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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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DAC Beachcroft LLP's ‘excellent’ and ‘commercially minded’ team ‘inspires confidence’ with its ‘prompt and effective advice’, and for its ability to ‘deliver expert advice within extremely challenging time frames and on particularly complex projects’. The team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction work for an equally diverse client base consisting of housebuilders, insurance companies, public sector clients, contractors and renewable energy companies. On the non-contentious side, James Harrison (who ‘provides sound and practical advice in a user-friendly manner’) routinely assists clients with all forms of build contracts, supply chain contracts and ancillary documentation; he recently advised the LTE Group on a number of projects including the refurbishment of existing buildings, a new build at its existing Openshaw campus site and a campus development. Warren Kemp (an ‘excellent adviser and litigator’) is the main contact for contentious work. Roddy Gordon and Stephen McLellan are other key members of the team.

Assisting public and private sector clients with contentious and non-contentious construction matters, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘provides solutions and does not just explain the law’. The ‘knowledgeable and prompt’ practice is a regular fixture on key projects and has particular expertise in the educational, chemicals and energy sectors, while also being ‘a pleasure to work with’. Team head and litigation expert Simon Lewis and ‘superb’ project specialist Ian Atkinson continue to advise the Education and Skills Funding Agency on its £10bn refurbishment programme concerning the delivery of new and refurbished schools across the country. Atkinson, who is also noted as being ‘incredibly knowledgeable and pragmatic’, is advising Newcastle City Council on the refurbishment of a prominent city centre building, which included various construction and procurement matters, while Simon Rowland continues to assist the Beamish Museum with the delivery of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded construction programme for its ongoing Remaking Beamish project. Rowland is also advising the Cleveland Fire Authority on its £20m Capital Build Programme to deliver a new HQ and four fire stations. Recommended managing associate Andrew Clough has a focus on contentious work.

Singled out for its ‘incredibly prompt response times’, the ‘very good’ team at Muckle LLP provides ‘pragmatic advice’ on contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering project work. The ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ Lucilla Waugh has been assisting the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with various matters pertaining to its Newcastle Science Central development, including acquisition, development and infrastructure works agreements, pre-construction services agreements and the design and construction documentation for two further projects at the site. Keith Bishop heads the practice, which includes consultant Rob Langley, who specialises in contentious work, and ‘very helpful and responsive’ associate Adam Aston, who is rated as being ‘very concise and clear in all communication’. Senior associate Mark Smith joined DAC Beachcroft LLP in June 2017.

Ward Hadaway has extensive expertise in advising public sector bodies, businesses and individuals on construction and engineering projects and disputes. Clients routinely instruct team head Tim Craig to assist with procurement issues, project structures and the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts. He also acts in disputes, including adjudication, which is an area of expertise he shares with dispute resolution specialist Paul Reekie, who is experienced in litigation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. Associate Alan Ross is another key individual.

Sintons LLP assists construction industry stakeholders, including developers, contractors, funders and consultants, with various contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise in healthcare development work. On the non-contentious side, team head Alex Rayner, who was promoted to the partnership in February 2018, advised Jerram Falkus Construction Auckland Castle Trust (ACT) on various development projects including the restoration and refurbishment of its existing castle, the development of a Spanish Gallery and a new restaurant in the walled garden. Real estate partner Alok Loomba assisted Henson Healthcare with contractual matters pertaining to the design and construction of a new 66-bed care home in North Yorkshire. In the contentious sector, Graeme Ritzema is adept at handling adjudication enforcement proceedings and advising clients on construction and engineering disputes; he works closely with associate Kevin Anderson, who represents a number of contractors.

Watson Burton LLP’s ‘understanding and proactive approach to construction cases is exemplary’. The ‘client-focused’ practice provides ‘honest, timely and succinct advice’ as well as ‘good value for money’. With an emphasis on contentious work, Sarah Wilson acted for Sunderland City Council in a claim against the main contractor appointed to design and build a flagship leisure complex; the claim concerned a number of construction defects, water ingress and condensations issues. Clients praise Wilson, who jointly heads the practice with David Spires, for her ‘robust, direct and reliable advice’ and describe her as someone ‘you would want to have on your side in contentious matters’ as she ‘always finds the best path for resolving issues’. Spires is ‘very personable’ and a ‘pleasure to work with’ and also singled out as ‘managing cases efficiently and proactively’; he is best known for his expertise in handling Construction Act adjudication cases. ‘Very capable, approachable and responsive’ associate Bal Manak is the main contact for non-contentious matters. Other key individuals include indemnity and construction claim expert Anne-Marie Knight and Richard Palmer, who specialises in professional negligence work in the construction sector.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘offers valuable insights and pragmatic solutions’ and is ‘very effective at drilling down into the evidence to build the case from the ground up’, while also being a ‘pleasure to work with’. With contentious construction work at its core and particular sector expertise in energy and infrastructure, ‘very experienced and strategic’ team head Mary Anne Roff acted for the Sisk Group in a series of disputes concerning the construction of two power plants in the UK.

The ‘extremely professional’ team at Hay & Kilner demonstrates ‘great business acumen’ when dealing with various contentious and non-contentious construction matters and ‘gives the client great comfort in an otherwise stressful situation’. The practice is led by consultant Martin Soloman and includes ‘caring, approachable and understanding’ associate Jan Rzedzian, who attracts praise for his ‘depth of knowledge’ and ‘good advice’, and ‘very experienced’ associate Graham Sutton. Rzedzian acted for a care home operator in a dispute over the design and construction of a 70-bed care home, and Soloman assisted a client with contractual matters pertaining to a tunnelling project.

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