Construction in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG fields a 'very experienced, engaging and well-respected group of construction specialists' who act for developers, contractors and institutional purchasers and investors across a variety of sectors including the energy, retail, hospitality and leisure, infrastructure and nuclear energy industries. Richard Green is a non-contentious specialist, who focuses on construction and engineering contracts and is experienced in onshore and offshore projects; while principle associate Gemma Whittaker is recommended for major regeneration projects. Michael O’Shea leads the contentious team, which includes Ashley Pigott, Sue Ryan and Daniel Wood.

Testimonials

‘A group of very experienced, engaging and well respected construction specialists with good attention to client needs.’

‘Daniel Wood and Ashley Pigott are both exceptional dispute lawyers and I use Daniel for complex advisory and settlement issues because of his thorough attention to detail.’

Key clients

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

John Sisk & Son

Cadent

IM Properties

Goodman

Pemberstone (Green Quarter) Reversions Limited

Organising Committee for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Center Parcs

Work highlights

  • Advising Castlepoint LP, the owner of a shopping centre, on issues arising from a settlement agreement with Kier Construction to rebuild a car park, which was defectively designed and built.
  • Drafting and negotiating the building contract for the redevelopment and restoration of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s workshop, which is opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • Acting for Sheffield City Council on all the construction aspects of its Heart of the City II redevelopment.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs leverages its top expertise in cross-border transactions and construction disputes, mostly notably in the energy sector; it also handles commercial developments and infrastructure projects. Standout matters include advising Japanese EPC contractor J Power Systems and Sumitomo Electric on the third UK Europe electrical interconnector as part of the £800m interconnector for the Elia/National Grid combination venture. 'Industry heavyweight' Graeme Bradley, Robert Norris and Ray O’Connor handle all  aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters within the construction and engineering arena.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Bradley

Testimonials

‘Graeme Bradley is an industry heavyweight.’

Key clients

Al Shamsh General Contracting

Arena Events Group plc

Association of Decentralised Energy

Atlantic Projects Company Limited

Baglan Operations Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Calon Energy Limited / Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Advising Blackpool Borough Council on the construction of a light rail system including the management of contractual issues during the project.
  • Advising Frontier Energy on the EPC contracts for the construction of two solar plants in Kenya and disputes arising out of defects, delays and cost overruns.
  • Advising Envirogen on numerous non-contentious and contentious matters across its waste water and processing portfolio including new projects and various exit arrangements.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Peter Scurlock specialises in non-contentious construction and engineering work, advising clients on procurement strategies and contract issues. Scurlock is experienced in all major contract forms, including the FIDIC, JCT, NEC, MF/1 and IChemE forms as well as bespoke framework and alliance agreements. David Jones stands out for his work on the procurement of major energy, transport, water, utilities construction and engineering projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scurlock

Other key lawyers:

David Jones

Testimonials

‘Good sensible construction advice. Not showy, but always practical, value for money and goes to the key issues.’

‘Peter Scurlock provides a calm head and sage counsel.’

‘Provides thorough and consistently good advice and legal support in a timely manner, meets expectations and frequently exceeds expectations.’

‘David Jones and Peter Scurlock bring a great level of expertise and experience, are responsive and provide pragmatic and solution-based advice.’

‘Peter Scurlock is a calm and reassuring presence when navigating complex issues. He is knowledgeable, experienced and very pleasant to deal with.’

Gateley Plc

Singled out for its experience working with household names in the housebuilder and property development industries, Gateley Plc handles transactional, contractual and dispute resolution work in the construction space. On the contentious side, the team is involved in high-value claims concerning cladding disputes arising from the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster.  In a non-contentious project, the team is advising Historic England on a landmark heritage development regarding the construction of a footbridge connecting the island ruins of Tintagel Castle to the mainland. Peter Davies, Amira Khan and litigator, Paul Scott are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Peter Davies

Other key lawyers:

Amira Khan; Paul Scott

Key clients

McCarthy and Stone PLC

Historic England

Clarion Housing

West Coast Trains

Taylor Wimpey

Jaguar Land Rover

Colmore Tang Construction

Work highlights

  • Advising Tosca Mill Ltd on the construction and refurbishment of 500 apartments at Radford Mills, Nottingham.
  • Supporting Coventry and Warwickshire Development Partnership LLP on the construction of a new £180m Gateway South commercial park in Coventry.
  • Advising the developer, Concierge 3 Limited, regarding the construction of two hotels and a school at a site in Paddington, London.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's full-service practice is instructed by leading contractors, developers and public and private sector clients in the energy, education, health and hospitality industries. Stuart Pemble heads up the transactional construction group and national academies practice, alongside Martino Giaquinto who focuses on projects and disputes resolution.

Testimonials

‘The team at Mills & Reeve is responsive and adaptable.’

‘Always ready to pull out all the stops and come up with what’s needed even at short notice. Individuals of particular note are Martino Giaquinto and Stuart Pemble.’

‘Clear, direct, straightforward advice and guidance.’

‘We felt the knowledge and advice we received from the individuals we dealt with was first class. The implications of a course of action were explained fully and the possible negative/positive ramifications were explained. Also the cost of taking any actions was fully and clearly explained.’

Key clients

Adhara Property Holdings Limited

Arora Group

Barking and Dagenham College

Birmingham University

Blackswan Development

Coventry University

Work highlights

  • Advising Arora Group on the drafting and negotiation of all of the contracts for its bid to design and build Heathrow Terminal 6.
  • Acting for English Architectural Glazing in defence of CPR Part 8 High Court proceedings commenced by ISG for various legal declarations arising out of a previous adjudication between the parties.
  • Advising Barking and Dagenham College on the drafting and negotiation of all documents for the College’s transformation of its existing Block D building into the Centre for Advanced Technologies.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team provides end-to-end support to contractors, funders, developers, investors, property companies, public and private sector employers and end-user occupiers on the full spectrum of construction transactions and contentious work. Ian Yule handles all types of disputes, including valuation claims, defective work issues and negligence actions. Group head Patrick Garner and Andrew Outram focus on complex development, regeneration, environmental and construction transactions, assisted by associate Simon Colegate. Michael Bennett is another 'standout associate' with particular expertise in technical process and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Garner

Testimonials

‘Michael Bennett is a standout associate. Michael was extremely helpful through the entire project. He not only gave me legal advice but also was so in tune with the project that we also discussed technical issues. Michael was always “there” when I needed him for all advice on every aspect of the project (legal or technical).’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties PLC

McKay Securities PLC

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group

PM Group

Citigrove Securities PLC

Historic England

Kier Living Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Baldwin House Ltd on the demolition of an existing building and the design and construction of a twelve story office building in the City of London as well as the letting and potential sale of the building.
  • Advising IM Properties Plc on the new £225m and 82 acre employment park at Hinckley, Leicestershire.
  • Advised Walgreens Alliance Boots on a number of major upgrades to its existing warehouse facilities which have included major structural works and the installation of new Mechanical Handling Equipment.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP predominantly assists clients in the local government, social housing, charities and education sectors with construction-related contracts and construction disputes. Andrew Lancaster specialises in contentious construction and procurement-related work. On the non-contentious side, Andrew Millross and Richard Brooks advise on the procurement of large maintenance, improvement and development projects.

Testimonials

‘The team has great attention to detail and customer-centric services.’

Key clients

M3/Rand Associates

The Riverside Group

Acivico Limited

The National College for Digital Skills

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Riverside Group on entering into a joint venture with Bovis for the delivery of a £900m mixed-use development.
  • Advising Acivico on the procurement of the repairs and maintenance lots to the Constructing West Midlands framework in partnership with Sandwell Council.
  • Assisting Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council with setting up a framework for contractors for both HRA and new-build developments.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, the 'very responsive and helpful' Andrew James handles a variety of construction-related contractual work for main and specialist contractors and developers. James and Keith Blizzard also represent clients in disputes arising out of building projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew James

Other key lawyers:

Keith Blizzard

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of all areas of the law.’

‘Andrew James is always very responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

University of Gloucestershire

Lloyds Bank plc

Speller Metcalfe

Tarmac

Barnwood Group

Royal National College for the Blind

Pinsent Masons LLP

Nigel Blundell heads up the construction department at Pinsent Masons LLP, where he specialises in the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts. The team advises owners, developers and institutional investors on large-scale real estate developments and infrastructure projects nationwide. Recent infrastructure projects the group had advised on include the Port of Tilbury project and the Commonwealth Games swimming pool project.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Blundell

Testimonials

‘Nigel Blundell, technically sound, hands on with practical advice.’

Key clients

Volkerrail

Grainger Plc

Story Contracting

Galliford Try PLC

Arena Central Developments LLP

IM Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Forterra on the contracts for the construction of its new brick production facility in Leicestershire, the largest of its kind in Europe.
  • Advised a contractor consortium for the East of Leeds rail alliance on the restructuring and variation of the project alliance agreement and renegotiated the contractual arrangements with the key designer.
  • Advised Sandwell Borough Council on the construction contract for the aquatics centre for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP undertakes a variety of non-contentious and contentious construction work, with niche expertise in managing risk in bespoke procurement matters. Clients praise the group, which is led by Ruth Phillips, for 'spanning the gap between legal advice and practical project delivery'. Phillips is noted for her expertise in drafting and negotiating all forms of building contracts, collateral warranties, performance bonds and parent company guarantees. Kate Onions specialises in construction disputes, acting for clients including developers, employers, contractors and subcontractors, while also handling professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Kate Onions

Testimonials

‘The team we deal with are all individual experts and approachable at all times with a common goal of providing the advice required to determine the required outcomes.’

‘The team spans the gap between legal advice and practical project delivery. The team is grounded in the reality of construction projects; their advice is sound, robust and delivered without abstract points of law.’

‘Ruth Phillips is a stand-out in the team, providing expert and practical advice. Her experience is varied and a tenacious negotiator… but always securing the really important points rather than spinning out discussions needlessly.’

‘Kate Onions stands out as a lawyer I’d be happy to give work to at any time. She is genuinely interested in our business; she constantly seeks feedback – and listens/acts on that feedback. She shares information and knowledge collaboratively.’

‘A great team, practical and commercially driven. Provides London quality work at Birmingham prices.’

‘We work mostly with Ruth Phillips and find her to be very responsive and efficient.’

Key clients

Citizen Housing Group Limited

Wiltshire College

Staffordshire University

Max Barney Developments Limited

PSG Global Limited

Walsall Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Wiltshire College on its major redevelopment programme, which has been assisted by a £22m investment by Swindon and Wilshire Local Enterprise Partnership into the Salisbury and Lackham campuses.
  • Advising on phase two of the construction of the Catalyst building at Staffordshire University.
  • Advising a family-owned London property company on an office development on Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a broad practice, which advises clients on all stages of the development process on commercial, mixed-use and residential developments, private sector schemes, regeneration schemes for the private and the public sector, and education projects for the EFA. In the non-contentious space, Mark Robinson is the go-to partner for procurement structures, strategies and construction project documentation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robinson

Testimonials

‘Mark Robinson – very much a team player with client teams.’

‘Very adaptive and supportive to deliver client requirements.’

Key clients

Graven Hill Village Development Company Limited

East Northamptonshire Council

Torbay Council

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Platform Housing Group Limited

Wolverhampton City Council

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Growth & Place Team on a proposed development partnership between the borough and a major educational charity and multi-academy trust, for the creation of EdCity, an education-led mixed-use scheme.
  • Advised Gateway Housing Association on the construction aspects of the acquisition of affordable units from mixed-use property developer Rockwell at its development at Westferry, London.
  • Instructed to handle the construction documents needed to support the acquisition of a development site from Salford MBC, and its development and subsequent leasing to a local GP consortium in Manchester.

Wright Hassall LLP

Michael Hiscock leads the construction and engineering procurement practice at Wright Hassall LLP and is particularly well versed in major infrastructure projects, government frameworks, sports stadium work, national heritage site issues and large-scale factory engineering automation contracts. Philip Harris has over 30 years experience advising on all aspects of construction law.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hiscock

Other key lawyers:

Philip Harris

Testimonials

‘Michael Hiscock provides quick responses, is very easy to deal with and understands our business very well.’

Key clients

Buckingham Group

Ashe Construction Group

Keller

Socotec

MCS Group

Coventry Cathedral

Speller Metcalfe

Work highlights

  • Advising Buckingham Group on the contract to build a new Worcestershire Parkway train station, including the works contract with the council and also the Network Rail indemnity agreement.
  • Advising PJA Engineers on a negotiation with Lendlease and Birmingham City Council relating to the key design liability aspects of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, particularly on issues concerning contracts to deliver the athletes’ village, which will also provide legacy housing stock for Birmingham.
  • Advising Coventry Cathedral on preservation works relating to the new Pavilion extension project.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The Birmingham-based construction practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is led by 'excellent strategist' Martin Cannon, whose practice includes handling PFI disputes in the health, education, and local government sectors, and acting in claims for major contractors. The team regularly advises funders and developers on construction documents and security provided for large housing developments.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cannon

Testimonials

‘High levels of technical knowledge, very responsive, nothing is a problem.’

‘Martin Cannon is an excellent strategist and leader.’

Key clients

BAM Construction Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

London Borough of Enfield

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Performances Birmingham Limited (Birmingham Symphony Hall)

University College Birmingham

Work highlights

  • Defending BAM Construction in relation to a substantial claim for defects arising from a mixed-use development on the South coast.
  • Advised Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust on the removal of soft FM services from a PFI contract and then the site-wide long-term re-procurement of wider FM services.
  • Advising on the procurement route for the development of the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, preparing a pre-construction services agreement, consultants appointments and Pagabo framework approved building contract for the works.

DLA Piper

Focusing primarily on non-contentious work, DLA Piper's Birmingham group is led by nationwide construction head Stephen Malley, who is 'backed up by a skilled and efficient team'. Malley advises clients on procurement, construction and development work, with experience in a range of sectors, including the hotel, leisure and life sciences industries. Victoria Ball is recommended for drafting and negotiating construction contracts and development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Malley

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Ball

Testimonials

‘Full understanding of the specific requirements of our business needs and tailoring the product to suit our purposes and streamline future requirements. Strong commercial advice and acumen from Stephen Malley.’

‘Good partner leadership and understand client requirements, backed up by a skilled and efficient team.’

Key clients

Far East Consortium

UPS Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Far East Consortium on the preparation and negotiation of all construction contracts, appointments and ancillary documents relating to a multi-phase mixed-use development in South Quays, Canary Wharf, to be known as Consort Place.
  • Advising UPS in relation to its £114m development of a freight hub at East Midlands Airport.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP recently bolstered its construction practice with the recruitment of Alex Johnson from Squire Patton Boggs in early 2020. Johnson specialises in the management and resolution of complex construction disputes, often with an cross-border angle. Perveen Akhter heads up the department and concentrates on transactional construction work for local authorities, universities, developers, contractors and subcontractors.

Practice head(s):

Perveen Akhter

Other key lawyers:

Alex Johnson

Testimonials

‘The team combine good old-fashioned professionalism and expert knowledge with modern working practices such as extended hours availability, rapid and effective communications and flexible information platforms.’

‘Perveen Akhter has been one of the best lawyers I have worked with in years. She combines expert specialist knowledge with an in-depth appreciation of other aspects of the complex real estate industry. Perveen always provides concise but well-evidenced advice with a pragmatic and conciliatory approach to problems that is most refreshing. She is always up-beat and no problem is too much – in all an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Aldi

Gleeds

PCE Limited

Greswolde Construction Limited

Acivico Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Broxtowe Borough Council on the terms of the building contract (NEC4), consultants appointments, and agreement for lease with the Arc Cinema, collateral warranties for tenants and the local authority, and security documents.
  • Advised Cherwell District Council on a suite of construction documents for Phase 2 of the Castle Quay Shopping Centre in Banbury.
  • Advising concrete contractor PCE Limited on a design and build subcontract as part of the redevelopment of Paradise Circus.

Higgs & Sons

Rachael Hobbis at Higgs & Sons specialises in drafting contracts to account for bespoke circumstances. She also handles construction procurement matters and represents developers and contractors in civil engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Hobbis

Key clients

RTS Construction Group

Cassidy Group Property Limited

London & Cambridge Properties

Inland Homes PLC

Edmond Shipway LLP

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cassidy Group Property with the drafting and preparation of collateral warranties and associated underlying documents from the professional team, contractor and sub-contractors.
  • Acting for LCP Estates (London & Cambridge Properties) in pursuing a claim to rectify defective car park works at a retail park against the main contractor.
  • Advising Inland Homes PLC and its subsidiaries on a variety of construction-related legal matters.