Construction in South West

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP has considerable capabilities in procurements, transactions, advisory work and dispute resolution. The fields of expertise of the team are urban regeneration, housing projects, hospital estates and highways, and it also has know-how in the education, waste and renewable energy sectors. Louise Robling is considered to be an 'exceptional legal adviser'; she focuses on contentious work and leads the practice jointly with Andrew Tobin, who also heads up the nationwide group. Jonathan Turner specialises in social housing matters.

Practice head(s):

Louise Robling; Andrew Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Bradberry; Jonathan Turner 

Testimonials

‘This team benefits from the excellent training and support provided by Louise Robling. She has a skill at creating exceptional lawyers. The main attribute of this team is that they understand the issues but are pragmatic in their approach. ’

‘Louise Robling has and continues to be an exceptional legal adviser. She is smart, tactical and self assured. The key to her brilliance is that this self-assurance presents creates a calm and measured lawyer. Her approach is to achieve the best for her client. She doesn’t unnecessarily score points and the good relations she builds with all parties adds an unexpected value for her clients particularly when dealing with disputes in the context of a long term commercial relationship. Her approach enables her client to satisfactorily resolve the dispute without burning commercial bridges. ’

‘Knowledge base and expertise. Accessibility and clarity of advice notes.’

‘Their extensive knowledge of both the PFI contract coupled with their strong understanding of the operation, is clear, with every piece of advice given focusing on the impact on our patients and staff.’

 

Key clients

Viridor

Network Homes

Peabody Housing

Places for People Group

Sovereign Housing Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Sanctuary Group

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Havering

Carlisle City Council

Work highlights

  • Assisted the London Borough of Havering with the procurement of a joint venture partner to deliver redevelopment and renewal of 12 sites in Havering.
  • Advised London Borough of Waltham Forest on the procurement to appoint a developer partner to develop three sites adjacent to Lea Bridge Station.
  • Advised BXS LP as the master developer in connection with Brent Cross South re-development in North West London.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's construction practice is home to 'excellent and knowledgeable partners and associates' who advise clients from the nuclear, transport, defence and infrastructure sectors on construction matters. It is regularly involved in significant projects as well as in disputes, and the team is led by energy specialist Steven JamesMarcus Harling is a key name in procurements and the delivery of construction and development projects, while Lloyd James is a versed infrastructure practitioner. Richard Adams 'always has excellent grasp of the details' and director Jessica Evans 'has the ability to quickly get to the heart of the technical issues' William Gard retired in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Harling; Richard Adams; Jessica Evans; Lloyd James; Karen Paley

Testimonials

‘An all round excellent and responsive firm, with excellent and knowledgeable partners and associates who understand clearly the issues, providing clear guidance about the best routes to navigate complex matters. They are practical, pragmatic and understand the commercial realities faced by clients.’

‘This is an excellent team. Very supportive, full of ideas, and keen to share knowledge to help our members.’

‘Depth of expertise, responsiveness, solutions-focussed approach.’

‘Very customer focussed. The team pro-actively engage with the client team, assess need and provide robust, sound and considered advice. They are fully aware and discuss latest proceedings and rulings to ensure advice is up to the minute. Fully collaborative with workshops and meetings held in a free flowing way to ensure all aspects and areas are covered. Response times to queries are always good and you feel a genuine approach to listen and respond to client concerns and comments where no question is silly. Solid approach to carbon management and reduction and the client team receive regular invites to talks and meetings on wider legal areas of interest.’

‘Richard Adams is an excellent lawyer. He is a calm and clear thinker who understands very complex matters and makes them simple for others to understand. He always has excellent grasp of the details and provides clear, practical solutions to complex matters and provides clear leadership when navigating factually and technically complex disputes. It is always a pleasure to work with Richard and he inspires confidence in those around him.’

‘Jessica Evans has the ability to quickly get to the heart of the technical issues. Jessica has proven to be a good strategist, running her team well under tight timescales and she is a stickler for perfection both in the work of her team and her appointed experts. Needless to say, these qualities lead to good results.’

‘Richard Adams and Karen Paley – both absolutely superb lawyers and good fun to work with.’

‘Very responsive, very on top of the detail, highly engaged and well-prepared.’

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Transport for Wales and Welsh Government

Eden Geothermal

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Transport for Wales and Welsh Ministers/ Welsh Government  on all construction aspects of a major national rail infrastructure project for procurement of operator and development partner (ODP) to transform the Wales and Borders franchise and South Wales Metro and deliver economic regeneration across Wales.
  • Advising Highways England on all aspects of the works required to the Strategic Road Network (including the M25) in order to accommodate the expansion of Heathrow Airport to include the proposed new third runway.
  • Advising United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on all construction aspects of the Fusion Foundations programme and the Culham Commercial Development programme.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is highlighted for providing 'robust strategic advice with a hefty dose of commercial realism on the side.' The well-established group is instructed by developers, contractors, investors, funders and public sector institutions, and has know-how in the residential, education and energy area. Philip Davies is experience in construction and engineering procurement work, while Rob Horne is a key contact in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and disputes. Carl Thompson is well versed in energy and utility projects; together, they lead the practice. Alexandra Gower's advice is 'focused, clear and most importantly practical.' Associate director David Kirkpatrick is another disputes practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Philip Davies; Carl Thompson; Rob Horne

Other key lawyers:

Alex Gower; David Kirkpatrick

Testimonials

‘The non contentious construction team at OC provides robust strategic advice with a hefty dose of commercial realism on the side. They resource projects well with lean teams of lawyers of suitable qualification doing the day to day work with partner involvement overseeing things; and the partners involve are always up to spend on the key issues.’

‘Carl Thompson is very commercially savvy and is always goes above and beyond the call of duty.’

‘Alexandra Gower provides high quality advice that is focused, clear and most importantly practical. ’

‘The team are fantastic with a pro-active and ‘can-do’ attitude. Really helpful in providing solutions to problems rather than just presenting problems.’

‘Phil Davies is fantastic and a very much valued partner to our business. We work extremely closely with Phil and his team and they are a crucial part of the success of each development we build. Phil creates relationships with all of our contracting businesses and can be relied upon to progress matters effectively and negotiate agreements in a timely manner.’

‘The team at OC have phenomenal collective knowledge of the UK renewables sector built up over a decade and more of intense activity in a variety of different capacities. The knowledge sharing and trust across the departments is strong which means that as a client, I have access to collective knowledge of the industry.’

‘The OC team are highly engaging delivering senior level strategic understanding and traction from the start of every assignment in which I have worked with them. The collaboration across the teams is strong, meaning that we benefit from collective knowledge without any particular effort.’

‘A local law firm that manages to be big enough to attract quality staff, yet small enough to care about regional clients.’

Key clients

U and I Plc

GLP (formerly Gazeley)

Royal Bank of Scotland

WPD

Foresight Group

Redevco UK Limited

Equitix

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

M&G Real Estate

Lifestory Group Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

RKE Biogroup Ltd

Fusion Students

Gazprombank (as agent for PJSC Cryogenmash)

Minety Battery Storage Limited (China Huaneng HK Ltd)

Nordheat Denmark A/S

BDW

Fiera Real Estate

Cubex Land Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing advice to GLP on its entire programme of industrial logistics developments.
  • Advising Fiera Capital and Cubex Land on the development of the Finzels Reach Estate in Bristol which this year has involved advising on a new grade A 100,000 sq ft office building, over 200 build to rent units forward sold to Grainger and 66 affordable housing units forward sold to Yarlington Housing Group.
  • Advised China Huaneng Group on its investment and development of the ground-breaking 100MW battery storage project in Wiltshire, Europe’s largest battery storage facility.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP fields a ‘a talented group of individuals‘ who advise on regeneration schemes, procurement of construction projects and construction contracts. The team has considerable know-how in related disputes; this is also the area of expertise of practice head Patrick Blake and Stephen Homer. The client portfolio includes contractors, local authorities and waste and utility companies.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Blake

Other key lawyers:

Mark Manning; Stephen Homer

Testimonials

‘Patrick Blake: very personable, readily available, insightful, extensive case law knowledge that he cites with ease, generally gives feeling of comfort with a very strong sense of empathy.’

‘Stephen Homer is confident in his legal views, very experienced and calm under pressure.’

‘This is a small team of construction focussed professionals with a great deal of expertise.’

‘Stephen Homer is an excellent leader and keeps the focus on the client’

‘Ashfords have a strong construction practice with a range of qualified lawyers able to advise on a wide range of matters. Billing is detailed and reasonable and the lawyers themselves are very user-friendly.’

‘Principle adviser to us is Stephen Homer who is very experienced and knowledgeable, never afraid to point out where we might not be right. Stephen particularly advises on contentious matters with his experience of acting as an adjudicator.’

‘Their team are a talented group of individuals, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable. They take time to understand the nature of the problem and deliver a service which is second to none.’

‘Stephen Homer is a talented Construction Lawyer, very Knowledgeable and considerate. I have worked with a number of law firms over the years and Ashfords stand head and shoulders above most of the rest. They train their staff very well and always provide excellent advice.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

Midas Construction Limited

Mi-space (UK) Limited

United Living Group

Exeter City Council

London Borough of Hackney

Bi-Borough authority of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the City of Westminster

CC Construction Limited

Devon Contractors Limited

WFC Contractors Limited

Canterbury City Council

The Cambridge Union Society

Exeter Deaf Academy Trading Limited

Enterijer Jankovic d.o.o

EJ Interiors Limited

Mid Devon District Council

Flood Control International Limited

NPS South West Limited

DSVG Façade Limited

EP Langage Limited

Exeter City Living Ltd

SAS Utility Services Ltd

Ward Williams Associates

Makers Construction Limited

Tithegrove Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Canterbury City Council in respect of its claim relating to the design and construction of the Marlowe Theatre.
  • Advising Exeter City Council on its claim relating to time and budget overruns at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
  • Advising the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on the construction documentation for ‘Stage 1’ of the Council’s New Homes Delivery Programme, which will cover 4 separate sites and deliver new homes to be offered at various tenures.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP offers 'excellent and professional service' in construction disputes, contracts and project management. The team is regularly instructed by funders, employers, contractors and consultants, which are often from the social housing, energy, transport and infrastructure areas. Zoe Stollard is a key contact in non-contentious construction and supply contracts; she heads up the team with London-based Priscilla Hall and James Driver in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Priscilla Hall; Zoe Stollard; James Driver

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Wearing Evans

Testimonials

‘Enthusiastic team with wide ranging skills, but whilst holding good technical client knowledge also recognising the commercial elements and importance on matters.’

‘The team are very client-focused, quick to react to issues as they arise and good engagement from partner level down.’

‘Very good commercial understanding with construction contracts and good practical guidance with dispute resolution.’

‘The team made themselves readily available to assist and took the added Covid-complication in their stride. Their prompt responses and professional support were well received by our team.

‘Very impressive with the the different specialist teams they have that possess great knowledge in their field. Each team and individual harnesses the skill and knowledge of each other to provide excellent and professional service.’

‘All the individuals I deal with are excellent and very professionally driven, always kept me informed and updated.’

‘Zoe Stollard is really professional and supportive whenever needed. I feel very confident to always pick up the phone, because I know she will always answer and be there to help.’

Key clients

Ashville Group

Aster Group

GreenSquare Group

L&Q Group incl London & Quadrant Housing & Quadrant Construction Services

LiveWest

Lloyds Bank PLC

Robert Hitchins Limited

Somerset Passenger Solutions Limited

Solon South West

Stonewater Housing Association (Stonewater Ltd)

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Guinness

Host 2 Limited

Ingersoll Rand

Work highlights

  • Acting for a number of Tier 1 preliminary and site operations consortia on NEC3 contracts for Hinkley Point C, with total contract values exceeding £500 million.
  • Advising a number of social housing developers in preparing suites of contracts for them, together with ad hoc queries.
  • Acting for several real estate investors and developers in buying or selling properties, involving construction due diligence at various stages of the build-life.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's members have a 'great deal of knowledge at their fingertips and their experience shines through.' The construction team handles procurements, national and international projects, and disputes, and has also experience in infrastructure and engineering matters. It is instructed by developers, contractors, project managers, funders and public sector clients. Practice head Chris Hoar covers both, contentious and transactional work. Alan Tate has special know-how in public-funded projects.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hoar

Testimonials

‘Michelmores have brought a wealth of knowledge to a broad range of contractual discussions and disputes. Their advice has been excellent and is often immediate with further confirmatory detail around precedent to quickly follow. They have a great deal of knowledge at their fingertips and their experience shines through. They are extremely transparent and accurate in their billing which ensures financial processes are streamlined.’

‘We work very closely with Alan Tate and find him totally professional in all aspects of what he carries out. In particular we appreciate his dedication, attention to detail and sense of humour.’

‘Diligent and ready to adopt hard positions for us (even if we weren’t necessarily aware we should push) Willing to consider strategic and tactical positions with counterparties to achieve the ultimate end goal of the client, including specifically: focus on key areas of important for us as the client;  understanding of immoveable positions from the counterparty; and remaining aware of the transaction timetable and necessary approvals’

‘It was almost as if Catherine Davis was working in house – which proved to be very useful throughout.’

‘Great team and depth of knowledge. Excellent understanding of client.’

‘Alan Tate and Catherine Davies both have excellent construction knowledge. They are of course experienced in their field but they also provide a rounded response to Clients recognising that a pragmatic solution may be required to resolve contract issues which has been particularly important during the Covid 19 pandemic. ’

‘Chris Hoar brings a wealth of expertise. His guidance has helped recognise what is realistic and practical to achieve. He always seems to be several steps ahead of the current conversation and this; with his gentle but firm style, is wonderful.’

‘The team at Michelmores have taken the time over many years to understand our business, which that has some complex legal arrangements underpinning it. This understanding of the business saves on fees long term and means we can get to the crux of any issue in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Sandy Park Hotel Ltd.

Brighton & Sussex Hospitals University NHS Trust

Mindful Chef Ltd

Kingsbridge Estates Ltd.

British Solar Renewables Ltd.

Bristol City Council

Mount Wise (Devon) Ltd.

Torbay Council acting via the Torbay Development Agency

Chilworth Construction Management Ltd

Downing LLP

Saba Park Services UK Ltd

Cornwall Council

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Brady Construction Services Ltd

The Cavanna Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sandy Park Hotel Ltd with its construction projects.
  • Advised Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust on some significant claims and providing advice on the documentation of overall negotiated settlements.
  • Advising Bristol City Council on the off-site manufacture of “pods” for housing.

TLT

TLT fields a team of experienced construction practitioners who act for suppliers, developers and government clients. It works on procurement matters, infrastructure projects, commercial and residential development schemes, and it represents clients in a variety of disputes, including arbitration and adjudication cases. Practice head Simon Goss is praised for his 'knowledge, advice and availability'. Tom Wrzesien has expertise in the contentious space.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goss

Other key lawyers:

Tom Wrzesien 

Testimonials

‘Excellent team work – passing matters within team to person of right level and between teams to get to correct specialist or strategic input.’

‘In-depth experience of the construction market and law. Clear commitment to client service, maintaining an excellent level of service and support throughout lockdown. Respond very quickly to meet our requirements. Excellent level of support across the firm from partner to paralegal.’

‘Simon Goss: his knowledge, advice and availability have been instrumental in getting a significant 9-figure construction framework negotiated and executed. His support and engagement, along with colleagues and associates, is always proportionate. At no time do I feel that he or the firm “load the room” to drive up fees.’

‘They are reliable, quick, always awalaible and supportive’

‘TLT have significantly strengthened their Construction team over the last couple of years. What has been of great value is that TLT have taken on board what we are trying to achieve commercially, the points on which we are willing to negotiate and have approached their drafting accordingly to arrive at the agreed position. The team is also very transparent and sets realistic targets in terms of availability, which is hugely helpful when planning timelines or responses internally. We have always been provided with reasonable fee estimates, which have largely been accurate and not exceeded without our agreement.’

‘Excellent experience and knowledge of the Property Sector and Integrator market in particular as well as excellent experience and knowledge of Public Contract Regulations.’

‘Can explain complex legal jargon in an easily understood form.’

 

Key clients

Peabody Group

Swan Housing Association Limited

Blackfinch Investments

Santander

Stonewater

Network Homes

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

Savills plc

Midas Construction

Babcock International Group

Department for Education

NHS England & NHS Improvements

Department for International Trade

Suntory

London Borough of Haringey

Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy

American Express

Galliford Try

Sennybridge

Kellogg’s

Bart’s Ingredients

Impact Capital Real Estate

Warrington Borough Council

VWV

VWV 'shows exemplary levels of commitment and consistently maintains an effective working relationship.' Its client portfolio comprises universities and other education institutions, local and central government, and companies from the energy, aerospace and healthcare sectors. It handles secured lending, disputes and construction law advisory work. Practice head Huw Morgan is a key contact for funders, building owners, developers, contractors and construction professionals alike. Jason Prosser is an expert in building contracts, collateral warranties and professional appointments. Senior associates Alice Lang and Kai von Pahlen are also integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Huw Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Jason Prosser; Alice Lang; Kai von Pahlen

Testimonials

‘The practice reacts quickly and with detail. It is willing to properly understand the issues quickly. In any activity that involves legals, speed or lack of it can have a determining influence. The company also has a willingness to collaborate in an open manner and listen as opposed to lecturing.’

‘The large firm of VWV has a reputation that carries some weight in disputes, on a “you get what you pay for” basis. They are not cheap but because of that other people know their clients are serious.’

‘The partner I dealt, Jason Prosser, provided an excellent service on both engagements consulted on. His advice was measured, proportionate and focused on the specific to the scenarios and risks. He did not allow the scope to creep and his fee estimating was accurate and provided good value for the risk reduction achieved.’

‘Availability of VWV, their calm approach and attention to detail’

‘Huw Morgan: Always available, truly listens and takes on board the clients wishes.’

‘The team provide timely, practical advice’

‘VWV shows exemplary levels of commitment and consistently maintains an effective working relationship. ’

‘Kai von Pahlen shows consistently strong project management skills and demonstrates a high level of competence and expertise in construction law. Kai gives timely and accurate advice, and will tailor his expertise to the needs and requirements of the client. The communication is professional from the outset and throughout.’

Key clients

Cassidy Group

Airbus Operations Limited

University of Bristol

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Bath Spa University

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Taylor Maxwell & Co Limited

CityAxis Limited

Bristol City Football Club Limited

Stepnell Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of Bristol on the appointment of the professional team for its £350 million Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus development in the heart of Bristol.
  • Advising Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Bears Rugby on their respective multi-million pound developments to create state of the art internal and external training facilities.
  • Advising new developer client Cassidy Group on a series of substantial student accommodation and private rented sector projects with a total value exceeding £200 million.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is noted for having 'a clear strategy and understanding quickly the weaknesses and strengths of a case.' The team works well across its various offices nationally and internationally, and is often instructed by contractors. Its main area of expertise are infrastructure and energy projects, in which it advises on contentious and non-contentious aspects. Peter O’Brien heads up the practice and is a key contact for employers, contractors and sub-contractors in disputes. Director Kate Lister also has considerable know-how in construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Josh Roberts; Kate Lister

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice. Excellent availability. Regular checking in and ensuring we are happy.’

‘Peter O’Brien and Josh Roberts have been excellent, really taking the pressure off in-house legal and efficiently resolving issues and bringing matters to a successful conclusion.’

‘Kate Lister provides excellent support to Peter, putting in the hard work necessary to keep the office’s construction team growing and functioning under increasing work load. She is a future star’

‘Very knowledgeable and shrewd. The team has a clear strategy and understands quickly the weaknesses and strengths of a case.’

‘Peter O’Brien: Excellent strategist. Always available to help or provide guidance.’

‘Kate Lister: Switched on. Always available. Hardworking and understands strategy very well.’

Key clients

MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd

M+W Group GmbH

Designer M&E Services UK

Work highlights

  • Representing M+W in proceedings commenced by the employer, Energy Works Limited, in the Technology & Construction Court in London.
  • Successfully represented M+W in the Court of Appeal in relation to multiple disputes with a civils subcontractor.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is known to 'deliver practical expert advice', in particular in the health, insurance and real estate sectors. The team is regularly involved in construction claims, acting for insurers, as well as public sector and house builder clients on construction projects. Practice head Ben Thornycroft advises on procurement and contracts, while Philip Roberts is a specialist in indemnity claims against construction professionals.

Practice head(s):

Ben Thornycroft

Other key lawyers:

Ben Thomas; Leon Smith

Testimonials

‘Construction knowledge at partner level, forensic approach to understanding the implications of actions.’

‘Phill Roberts leads the team with his background in consulting engineers.’

‘The team delivers practical expert advice to allow our clients to successfully navigate disputes. They collaborate excellently with us and our clients and act as an extension of our business.’

‘Leon Smith is an extremely tenacious and diligent practitioner. He consistently delivers expert advice, and is prepared to ‘battle’ where required, or otherwise resolve disputes in a timely and cost effective manner with an appropriate exit strategy.’

‘Phillip Roberts is an excellent leader of the team. He is calm, collected and super reassuring to us and our clients. He provides expert advice and guidance on how to resolve disputes pragmatically and in a cost effective manner. As a former construction professional he really understands what things are like ‘on the ground’.’

 

Key clients

Westfield Europe Limited

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Backhouse Housing

Crown Commercial Services

Aviva Insurance

Deeley Freed Estates

Shore Capital Group

QBE Insurance Company (UK) Ltd

Bristol Water plc

Crest Nicholson

Work highlights

  • Advised Shore Capital on the construction of two tower blocks of student accommodation with 245 bedrooms and communal facilities.
  • Assisted Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust with the building contract for a new six storey hospital building at St Thomas Hospital.
  • Assisted Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council with the NEC4 Contract for a new surface water sewer to serve a development of food units, offices, cinema complex and multi-storey car park at Chester Northgate.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s members are instructed by private, public and non-profit sector clients as well as contractors, sub-contractors and consultants. It has in-depth experience of the education, hotel and leisure, infrastructure, housing and energy sectors. The key practitioners are Louise GarciaMartin HoweJon Close and Tom PhillipsNeel Mehta and Andrew Thompson joined from Ashfords LLP and Devonshires Solicitors LLP respectively in 2020, while Louise Elmes  joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in March 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Louise Garcia; Martin Howe; Jon Close; Tom Phillips; Neel Mehta; Andrew Thompson; Louise Elmes

Testimonials

‘We have engaged Jon Close on a number of occasions over several years and have also recommended Jon to our own clients. Over the years we have engaged Jon to assist us on a number of complex adjudications and on each occasion Jon has provided advice which has resulted in a positive outcome for both us and our clients. Jon is an erudite individual with an encyclopedic knowledge of construction law.’

‘This team is agile and responsive and always looks for a solution that delivers the client’s preferred outcome. I have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with this team and always recommend them to clients as I have the upmost confidence that they will add value and provide commercially astute service and advice.’

‘Jon Close in particular is a fantastic networker and is blessed with a contact directory that always enhances the client experience. Added to which the Keystone model enables partner-led advice at a more reasonable fee amount and the Keystone model also ensures that genuine sector specialists are engaged where there is merit in doing so. a genuinely collaborative practice.’

‘Jon Close and Tom Phillips are fantastic committed passionate construction professionals and they absolutely take the time to understand the client’s business and what they can do to help and address any issues.’

 

Key clients

Ecotricity Group Limited

JND Building Services Limited

St James’ Construction Limited

UK Power Solutions Limited

Geoffrey Osborne Limited (and other Group companies)

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

South East Rail Construction Limited/Lowery Ltd

Forcia Limited

Build Limited

Geocisa limited

Vitruvius Management Services Limited

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

Britannia Construction Limited

Pennyfarthing Construction Limited

Quality By Design Limited

GT Civils Group Ltd

Parabel (UK) Limited

Altcar Solar Limited

Wind Energy Solutions

Willmore Iles Architects

3ti Energy Hubs Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Geoffrey Osborne Group  on the non-contentious and contentious aspects, dealing directly with senior directors of the company across the various divisions of road, rail, commercial and housing.
  • Acting for Wind Energy Solutions in the project documentation and negotiation of corporate documentation including the sale and purchase agreement.
  • Acted in non-contentious construction & engineering matters for Ecotricity Group and its various subsidiary companies.

Royds Withy King

Led by the 'excellent advocate and advisor' Andrew Ash, the team at Royds Withy King covers contentious and non-contentious construction matters. It acts for contractors and sub-contractors; developers and employers; and consultants.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ash

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Welch

Testimonials

‘The team seemed to complement each other in that one was methodical and detailed and the other forthright and bombastic in the correct degree.’

‘Very supportive, professional, friendly team. We have a regular catch-ups to check how the week has gone and review any latest issues – all non-chargeable. In addition prior to Covid the Team were introducing ‘value added’ activities as part of their service. The RWK team meets deadlines and provides robust, trustworthy advice.’

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

‘Catherine Welch – dealing with non-contentious issues Catherine gives professional, concise advice. 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.’

‘Our contact is Andrew Ash and he is an excellent advocate and advisor but he is backed up by an excellent team and partner with colleagues in different areas of the law. The depth and breadth of experience and capability is an excellent resource for our institution.’

‘Our contact is Andrew Ash and he is an excellent advocate and advisor. He encourages my organisation to avoid litigation and empowers us to see away through to resolution by discussion and negotiation but always armed with the legal background, and an understanding of risk.’

 

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters; it acts for clients from the infrastructure, in particular telecommunication and water industry, retail and leisure, and residential development space. The team, which is led by Natalia Sokolov, also has experience in secured lending and development finance. Steve McCombe handles disputes relating to office buildings, power stations and railway stations, among others.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Sokolov

Other key lawyers:

Steve McCombe 

Key clients

Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

Baylis Estates Limited

Bourne Group Ltd

Bristol Water plc

OakNorth Bank PLC

Tithegrove Limited

TrueSpeed Communications Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Anthony Best Dynamics Limited on a project involving the client’s second purpose-built manufacturing facility for the automotive testing in Wiltshire.
  • Advising Baylis Estates Limited on various construction-related matters involving the development and sale of business parks, commercial plots and infrastructure.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey is active in construction matters in the energy, infrastructure, retail and technology sectors. The team has banks, contractors, councils and retailers on its client roster. Ian Stubbs is knowledgeable in construction aspects of transactions in the energy and infrastructure space. Tris Tucker is well versed in dispute resolution, and Brian Hitchcock specialises in procurement law; together, they lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Stubbs; Tris Tucker; Brian Hitchcock

Testimonials

‘The team at FA were always welcoming and open in all of our discussions and involvements. The FA team often involved more junior staff in our meetings to promote their learning and development. Not only was it great to see their commitment to the development of their staff but those staff members also came across as very knowledgable.’

Key clients

WElink

BSR (British Solar Renewables)

DWR Cymru Welsh Water

Goonhilly Earth Station

TClarke plc

Eden Project

Plymouth City Council

Bank of London and the Middle East

Devon County Council

Acorn Property Group

Willmott Dixon

Green Frog Connect

ABC International Bank Limited

Screwfix / Kingfisher / B&Q PLC

WElink Energy Group

NEC Energy Solutions, Inc

Corre Energy

Studio Hive Group

Apartment for London

Atlas Hive Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead legal advisor for WElink in relation to two major utility scale solar PV projects, both in Portugal.
  • Advised Plymouth City Council on the design and construction of the Forder Valley Link Road and early feasibility stages of the Manadon large local major scheme (LLM).
  • Advised TW Dixon in relation to successfully resisting enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision on the grounds of “manifest injustice”.

Stephens Scown LLP

The team at Stephens Scown LLP handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters for banks, other financial institutions, housing associations and local authorities. It has special know-how in contracts and disputes relating to social housing as well as solar park and wind turbine projects. Practice head Jim Gorrod is a specialist in the aforementioned areas.

Practice head(s):

Jim Gorrod

Other key lawyers:

Brian Dolan

Testimonials

‘I would say that this team punches above its weight and has a depth and breadth of experience with big projects that are both local and further afield – it certainly doesn’t limit its practice to the South West.’

‘Jim Gorrod – very experienced in a wide range of projects, with a commercial attitude and light touch that works very well.’

‘Great balance between legal knowledge and practical application to real world issues.’

‘The team has an ability to get to the nub of the issue quickly and without fuss, and takes the time to update their clients at every step of the way.’

‘I specifically chose Stephens Scown because of Brian Dolan and his ability to pick his way through the minefield of a very tricky and high profile case with absolute clarity whilst being able to fully support his principal and their client.’

Key clients

Lantoom Quarry

S D Plastering

Clifton Emery Design

Hastoe Housing Association

Lloyds Bank

Magna Housing

Empyreal Energy

Red Earth

Noble Construction

Advantage South West

Work highlights

  • Acting for S D Plastering Ltd in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Representing Empyreal Energy Limited in relation to a dispute with their contractor related to the construction/installation of a 5MW solar farm.
  • Acting on behalf of Red Earth in relation to the £20m redevelopment of a large area of waterside properties in Bideford, Devon.