Construction in Wales

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The 'very knowledgeable' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP excels in 'providing clear and constructive advice and support on complex high-value' energy and infrastructure projects. Alison Short leads the team; her practice has a domestic focus, including advising on the engineering and construction contracts to facilitate nuclear projects across the UK. Former co-head Rob McNabb left to join EY LLP in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alison Short

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Aaron

Testimonials

‘The very knowledgeable team provides clear and constructive advice and support on complex high-value matters.’

‘The individuals are approachable and responsive to our requirements and are mindful of the commercial, as well as legal, challenges.’

Key clients

NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

Wales & West Utilities Limited

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Gresham House Storage Fund plc

Verda B.V

Glennmont Partners

Tamasuk Holding Co

TSO EirGrid and TSO RTE

Critical Project Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing NNB Generation Company (HPC) on the procurement of various equipment contracts for the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, Somerset.
  • Representing NNB Generation Company (SZC) in the early stages of implementation of its replication strategy for the procurement of equipment contracts for the new nuclear power station at Sizewell C, Suffolk.
  • Acting on behalf of Shams Ma’an in relation to its 50 MW solar power plant in Jordan.

Hugh James

Led by Ioan Prydderch, the 'experienced and knowledgeable' four-partner team at Hugh James covers the 'necessary breadth of disciplines' to be able to provide a very comprehensive service to private and public sector clients across the gamut of non-contentious and contentious matters. Iwan Jenkins is an 'excellent and commercially focused non-contentious construction lawyer' and is appreciated by clients for his mastery of highly complex contractual documentation and his willingness and aptitude to master new techniques, including the Mutual Investment Model. The 'very approachable, responsive and knowledgeableMatthew Stevens is also recommended and provides 'invaluable insight and guidance' to clients involved in construction and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Prydderch

Other key lawyers:

Iwan Jenkins; Matthew Stevens; Alun Tobias; Jade Zelko

Testimonials

‘An experienced and knowledgeable team covering the necessary breadth of disciplines relevant to construction.’

‘Iwan Jenkins very quickly mastered what were highly complex contractual documents and repeatedly demonstrated his ability to provide the joint client with clear and high-quality legal advice.

‘Iwan Jenkins is an excellent and commercially focused non-contentious construction lawyer. He delivers advice in a calm and reassuring manner and has superb organisational skills.’

‘Iwan Jenkins is friendly and highly approachable. He is very responsive, normally answering calls immediately and emails very promptly and can fairly be characterised as an “always on” individual.’

‘Matthew Stevens is very approachable, responsive, knowledgeable and professional and provides insight and guidance.’

Key clients

Pobl

Coastal Housing

Ely Mill Development Company Limited

Welsh Government

Multiple clients

Celsa UK

Newydd (1974) Housing Association Limited

WRU

Linc Cymru

Melin

Work highlights

  • Advised Pobl on the largest carbon neutral development in the United Kingdom with 225 new homes being built outside Tonyrefail.
  • Representing WRU on the flagship development of long heritage buildings on Westgate Street into a 175-bed luxury hotel.
  • Acting on a major subcontract for the supply of steel for the Hinkley nuclear power station project.

Acuity Law

Acuity Law provides 'commercially astute and cost-effective advice' to developers and contractors, which are appreciative of the firm's 'open and proactive approach to contract drafting and the resolution of any issues that arise that require multi-party agreement'. Team head James Williams is 'not only deeply knowledgeable but also very personable', ensuring that he is a popular choice among clients on front end construction law matters. 'Very knowledgeable and proactive' associate Mark Summers is developing a strong reputation across both contractual work as well as disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Williams

Other key lawyers:

Mark Summers

Testimonials

‘Excellent construction legal advice, proactive and extremely responsive.’

‘ The practice is user-friendly, very knowledgeable on a wide range of commercial development proposals and provides timely service on all matters, from initial appraisals to final detailed agreements.’

‘The one thing that separates Acuity Law from the other legal firms that we do business with is their open and proactive approach to contract drafting and the resolution of any issues that arise that require multi-party agreement.’

‘James Williams and Mark Summers are very knowledgeable in their chosen areas of law, and promote a very proactive approach to contract drafting and legal formations of construction contracts.’

‘James Williams was not only deeply knowledgeable but also very personable, and able to make the often complex areas of contract law accessible to a non-legal professional. He was also very commercially minded and able to take a big picture view of risk and reward.’

Mark Summers is very knowledgeable and proactive.’

Key clients

Rightacres Property Co. Limited

Principality Building Society

Techniquest

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise core developer client, Rightacres, across numerous projects in the capital, including on the delivery of the vast Interchange transport-hub project, as well as the high-end Westgate Hotel.
  • Continues to represent Principality Building Society on the delivery of a growing number of modern homes at its Ely Mill project.
  • Advising science, technology and educational institution Techniquest on the construction elements associated with its extended waterfront site.

Blake Morgan LLP

Benefiting from 'vast construction contract and procurement-based knowledge', Blake Morgan LLP is well-positioned to advise contractors and developers, particularly in relation to major national and UK-wide projects. The 'exceptional' Joanna Rees takes the lead on most of this work, including on behalf of Tranport for Wales, which she continues to advise across a range of contractual and procurement-related matters. Senior associate Kate Howell  is 'very easy to work with' and is gaining a particuarly strong reputation for her skill at handling a range of construction and engineering disputes for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Rees

Other key lawyers:

Simon McCann; Kate Howell

Testimonials

‘The team is a pleasure to deal with and truly collaborates with other lawyers involved in the transaction.’

‘Competent, prompt and clear advice. Very easy to work with.’

‘The unique difference with Blake Morgan is the degree of technical understanding of construction delivery, how that blends with legal processes and mostly importantly, how it can be translated into something that is commercially sound for all parties.’

‘Jo Rees is an exceptional legal advisor and approaches problems with a highly dynamic and pragmatic approach leading to well negotiated outcomes.’

‘Kate Howell is a rising star in my opinion, someone with the maturity and experience that comes with a previous career.’

Kate Howell is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Transport for Wales

Meridiam

City of Cardiff Council

Premier Inns/Whitbread

Welsh Government

Cardiff University

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership – Specialist Estates Services

Andrew Scott Ltd

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Work highlights

  • Worked with the TfW procurement team on the preparation of construction contracts for the Infrastructure Delivery Partners for the Wales and Borders Rail Service and South East Wales Metro.
  • Appointed to advise Meridiam the successful bidder for the Welsh Education Partnership under the Welsh Government’s Mutual Investment Model PPP Programme and are now acting for WEPCo Limited (the Development company progressing the works.)
  • Continue to advise Whitbread on its issues regarding tall buildings and ACM cladding following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Geldards LLP

The 'responsive, knowledgeable and savvy' team at Geldards LLP provides 'clear and effective' advice to a range of stakeholders on contentious and non-contentious matters throughout the project lifecycle. Under the leadership of the 'brilliantTony Norris, who 'understands the political and sensitive nature of the advice required'it is particularly noted for its skill at advising local and central government entities across a range of major instructure and regeneration projects, as well as in relation to drafting effective and robust framework agreements. 'Friendly and approachable' senior associate Claire Laviers provides 'sensible advice' to public and private sector clients across a a range of non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Tony Norris

Other key lawyers:

Claire Laviers; Emma Ashby

Testimonials

They provide advice and talk through contracts in layman’s terms, which allows us to understand complex issues and make advised decisions.’

The contracts have been robust, and for the first time prior to engaging Geldards, we have a performance mechanism that we are able to manage and is fit for purpose. This has recently allowed us to part ways with an under-performing contractor without it costing us.’

‘Geldards’ construction team is worthy of every accolade thrown at it. They are responsive, knowledgeable, savvy, and are quick to understand the nub of every dispute. Their non-contentious construction work is also excellent: they strive hard to draft contracts which are sensibly worded and protect clients whilst minimising the risks of dispute down the line.’

‘Tony Norris is a standout star. He is just brilliant at everything he does.’

‘Tony Norris understands the political and sensitive nature of the advice required and when necessary can call upon other specialists within the practice.’ 

Emma Ashby is a standout individual.’

The friendly and approachable Claire Laviers provides sensible advice.’

Key clients

Carmarthenshire County Council (Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Storage Giant Limited

Sutco (UK) Limited

Geldards LLP

Western Power Distribution

Newydd Housing Association (1974) Ltd

Brunelcare

Arts Council of Wales

The Development Bank of Wales

Wales & West Housing Association

R Lewis & Co

SERS Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Carmarthenshire County Council on the production of next generation South West Wales Contractors Framework worth approximately £1bn.
  • Advised specialist contractor, SUTCO Limited, in relation to a significant renewable energy and waste facility.
  • Continuing the legal support surrounding the growing portfolio of Storage Giant facilities.

Capital Law Limited

Although it is less well-established than some of the firms in the ranking, under the leadership of the 'excellentStuart PearsonCapital Law Limited has quickly established a reputation for its ability to provide 'balanced and commercially astute' advice to private and public sector stakeholders, in relation to energy and infrastructure projects. Trained as a barrister, associate Samuel O’Callaghan deploys his litigation expertise to good effect for clients engaged in construction adjudications, as well as on contract drafting - from a risk management perspective.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Pearson

Other key lawyers:

Samuel O’Callaghan; Lianne Hartley

Testimonials

‘Not the longest established team in Cardiff, but one of the most balanced and commercially astute.’

‘Great people, easy to work with, even when there are issues to resolve.’

‘Stuart Pearson – his balanced practice of contentious and non-contentious work makes him an excellent litigator, there is very little he has not seen before.’

Key clients

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Sero Life Limited

Sero Technologies Limited

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Welsh Government

Bridgend College

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Pobl Group

The Royal Mint Limited

Intelle Construction Limited

Oakwood Student Accommodation Limited

Ascona Group Holdings Limited

Dudley’s Aluminium Limited

Nexdorf Electrical Control Engineering Limited

Dunbia (UK)

AndersonBrecon (UK) Limited/ PCI Pharma Services (PCI)

Government of Ireland, represented by the Consul General of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Sole legal adviser to a pan-Wales innovative project that aims to deliver a long-term treatment/recycling solution for absorbent hygiene product waste across Wales.
  • Advised on one of the world’s first net-zero carbon neighbourhoods in Pontardawe, South Wales, with the development of 35 homes able to generate more clean energy than they use.
  • Advice to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s senior strategic management board on the fast-changing implications of the global pandemic on all of the council’s portfolio of construction projects.

Douglas-Jones Mercer

Firmly focused on the contentious side of the market, Douglas-Jones Mercer has a strong reputation among contractors and sub-contractors, in particular, across a range of litigation, including as it relates to delay claims and final account disputes. 'Exceptionally hardworking' team head Philip Graham is pivotal to this work and also picks up a considerable volume of instructions from office holders in construction matters related to insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Philip Graham

Other key lawyers:

Christian Edwards

Key clients

Jehu Group Ltd

John Weaver (Contractors) Ltd

WRW Group Ltd / WRW Construction Ltd

Skelton Thomas Engineering Ltd

Rowecord Holdings Ltd

Stones & Co

Nautilus Roofing & Exteriors Ltd

Craigdam Services Ltd

Central Roofing (South Wales) Limited

JJ Davies Building Contractors Ltd

Seminar Components UK Ltd

Williams Llandeilo Ltd

Tawe Drylining & Plastering Ltd

Amroc Heating Services Ltd

Umbra Building Services Ltd

Shufflebottom Limited

Haywood Homes (CR) Ltd

JP Construction & Design Ltd

The Bible College of Wales

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented WRW Construction Limited in serial adjudications associated with a development in Twickenham and the subsequent enforcement of an adjudication determination.
  • Advising WRW on matters related to its work on the £24m Oldway House Swansea development of student accommodation.
  • Acted in numerous adjudications for a specialist sub-contractor concerning works at a national hotel group and other substantial private sector developments.

Morgan LaRoche

Led by Steve Mundy Morgan LaRoche's three-strong team handles a range of local and UK-wide contentious and non-contentious work for developers and contractors. Adjudications account for a significant proportion the team's instructions, while on the non-contentious side it is handling a considerable volume of work for developers on student accomodation projects.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Mundy

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Griffiths