Construction in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP’s collaborative cross-office approach makes it indispensable to its national and regional clients operating across the private and public sectors. The team takes on contentious and non-contentious mandates for blue-chip corporates, education institutions, utilities providers, and developers.  In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, cladding and external facade issues have also become a key workstream. The team is led by Richard Wade, a veteran construction lawyer who handles procurement strategies, construction disputes, contracts, and appointment issues. James Bessey is an experienced adjudicator who specialises in major (often international) construction disputes for clients in leisure, infrastructure, and engineering. Dominic Jones  focuses on engineering projects and procurement. Wade splits his time between the firm’s Oxford, Southampton, and London offices, while all other named lawyers are based chiefly in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wade

Other key lawyers:

James Bessey; Dominic Jones

Testimonials

‘Small, bright and focused.’

‘ I don’t see Blake Morgan as an external team. They are our team.’

‘Dominic Jones is a bright partner, committed to his clients’

‘The team has been helpful and knowledgable on a variety of issues across several sites and projects. Advice is always clear and prompt and billing has been transparent and easy to manage. ’

‘Blake Morgan’s construction team is flexible and creative when it comes to adapting its services and costs to suit its clients – they go to great lengths to agree something that works for you and provide a good level of customer service monitoring it to make sure it is working as intended.’

‘Richard Wade is knowledgeable, attentive and pragmatic. No surprises and risks are never ignored.’

‘The construction team have always been willing and able to work as one with our in-house lawyers and project team to deliver sometimes tricky transactions.’

Key clients

IWG / Regus

Diamond Light Source Ltd

Premier Inns/Whitbread

New College

Oxford University Developments

Gigaclear Plc

Hoare Lea LLP

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Beard Construction

Metro Bank plc

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The Guildford construction practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP  takes on instructions from a diverse range of clients, including domestic and international public sector bodies, non-profits, housebuilders, and high-net-worth individuals. In recent months, the team has advised on major international regenerations, luxury property contracts, and procurement strategies - led by practice head David Savage, a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister who specialises in Middle Eastern projects. Andrew Keeley handles construction and engineering contracts for commercial and residential developers, as well as a number of adjudications around payment disputes and contract terminations.  Chi Mount  is noted for her data centre development focus, and for her work alongside the firm’s real estate and banking teams on the construction aspects of various transactions and financings.

Practice head(s):

David Savage

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Keeley; Chi Mount

Testimonials

‘Trusted firm from previous development work and good relationship already in place. Covid-19 has impacted on normal working practices but the client/lawyer interaction remained very strong, with excellent IT usage.’

‘A very professional outfit with a great deal of experience and resources.’

‘We have used Andrew Keeley and his team for a number of years for all our construction advice and assistance, even when his firm has not been involved in the particular acquisition. He has all the knowledge and expertise we need and his guidance is first class’

‘David Savage has the ability to communicate complex legal issues in a way that is comprehensible for the layperson, allowing decisions to be reached on elements of the contracts.’

‘ Andrew Keeley has been exceptional in his handling of our situation. He is  extremely knowledgeable about the construction industry, very personable and has been a pleasure to work with. I would have no hesitation in working with him again or recommending him to others.’

Key clients

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

Church Commissioners for England

Caring Homes Group

Eton College

Westminster Abbey

The Pirbright Institute

Marlborough College

Northvale Construction Limited

Aspire Luxury Properties Limited

Bewley Homes Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications in relation to procurement and construction law issues arising from the Bahrain Airport Modernisation Project, a US$1.1billion redevelopment and modernisation of Bahrain Airport.
  • Advising The Pirbright Institute throughout its £400m redevelopment, in respect of procurement strategy generally, and drafting and negotiation of all the construction documentation.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Aspire Luxury Properties in relation to a number of projects and disputes including sum recoveries, adjudications, and new contracts.

Cripps

With Nitej Davda and James Lee helming the contentious and non-contentious teams  at Cripps respectively, the firm is well-placed to advise on a broad range of work for its diverse client base.  Lee’s team has been advising on a range of mixed-use regenerations, infrastructure projects, and development schemes for local authorities, national utility providers, arts organisations, and public-sector residential developers. On the contentious side, Davda is a seasoned construction litigator with experience dealing with insolvency and professional negligence claims.  Kate Kennedy is a key contact for institutional investors, while Marcus Angell – who arrived from Dentons – has experience in rail and energy-sector disputes. All named lawyers are based in Tunbridge Wells.

Practice head(s):

James Lee (non contentious); Nitej Davda (contentious)

Other key lawyers:

Kate Kennedy; Marcus Angell

Testimonials

‘A regional powerhouse.’

‘Adam Osieke and Marcus Angell stand out from the crowd. Both excellent lawyers.’

‘I have always found the firm to be available and responsive on all matters raised in the performance of our business. They are extremely accommodating  and are very efficient and effective .’

‘Kate Kennedy has been invaluable with her knowledge and expertise in matters and advice on construction documentations, and tender processes.’

‘Practical and sector-focused legal advice. They always seem to achieve the right balance so that informed decisions can be made.’

Key clients

Crossrail

Slough Borough Council

South East Water

Federated Hermes (owner of centre:mk)

Harrow School (John Lyon’s Foundation)

English National Ballet

Cadogan Estates

M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM)

Liberty Property Trust UK

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised the English National Ballet in relation to the high profile relocation of its main headquarters from Markova House to London City Island. This included negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out.
  • Advised Slough Borough Council in relation to its £1bn  urban regeneration called Slough Urban Renewal, with its development partner Morgan Sindall.
  • Reviewed and negotiated all South East Water’s construction documents, professional appointments and building contracts under their five-year contractor framework agreements and provided dispute resolution advice. Also drafted a new 8-year framework contract for network maintenance works and the installation of a new mains pipeline and several water treatment work upgrades.

IBB Law

IBB Law's dedicated construction and engineering group is regularly instructed by a number of the UK’s major housebuilders to advise on development contracts, Energy Service Company (ESCO)-related transactions and joint ventures agreements. The team also fields a strong offering for infrastructure contractors, engineering companies, and clients in the healthcare sector. Residential projects for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and cladding investigations round out the team’s expertise. Qualified civil engineer Paul Brampton leads the team and has a specialism in construction contracts and mechanical engineering procurements. Newly promoted partner Steven Hayward is a name to note for construction litigation. Ross Humphries is a veteran non-contentious practitioner in the commercial development sphere, while Chris Thompson is noted for his focus in construction insurance. All named lawyers are based in Uxbridge.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brampton

Other key lawyers:

Steven Hayward; Ross Humphries; Chris Thompson

Testimonials

‘Very approachable, helpful and responsive.’

‘IBB are a quality firm with approachable and personable solicitors who engage in projects and aim to understand clients’ requirements to ascertain where value can be added. ’

‘The team provides clear, commercial and pragmatic advice and are extremely responsive. ’

‘Steven Hayward is strikingly dependable. ’

‘Having worked with Steven Hayward and his team for over 8 years, what matters to me is getting results and glad to say it has always been the best achievable. ’

‘Ross Humphries’ knowledge of construction is undoubted, but the way he can link this into all other aspects of the development process, without needing to refer to colleagues in other departments is invaluable.’

‘Steven Hayward provides exceptional client service, coming up with commercially astute and pragmatic solutions. He is hands-on and always ensures that, as his client, you are a priority.’

Key clients

A M Construction

Bellway

O’Halloran and O’Brien

Albany Group

Aviva

Teenage Cancer Trust

Riverdale Developments Limited

Murrill Construction

EAB Homes

Frontier Estates

Sheridan Gold LLP

Sheridan Gold LLP’s Reigate-based boutique construction and engineering practice acts for a range of contractors at the national and international level, as well as numerous consultants and developers. The small but highly experienced team is jointly led by Peter Sheridan and Jonathan Gold, who collectively bring over 50 years of experience to bear. Sheridan is especially noted for his PFI dispute and adjudication work, frequently appearing at the Technology and Construction Court. Gold handles disputes for clients spanning construction, power, utilities, and engineering, while Jane Ryland is experienced in a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, often with a cross-border element. Elizabeth Slattery is noted for her civil engineering experience.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sheridan; Jonathan Gold

Other key lawyers:

Jane Ryland; Elizabeth Slattery

Testimonials

‘The team at Sheridan Gold provide a City practice’s knowledge, professionalism and experience but via a much more user friendly and collaborative out of town attitude. Their tailored approach provides our business with exactly what we need to suit the type, size and nature of contracts that we carry out.’

‘We have worked closely with Jane Ryland for over 10 years and during this time we have developed a high degree of trust in the advice that Jane has given. She continues to be our first point of call for any legal advice that we require.’

‘Specialists and very experienced. The practice punch above their weight in taking on the London firms. Partner-led and nice people. ’

‘Jonathan Gold is very easy to deal with. Experienced and conscientious.’

‘The customer is listened to and the interests of the customer are translated in an excellent way  into how the case is handled. We are very satisfied with the result’

‘Niche firm with longstanding experience in construction law. Partner hands-on involvement in every case means the benefit of this is always passed to the client. Nothing is inappropriately passed down to less experienced solicitors.’

‘Peter Sheridan and Jonathan Gold are both excellent in their field.’

‘Peter Sheridan and Jonathan Gold complement each other very well. Peter has a great understanding of case law and is obviously very experienced in this field. Jonathan is very practical in his approach and easily understands even the most difficult of issues that we as contractors face both technically and contractually.’

Key clients

Amey

Apex Contractors

ASEE

Cappagh Browne

Chapel Down

Ferdinand Bilstein UK

Fileturn Limited

HRM Construction and Groundworks

Rackham Construction Limited

S&T(UK) Limited

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The team at Stevens & Bolton LLP advises a range of clients on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The Guildford-based team is increasingly instructed by contractors for appointment negotiations and adjudications, and healthcare providers on new facility developments and extensions. Practice head Kimberley Eyssell is recommended for her contentious expertise, where she notably handles rail sector disputes and defect claims for contractors and subcontractors. Stephen Rockhill is a dual-qualified solicitor and engineer with experience in both private and public sector construction work. Ben Willis advises on a range of manufacturing, engineering, infrastructure, and retail projects.

Practice head(s):

Kimberley Eyssell

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Rockhill; Ben Willis

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Stevens & Bolton since 2019, in relation to 3 separate development projects. The team delivers a high level of service and commercial understanding; they are very responsive and creative in finding pragmatic solutions, and add value to our real estate development business.’

‘Stephen Rockhill combines his technical background with his legal knowledge and experience to very good effect, providing erudite and very well-balanced advice. ’

‘The team at Stevens & Bolton not only provide expert legal advice but are always practical and pragmatic in their approach.’

‘Stephen Rockhill, Kimberley Eyssell and Ben Willis demonstrate deep industry knowledge and are able to cover all aspects of construction and property issues. As a trained engineer, Stephen understands the practicalities of construction projects and always seeks a win-win rather than adversarial approach.’

‘The S&B team are always able to provide a strong team member that can deal with issues outside of the ordinary. It is the depth and breadth of their strengths that we find particularly valuable.’

‘Kimberley Eysell is the stand-out partner.  Highly engaged and communicative, with a great understanding of disputes strategy that is tuned to our business and the pathways to the right outcomes for us.’

‘We would certainly recommend Stephen Rockhill for his all-round sound advice. Stephen is knowledgeable, friendly and able to act as a sparring partner for more than just legal subjects.’

Key clients

Asahi

BLOC Hotels

CBRE Managed Services Ltd

Constantine Ltd

Faithdean plc

Institute of Cancer Research

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College

Royal Albert Hall

Scitech Engineering Ltd

Store Properties

VX Fiber Ltd

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans’ full-service offering sees the team handling site acquisitions, planning and procurement matters and disputes – both in mediations and at the Technology and Construction Court. The firm regularly receives instructions from clients in the design and leisure sectors, including several high-value hotel refurbishments, construction financings, and associated adjudications. Dual-qualified solicitor and barrister Karen Kirkham – who also serves as Chair of Joint Contracts Tribunal – heads the construction practice, which also includes veteran construction litigator David Gwillim , who has a particular focus on marine engineering work. Holly Hampton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Karen Kirkham

Other key lawyers:

David Gwillim; Holly Hampton

Testimonials

‘Excellent client care, very approachable, very experienced senior solicitors ’

‘Reliability and sound advice are key aspects I seek in my external advisers. Above this is the personable touch in making a client feel valued and ensuring that all avenues have been explored and appraised in a clear and coherent manner. I feel that these requirements are met when working with BDB Pitmans. ’

‘I have known Karen Kirkham professionally for the past six years and she has been my go-to construction lawyer – I value her wealth of expertise and knowledge on construction related legal matters.’

‘David Gwillim is a very experienced and knowledgeable partner, with excellent client care skills.’

Key clients

MTD Contractors Limited

ProTar Surfacing Limited

Mildren Construction Limited

Edith Lovegrove

International architectural practice

London-based architectural and interior design practice

Marsfields Group

Clarkslegal LLP

Clarkslegal LLP’s's Reading construction practice has seen an uptick in contentious instructions, with the team acting in a number of adjudications and liability rulings for private and public sector contractors alike. Major urban regeneration projects, mixed-use developments, and comprehensive contract reviews and negotiations are also core competencies. Practice head Stephen James is a key contact for developments, disputes and insolvency matters, acting on behalf of the firm’s employer, developer and contractor clients. Victoria Kempthorne is also noted. Former practice head David Rintoul  and Ruth Wilkinson have both left for Hill Dickinson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen James

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Kempthorne

Testimonials

‘Clarkslegal are a “user-friendly” practice, always willing to go the extra mile to assist with any legal issue. They have a good working knowledge of construction, in addition to their contractual knowledge, which makes working on a technical dispute much easier than with some other practices.’

‘I have worked with Stephen James on a number of issues and have always found him to be helpful, knowledgeable and proactive in reaching a satisfactory conclusion. He tends to grasp the details of a claim quickly and insightfully.’

‘A good, strong team that works hard for clients.’

 

Key clients

Centurylink Communications UK Limited

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Really Local Group

Optimum Group Plc

A Connolly Limited

Area Sq Limited

Cube Interior Solutions Limited

Stanton Williams Limited

Blanchard Wells Limited

BSW Building Services Limited

Dulwich College

Frencon Construction Limited

Fourfront Group Limited

PRP Architects LLP

QB Technology Limited

Allenbuild Limited

NCS Plumbing and Heating Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Assiting Area Sq Limited in reviewing the proposed terms of contracts for various substantial, multi-million pound projects, including advice on amendments to the JCT standard forms and related surety documents.
  • Acting for NCS, a specialist mechanical subcontractor, in its final account dispute with the main contractor in connection with a substantial residential development.
  • Advising Centurylink Communications UK Ltd on the building contract for the fit out of its new office premises in London.

Dentons

Regularly working alongside its network of national and international offices,  Dentons’ Milton Keynes construction team regularly takes on non-contentious mandates for  blue-chip corporates and financial institutions. In the past year, the team has worked with developers and funds in the commercial, retail, and rail sectors on multi-phase developments, procurements, and contract reviews. Practice head Jane Miles is highly experienced in major development work, most notably in the rail and retail space. Tasmyn Brittlebank  advises on the construction aspects of real estate finance transactions. Shaun Tame regularly advises on procurement and contract issues.

Practice head(s):

Jane Miles

Other key lawyers:

Tasmyn Brittlebank; Shaun Tame

Testimonials

‘I consistently find Dentons to be exceptional in terms of their approach, advice, ability and experience. What I have particularly found a huge positive is their desire to truly collaborate as a team. Their boldness is also to be commended. I often compare other legal firms with the Dentons team, and use my experiences with Dentons as the benchmark.’

‘Shaun has a wealth of experience and is always very clear in his advice, which leaves no room for doubt.  ’

‘The team are very professional, approachable and knowledgeable. The legal advice received on our projects was very insightful and they maintain a very personable approach.’

‘Shaun Tame is approachable, friendly and has a wealth of legal knowledge and expertise on offer.’

‘Jane Miles  is a very practical partner, looking for solutions rather than over complicating matters.’

Key clients

Realstar Group

Sports Direct

Verdion

Karlin Property

Kier Property Developments Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

McArthur Glen (Cannock Designer Outlet Limited)

Ernst & Young LLP

John Lewis

Whitgift School

Work highlights

  • Advising Verdion on the £400 million multi-phase and multi-tenanted six million sq. ft. rail and freight logistics development in Doncaster.
  • Advising Realstar (one of Canada’s privately owned real estate investment and management companies) on the acquisition of the first of two newly constructed long leasehold accommodation blocks in a private rented sector scheme in Stratford.
  • Advising Kier on all of the construction aspects of the development of the logistics city development at Basingstoke.

HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons’ close-knit team of experienced practitioners works across several offices, handling a mix of high-value developments and contract arrangements for a range of private and public sector clients. The team is headed by Milton Keynes-based Tim Richards, a veteran figure for major construction and public procurement matters. Richards specialises in charity, education, and finance sector matters, while Simon Wain handles both contentious and non-contentious instructions for clients in the energy, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare  sectors. In Cambridge, Colin Jones is noted for fluency in domestic and European matters, and boasts a growing client base in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Tim Richards

Other key lawyers:

Simon Wain; Colin Jones

Key clients

A W James Limited

British Institute of Interior Design

Homes England

Velocity 1 Limited

Osbourne Developments Limited and Osbourne Construction Limited

Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-Ray Limited

Colmore Tang Construction Limited

Huntcourt Limited

Springfield Farm Limited

RSPB

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s South East construction offering takes on both contentious and non-contentious instructions from a range of investors, developers, and contractors. In addition to advising on mixed-use development projects and refurbishments for public bodies and retailers, the team handles an increasing volume of high-value adjudications related to project delays and cladding. Gatwick-based practice head Mark Clinton is an accredited adjudicator and arbitrator with more than three decades of experience in the construction and engineering sphere, whose recent mandates include mixed-use development schemes and capital projects in the education sector. Natalie Cane works with a broad range of developers and lenders on contractual appointments, concentrating particularly on collateral warranties. James Mapley works across contentious and non-contentious matters, assisting partners with adjudications and advising education and contractor clients on historical and ongoing building works.

Practice head(s):

Mark Clinton

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Cane; James Mapley

Testimonials

‘Strong, sector-relevant knowledge; flexibility of approach and appreciation of in-house requirements and pressures.’

‘Mark Clinton has excellent sector knowledge.’

‘Access to partners and senior associates is great. Flexibility of resource to support our company when demanded. ’

‘Takes a strategic, long view of the market.’

EMW Law LLP

The construction team at EMW Law LLP acts for a range of stakeholders in the housebuilding, financial services, retail, logistics, education, and charity sectors. The team is jointly led by legal director Derryn Rolfe and principal Caroline Watkins, who work out of the firm’s Milton Keynes and Gatwick offices respectively. Rolfe is a qualified materials engineer who specialises in strategic procurement and various other contractual issues, while Watkins, who joined the firm in 2020, handles a raft of construction documentation matters for new developments.

Practice head(s):

Derryn Rolfe; Caroline Watkins

Key clients

KW Special Projects Limited

Catering Design Group Limited

CS2 Limited

TREATT plc

ACO Technologies plc

CBRE

Grand Union Housing Group

BFS Group

Stephen Eagell Toyota

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Hale Architecture Limited

Cognita Schools Limited

Work highlights

  • Prepared extensive construction documentation for Riverside Capital on the development of Sherborne House in Cannon Street, including oversailing and rights of light documents.
  • Prepared construction documentation for a sectional project for the redevelopment of Charterhouse School in central London; involving two sets of building contract and professional appointments

Palmers

Palmers’ contentious focus sees the team handling high-value, often cross-border disputes for  contractors and sub-contractors. The construction practice is frequently involved in claims in both the County Court and the Technology and Construction Court, with Rayleigh-based practice head Adam Davis a key contact for clients. On the non-contentious side, the team works closely with the commercial property department on the construction aspects of transactions. Basildon-based associate Maisie Yau is a member of the commercial property and construction and engineering teams who handles a broad range of construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Adam Davis

Other key lawyers:

Maisie Yau

Testimonials

‘Palmers are a highly focused firm who keep their eye on the ball. They have a clear-eyed assessment of the client’s needs and the merits of any dispute, set goals with the client and do not lose sight of them.’

‘Adam Davis is very impressive in his ability to see what the best way out is for his clients and to work accordingly, often quite creatively. He is highly skilled in finding a commercial solution which can put the client in a better situation than a black letter law driven approach. ’

‘Adam Davis is stellar and punches well above his weight. He has a fantastic grasp of the issues, manages disputes and clients extremely well, and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘The team at Palmers are very approachable and competent. They provide a transparent fixed fee pricing system for adjudication services that is fair and enables parties to manage their costs during a dispute effectively. ’

‘Adam Davis is an outstanding partner. Very skilled lawyer and his experience dealing with construction matters is second to none. He is also a joy to work with. Incredibly hard working and thorough in his approach.’

Key clients

LFF Glamal Limited

LFF (Scotland) Limited

The Lady Eleanor Holles School Limited

City Lifting Limited

Barnes Webster and Son Limited

Ryan and Walsh Limited

IM Automation Systems Limited

Eden Facades Limited

TPS Interiors Limited

Atlas House Consultancy Limited

Arti Construction Limited

White Post Building Services Limited

EEStairs (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the client in respect of three separate disputes, relating to two separate projects in which the client was the main contractor working under heavily amended JCT D&B Contracts. Issues include, defective design of various mechanical and electrical by the architect, defective installation of mechanical and electrical installations by a sub-contractor and failure to comply with defects liability period, claims for various extensions of time and loss and expense as a result, the effects of COVID-19, the defence of various LAD claims.
  • Advising the client is respect of a final account dispute following completion of various sub-contract works undertaken under a NEC 3 sub-contract at London City Airport. The final account dispute is estimated to be in the sum of between £300,000-£500,000.
  • Following Grenfell Fire tragedy, the insurance industry have placed in most façade companies specific exclusion clauses relating to the design and specification of materials in cladding and their related fire retardency. As a result, we have been advising the client on various projects and contracts so as to seek and negotiate the client’s liability in respect of design so it is commensurate with its insurance policies. In addition, we have also drafted a bespoke standard design contract, for the hire of specialist fire consultants required to undertake various elements of the design work. The projects advised on equate to total sum in excess of £3 million.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Led by disputes specialist Dan Sherlock across Sevenoaks and Ashford, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP works with numerous contractors, subcontractors, and other construction professions on the full gamut of matters, including high-value debt collection. Richard Ludlow handles construction insolvency cases, while Brighton-based Stewart Gregory  focuses on primary care and NHS-led healthcare centre developments. Uckfield-based Amy White manages the firm's construction employment and HR retainer service.

Practice head(s):

Dan Sherlock

Other key lawyers:

Richard Ludlow; Stewart Gregory; Amy White

Key clients

National Autistic Society Academies Trust

C J Thorne & Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Autistic Society Academies Trust on the development agreement for the construction of a new school.
  • Providing CJ Thorne & Company with full employment law and HR support, on a retainer basis.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

A number of key regional main contractors, educational institutes, and local authorities regularly turn to Thomson Snell & Passmore for assistance on new developments and complex disputes. Seasoned practice head Chris Whittington helms the team’s non-contentious offering, chiefly handling project documentation and project support matters for various actors. Chris Kirby-Turner is the lead for dispute resolution instructions, specialising in adjudication and multi-party claims at the Technology and Construction Court, notably in cases of professional negligence. All named lawyers work across the firm’s Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway offices.

Practice head(s):

Chris Whittington

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kirby-Turner

Testimonials

‘A deep experience in their field, which gives confidence in their advice.’

‘Chris Kirby-Turner’s advice was excellent – based on sound experience, very considered and well articulated.’

‘Thomson Snell and Passmore are our go-to legal practice for all our real estate and construction advice. The reason for this is simple: they are the best group of lawyers I have dealt with. Consistently keen to engage, quick to respond to enquiries, and pro active in their approach. The firm puts the client at the heart of everything they do. ’

Key clients

OFP Timber Framed Homes Ltd

COOK Trading Ltd

Avenue Building Company Ltd

Royal British Legion Industries Ltd

North Kent College

Charles Edward Ltd

GGT Estates Ltd (associated with the Motorline Group by common ownership)

Aldermore Bank PLC

Kentish Projects Ltd

Chatham Maritime Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for contractor in relation to a dispute affecting a residential development scheme.
  • Acting for COOK Trading in relation the construction of major new multi-million pound kitchen production facilities.
  • Successfully defended a regional main contractor in adjudication proceedings.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The arrival of experienced construction litigator Jessica Tresham (from Blake Morgan LLP) bolsters Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s contentious offering on the South coast. In the past year, the team has notably advised on multiple disputes between major utilities providers and local authorities, and complex contract termination matters. On the non-contentious side, major regeneration projects, refurbishments, and new builds are also core competencies - where Amy Hodge is a key contact for a myriad of construction, documentation, and procurement matters. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Tresham; Simon Rowland

Other key lawyers:

Amy Hodge

Testimonials

‘Jessica Tresham is a huge recruitment success for the firm, a real coup. She is the sort of person who makes things happen.’

‘Jessica Tresham absolutely knows her stuff. She leads her team really well but doesn’t dominate and lets more junior members be properly involved in ongoing matters.’

‘The team are very open, friendly and responsive. Good commercial advice is given with the intention of finding solutions, not trying to score points with the other side.’

‘The team is excellent to work for. They try to get ahead of the game as much as possible and are prepared to put time and effort in for their client to get a successful outcome.’

‘Jessica Tresham is simply excellent. Dedicated to her clients and on top of the law.’

‘The firm offers an experienced team of good listeners who quickly and without fuss get the job done. We will continue to go back to them for future projects’

‘Jess Tresham is a powerful, thought-provoking strategist available at the drop of a hat.’

Key clients

B&Q Limited

The Church Commissioners for England

The Bournemouth Development Company LLP

The Yard Theatre Limited

Stepnell Limited

Lifestory Limited

Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Limited

Quilter Business Services Limited

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as main construction advisor to B&Q, drafting the majority of their construction contracts.
  • Providing all legal services in connection with a programme of extensive maintenance, repair and alteration works due to be carried out at Lambeth Palace.
  • Instructed by joint venture between Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited to draft the construction agreements on various town centre regeneration projects in Bournemouth.