Construction in South West

Bevan Brittan LLP

Praised for being ‘proactive and constructive from the very first contact’, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s construction practice is well regarded for its expertise in the public sector. It has also been increasingly advising private sector clients, including national contractors, and sports extensive knowledge dealing with health infrastructure, local authority regeneration and highway schemes, as well as adjudications and enforcements. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Louise Robling heads up the firm’s Bristol construction offering and specialises in complex PFI disputes as well as fire safety matters. Jonathan Turner, who is particularly experienced in advising on joint ventures for housing-led development and regeneration work in addition to local authority matters, and infrastructure expert Nathan Bradberry are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Louise Robling

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Turner; Nathan Bradberry


‘Excellent reputation; detailed sectoral knowledge of modular construction. Breadth and depth of specialisms and resources across several sectors ideal to support a growing real estate and construction company.’

‘Excellent team led by Louise Robling, well known PFI practice and known for being instructed for the big disputes in this area specialist area of law.’

‘Louise Robling is very approachable and responsive, practical in her approach and is incredibly commercial in her approach.’

‘We have found the practice proactive and constructive from the very first contact. We use our partner contact for continuity, and they pass to the relevant specialist team to assist according to the skill set required. It is a one-stop house.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the construction sector.’

‘Exceptional, friendly and caring with excellent approach and communication skills. Louise Robling – Extremely knowledgeable and able to impart complicated advice concisely.’

Key clients

Places for People Group

Network Homes

Catalyst Housing Group

Together Housing Group


Warwick District Council / Milverton Homes

Innerspace Homes

North Yorkshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Wiltshire Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Together Housing Group on its joint venture with Lovell Partnership to deliver 650 units in Pendelton.
  • Advised Oxfordshire County Council on its contract for the widening and other infrastructure works to the A40.
  • Advised Places for People Group on its partnership with Ilke to deliver 472 affordable homes across two developments in Sussex and Exeter.

Burges Salmon LLP

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP‘s construction practice supports clients with ‘excellent industry knowledge and astute commercial understanding’. The firm’s strengths extend to a broad range of sectors including nuclear, transport, utilities and wider infrastructure. Steven James heads the team and counts investors, suppliers and developers amongst his clients. The ‘exceptionally bright and very experienced’ Richard Adams is particularly well versed in contentious construction matters, while Lloyd James specialises in engineering projects, with a strong track record in matters pertaining to energy and renewables transactions. Marcus Harling focuses on collaborative construction and the adoption of modern methods of construction.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Richard Adams; Lloyd James; Marcus Harling


‘Burges Salmon have a wide range of professionals to pull on for different perspectives on each project, so as a client the advice you receive is well-rounded. This gives confidence that the right outcomes are achieved and can be relied upon.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge and astute commercial understanding. They really get to grips with the nuts and bolts of a dispute and bring a keen tactical awareness as well as an attention to the fine detail. There is a strength in depth to the team, from partner level to associate level, all of whom are extremely impressive.’

‘Richard Adams: exceptionally bright and very experienced construction lawyer with an impressive practical understanding of the technical issues. Excellent strategic awareness and judgement.’

‘Marcus Harling has set his team above others.’

‘The team seemed particularly well organised, with a good breadth and depth of experience and expertise which lent itself to efficient task allocation and excellent speed of response.  Younger members of the team appeared to be encouraged to be client facing, which is an excellent skill to develop, and to take responsibility for the commission under the supervision of more senior colleagues.  Every member of the team I dealt with was professional, engaged and positive throughout.’

‘Very competent, commercially astute and thoughtful advice, well drafted and thorough submissions.’

‘Richard Adams has a real appetite for taking disputes forward on the front foot, knowing when to attack with detail and when to keep arguments at the strategic level.’

‘I’ve found the team to be experienced, proactive and always available. The rates and overall fee estimates are robust and good value.’

Key clients

Eden Geothermal and Gravis


Serious International

Cayman Islands Government

National Highways (formerly known as Highways England)

Transport for Wales (TfW) and Welsh Ministers / Welsh Government (WM)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Cayman Islands Government on its procurement of a waste management project to include landfill remediation, recycling and energy recovery.
  • Advising Eden Geothermal and Gravis on the Eden Geothermal Project, a project which seeks to unlock the geothermal energy found in the granite beneath Cornwall.
  • Advising National Highways on infrastructure projects, including the construction of National Highways’ A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross Scheme.

Ashfords LLP

Providing ‘the upmost professional level of service’, Ashfords LLP construction and infrastructure practice is well regarded in the market for both its non-contentious and dispute offering. Often acting for local authorities, the firm is increasingly involved in matters pertaining to modern methods of construction and off-site manufacturing. Dispute resolution specialist Patrick Blake leads the team, which is located in offices across Exeter and Bristol. Accredited adjudicator Stephen Homer and waste and utilities expert Mark Manning are further key contacts. With the arrival of Carl Thompson, who joined the team in January 2022 from Osborne Clarke LLP and is noted for his ‘fantastic ownership mentality’, the practice has bolstered its strengths in the energy and utilities sector, particularly in relation to renewable energy projects. The expertise of senior associate Laura Reeve ranges from commercial, residential and retail sectors to local government as well as energy and waste.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Blake

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Homer; Carl Thompson; Mark Manning; Laura Reeve


‘Ashfords provide the upmost professional level of service, bringing very real added value to the process through considered and, where appropriate, innovative advice that enables the best results to be obtained.’

Very switched-on, client-friendly and commercial.’

‘Patrick Blake – great lawyer, very commercial and proactive. Lianne Edwards – excellent all around.’

‘Laura Reeve exemplifies a great lawyer/client relationship. Always proper, factual, well-briefed and also kind, considerate and approachable in explanations and progress of work.’

‘Stephen Homer has always provided the very best advice and is a pleasure to work with. Deadlines are always met and expectations exceeded.’

‘Carl Thompson has a fantastic ownership mentality and is excellent at taking the negotiating lead in conversations.’

‘A great team, communicate clearly, precisely and more than happy to de-mystify terms and have been ever so considerate in repeating explanations where through usually pressure of work or time we have forgotten. Always available, fast response times, and consistent through all parts of the Construction team.’

‘Pragmatic and commercial legal support with a focus on problem-solving. Strong track record on delivering to budget through honest communication on where legal review and input is isn’t valuable to the client’s position.’

Key clients

CC Construction

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

DP World London Gateway

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Exeter City Council

Canterbury City Council

Cormac Solutions Limited

Cornerstone Housing Limited

Wain Homes (South West) Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom on the construction documentation for a 3-Phase ‘masterplan’ for the refurbishment and expansion of the Marine Biological Association’s headquarters and main research facility.
  • Successfully Acted for the contractor on the reported cases of CC Construction Limited v Mincione [2021] EWHC 2502 TCC and Mincione v CC Construction Limited [2021] EWHC 3138 TCC.
  • Advising DP World London Gateway on the construction aspects of multiple Agreements for Lease, relating to the client’s fully integrated port and logistics park in Essex, one of the largest in the UK.

Michelmores LLP

The construction and engineering practice at Michelmores LLP advises regional, national and internal clients across the full lifecycle of projects. Dispute resolution in the construction space constitutes one of the firm’s areas of strengths. Chris Hoar heads the team, in which Alan Tate and consultant solicitor Catherine Davis are key contacts. Anna Wood joined the practice in January 2022 from a previous position at BPE Solicitors LLP, regularly handling a mix of development and dispute resolution matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hoar

Other key lawyers:

Alan Tate; Catherine Davis; Anna Wood

Work highlights

    Osborne Clarke LLP

    Osborne Clarke LLP offers clients support along the whole lifecycle of construction projects, advising both suppliers and purchasers, as well as key contractors and major developers. By ‘offering pragmatic solutions’ and sporting ‘experience across most sectors with specialists’, the Bristol practice is regularly involved in high-profile matters and fields specialisms in sectors including energy and utilities, infrastructure and commercial development. Practice head Philip Davies has extensive experience in construction and engineering procurement, while Alexandra Gower is particularly well versed advising on projects in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Associate director Duncan Parker, whose focus lies on the construction, operation and maintenance of energy and utility assets, is praised for ‘fantastic attention to detail’ and ‘great communication skills’. Contentious matters in construction and engineering are handled by associate director David Kirkpatrick. Carl Thompson left the firm in January 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Davies

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexandra Gower; David Kirkpatrick; Duncan Parker; Rob Horne


    ‘The OC team have been fantastic supporting us on several matters and have diligently carried out their work, and at times have really taken the initiative to support us on complex/new topics. This has been valuable in making that difference that really helps during the pressure of a transaction. The team is highly experienced and quickly advises/helps decision-making by offering pragmatic solutions.’

    ‘It’s been really useful having a relatively small set of people work on our projects, as we have been able to build up a relationship with the team. When new projects come in, we can quickly get to work and both sides know how each other work.’

    ‘I’d liked to say that in particular, Duncan Parker has really been excellent. He has fantastic attention to detail, great communication skills, remains calm and offers reasoned/thoughtful explanations to back us up but is also firm during negotiations when needed.’

    ‘OC have got a superb construction law team that is senior experienced. They have got experience across most sectors with specialists within these who are real specialists and not generalists. They get to know their client’s business almost as well as the client almost instantly, which shortens learning curves and eases any client/solicitor relationship.’

    Key clients

    U+I Plc

    GLP (formerly Gazeley)


    Foresight Group

    PGIM Real Estate


    M&G Real Estate

    Lifestory Group Limited (formerly Pegasus Life Limited)

    Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

    RKE Biogroup Ltd

    Fusion Students

    Edmond de Rothschild REIM (UK) Limited

    Minety Battery Storage Limited (China Huaneng HK Ltd)

    Nordheat Denmark A/S


    Fiera Real Estate

    Cubex Land Limited

    Gresham House Asset Management Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising U+I PLC on the £200m redevelopment of Landmark Court, Southwark, a 1.7 acre derelict site near Borough Market. The project is in partnership with TfL and involves the development of new offices, residential, plus shops and restaurants in a thriving part of London.
    • Advising Gresham House Asset Management Limited on all aspects of a joint venture arrangement with an EPC contractor, Anesco, to develop a 200MW pipeline of unsubsidised solar assets in the UK.
    • Advising Fusion Students on the construction procurement of their student accommodation portfolio for including currently advising on the development of student accommodation at Brent Cross Town, the £7bn new town development being developed through a joint venture between Barnet Council and Argent Related.


    With a ‘good round mix of skilled lawyers’ offering ‘considered, tailored advice’, TLT‘s Bristol-based projects, infrastructure and construction team is well positioned to advise clients on domestic and international projects. Simon Goss heads the national team with expertise extending to the defence, nuclear, marine and transport sectors. ‘Strategic thinker’ Tom Wrzesien heads the contentious practice and is regularly involved in multi-party proceedings as well as adjudication and advisory work. Senior associate Ralph Hindle specialises in construction disputes including complex cross-border issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Goss

    Other key lawyers:

    Tom Wrzesien; Ralph Hindle


    ‘Well respected, good round mix of skilled lawyers in this field who worked well with external advisors to offer considered, tailored advice. Knew when to call upon other expertise within their firm which made for a good strategic approach and sound advice on all aspects of the litigation, and offered full transparency on billing and collaboration.’

    ‘Tom Wrzesien – skilled advocate, strategic thinker, very analytical and with a good sense of humour, which made working together for long hours more forgiving.’

    Key clients

    Peabody Group

    Swan Housing Association Limited

    Blackfinch Investments



    Network Homes

    NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

    Savills plc

    Canal & River Trust

    Babcock International Group

    Department for Education

    NHS England & NHS Improvements

    Department for International Trade

    Suntory (Lucozade, Ribena Suntory)

    London Borough of Haringey

    Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy



    Bart’s Ingredients

    Impact Capital Real Estate

    Work highlights


      Universities, aerospace and local government are amongst the key sectors for VWV‘s construction practice, which is based in Bristol. Lead partner Huw Morgan advises clients in all aspects of the construction process, while Jason Prosser is regularly involved in drafting and negotiating building contracts, collateral warranties and ancillary documentation. The firm has also established a Coronavirus response team, of which senior associate Kai Von Pahlen is a member, advising on the impact of the pandemic on the construction sector. Property developers and the education sector are part of senior associate Alice Lang‘s offering.

      Practice head(s):

      Huw Morgan

      Other key lawyers:

      Jason Prosser; Kai von Pahlen; Alice Lang


      ‘Fantastic people that are proactive and keen to get things sorted.’

      ‘Kai always has great in-depth knowledge of the construction sector. He is able to talk through complex contractual points, explaining them in plain English and providing sound advice to move things forward.’

      ‘The team at VWV provide a very good service with an honest approach in that they will openly counsel against something if they do not believe it to be the correct course of action. Whilst my own team have at times not reacted well to this, I have valued their insight and perseverance in this regard.’

      ‘We regularly work with Kai von Pahlen at VWV. He is always polite, has exceptional manners and has great communication skills. He always provides an excellent service, and always meets our expectations and beyond.’

      ‘We have dealt predominantly with Huw Morgan who is ultra professional, cool calm and collected.’

      ‘I enjoy working with Kai and his team and will continue to have them on call to look after various matters that crop up for myself and the company.’

      ‘We like working with VWV. They work hard to get projects delivered on time, often against challenging timescales.’

      ‘They have excellent Higher Education sector knowledge.’

      Key clients

      Simply Construct (UK) LLP

      Cassidy Group

      Airbus Operations Limited

      University of Bristol

      Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

      Bath Spa University


      Bristol City Football Club Limited

      Taylor Maxwell & Co Limited

      Stepnell Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Cassidy Group on a series of substantial student accommodation and private rented sector projects with a total value exceeding £250 million.
      • Successfully defending Simply Construct (UK) LLP in adjudication enforcement proceedings on a construction law point which is, on appeal by the tenant, now to be decided by the Court of Appeal.
      • Advising Stepnell Limited on a revised suite of construction contracts to include amendments to its main contracts, subcontracts and ancillary documentation.

      Clarke Willmott LLP

      Clarke Willmott LLP provides contentious and non-contentious construction advice to developers, housing providers, contractors, funders and consultants. The firm covers key sectors such as green energy, transport, local government and retail.

      Work highlights

        Clyde & Co

        The ‘incredibly experienced’ construction team at Clyde & Co is particularly well known for its litigation capabilities, for which it is often sought out by a range of contractors and sub-contractors. Embedded into the firm’s wider network, the Bristol practice handles local and international matters alike. Peter O’Brien, praised as ‘quick to take a sensible big-picture view of a case’ leads the practice with expertise that stretches across a number of sectors including power generation, nuclear, energy from waste and infrastructure. ‘Unflappable‘ legal director Kate Lister focuses on representing contractors in EPC disputes and is regularly involved in matters originating out of the energy sector.

        Practice head(s):

        Peter O’Brien

        Other key lawyers:

        Kate Lister


        ‘The team is incredibly experienced. This allows them to anticipate strategy and provide guidance throughout the dispute process.’

        ‘A primary skill of the team is experience with and ability to run highly complex, high value TCC litigation. They are familiar with what the Courts want and how a large team needs to be organised in order to secure the best result at trial. They also give clients clear and firm advice about the strengths and weaknesses of their claim.’

        ‘Peter O’Brien, great strategist. Very good with clients. Kate Lister, very keen on the detail. Knows the process very well.’

        ‘Peter O’Brien – He is very knowledgeable in construction and construction professional negligence work and quick to take a sensible big-picture view of a case.’

        ‘Kate Lister is absolutely unflappable. She also has a strong strategic intellect, so is often steps ahead of a comparable senior associate when it comes to tactics in proceedings.’

        ‘Peter O’Brien is extremely experienced and very commercial. He is used to dealing with high value clients on very large disputes and managing large teams of associates.’

        ‘Peter O’Brien is a very capable construction lawyer with lots of experience.’

        ‘Understanding of the commercial issues.’

        Key clients

        MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd

        M+W Group GmbH

        Designer M&E Services UK

        Laing O’Rourke PLC

        Axis Europe Plc

        Halsall Construction Ltd

        Stepnell Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Acting on behalf of M+W on a multi-party, multi-million-pound dispute over the construction and commissioning of a £150m energy from waste fluidised bed gasification plant in Kingston-upon-Hull and termination of the contractor’s employment.
        • Advising M+W on a waste-to-energy project in Horsham with a contract value of £100m, against its design consultant based in Germany under an appointment with a value of €9m.
        • Advising Axis Europe Plc on a dispute over the refurbishment of void properties within the property portfolio of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

        DAC Beachcroft LLP

        Acting for insurers, public sector bodies and national house builder clients, DAC Beachcroft LLP sports particular sector knowledge in regard to health, real estate, insurance and central government. Practice head Ben Thornycroft, noted for going ‘the extra mile to understand business needs’, provides day-to-day as well as strategic and contract advice across sectors. Professional indemnity claims against construction professionals form part of Philip Roberts specialisations, while Nick Hillyard, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, splits his time between commercial work and professional indemnity matters. The practice is based in the firm’s Bristol location.

        Practice head(s):

        Ben Thornycroft

        Other key lawyers:

        Philip Roberts; Nick Hillyard; Ben Thomas


        ‘Always very responsive and focused on meeting the client’s needs in a tailored and pragmatic way. Advice that cuts to the chase.’

        ‘Ben Thornycroft goes the extra mile to understand business needs and delivers his advice to support the achievement of the end objectives.’

        ‘Ben Thomas also delivers a valued service. DAC Beachcroft are a pleasure to work with. Good people and a great service.’

        Key clients

        Westfield Europe Limited

        Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

        Backhouse Housing

        Crown Commercial Services

        Sika Limited

        Deeley Freed Estates

        Shore Capital Group

        QBE Insurance Company (UK) Ltd

        Bristol Water plc

        Crest Nicholson

        Work highlights

          Foot Anstey

          Noted for being ‘extremely quick to get to grips with the issues raised’, Foot Anstey is sought out by domestic and international clients for its expertise spanning sectors such as energy, water, ports, space and the public sphere. The practice also fields know-how pertaining to modern methods of construction and net-zero strategies. Three partners jointly head the team: In Plymouth Brian Hitchcock is particularly well versed in procurement law and Tris Tucker specialises in dispute resolution, while Bristol-based Ian Stubbs advises on all aspects of large-scale projects including procurement, funding, sale and refinancing.

          Practice head(s):

          Ian Stubbs; Tris Tucker; Brian Hitchcock

          Other key lawyers:

          Dickon Court


          ‘The team was extremely quick to get to grips with the issues raised.’

          ‘Tris Tucker was very approachable and available to us whenever needed.’

          Key clients

          EDF Energy (including EDF Renewables, EDF Thermal & Generation and EDF Nuclear New Build (Hinkley Point C & Sizewell C)

          WElink Energy Group

          BSR (British Solar Renewables)

          Dwr Cymru Cyf/Welsh Water

          Goonhilly Earth Station

          TClarke plc

          Eden Project

          Plymouth City Council

          Bank of London and the Middle East

          Celtic Sea Power

          Acorn Property Group

          Willmott Dixon

          Amnesty International UK

          Energiesprong UK

          ABC International Bank Limited

          Kingfisher / Screwfix / B&Q PLC

          NEC Energy Solutions, Inc

          Corre Energy

          Devon County Council

          Atlas Hive Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising Celtic Sea Power on a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund called the Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind Accelerator, which is part of a package of initiatives driving opportunities that Floating Offshore Wind will bring to the region.
          • Acted for commercial developer Atlas Hive Limited and its development partner Studio Hive on several projects, including the sale of a large purpose-built student accommodation block (comprising 225 rooms and commercial units) in Bristol.
          • Providing legal services to Plymouth City Council for the design and construction of the Forder Valley Link Road and early feasibility stages of the Manadon large local major scheme (LLM), two of the largest highway’s infrastructure projects being let in the South West over the coming years.

          Keystone Law

          Keystone Lawprovides the best of both worlds’ through ‘access to a wide array of legal specialisms and skills’. The firm’s broad sector focus leads to regular instructions from education, reail, hotel and leisure, as well as housing and local authority clients, amongst others. Tom Philips and Martin Howe are situated on the non-contentious side of the practice, while Louise Garcia focuses on handling construction disputes. Australia-qualified Andrew Thompson and Jon Close, who regularly acts for employers, contractors, and engineers are further key contacts.

          Other key lawyers:

          Louise Garcia; Martin Howe; Jon Close; Tom Philips; Andrew Thompson


          ‘A large business with a very personal touch. This provides the best of both worlds, providing access to a wide array of legal specialisms and skills. The service provided by the likes of Louise Garcia and Martin Howes is exactly what a company of our size needs. Speed of response and a good summary of the potential risks.’

          ‘Louise Garcia and Martin Howes jointly and individually provide an exemplary service with both responsiveness and great advice.’

          Key clients

          Ecotricity Group Limited

          St James’ Construction Limited

          UK Power Solutions Limited

          Geoffrey Osborne Limited

          Osborne Infrastructure Limited

          Osborne Homes Limited

          Geocisa Limited

          Britannia Construction Limited

          Qatari Diar Europe LLP

          Ove Arup & Partners International Limited

          University of Southampton

          University of the West of England

          Deconstruct (UK) Limited

          Cape Homes Limited

          Ascent Development Ltd/Barola Asset Management Ltd

          Complete Utilities Ltd

          Smith’s (Gloucester) Ltd

          Lowery Limited

          Forcia Limited

          Vitruvius Management Services Limited

          Zero Carbon Farms

          PR&S Construction Limited

          Rob Cole Civil Engineering Limited

          Hewer Facilities Management Limited

          Design Installation Service Limited

          Bath Demolition Limited

          Cotswold Energy Group Limited

          Moss Construction and Project Management Limited

          Vertical Future Limited

          Quality By Design Limited

          GT Civils Group Ltd

          Willmore Iles Architects

          3ti Energy Hubs Limited

          Dorfold Hall (Events) Limited

          Octaga Group Limited

          Stirling Mortimer No. 8 Fund UK Land Limited

          JND Building Services Limited

          Build Limited

          Monta Captial PLC

          Work highlights

          • Providing advice on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters to Osborne, a major national contractor working on significant projects for prestigious employers.
          • Advising Zero Carbon Farms on the building contracts, professional appointments and ancillary documents for the construction of a new farm.
          • Provided advice for St James’ Construction Limited on the development of a new hotel complex at Carbis Bay, St Ives, including drafting all necessary construction documents, as well as the professional appointments, and continues to act on contractual issues which have arisen including termination provisions and extensions of time.

          RWK Goodman

          After the merger between Goodman Derrick and Royds Withy King in May 2022 the now RWK Goodman has consolidated its construction and engineering practice to cover a wide range of clients and sectors, including utility providers, contractors and employers. Andrew Ash heads the Bath-based team and specialises in contentious construction and engineering assignments, with particular expertise in the infrastructure, energy and renewables sectors. The non-contentious leg of the practice is headed by Catherine Welch, who is experienced in matters pertaining to procurement and contracts.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Ash; Catherine Welch


          ‘RWK continue to provide a friendly, supportive and professional service to our business. The RWK team meets deadlines and provides robust, trustworthy advice. Many value-added extras continue to be provided as part of their service, such as, case law updates / monthly face-to-face meetings, free annual course on a contract / issue of my choice for my team. They are always at the end of the phone if I need a quick legal check on something.’

          ‘Andrew Ash has made an extreme effort to understand our business and its legal needs in contracting. He is honest, forthright and not afraid to deal with / confront issues we may not like in the advice he gives. He gives a balanced view on contentious issues and as a consequence we have a fantastic working relationship.’

          ‘Catherine Welch gives professional, concise advice on non-contentious issues for us. Through our good working relationship she has tailored the advice to suit our commercial aspirations explaining precisely some of the reasoning for giving the advice she does.’

          ‘RWK have a very professional and helpful team. They are highly knowledgeable in their fields and work with our team as collaboratively as possible. We have worked with a couple of the Partners and their associate team.’

          ‘The team as a whole are incredibly thorough. They are on top of the papers in a way that is rare to find generally, but even rarer at their price point. Incredibly efficient and bright individuals. Always adopt the approach of wanting to work with counsel in a genuinely collaborative manner.’

          ‘Andrew Ash is incredibly bright and personable. Adopts a collaborative approach, knows the papers on his cases inside out and provides detailed instructions.’

          Key clients

          Bespoke Land (Southwales) Limited

          Harper Stone Properties Limited

          Inspire Contract Services Ltd

          Kerr Office Group Limited

          M.J. Church (Plant) Limited

          NIBE Industrier AB (publ)

          St Hilda’s College, Oxford University

          Stovax Heating Group

          THAT Clifton Limited

          Western Power Distribution Plc

          Work highlights

          • Advised a consultancy company, responsible for designing, manufacturing and installing specialist plant and equipment for nuclear projects, on its supply chain procurement strategy and associated contracts incorporating the NEC standard forms.
          • Advised a civil engineering and groundworks contractor on its framework contracts and associated supply chain contracts for a national road infrastructure scheme.
          • Providing a UK educational establishment with guidance for dealing with the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on the construction of a new and strategically important testing and research facility.

          Thrings LLP

          With offices across the South West in Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Romsey, Thrings LLP has been increasingly involved in construction matters in the renewables and sustainability sectors alongside its strengths in commercial and residential developments as well as real estate finance projects. Practice head Natalia Sokolov leads the team and is well versed across the whole range of non-contentious construction work, including drafting and negotiating contracts, providing construction due diligence in disposals, corporate transactions and real estate acquisitions. Alastair Govier handles disputes resolution matters. Steve McCombe  retired in October 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Natalia Sokolov

          Other key lawyers:

          Alastair Gover

          Key clients

          Anthony Best Dynamics Ltd

          Bourne Group Ltd

          Baylis Estates Ltd – Cribbs Causeway

          Baylis Estates Ltd – Fox Den Road

          Josal Property Development Limited

          Create Real Estate Limited – Cardiff, Marchmount and Dumfries House

          Create Real Estate – Bristol, Portwall Lofts

          Work highlights

            Stephens Scown LLP

            Providing ‘solid, practical and truly expert advice’, Stephens Scown LLP‘s Exeter and Truro-based construction team is regularly instructed in matters relating to housing, finance, renewable energy and fire safety. Practice head Jim Gorrod possesses a ‘high level of market knowledge’ and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, such as drafting build contracts, appointments and collateral warranties or advising on contractual disputes. Brian Dolan is frequently involved in construction litigation, acting on behalf of a number of clients ranging from contractors to developers.

            Practice head(s):

            Jim Gorrod

            Other key lawyers:

            Brian Dolan


            ‘Very commercially aware, and gives a good amount of responsibility to associates (subject to supervision) so that they can develop their skills whilst the partners focus on where they can really add value.’

            ‘Jim Gorrod is very good at allocating his team to their strengths, and also gives really astute advice to clients, based on a high level of market knowledge.’

            ‘I have dealt with many firms across the course of some 40 years in the construction industry, there is only one firm I regularly select or recommend when asked. If you want solid, practical and truly expert advice, Stephens Scown are the people you need.’

            ‘Through all of our engagements working with Stephens Scown there is one common thread which typifies the exceptional service from the construction team, and that is the input and direction from Jim Gorrod.’

            Key clients

            Lantoom Quarry

            S D Plastering

            Hastoe Housing Association

            Magna Housing

            Red Earth Developments

            Eco-Bos Limited

            CAP Ceilings and Partitions

            Otter South West

            Cathedral Builders

            Porthia Group

            Work highlights

            • Acting for Lantoom Quarry Limited in relation to a dispute with Barratt Homes regarding alleged defective stone supplied by the Quarry and used in the construction of 100 or so houses on a site in Looe Cornwall.
            • Acting for this S D Plastering Ltd in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
            • Regularly instructed by Hastoe Housing Association Limited to draft or review contracts, as well as providing advice on procurement and contractual disputes related to building projects that they are involved in.

            Trowers & Hamlins LLP

            Trowers & Hamlins LLP joins the ranking with a construction practice that sports expertise across the areas of development and regeneration, the public sector, housing and education, amongst others. The team also fields extensive know-how on construction disputes; this side of the practice is headed by Oliver Williams in Exeter, while London-based Stephanie Canham leads on the non-contentious side of the practice. Associate Lydia Stuart-Banks and solicitor Tao Smart are further key contacts.

            Practice head(s):

            Oliver Williams; Stephanie Canham

            Other key lawyers:

            Lydia Stuart-Banks; Tao Smart

            Key clients

            Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

            Devonshire Homes Limited

            Department for Education

            Abri Limited




            Ravelin Housing Group Limited

            Vistry Partnerships

            Moss Property Investments

            Work highlights

            • Acted for the Department for Education in relation to a number of projects, drafting and negotiating building contracts as well as having construction input into the ancillary documents such as agreements for lease.
            • Acted for Abri Group in relation to the purchase of a disused brewery site in Southville, Bristol with a view to development for demolition and refurbishment with construction of 107 residential units with communal space/ office workspace and commercial workspace
            • Advised the Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association on a number of construction matters this year, including advising on and negotiating a JCT ICD 2016 build contract relating to the construction of their new build store/office and associated external works.