Gowling WLG‘s sizeable construction and engineering practice is widely acclaimed for the depth of its capabilities in both public and private-sector driven mandates. Jointly steered by Michael O’Shea and Richard Green , who respectively head up the team’s contentious and non-contentious offerings, the firm is routinely engaged on big-ticket PFI handback disputes, regeneration project procurements, and breach of contract claims. Seasoned construction disputes specialist Ashley Pigott regularly helms multi-million pound disputes in the residential, education, and utilities sectors, while PFI handback expert Sarah Dyer concentrates on cases in the transport and energy sector. Ruth Griffin is a key port of call for a varied roster of retailers and infrastructure providers seeking assistance in high-profile projects. Principal associate Gemma Whittaker is recommended for her capabilities in major developments and automation projects. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Construction in West Midlands
Michael O’Shea; Richard Green
Other key lawyers:
Ashley Pigott; Sarah Dyer; Ruth Griffin; Gemma Whittaker
‘The team has a good breadth of experience; able to cover all areas of work.’
‘Personable and down-to-earth throughout.’
Surrey County Council
Bombardier Transportation UK Limited (now part of Alstom)
The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Transport for London
Sheffield City Council
I.M Properties Plc
St. Modwen Properties Plc
- Acting for Surrey County Council in relation to a dispute with Suez Recycling and Recovery Surrey Limited in relation to a long term PFI project relating to an energy from waste plant.
- Working with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, advising the OC on numerous contracts vital to the facilitation of the Games.
- Advising Sheffield City Council on Heart of the City II – a 7 hectare, 1.5 million sq ft redevelopment of the city centre, comprising new offices, hotels, leisure venues, retail space, residential (including student accommodation) and public spaces.
Fielding a ‘strong, partner-led team‘, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is consistently engaged on a myriad of commercial and infrastructure-driven projects, both regionally and nationally. Non-contentious practice co-chair Peter Scurlock is highly experienced in high-value project procurements, most notably in the renewable energy and commercial development sectors. Co-chair David Jones is noted for the depth of his expertise in utilities engineering, working with a diverse roster of industry stalwarts on multi-billion pound investments and strategic alliances. Many of the firm’s real estate developer clients turn to Richard Hartigan for support in complex mixed-use projects within the West Midlands and beyond. Principal associate John Batten routinely leads on nationally-significant energy infrastructure developments. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Peter Scurlock; David Jones
Other key lawyers:
Richard Hartigan; John Batten
‘Provide excellent advice in a timely and responsive way and always provide excellent support. Have a number of very good team members who are good at working collaboratively.’
‘David Jones goes the extra mile to provide excellent advice and support and brings a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge to add genuine value.’
‘The people that I have dealt with are knowledgeable, personable, responsive and pragmatic. You feel better about finding your way through a problem when they are on board. ‘
‘Peter Scurlock is very strong. He is very experienced, highly competent and able to make quick pragmatic judgements on complex issues. He is also a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Great team of lawyers. Very efficient with in-depth industry knowledge.’
‘Strong, partner-led team who deliver excellent work product efficiently and with value.’
‘Peter Scurlock has an ideal blend of being super knowledgeable yet approachable and pragmatic at the same time. He can be a hard negotiator on your behalf, but in a balanced and fair way which leaves all sides of the transactions feeling as if the outcome is the right one.’
National Grid Group
RTE (Reseau de Transport d’Electricite)
RWE Renewables and RWE Generation
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Severn Trent Water Group
Mills & Reeve LLP is routinely sought out by various blue-chip corporates, universities, and public sector bodies for representation in high-value commercial developments and contractual disputes. Stuart Pemble heads up the transactional construction practice, working with healthcare operators and internationally-renowned apparel brands on major projects. Martino Giaquinto, who spearheads the construction and energy disputes offering, is highly experienced in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as pre-dispute advisory services. A number of the firm’s further education and healthcare sector clients turn to principal associate Caroline Foster for her ‘exemplary’ capabilities in construction and engineering projects. Senior associate Patrick Wisheu is recommended for energy sector disputes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Stuart Pemble; Martino Giaquinto
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Foster; Patrick Wisheu
‘Nothing is too much trouble.’
‘Martino Giaquinto demonstrates a real command of the detail and an equally significant contribution to strategy. Very impressed.’
‘What makes Mills & Reeve’s construction department so valuable to us is that they’ve invested time and energy in getting to know how we work as an institution. It means that their advice is truly tailored.’
‘Stuart Pemble’s strategic oversight of construction projects is invaluable to us as an institution.’
‘Martino Giaquinto’s advice on disputes – especially those arising out of contractor’s insolvency – is well judged and pragmatic.’
‘Caroline Foster’s attention to detail is never anything less than exemplary.’
Velindre University NHS Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
Brevan Howard Asset Management Services Limited
Ministry of Defence
The University of Birmingham
Holmes O’Malley Sexton/BHSL
The Law Society
Pinsent Masons LLP
Drawing on its significant national and international footprint, Pinsent Masons LLP‘s collaborative practice is ideally positioned to act on some of the most consequential infrastructure projects and mixed-use developments taking place in the local market. The Birmingham team is chaired by Nigel Blundell , a transactional specialist who regularly assists both public and private sector entities with high-profile development schemes, most notably in the rail sector. Senior associate Jonathan Vickers‘ broad focus encompasses transaction management and construction advisory issues. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Other key lawyers:
‘Nigel Blundell has been a rock both to challenge and guide the project’s thinking and strategy.’
‘Nigel Blundell and the team were incredibly easy to work with and had an excellent overall view of market practice, able to describe and isolate issues very swiftly and helpfully.’
‘Nigel Blundell is excellent and very highly rated for construction projects, I would be happy to recommend him to anyone.’
‘The team are very proactive and offer practical and pragmatic solutions to issues.’
‘Nigel Blundell adopts a very pragmatic approach and is extremely experienced in dealing with NEC contracts.’
UK Central Services
Northumberland County Council
204 GPS Limited
Moxon Street Luxembourg SARL
Volkerrail Story Contracting Joint Venture
Coventry City Council
- Advising the contractors on the Hope Valley improvement project upgrading the rail network between Manchester and Sheffield.
- Advising Northumberland County Council on the redevelopment of six stations in connection with the reopening of the Northumberland Line.
- Advising Coventry City Council on its project to develop a materials recovering facility at Sherbourne Resource Park, Whitley.
Shoosmiths LLP‘s interdisciplinary practice routinely handles a strong mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from the construction aspects of various big-ticket logistics and infrastructure projects, to high-stakes multi-party contractual disputes. The practice is led by Patrick Garner, a seasoned development specialist whose recent engagement include financing transactions and complex asset protection agreement negotiations. Andrew Outram specialises in strategic issues arising from construction and regeneration projects, most recently for clients in the residential development sector. On the contentious side, the ‘truly outstanding‘ Ian Yule focuses on civil engineering and process plant disputes, while principal associate Michael Bennett is recommended for his experience in contentious proceedings involving coastal defence projects, railways, and power plants.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Yule; Andrew Outram; Michael Bennett
‘Seasoned, highly experienced contentious construction team backed up by highly expert colleagues on the advisory side and excellent paralegal support. Very collaborative and highly supportive of client needs.’
‘Ian Yule is a truly outstanding contentious construction lawyer. Ian is never less than 100% engaged in supporting and advising the client and zones in with unerring accuracy on the key technical, commercial and legal issues. He is a highly strategic thinker who understands technical issues and who has a wonderful ability to reassure clients, both lawyers and non-lawyers alike and to keep the entire team focused on achieving the optimum outcome.’
‘Michael Bennett possess excellent knowledge of industry sector, good listener, flexible in approach, quick understanding and interpretation into good pragmatic advice.’
St Modwen Properties Limited including St Modwen Homes Limited
McKay Securities PLC
Tilia Homes Limited
I.M. Properties Plc
Nurton Developments Limited
Pitsford Street Limited (group company of Sir Robert McAlpine Ventures)
Walgreens Boots Alliance Group (formerly Alliance Boots Group)
HP Inc UK Limited
Staticus (UK) Limited
- Advising on the site wide infrastructure and housing plots and care home plots disposal of St. Modwen’s Kingsgrove development, Oxfordshire.
- Advising IM Properties on the proposed 484,000 sq ft speculative first phase at the £350m Peddimore logistics site in Birmingham.
- Advising Equities Newlands (Hoyland) Ltd on the construction aspects of the first phase of a major development site near Barnsley.
Praised by clients for its ‘unswerving commitment‘ and ‘exceptional industry knowledge‘, Squire Patton Boggs is routinely engaged on a strong mix of energy, infrastructure, industrialised plant, and commercial real estate development matters. Beyond its contract expertise, the team is also well-versed in PFI matters and power generation disputes, including arbitrations and ADR proceedings. Graeme Bradley possesses a wealth of experience in cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly in the engineering and process plant sectors. Robert Norris is an equally prolific advisor at the national and international level, while Ray O’Connor is praised for his capabilities in multi-jurisdictional energy project disputes. Senior associate Matt Bromilow, who joined the practice from Mills & Reeve LLP in January 2022, is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Graeme Bradley; Robert Norris; Ray O’Connor
‘Ray O’Connor is bright, quick of thought, and of action.’
‘Unswerving commitment to fulfilling the client’s needs. Exceptional industry knowledge and experience.’
Aggregate Industries UK Limited
Arena Events Group plc
Association of Decentralised Energy
Atlantic Projects Company Limited
Baglan Operations Limited
Blackpool Borough Council
Calon Energy Limited / Macquarie
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited
Circular Resources (UK) Limited
Department of Health
Feldon Valley (Guernsey) Limited
Fluence Energy LLC
Green Arrow Capital
Johnson & Johnson
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Midas Construction Limited
Pannonia Ethanol ZRT
RTS Technology Solutions Limited (t/a Vanti)
Selfridges Retail Limited
The University of Law
Wyre Borough Council
Natural History Museum
TPS civil engineering
- Advising Circular Resources on EPC and related contracts to deploy patented WEEE recycling facilities in the UK and Australia and subsequently across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
- Acting for Morrisons in complex, high-value multi-party litigation in the UK.
- Advising the Natural History Museum on decarbonisation and a large scale combined heat, power and cooling project under 15 years construction and maintenance contracts.
Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is sought out by housing groups and local authorities for its ‘first-class knowledge’ of construction procurements, NEC contracts and disputes related to the public procurement of works contracts and remedial works. The practice is jointly led by Andrew Lancaster, a specialist in construction and public procurement disputes for clients in the public, social housing and care sectors; Richard Brooks, an energy procurement expert; and Andrew Millross, who works with social housing RPs on PPP projects and multi-party regeneration schemes. Legal director Helen Thompson, who joined from Berwick Law in June 2021, specialises in construction and engineering contract agreements. Contentious specialist Paul Slinger was a further new arrival from Wright Hassall LLP in February 2022. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Andrew Lancaster; Richard Brooks; Andrew Millross
Other key lawyers:
Helen Thompson; Paul Slinger
‘First-class knowledge of construction procurement, great breadth of skills, good industry knowledge, and flexibility to meet our deadlines.’
‘They have a great deal of expertise, are very approachable and helpful, no question is a silly question, and they offer great advice, backed up by regulatory references, which is just what we need.’
‘Nothing is too much trouble, they are always willing to help and give advice.’
London and Quadrant Housing Trust
Clarion Housing Group Limited
Futures Housing Group
Rochford District Council
Newcastle City Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Thirteen Housing Group Limited
Red Kite Community Housing Limited
Sports and Leisure Management Limited
- Supporting Newcastle City Council with the implementation of low carbon heating and other energy efficient measures across 32 sites, received via funding from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
- Successfully acted for social housing landlord Lewisham Homes, in the enforcement by the court of an adjudication decision which provided that the contractor should pay £2.7m plus VAT for the replacement of non-compliant fire doors.
- Providing contract documentation and procurement support on Thirteen Housing Group’s asset capital investment programme over the next four years (2022-2026).
Working collaboratively across numerous offices, Browne Jacobson LLP‘s multi-capable practice regularly handles PFI contract disputes and public utilities procurement contracts for a varied roster of local authorities, healthcare operators, and private sector clients. Practice head Martin Cannon is noted for his contentious expertise, handling contractor claims and PFI disputes for various health, education, and local government entities. Zoe Stollard, who joined from Clarke Willmott LLP in March 2022, advises on a wide array on non-contentious matters, most notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Senior associate Emma Wake is recommended for her experience in dispute resolution. All named layers are based in Birmingham.
Other key lawyers:
Zoe Stollard; Emma Wake
‘A dedicated team with exceptionally talented and hard-working associates enables Browne Jacobson to offer a client high quality and value for money.’
‘Martin Cannon is excellent.’
BAM Construction Limited
Blackpool Borough Council
Wolverhampton City Council
University of Hertfordshire
J Coffey Construction Limited
Community Inclusive Trust
Hope Learning Trust
London Borough of Enfield
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
B:Music Limited (Birmingham Symphony Hall)
University College Birmingham
Dudley Hospitals NHS Trust
London Borough of Croydon
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Kent County Council
North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust
- Advising BAM Construction in relation to a dispute regarding systemic failure of a cladding installation at the Hampshire Borough Council premises, with a value in excess of £12m.
- Advising Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils in relation to the termination of a PFI contract in relation to a waste from energy plant, and the resultant dispute as to the valuation of the contract, with a dispute value in excess of £200m.
- Advising Cardiff Council on three interconnected contracts to procure the Design, Build, Operation and Maintenance of the Cardiff City’s £26.5m Central Heat Network.
DLA Piper‘s construction practice acts for a roster of blue-chip corporate clients and public sector bodies on major regenerations and development projects. National construction head Stephen Malley is regularly sought out by a diverse lineup of developers, chiefly in the residential, leisure, and logistics sectors, for assistance in high-value project delivery. Legal director Victoria Ball is particularly noted for her capabilities in residential development, education and commercial development schemes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Other key lawyers:
Far East Consortium
Edyn Group (Brookfield)/Convento de Santa Joana Investimentos Imobilarios Unipessoal
Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Hadley Property Group
This is Gravity
Eelam Properties (Precis Holdings)
Ecoworld / Ballymore JV
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
USF Nominees Limited
- Advising Far East Consortium on a £470m multi-phase, mixed-use development in Canary Wharf.
- Advising Eelam Properties on a £1bn proposed redevelopment of their Kings Cross site, Belgrove House.
- Advising Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council on a new £75m, 1200 seater events complex.
Drawing on its considerable national network of offices, Freeths LLP enjoys a strong reputation in the energy construction space, working with numerous blue-chip corporates, utilities providers, and lenders. Focusing chiefly on non-contentious construction matters and renewable energy projects, practice chair Perveen Akhter advises widely on regionally significant developments, while managing associate Alison Heathcote works with public and private sector entities on building contracts and other procurement matters. On the contentious front, Alex Johnson specialises in cross-border dispute resolution and international arbitration, representing clients in the oil and gas, process plant, and infrastructure sectors. Managing associate Stephen Evans, a disputes specialist, joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs in November 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Alex Johnson; Alison Heathcote; Stephen Evans
‘Good technical knowledge and great client engagement.’
‘Freeths LLP take a pragmatic approach, delivering strong legal support balanced with the technical and commercial considerations of our industry.Very personable and are always available on short notice. All deliverables and support are of high quality and performed efficiently.’
‘Alex Johnson always delivers strong legal advice, finding creative solutions to complex problems that typically arise in construction projects. Alex goes above and beyond to understand the technical side of our industry (high-end facade industry). Alex takes a pragmatic approach balancing legal matters with commercial realities.’
‘Alex Johnson is personable and very professional, and is an asset to any team, especially during meetings with clients and other third parties.’
‘Alex Johnson is very good in the area and able to succinctly explain the English law to overseas client in clear and easy to understand manner.’
‘Freeth provides unique strategic advise and legal know-how to our team to assist us to meet the challenges of our projects. Committed to providing excellence service through a solution-oriented approach.’
‘Alex Johnson is compassionate with clients, and always provides the professional legal advise to solve the complex construction legal issues with due balanced consideration to the practical situation of the project and the interest of client. Alex has good communication skills, fast in his response, and precise in his legal opinion. We are glad to have Alex as a part of the company’s legal strategy.’
Landmark Power Holdings
Greswolde Construction Limited
Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited
London Luton Airport
Porcelanosa (South East) Limited
Porcelanosa (South Yorkshire) Limited
Cambridge Power Limited
- Currently acting for funds advised by Catalyst Capital LLP in relation to the EPC contract for a large-scale 100MW battery storage project in Yorkshire.
- Advising Landmark Power Holdings on the design, construction and commissioning of a 10MW Flex Power Plus and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Plant in Nottinghamshire.
- Advising Hive Energy UK on a 44MW Woodington Solar Park in Hampshire.
In the wake of its merger with HCR Hewitsons in May 2021, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has continued to concentrate its position in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, working a number of developers and contractors on projects and claims. Practice head Keith Blizzard‘s broad focus encompasses disputes and commercial advice, while Worcester-based Andrew James is regularly sought out by clients for his capabilities in adjudications and mediations. Daniel Barchet works with various entities on energy projects and mixed-use developments. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew James; Daniel Barchet
‘Strong construction team, led well by Andrew James.’
‘A provincial firm with the capability of a London practice. Very broad experience.’
‘Great availability, with broad experience. Go above and beyond. Commercially minded.’
‘Competent, prompt, and very professional.’
University of Gloucestershire
Shakespeare Martineau LLP is regularly instructed by a range of renowned corporates, lenders, and contractors, who turn to the team for its capabilities in all manner of contentious and non-contentious issues. Practice head Ruth Phillips possesses far-reaching expertise, encompassing building contracts, collateral warranties, performance bonds, and parent company guarantees. The ‘stand-out’ Kate Onions draws considerable praise from clients for her capabilities in big-ticket construction disputes, including multi-million pound defect claims. Ian Griffiths , who spearheads the construction team’s energy and utilities offering, advises on infrastructure projects in the nuclear, solar, wind, and biofuel sectors. Associate Laura Taylor balances both contentious and non-contentious instructions, including RP-led transactions and construction insolvency proceedings. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Onions; Ian Griffiths; Laura Taylor
‘Shakespeare Martineau provides a team that works perfectly together. Each member of the team knows their remit and the partner responsible for co-ordination and overall responsibility is fully aware of all the tasks being undertaken and completed.’
‘High quality but good value regional team. They have the ability to really listen and understand our mix of drivers (financial, reputational, client relationships, insurance, strategic etc.) and adapt their legal advice and approach to our needs.’
‘Kate Onions remains a stand-out partner for me. She balance the legal support with budget control and does the whole thing with great relationships along the way. That ability to be approachable with me yet still strong and tough in negotiations is vital.’
‘Kate Onions is strategically strong and outcome-focused.’
‘Very commercially aware and solutions-oriented, focused on project delivery’
‘Strong advocate for the organisation, works well with other project specialists’
6 Balfour Place Limited
Bishop Grosseteste University
Graystacks Radmarsh Road Limited
Infinity Park Derby LLP
National Grid Energy Transmission Limited
Pannell House Leicester Limited
Peter James Homes Limited
Shoby Properties Limited
Citizen Housing Group Limited
Everards Brewery Limited
KBC Developments LLP
Max Barney Developments Limited
Rainier Developments (Tenby Street) Limited
Walsall Housing Group
Winvic Construction Limited
Midlands Land Portfolio Limited
Northern Trust Company Ltd
The University of West London
Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation
Welford Healthcare Ltd
Alpha Construction Ltd
Sequoia Living Wantage Limited
PSG Global Limited
Whitworth Bros Limited
Wagner Group Limited
Liverpool John Moores University
Habib Bank Zurich PLC
DWJ Harkin Limited
Jessops Construction Limited
Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion
Purple Platypus Property Ltd
Honeycomb Group Limited
Midland Heart Limited
Sancus Lending (UK) Limited
SPF Bridging Ltd
Lloyds Bank Plc
Punjab National Bank (International) Limited
Platform Housing Limited
Platform New Homes Limited
Reynaers Aluminium Limited
Castledine Construction Limited
University of Exeter
S&S Render Solutions Ltd
Dana Spicer Europe Limited
Kroll Advisory Ltd
Clarke Bank (Fire Engineering Limited)
FSL Projects Limited
Stotto 1 Limited
Cornovii Developments Limited
Cottsway Housing Association Limited
One Heritage Churchgate Limited
Premier Refurbishment LLP
Gallagher Estates Limited
Trustees of the Wellington Pension Fund
AC1 Construction Limited
- Advised Citizen Housing Group Limited on the first phase of its five-year investment plan, which includes £500m to be spent on the construction of 500 homes built for private sale and 2,800 affordable homes by 2024.
- Advising Staffordshire University on the construction of its flagship £40m Catalyst Building, an 8,800 square metre, four storey building incorporating social learning areas, food court and flexible event space.
- Continuing to advise The Max Barney Group on the construction aspects of its expanding property portfolio, including the redevelopment of a central London property into mixed use commercial/office/residential space.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s cross-disciplinary practice acts for a range of stakeholders on projects and claims, including charitable organisations, developers, property management companies, and local authorities, both within the West Midlands and beyond. The team is jointly led by Mark Robinson and Paul Scott, who head up the team’s non-contentious and contentious offerings respectively. Associate Olivia Jenkins is recommended for her capabilities in construction disputes.
Mark Robinson; Paul Scott
Other key lawyers:
Wolverhampton City Council
Trebor Developments LLP
Prosperity Investments and Developments Group
UK – Central (Solihull) Limited
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Graven Hill Village Development Company Limited
- Advising Birmingham City Council on construction of infrastructure matters, in its capacity as host city of the Commonwealth Games 2022.
- Advising Countryside Properties on a major dispute with a civil engineering contractor.
- Providing ongoing assistance to Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on its programme of estate upgrading work.
Bevan Brittan LLP‘s Birmingham-based practice saw key expansion in 2021 with the recruitment of ‘excellent construction lawyer‘ Helen Andrews from Fieldfisher; Andrews now leads the team and covers a broad range of transactional and contentious matters. The group also works closely with the firm’s national network and counts noteworthy housing, health and public sector clients on its roster; key examples include the City of London, the Department for Education and NHS Property Services. The practice has also continued to expand its private sector client base, recently adding a variety of contractors and developers.
Other key lawyers:
William Cursham; Charles Harrison
‘Helen Andrews is an excellent construction lawyer. She really knows her stuff. Clients trust her. She works hard to master the details.’
‘Helen Andrews is very proactive and gets it done.’
Intex Projects Limited
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
City of London
Department for Education
NHS Property Services Limited
- Advising Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on the expansion of its accident and emergency department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
- Advising National Places (a joint venture between National Grid and Places for People) on the roll out of various new residential schemes across the country.
- Advising Westcore Europe on developing Bretby Business Park.
Noted for its strong sense of cross-office collaboration, Clarke Willmott LLP‘s ‘exceptional’ construction practice is a popular choice for a number of contractors, developers, housing associations, and corporate occupiers. Peter McHugh is seasoned chartered arbitrator and mediator who handles the full gamut of contentious issues for some of the firm’s most high-profile corporate clients. Mark Scotney, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is regularly engaged in adjudications for both employers and contractors. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.
Other key lawyers:
‘There is a real range and depth of experience on this team, both in relation to large and complex disputes and for more routine matters. They have an excellent grasp of technical legal points and a robust sense of commerciality. Significant construction disputes are often fact heavy, and/or personality driven; in those situations you need a team that can marshal the evidence, elucidate a strategy, and help the client steer a course to the best possible outcome. The team do all of that and are exceptionally personable to boot. A really great team.’
‘The team stands out for its exceptional client service. Individual team members pursue their cases with skill, dedication and good humour.’
‘I have been continually impressed by Mark Scotney. He is clever, strategic, and doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile for his clients. He is incredibly easy to work with; the ideal partner.’
Abri (formerly Yarlington)
B Price Limited
Treforest Property Company Limited
Stonewater (housing association)
- Advised Treforest Property Company Limited in relation to its dispute with RHP regarding two adjudications arising out of a £4.95m final account.
- Represented a number of employers and contractors in a series of technical payment adjudications.
- Advising and representing a number of national housing associations in cladding and EWS claims against various national contractors and design teams.
A diverse roster of investors, developers, contractors, and end-users across the West Midlands turn to Higgs LLP for support with contentious proceedings and high-value projects. The Brierley Hill-based Rachael Hobbis ‘goes above and beyond‘ when advising on major developments, regeneration schemes, and breach-of-contract claims.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are very knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. They are descriptive in their analysis of the dispute in question and, they clearly lay out the way forward, so their clients clearly understand the risks, timescales and costs.’
‘Rachael Hobbis went above and beyond my expectations for a legal adviser. A first-class experience.’
‘They worked hard on our behalf and took time to understand the complexities of our industry.’
‘Rachel was excellent throughout.’
Inland Homes PLC
Edmond Shipway LLP
RTS Construction Group
Miric Engineering (Holdings) Limited (part of Brennan Industries Inc)
Royal Bank of Scotland
Carlton Group Developments Limited
Marshdale Construction Limited
The Old Station Nursery Limited / La Maison Bleue
London & Cambridge Properties
Sheet Anchor Group
A F Blakemore & Sons
- Advised Inland Partnerships Limited on a £90m major regeneration scheme to deliver 355 build to rent and 228 affordable homes together with associated commercial and community space.
- Acting for Carlton Group Developments Limited in a multi-issue dispute with a contractor including defective works.
- Acting for ETAC Limited in relation to the acquisition of new build shell specification premises for relocation of its Midlands HQ.
Wright Hassall LLP
Based in Leamington Spa, Wright Hassall LLP is praised by clients for the strength of its capabilities in technical contract work and engineering disputes. Practice head Michael Hiscock specialises in construction and engineering procurements, and works contracts, working with a varied roster of clients from the worlds of logistics, sport, and civic regeneration. The ‘stand-out‘ Philip Harris is a seasoned commercial arbitrator and mediator who regularly handles high-value contract claims. Associate Sandra Piaskowska is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Harris; Sandra Piaskowska
‘Philip Harris is very capable and knowledge in engineering disputes.’
‘An excellent team full of diverse talents that have no hesitation in helping their clients. I can be assured that whatever issue I need to raise with their team, I will receive a detailed answer with a very quick turnaround.’
‘Philip Harris has gone above and beyond, both with assistance with adjudications but also going out of his way to provide staff training on contract management. A real stand-out lawyer.’
‘Wright Hassall construction team have a full understanding of our business and the MF/1 contracts that we use in our new business projects. Speed of response and support during negotiations with our clients is first class. Where necessary we have engaged data protection, software licence and TUPE experts to support the construction team.’
‘Michael Hiscock is familiar with our business it is as if he is one of our own. Great knowledge of MF/1 contract and understands the corporate requirements of our company.’
Buckingham Group Contracting Limited
Sherriff’s Gate Limited
Holland & Barrett
Coventry Building Society
West Midland Safari Park
Drayton Manor Resort
Lincoln Science Park