; Tom Collins

    Testimonials

    ‘I have worked with the team at Weightmans for a number of years on a complex and challenging issue, throughout this time I have found them to be responsive, client focussed, professional and committed to resolving issues. Their advice is always clear and comprehensive, with both risk and alternative courses of action discussed and agreed prior to action.’

    ‘The individuals’ commitment in challenging timeframes is second to none. From a client perspective, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Weightmans team.’

    ‘Tom Collins is a truly exceptional partner, always on top of both legal and technical issues, sees through all the volume and draws out key facts / arguments. He is able to articulate challenging legal / technical issues and present these in a comprehensive, clear and concise manner. Very client focussed and an excellent communicator in all respects.’

    Key clients

    Jacobs (Halcrow Group Limited)

    Read Construction Group Limited

    One Vision Housing Limited

    Fab Cladding

    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

    Work highlights

    • Advised Liverpool City Council on disputes arising out of agreement for lease relating to construction and occupation of substantial facility in significant local development.
    • Advised Flintshire County Council in relation to a major £35m redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd a public arts theatre.
    • Advised Hertfordshire County Council on drafting and procurement of a £150m 5-year Smart Highways Framework.

    Mills & Reeve LLP

    The team at Mills & Reeve LLP specialises in assisting clients in the education, entertainment, healthcare and government sectors across the country. Catherine Kay leads the transactional construction team and advises numerous educational institutions and local authorities on the development of their properties. Martino Giaquinto heads the national contentious practice from Birmingham, focusing on energy and engineering disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Catherine Kay; Martino Giaquinto

    Testimonials

    ‘The team provided support to contract documentation, they took time to understand our requirement and how the contract will apply in practice. Offered expertise and guidance in line with our needs.’

    ‘They responded quickly to requests making time to have calls to resolve issues quickly. They provided outputs quickly and responded to requests in a timely manner. All were approachable and listened carefully to our needs, offering practical advice.’

    ‘The construction team have supported us on a number of projects over the last 12 months. Their support and guidance has proven to be invaluable in protecting our interests. The team is diligent and always on hand to support where needed, using a collaborative approach across industries to ensure back-to-back engagement with our professional teams.’

    ‘They keep us well informed on their costs, providing an estimate for their engagement at the start of the project with regular updates throughout. On the projects we have undertaken, all estimates have been accurate.’

    ‘I deal with Catherine Kay regularly who is approachable and listen to our needs before offering advice, ensuring a commercial and legal balance. Due to Catherine’s collaborative approach, the relationship is more akin to being an extended part of the team rather than supplier/client. She has our interests at heart and supports us through construction project not only from legal perspective but from a practical one too. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and I have never had an instant where a matter has required escalation, making this a cost-effective service.’

    ‘The team at Mills & Reeve is excellent as they have a range of expertise and specialists areas. The team is well resources, communicate effectively and in a timely manner and understand the clients’ requirements and objectives. The team provides transparency in billing. The team is a diverse one and have capabilities and capacities to cover a wide range of areas.’

    ‘The individuals that I work with are accessible and deal with tasks and requests promptly and in a timely manner as agreed. There is always the feel that they are dedicated and attached to the cases and the individuals in my company to develop the rapport and provide the support needed. Clear lines of communications, understanding the task in hand, the deliverables and more importantly timescales and deadlines. I am mainly working closely with Catherine Kay who is excellent and I would highly recommend them to potential clients.’

    ‘Catherine Kay regularly is approachable and listens to our needs before offering advice, ensuring a commercial and legal balance. Due to Catherine’s collaborative approach, the relationship is more akin to being an extended part of the team rather than supplier/client. She has our interests at heart and supports us through construction project not only from legal perspective but from a practical one too. Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and I have never had an instance where a matter has required escalation, making this a cost-effective service.’

    Key clients

    University of Salford

    The Law Society

    Bury College

    Halle Concerts Society (Manchester)

    Contact Theatre (Manchester)

    Champneys Hotels

    Ministry of Defence

    Department of Work and Pensions

    Booth Ventures and Booth Asset Management

    Befesa Salt Slags Limited

    British Medical Association Law Limited

    Work highlights

      Myerson Solicitors LLP

      Advising clients on the full spectrum of contentious and transactional construction matters, the team at Myerson Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in assisting developers and contractors. The practice is led by Neil Armstrong whose background in mechanical engineering gives him a 'unique perspective' into the market, allowing him to handle both disputes and non-contentious procurement arrangements.

      Practice head(s):

      Neil Armstrong

      Other key lawyers:

      Jack Duncanson

      Testimonials

      ‘Whilst it is a small team, their knowledge and ability to discuss issues with our in-house engineering and construction team is invaluable. Neil Armstrong has a practical perspective which is key.’

      ‘The team is seamless, as they clearly work very closely and have set up IT systems which allow us to move large and complex plans and documents easily to them so that they can efficiently deal with our work. In comparison to the previous firms I have used for construction, I find them more responsive at impressive value and feel we get a first class construction service as a true addition to our business.’

      ‘The team is led by Neil Armstrong who has a unique perspective as a qualified engineer which is invaluable to our business as he talks the same language as our own in-house specialists. He has thoroughly trained Jack Duncanson as his assistant and together they provide a seamless and efficient service to our business.’

      Key clients

      One Heritage Tower

      Urban Splash

      Renaker Build

      Gladman / Adlington Retirement Homes

      Akzo Nobel

      Pozzoni Architects

      Salford Van Hire

      Maple Sunscreening

      Oxford Park

      MD Catapult

      Hallmark Developments

      Spatial Initiative Limited

      Extra Space Solutions

      AQA

      Llama Group

      Austin Broady Associates

      Lindhill Property

      Philip J Davies Holdings Plc

      Handelsbanken

      TAD Construction

      Work highlights

      • Advised Styles and Wood (in administration) on a successful enforcement adjudication based on Bresco following the Supreme Court decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd.
      • Advised One Heritage Tower on the construction documentation for its iconic 55 storey £160M residential tower development in the heart of Salford, Greater Manchester, including the appointment of the professional team and pre-construction agreements with the design and build contractor.
      • Advised Renaker Build Limited (RBL) on the complex negotiations for three building contracts under which they were appointed by Select Property Group in relation to a £70M 35 storey tower development at Riverview in Manchester as well as two further tower projects named Union at Enterprise City in Manchester with a development value of £191M.

      JMW Solicitors LLP

      The construction and engineering team at JMW Solicitors LLP is notable for advising clients in the defence, accommodation, and nuclear energy sectors. The practice is led by Andrew Rimmer who handles both disputes and transactional matters, while Helen Daley deals with disputes and often advises clients in litigation and other forms of ADR.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Rimmer

      Other key lawyers:

      Helen Daley

      Testimonials

      ‘The practice comprises of different specialisms and is almost a one stop shop for all legal issues. We are particularly involved with construction adjudications and are very pleased with this service.’

      ‘We have worked with partner Helen Daley over many years and she has been invaluable to us in respect of construction disputes in particular.’

      ‘JMW have been a long term partner of ours, dealing with all parts of the business operations. Key functions are for both the development and construction elements of the business.’

      Work highlights

        Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

        Commercial property expert Nick Nyunt heads up Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's construction team, with a focus on providing specialist advisory services regarding complex development, infrastructure and energy projects and construction disputes. Damian Bailey handles contentious matters, and Steven Finney contributes significant public sector construction and procurement expertise.

        Practice head(s):

        Nick Nyunt

        Other key lawyers:

        Damian Bailey; Steven Finney

        Key clients

        Philip J Davies Holdings PLC

        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

        Work highlights

        • Advised the Stoller Charitable Trust on the construction of an Olympic-standard indoor rock climbing centre in Oldham.
        • Advised the Heaton Group in respect of a development of 174 new build apartments in a 12-16 storey new build structure at Trafford Plaza in Manchester.
        • Advised Phillip J Davies Holdings in respect of a £3.5m office refurbishment at Express Buildings EP1 (One Express) in Ancoats, Manchester.

        Slater Heelis

        The practice at Slater Heelis is headed up by Matthew Grellier, who has expertise in both contentious and transactional matters, including negotiations in relation to high profile multi-million pound urban development projects. Construction specialist Kenneth Salmon supports the team as a consultant.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Grellier

        Other key lawyers:

        Kenneth Salmon

        Testimonials

        ‘Personable, down to earth and yet razor sharp.’

        ‘Matthew Grellier is such a consummate professional and wonderful to deal with.’

        ‘Having never used Slater Heelis before we quickly discovered how much knowledge they had regarding ways and means of recovery of our monies. We were looked after by Matthew Grellier who explained to us how the legal system works and the costs associated with recovery of monies. Matthew understood our needs and arranged for follow on meetings & letters and at times dealt with the customer directly saving us time.’

        ‘Matthew Grellier was professional from the start, once he understood exactly what products our company produce Matthew became comfortable with our claim. As we have a niche product it is difficult to understand how our product works and the applications attached to that, Matthew very quickly understood our products and this made our life so much easier.’

        Key clients

        Blochaus Climbing Ltd

        GS Foam Concrete Ltd

        Intelligent FS Ltd

        Swanton Care & Community Limited

        One Manchester Limited

        Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited

        Cockermouth School Academy

        Endeavour Multi-Academy Trust

        Westbourne Civil Engineering Limited

        ARH Group Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advising ARH Group Limited, a Mechanical & Electrical Engineering contractor, on construction contract documentation and providing dispute resolution advice.
        • Drafting and negotiating the suite of construction contract documents on behalf of Endeavour Multi-Academy Trust regarding a roof refurbishment project undertaken at Wightwick Hall School
        • Advising Vision Commercial Kitchens Limited on construction contract documentation in relation to a number of multi-million pound contracts and providing dispute avoidance advice.