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The ‚Äėhighly attentive and supportive‚Äė construction team at¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†is active in both corporate work and dispute resolution. In Southampton,¬†Edward McMullen¬†leads on construction and engineering transactions¬†for regional property developers and contractors, public service entities and clients operating in the financial services sector. Also based in Southampton is¬†Jessica Tresham, who represents both¬†specialist contractors and commercial entities in adjudications. In Oxford, practice head¬†Richard Wade¬†and¬†James Bessey¬†are names to note.

Practice head(s):Richard Wade

Other key lawyers:Edward McMullen; Jessica Tresham; James Bessey

Testimonials

'James Bessey and Jessica Tresham have in-depth knowledge and experience of the construction sector'.

'Jessica Tresham is a leading light in construction in the Southampton area'.

Key Clients

Southampton International  Airport Limited

New College, Oxford

Southern Water

Mytime Active Trust

Peabody Trust

Gigaclear Plc

Metro Bank Plc

Balliol College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • The team are presently advising Southampton International Airport Limited on wider issues relating to the client's Master Plan for the airport and associated enabling works.
  • Advising New College, Oxford, on the procurement approach, appointment of its design team and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Edward McMullen leads a team of transactional and dispute lawyers tasked with supporting Southern Water during a critical transition period between existing and new framework contracts with their development partners.
  • Jessica Tresham has been advising the Peabody Trust in relation to its portfolio of properties following the tragedy at Grenfell.
  • Assisting new client Gigaclear Plc with various contractual issues arising from its construction of the largest fibre-optic network in the UK.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team 'does not disappoint', as is reflected by it generating work from construction sector clients, as well as those active in the healthcare, transport, energy, education and not-for-profit arenas. Practice head David Savage, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and barrister, is knowledgeable about the gamut of construction issues; he advises on matters arising from the earliest procurement strategy discussions through to dispute avoidance/resolution, the close out of major final accounts. Recently promoted partner Andrew Keeley advises on construction and engineering contracts for commercial and prime residential projects, as well as professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):David Savage

Other key lawyers:Andrew Keeley; Kate Knox; Sarah Evans

Testimonials

'The team is experienced in construction and has knowledge of  sector-specific best practices, and, in particular, is able to present FIDIC contracts and adapt them so as to apply to different jurisdictions'.

'We value the consistently-delivered expertise and prompt assistance'.

'David Savage and associate Jack Horsley take personalized approach based on the client's specific circumstances and provide well-judged and timely legal solutions'.

'David Savage and associate Jack Horsley are very attentive and responsive; both are skilled in translating legal terminology for the layman'.

'Andrew Keeley deals with our requirements efficiently and promptly'.

Key Clients

Ministry of Transport & Telecommunications, Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Church Commissioners for England

The Energy Technologies Institute

Eton College

Caring Homes Group

Westminster Abbey

Aberdeen Asset Management

Northvale Construction Limited

Margaret Howell Limited

Work highlights

  • David Savage continues to advise the Government of Bahrain on procurement and construction law issues arising from the Bahrain Airport Modernisation Project, a $1.1bn redevelopment of Bahrain Airport.
  • Receive multiple instructions from the Caring Homes group in relation to the construction and redevelopment of their new and existing care homes.
  • Eton College is enhancing its sports offering for its students with addition of Eton College’s new indoor sports facilities on two different sites; the firm is advising on the preparation of professional appointments and amendments to the JCT Contracts for these projects.
  • The Pirbright Institute is nearing the completion of a 10-year £400m redevelopment programme; the firm is advising on the construction aspects of Phase Two, which includes facilities to support research into poultry diseases, and new bio-containment facilities to support in vivo research into diseases affecting large animals.
  • The firm is advising a client on a dispute which raises complex legal issues concerning the ability to open up and re-measure items previously agreed during the partnering project.

Clarkslegal LLP has had a notable increase in contentious matters, including construction claims and adjudications. On the non-contentious side, the firm  acts for both purchaser and supplier clients on major construction projects; advice covers procurement and project contracts, tender drafting and procedures, joint ventures/consortia structures and risk management. 'Exceptional lawyer' David Rintoul heads up the department.

Practice head(s):David Rintoul

Testimonials

'An excellent breadth of knowledge and industry expertise enables the team to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters with a high level of competence'.

'The team's approach to analysing and advising on disputes proved to be just the right one; we settled in a timely manner and well within our negotiating range'.

'Very commercially-minded; real team players'.

Key Clients

University of Reading

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Lockhart Catering Equipment a trading division of Bunzl (UK) Ltd

Optimum Group Plc

Solutia UK Limited

Aggora Projects Limited

Area Sq Limited

Mackin Construction Limited

Stanton Williams Limited

Blanchard Wells Limited

Allenbuild Limited

Dulwich College

Work highlights

  • Acting for civil engineering company Blanchard Wells in a claim against its concrete supplier.
  • Assisting Aggora Group with reviewing the proposed terms of contracts for a number of substantial multimillion pound projects.
  • Acting for Stanton Williams Limited on complex drafting, reviewing and negotiating professional appointment terms on a number of high value development projects.
  • Advising Dulwich College and its project managers Jones Lang Lasalle on a new build addition to the boarding houses, as well as substantial internal and external works to the historic Barry Buildings.
  • Provide ongoing support to the University of Reading’s Estates and Facilities department across a range of capital projects, including most recently the design and construction of a new M4 motorway overbridge and relief road and roundabout allowing access to the new Thames Valley Science Park.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish  resulted from a merger between Cripps LLP and Pemberton Greenish in 2018. Its construction department supports clients in mixed-use regeneration project developments and infrastructure projects. Clients include banks, national and independent housebuilders, pension funds and REITs. Team head James Lee specialises in non-contentious transactional work. Nitej Davda is the key contact for contentious issues; his experience includes claims under collateral warranties and performance bonds, among other matters.

Practice head(s):James Lee

Other key lawyers:Nitej Davda

Key Clients

Crossrail Limited

Slough Borough Council

South East Water

Hermes Real Estate Investment

Home Office

English National Ballet

University of Kent

M&G Real Estate

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

The London Diocesan Fund

Work highlights

  • Assisting English National Ballet with negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out of its new headquarters in London City Island.
  • The firm is acting for Slough Borough Council on the £1bn regeneration of Slough.
  • Assisted Kato Kagaku with the construction aspects of the refurbishment of the iconic Aldwych Quarter, comprising Bush House, Melbourne House and four other adjacent buildings on The Strand in London.
  • Main advisers for all of South East Water Limited’s construction work relating to the upgrade and maintenance of their water treatment works, pipework and other infrastructure.
  • Acting for Chapel Down Group Plc on the fit-out works for a new brewery and visitor centre in Ashford town centre and the refurbishment of a existing building to create a new gin distillery  at Kings Cross, London.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)'s team, which is led by the 'consistent and reliable' Paul Brampton, is praised by clients for its 'great knowledge of the construction industry'. The firm has a notable profile among major housebuilders, contractors, developers and engineering clients. It assists with procurement and contractual issues, and also handles cross-border disputes. Ross Humphries is the name to note for non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):Paul Brampton

Other key lawyers:Ross Humphries

Testimonials

'The team possesses excellent knowledge of the law, is commercially astute and provides strategic and sound advice'.

'An accessible and pragmatic group'.

'Ross Humphries has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of construction law; he is approachable, responsive and timely'.

Key Clients

Bellway

Aviva

Dematic

Allied Irish Bank

DVO Incorporated

Hasbro

Teenage Cancer Trust

Newbury New Homes

Old Thorns

Frontier Estates

Work highlights

  • Represented Allied Irish Bank in connection with the £15.5m development of a new 146 unit hostel for the YMCA in London.
  • Acting for a major national contractor in connection with a high-value dispute concerning the replacement of cladding systems in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
  • Represented the owners in connection with the £18 million development of a new 244 bedroom Marriott Hotel in Heathrow.
  • Acting for a US based main contractor in a cross-border dispute in the English and Italian courts relating to the design and installation of a £1.2m commercial kitchen in London.
  • Advising The Royal College of Pathologists on the construction of the College’s prestigious new headquarters in Aldgate in the City of London.

Construction and engineering boutique Sheridan Gold LLP acts for large contractors and sub-contractors, as well as consultants and employers, at both national and international levels. It is increasingly active in high-value contentious mandates, including construction litigation, adjudications and international arbitration. Joint practice heads Peter Sheridan and Jonathan Gold collectively have 50 years of specialist experience between them. Jane Ryland is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Peter Sheridan; Jonathan Gold

Other key lawyers:Jane Ryland

Testimonials

'The practice offers a level of knowledge and experience that you would expect only from a city firm, enhanced by a highly approachable and relaxed approach'.

'Peter Sheridan and Jonathan Gold are incredibly experienced and have an excellent legal understanding; they are practical and sensible'.

'Jane Ryland is very open and matter-of-fact with her advice, which instils us as clients with great confidence'.

Key Clients

Amey

Willmott Dixon

S&T(UK) Limited

Cappagh Browne

Ferdinand Bilstein UK

Littlehampton Welding

Otis Limited

Rackham Construction

ZVI Construction Co

Readie Construction

Work highlights

  • Handled an ICC arbitration between a French consultant and an international joint venture contractor arising out of a railway project in Oman.
  • Acting for a contractor in adjudication and TCC proceedings to decide a delay and final account dispute with a value of £15m arising out of a hotel project at Heathrow Airport.
  • Acting for a sub-contractor in multimillion pound claims in connection with six new Crossrail stations
  • Acting for a contractor in a multimillion pound dispute with Network Rail arising from a project to electrify rail networks.

Stevens & Bolton LLP's construction and engineering group sits within the firm's wider real estate practice. It generates a steady flow of contractual and procurement work in relation to high-value projects, and also handles contentious work, with a strong penchant for technical engineering disputes. Practice head Stephen Rockhill, who qualified as a mechanical and electrical engineer before becoming a solicitor, 'combines robustness with wisdom'. Ben Willis, who primarily undertakes non-contentious construction work, joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):Stephen Rockhill

Other key lawyers:Ben Willis

Testimonials

'Stevens & Bolton are clear and transparent communicators who always deliver the right advice'.

'By first understanding our particular business ambitions and concerns, they are able to tailor the advice to our needs'.

'Stephen Rockhill offers timely, well-informed and innovative solutions to our issues'.

'Stephen Rockhill, being a trained engineer and solicitor, is a unique asset to the team'.

'Ben Willis stands out for his knowledge'.

Key Clients

Revitalise Respite Holidays

Royal Horticultural Society

The Institute of Cancer Research

CBRE Managed Services Limited

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Scitech Engineering Ltd

BLOC Hotels

VX Fiber Limited

Constantine Limited

Bakkavor Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Institute of Cancer Research with two large projects this year, including acting in relation to a large laboratory at their Sutton site.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a tripartite dispute with an employer and its sub-contractor, as to the correct interpretation of a technical specification to determine whether additional works are within the original contract scope of works or a variation so that additional sums are due.
  • Advising the Royal Horticultural Society on the best procurement routes in the context of its large refurbishment/enlargement programme for several sites throughout the country.
  • Assisted a pharmaceutical client with reviewing a contract for a major building.
  • Advising a hotel client on the design, construction, administration and putting into service of a 22 storey tower block and basement building.

Led by Jane Miles, who is noted for her transactional expertise, Dentons' Milton Keynes office focuses exclusively on non-contentious construction. The majority of the group's notable client list comprises of major developers and fund clients. In addition to advising on the day-to-day construction complexities of live projects, the team assists clients with negotiating contractual changes and drafting bespoke agreements.

Practice head(s):Jane Miles

Testimonials

'Dentons' construction team was skilled at adapting building contracts and consultant appointments to suit our needs; it collaborates seamlessly with the real estate practice'.

 

Key Clients

Troy Verdion

Kier Property Developments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

McArthur Glenn

Sports Direct

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

Taylor Wimpey

HSBC

John Lewis

Viridis

Work highlights

  • Advising Verdion on all aspects of the circa £400 million multi-phase and multi-tenanted six million sq. ft. rail and freight logistics development project on 337 acres of greenfield land in Doncaster.
  • Acting for Kier Property Developments Limited on a multimillion pound multi-phased, multi-tenanted retail, leisure and trade city development in Reading.
  • Acting for Cannock Designer Outlet Limited Partnership on the construction and infrastructure contracts for phase one of the new designer outlet at Cannock, which is under construction.
  • Acted for Viridis on the circa £15m redevelopment high-profile letting of commercial premises in London to LinkedIn.
  • Advising MM! The Party in relation to their bespoke fit out of new premises, in order for MM! The Party to provide a 'singing party theatre'.

Hewitsons acts for a wide range of clients on construction projects across the UK, including contractors, developers, investors and consultants, among others. It has established specialist business units, which enables the firm to provide sector-specific advice; one area of strength is the education sector, where the construction department (together with practitioners in ancillary areas, such as planning and real estate) provides bespoke advice to schools and other institutions. In 2018, the firm advised developers, contractors and clients active in the charity and investment sectors on multimillion pound construction contracts. Practice head Tim Richards and Colin Jones both have expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Tim Richards

Other key lawyers:Colin Jones

Key Clients

AW James Limited

MK Gallery

Oundle School

Velocity1 Limited

Perrys East Midlands Limited and Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Homes and Communities Agency

PFI Lighting Limited

British Institute of Interior Design

Nottinghamshire Castle Trust

Work highlights

  • The firm recently represented AW James Limited on a pre-letting agreement to let nearly 20,000 square feet of office premises to Shoosmiths solicitors with the construction team in particular negotiating the building contract, warranties, appointments and subcontracts.
  • Advised on the expansion of the MK Gallery, which is due to see its exhibition space double and provide new facilities including a cinema and café.
  • Advising Oundle School on all aspects of the construction of a new sports centre set to house a 50 metre swimming pool, eight court sports hall and a high quality fitness suite and dance studios.
  • Advising new client Velocity1 on the contracts for the delivery and maintenance of structured fibre optic cabling systems (valued in excess of £2.1m), TV distribution systems and a converged network across numerous contracts for the UK’s primary Smart City.
  • Assisted Perrys Motor Sales Limited with the construction documentation for two projects, including brand new purpose-built facilities in the centre of Chesterfield and a new car showroom for new facilities in Dover with a combined deal value of £7 million.

Irwin Mitchell's 'responsive and thorough' construction and engineering team acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, energy, public sector and residential development. In addition, the firm's specialist expertise in the education sector attracts numerous complex instructions from higher education institutions. Dispute resolution is an area of recent growth for the team. Practice head Mark Clinton has more than 30 years of construction law experience.

Practice head(s):Mark Clinton

Key Clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Lambeth College

Brighton & Hove 6th Form College

Paula Rosa Manhattan

Jackson Rowe Group

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for Artisan Bristol City Wall Limited on the negotiation of the development funding agreement and the preparation and negotiation of the professional appointments and building contracts for its proposed landmark development at Nat West Court in Bristol.
  • Advised a client on the provision of finance on a high profile project turning a brownfield site into a green, mixed-use neighbourhood comprising low energy homes.
  • Advised a client on a dispute with a contractor responsible for building a new hospitality centre.
  • Acting for a client in an adjudication against a contract administrator for a claim with a value of over £2 million.
  • Advised a client on a five year lucrative contract for surveying services on an offshore windfarm.

BDB Pitmans 'unique' construction and engineering group supports clients at all stages of the construction process, from site acquisition, planning and procurement advice to disputes (including adjudication). Besides residential developers, the team regularly acts for marine engineering and hospitality clients (the firm has key specialisms in the last two sectors). Practice head David Gwillim boasts over 35 years of construction law experience.

Practice head(s):David Gwillim

Testimonials

'The team provides the same excellent service as larger firms but with the additions of a personal approach and reasonable fees'.

'They are willing to spend time ensuring the client understands the issues, so it can make the most well-informed decision'.

Key Clients

Commercial Glass (London) Limited

Oxford Homes Limited

Domus (UK) Limited, timber framing contractors

CALA Homes formerly Banner Homes

Pedersen Group, hotels

Choiceplace Properties

Frazer-Nash Research Limited, automotive, including Bristol Cars and Metrocab

D+D Rail Limited, rail contractors

Space-Q Studio Limited

Element Six Limited part of the DeBeers Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for this residential developer in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive concerning the alleged breaches of the CDM Regulations 2015 in relation to two construction sites.
  • Acting for this Anglo-Malaysian Architectural Practice in successful adjudication proceedings. Obtaining an adjudicator’s Decision.
  • Acting for this specialist contractor in connection with various work packages to be carried out at the Matthew Arnold School for Oxfordshire County Council to a value of £1.8m.
  • This new client instructed BDB Pitmans LLP to seek recovery of a favourable adjudicator’s Decision by commencing enforcement proceedings in the TCC. The matter went to a fully contested hearing.
  • The management arm of CALA Homes. Acting in relation to the head office refurbishment for CALA Homes in England including advising on risk management and drafting a suite of contracts.

Birketts LLP's construction team, which has extensive expertise in 'highly technical and complicated issues', covers development funding, contract negotiations, building transactions and dispute resolution work. In addition to acting for contractors and sub-contractors, the firm generates work from commercial lenders, developers and suppliers. Andrew Rush heads up the team. Associate Carolyn Porter is a specialist in complex adjudications.

Practice head(s):Andrew Rush

Other key lawyers:Carolyn Porter

Testimonials

'The team clearly had broad experience in construction matters'.

'Carolyn Porter's practical, pragmatic approach to construction contract advice has been invaluable; thanks to her, we are able to engage more effectively in contract negotiations'.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a client in a breach of contract claim against its employer.
  • Successfully represented a client in multiple adjudications.
  • Successfully represented a client in a final account adjudication.
  • Successfully represented a client in relation to a complex cross-border dispute concerning its entitlement to an extension of time under an NEC contract.
  • Successfully represented a client in multiple adjudications concerning a final account valuation.

Legal director Derryn Rolfe, who leads EMW Law LLP's construction department, is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious work. In addition to providing procurement advice, the team assists with the negotiation of terms and conditions in construction and engineering contracts, and related risk assessments. On the contentious side, the team is active in litigation, as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as adjudication, expert determination and mediation. The practice has had an increase in mandates connected with the social housing, healthcare and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):Derryn Rolfe

Key Clients

Santander (PLC, UK Limited and Estates Limited)

CS2 Limited

BFS Group

Scania GB Limited

Metro Bank Limited

Claymore Phoenix Limited

BPHA Limited

TXM Rail Limited

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Grand Union Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the project managers on their appointment, as well as those of their sub-consultants, in relation to the high-value fit-out of three floors of an iconic City building for the tenant.
  • Advising Westgate Healthcare on procurement, drafting and negotiating all construction and associated documents for the refurbishment of a care home in Surrey.
  • Acted for TXM Rail Limited in a claim against rail infrastructure company,  which resulted in a negotiated settlement.
  • Advised Metro Bank Limited on construction documents in respect of security for development funding.

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides comprehensive support at all stages of construction projects (of any size), with the work encompassing project documentation (pre-tender to pre-commencement), project support (in relation to live and recently completed projects) and dispute resolution. Developers, funders, main contractors and sub-contractors are among the clients of the practice. Consultant Chris Whittington heads up the group. Chris Kirby-Turner is the name to note for contentious work.

Practice head(s):Chris Whittington

Other key lawyers:Chris Kirby-Turner

Testimonials

'Thomson Snell & Passmore give first-class advice with regard to all contractual matters arising from projects'.

'Chris Whittington is a straight-talking legal representative who guides clients through a range of construction issues'.

'Chris Kirby-Turner was the main draw of the firm for me'.

'Chris Whittington always made himself available to us; we felt secure that we were getting the right advice from him'.

'Chris Kirby-Turner is tenacious, methodical, well organised and always makes sure to visit the site so that he has a practical understanding of the issues in question'.

Key Clients

Avenue Building Company Ltd

Kentish Projects Ltd

OFP Timber Framed Homes Ltd

Faithdean PLC

Stonegrove Refrigeration Services Ltd

Baxall Construction Ltd

Chatham Maritime Trust

Aldermore Bank PLC

GGT Estates Ltd (part of Motorline Group by common ownerhsip)

Charles Edward Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising European ApartHotel Company on full suite of documentation for overseas ApartHotel company in relation to a major London refurbishment project and disputes arising from delays during its implementation.
  • Advising a Kent-based fruit grower and distributor in relation to construction documentation for a large fruit-packing and distribution centre.
  • Acting for a client in a multi-party international dispute, which concerns works for the design and fit-out of a major UK data centre.
  • Acted for household name actor in relation to construction documentation for major London property renovation.
  • Acting for a UK-based contractor in relation to a valuation dispute arising from construction works at a European data centre.

The construction practice at Birkett Long LLP assists a wide range of commercial clients, including developers, employers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants. The group drafts contracts and represents clients in adjudications and litigation. Peter Allen is the team head.

Practice head(s):Peter Allen

Brachers' construction and engineering team generates a regular flow of work from employers, contractors, banks, developers, consultants and insurers. It advises on issues arising at all stages of projects, ranging from inception to completion. The scope of its expertise includes procurement routes, construction and engineering contracts, and dispute resolution. Michael Oatham is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Michael Oatham

Knights plc acquired BrookStreet des Roches in February 2019, which bolstered its construction offering. Its workload includes advice on construction finance documents, building contracts and collateral warranties. On the contentious side, the firm represents clients in adjudications and arbitration, as well as in court proceedings at the Technology and Construction Court. Joe Bellhouse is the name to note.

Practice head(s):Joe Bellhouse

Kevin Healy is a key contact at Mundays LLP, which assists clients with negotiating and drafting building contracts, due diligence on development finance documents and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):Kevin Healy

The 'very friendly group of solicitors' at Palmers is led by 'first-rate construction lawyer' Adam Davis. In 2018, the firm handled a number of contentious matters for contractors, sub-contractors and developers. It also represented an employer client in two particularly high-value disputes. Elsewhere, the team provides specialist construction advice in the context of commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):Adam Davis

Testimonials

'The team undertakes a surprising amount of specialist construction work for a smaller practice'.

'Provide very clear and detailed advice; a highly conscientious team'.

'Adam Davis is an excellent lawyer; he is thorough, extremely hard working and has the ability to cut through the extras and focus on the points that really matter in a case'.

Work highlights

  • Represented Meadway Private Clients (Liongate) Limited in an interim payments, final account disputes by way of Adjudication and the successful application for a Freezing Order granted by the TCC against the Defendant. Proceedings are currently being issued against the Defendant to seek to recover the remaining sums of the Final Account not awarded by the Adjudicator.
  • Successfully represented Camway Contracts Limited in an adjudication in relation to VAT dispute.
  • Acting for Woodmans Construction in a final account dispute on a construction project in Brighton.
  • Acting for an employer on two separate construction projects in which there are extensive delays, extension of time, termination issues and defect and incomplete works issues with an estimated combined value of £1m.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's construction offering focuses on purely contentious matters, and is led by dispute resolution specialist Richard Ludlow. The practice is particularly strong in representing clients in adjudications, disputes arising from JCT contracts and construction liability cases. Other key areas of work include contested payment applications, defects claims and applications for time extensions. Another name to note is Dan Sherlock, who has a growing construction practice.

Practice head(s):Richard Ludlow

Other key lawyers:Dan Sherlock

Testimonials

'Provides efficient and well-informed responses'.

'Stewart Gregory is always responsive and approachable; his breadth of knowledge is excellent'.

Key Clients

NAS Academies Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NAS Academies Trust on development agreement for the construction of a new 78 place special school and for pupils aged 11-19 with autism and learning difficulties, together with community facilities, in Lambeth, London.

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Southampton-based associate Amy Hodge undertakes non-contentious construction matters for employers, funders and main contractors from the public and private sector. Her work includes reviewing and advising on different forms of building contracts, drafting amendments to construction documentation, and drafting consultant's appointments, warranties and assignments. Simon Lewis in Newcastle is the head of the team nationally.

Practice head(s):Simon Lewis

Other key lawyers:Amy Hodge

Key Clients

GLH Hotels Limited

Immediate Media Company London Limited

Old Mutual Wealth Business Services Limited

Ashfield Retail Developments Limited

Church Commissioners for England

B&Q plc

New Look Retailers Limited

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited

University of Portsmouth

The Original Bowling Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Immediate Media Company to draft and negotiate the full suite of construction agreements in relation to a comprehensive refurbishment to provide high quality space with potential for a further 3,600 sq ft penthouse suite to be added with a new fifth floor.
  • Instructed by GLH Hotels Limited on various matters including the updating of their suite of JCT building contracts and standard form of consultant appointment and collateral warranty.
  • Instructed by the University of Portsmouth to draft and negotiate the suite of construction agreements for the design and construction of a new sports hall.
  • Advise Freedom Sportsline Limited on the construction agreements relating to schemes where it is taking on long term leases following extensive construction and/or refurbishment works carried out by the landlord or Freedom Sportsline Limited as the tenant to the property.
  • Appointed by New Look Retailers Limited to draft and negotiate the full suite of construction agreements required for the extension of their existing distribution centre at Lymedale Business Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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