Construction in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG displays ‘excellent knowledge’ across a wealth of major projects covering energy, retail and leisure, infrastructure, nuclear and hotels. Richard Green spearheads the non-contentious practice, calling upon his formidable expertise in all major standard forms of construction and engineering contracts as well as professional appointments. On the contentious front, Michael O’Shea oversees a team with notably capacity in cladding, fire protection, safety issue and PFI handback affairs. Elsewhere, Ashley Pigott commands a prominent reputation owing to his involvement in a number of landmark construction cases while at the more junior end, principal associate Gemma Whittaker is up-and-coming name, principally in respect of regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Shea; Richard Green

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stephenson; Daniel Wood; Paul Green; Ashley Pigott; Gemma Whittaker


‘Excellent knowledge at partner level.’

‘Daniel Wood and Ashley Pigott are exceptional construction lawyers.’

Key clients

Conygar Investment Company plc

Peel L&P Environmental

Metro Bank

Castlepoint LP

Transport for London

Sheffield City Council

Compass House Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Osborne + Co

I.M. Properties Development Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Conygar Investment Company plc on all of the building contracts and professional team appointments for all phases of the Island Quarter development in Nottingham, including off-site electricity works.
  • Advising Peel L&P Environmental on all of the building contracts and professional team appointments for the UK’s first waste plastic to hydrogen facility, including specific IP licensing agreements.
  • Providing on-going construction advice and support to Metro Bank to assist with its rapid expansion into the UK high street market.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Peter Scurlock leads the construction and the non-contentious practice; he is 'always available to support on complex issues’ and also leads the firm's national team in relation to nuclear new build. David Jones jointly leads the non-contentious team with Scurlock and Richard Hartigan. Jones, a former chartered civil engineer, 'brings a broad range of expertise and experience', while Hartigan has a specific focus on the real estate sector and development of the built environment. They work with John Batten, who handles energy and offshore projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scurlock

Other key lawyers:

David Jones; Richard Hartigan; John Batten; Sarah Maylor; Richard Dickinson


‘Extremely responsive and approachable and offer on-point, excellent advice and support.’

‘David Jones always provides excellent advice and brings a broad range of expertise and experience. ’

‘A well run, well informed team that provides clear and thoughtful advice to the development and construction industry.’

‘Peter Scurlock leads the team and is always available to provide advice on complex issues. Peter provides calm measured advice while understanding the commercial context and ensuring the best service at reasonable cost.’

‘The team provide us with a very responsive and effective service dealing with all our construction management contracts on our construction contracts for many years.’

‘Richard Hartigan, Sarah Maylor and Richard Dickinson are the people we mostly work with. Sarah Maylor and Richard Hartigan recently steered us to a very successful mediation settlement in relation to a claim we made against one of our contractors. Excellent advice and negotiating skills to help achieve the excellent outcome.’

Key clients

National Grid Group (including National Grid Gas and National Grid Electricity, National Grid Viking Link Ltd)

EDF Energy (including NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited and NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

RTE (Reseau de Transport d’Electricite) / EirGrid joint venture

RWE Renewables and RWE Generation


Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Severn Trent Group


Taylor Wimpey

Birmingham Airport


Heathrow Airport

Work highlights

  • Advising Coventry City Council on the development of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry.
  • Advising Nikal Limited on phase 2 of its development at Exchange Square, the latest phase of development at the Masshouse site in Birmingham city centre, including 375 residential units and a hotel.
  • Advised Severn Trent Water Limited and Hafren Dyfrdw on the drafting and negotiation of their new framework agreements for their forthcoming AMP7 / AMP8 regulated works programmes relating to the maintenance of the whole of their wastewater pipe networks, totalling over 50,000 miles of pipelines serving 4,000,000 homes in the Midlands.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a one-stop construction shop, handling everything from state aid, procurement and documentation through to project management and disputes. The group is geared to handle government and education-led, energy, waste processing, power generation, healthcare, hotel, infrastructure and transport projects and is led by facilities and project management specialist, Stuart Pemble, on the non-contentious side. As for the disputes front, the ‘first-rateMartino Giaquinto takes lead and acts on a range of pre-dispute advisory, adjudication, arbitration, litigation, mediation and settlement matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Pemble; Martino Giaquinto


‘The team are always available and are very quick to respond. My experience of Mills & Reeve for both contentious and non-contentious matters has been that they listen and will challenge or agree with our point of view and act as a great sounding board before setting out a proposal or plan.’

‘Stuart Pemble gives clear advice on technical areas of law, and combines it with a real understanding of our internal priorities and working practices. He ‘gets’ what we’re looking to achieve with our construction projects.’

‘Martino Giaquinto is a first rate solicitor who cares. Always seems to be available and does not miss a deadline. Impressive.’

Key clients

Adhara Property Holdings Limited/Adhara Partners Limited

Birmingham University

Bouygues UK Limited

Cranfield University

English Architectural Glazing Limited

Inhus Engineering Limited

Ministry of Defence

Supply Chain Coordination Limited

The Law Society

Work highlights

  • Advising Adhara Property Holdings Limited/Adhara Partners Limited on the two-phase refurbishment of Cheval Thorney Court Serviced Apartments, Kensington.
  • Worked with Cranfield University on a student accommodation development project, advising on and assisting with negotiation and agreement of the complex procurement structure.
  • Acting for English Architectural Glazing Limited in the reported case of ISG Construction Limited –v- English Architectural Glazing Limited, regarding declarations sought by ISG arising out of an adjudicator’s decision.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Hailed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for construction matters, Pinsent Masons LLP’s local practice is headed by Nigel Blundell who is particularly well-versed in central and local government-led building and infrastructure schemes, especially rail and other transport projects; he and his team are also active in terms of university-related and large-scale real estate projects including build-to-rent, residential, hotel, private rented sector and office schemes. The Birmingham team, which also includes Jonathan Vickers, is closely integrated with the firm’s global construction practice which consists of over 350 infrastructure specialists across Europe, APAC, the Gulf and Africa.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Blundell

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Vickers


‘Good practical hands-on advice’

‘Very capable, knowledgeable and are easy to work with.’

‘Jonathan Vickers is on top of things, replies promptly and is always available. Nothing is any trouble for him and Nigel Blundell is always available to discuss our precedent documents.’

‘Plain speaking and efficient.’

‘A one-stop shop for all my legal needs with excellent knowledge of the rail sector.’

‘Nigel Blundell is very helpful and knowledgeable. I see our relationship as a partnership approach, very collaborative, and can respond quickly when we have an urgent need. Nigel has been a good source of knowledge and intel throughout the industry and been a catalyst for networking opportunities with other contractors and clients.’

Key clients

Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Limited

Balfour Beatty Construction

Royal London

Grainger PLC


Story Contracting

McCarthy and Stone

Egis Rail

Kier Developments

Mayfair Group

UK Central Services

Combined Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Authority

Coventry City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising UK Central Services on the redevelopment of Birmingham International Station.
  • Advised Grainger PLC on its development of Exchange Square Birmingham, a private rental sector scheme.
  • Continuing to advise East West Rail Alliance on the submission of its contract bid for the second phase of the opening of the rail network between Oxford and Cambridge.

Shoosmiths LLP

Praised for its ‘strength and depth in both contentious and non-contentious areas’, Shoosmiths LLP is primarily acclaimed for its work on commercial developments, logistics projects and PRS schemes. Practice head Patrick Garner is an expert in development finance, construction contracts and brownfield and regeneration projects while Ian Yule is the main contact for disputes, particularly those with a civil engineering and process plant element. Simon Colegate is a non-contentious specialist with a focus on contractual affairs while fellow principal associate, Michael Bennett, is well-regarded for coastal defence, railway, power plant and process plant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Garner

Other key lawyers:

Ian Yule; Simon Colegate; Michael Bennett; Andrew Outram; Natalie Maye; Chris O’Carroll


‘Recommended for the strength and depth of the construction and real estate team in both contentious and non-contentious matters and across both areas. Shoosmiths boasts some highly skilled and experienced practitioners who are qualified and have practised in technical or scientific disciplines and who have successfully transitioned to legal practice. This skill-set combination is rare and highly valued when it comes to contentious construction matters.’

‘Shoosmiths have always been wonderfully collaborative, responsive and ethical in all of our dealings with them over more than a decade.’

‘Simon Colegate is hugely respected by legal and non-legal colleagues alike for his profound knowledge of the construction sector and his unparalleled drafting skills. A rock of common sense, a strategic negotiator and an all round top-class lawyer. ’

‘An experienced team which include Ian Yule, whom I and the company have dealt/worked with for 30 years, dealing with various precontract and contentious specialist subcontractor issues ’

‘Individuals provide a prompt but considered response to matters in hand.’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties PLC including St Modwen Homes Limited

McKay Securities PLC

Walgreens Boots Alliance Group (formerly Alliance Boots Group)

PM Group

Kier Living Limited

HP Inc UK Limited

I.M. Properties Plc including Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited

Staticus (UK) Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

Pitsford Street Limited (group company of Sir Robert McAlpine Ventures)

Citigrove Securities PLC

Historic England

Work highlights

  • Advising IM Properties on the new £225m, 82-acre employment park at Hinckley, Leicestershire. As part of this, advised on the construction aspects of the letting of a 532,000 sq/ft logistics unit to Amazon.
  • Advising IM Properties on the proposed 484,000 sq ft speculative first phase at the £350m Peddimore logistics site in Birmingham, which forms part of a 160-acre site.
  • Advising St Modwen on the site wide infrastructure and first housing plot disposal of the Kingsgrove development in Oxfordshire.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ construction and engineering practice forms part of the firm’s global team and is active on matters in jurisdictions as diverse as Kenya, Italy, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia. The group delivers a full lifecycle service on energy, infrastructure, industrialised plant and commercial real estate development projects with prominent expertise in all types of contracts, in addition to PFI-related advice and disputes. The ‘always approachable and consistently intuitiveRay O’Connor is vastly experienced in energy project-related disputes, as is Graeme Bradley who is also active in the real estate and infrastructure sphere and leverages a track record in adjudication, litigation, international arbitration, ADR and mediation matters; the pair head the practice alongside Robert Norris whose expertise primarily lies in rail, civil engineering, process plant and building projects.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Bradley; Robert Norris; Ray O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Evans


‘The team are very adaptive to whatever issue they are been asked to advise and support our business on. In my time working with SPB the subjects have varied from adjudications on payment issues to very complex geotechnical issues, settlement agreement negotiations and dispute strategies. At all times SPB listen to our team and their understanding and frustrations and then simplify and assist in enabling us to step back and structure a way forward. Whilst their technical capability is excellent, the skill they have in listening to their clients’ needs and piecing together the correct solution is a formidable trait.’

‘Ray O’Connor continues to be a vital member of our team and is always approachable on any subject we put to him. His input is consistently professional and intuitive, in a manner that is always supportive. Often efforts are open and collaborative which enables solutions and outputs to be drafted, amended and perfected quickly and efficiently whilst ensuring all relevant inputs from the team are incorporated and presented effectively. Deadlines, costs and results are key to all businesses and in the past difficult year the quality of support has been unaffected with Ray and his team embracing innovation.’

‘Very effective team with good professional standards and high quality work. The documentation for a recent adjudication was of a very high standard and the quality of our submissions is what I believe caused our opponents to concede the case. There is a good working relationship with our in house staff.’

‘Graeme Bradley is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced; he is easy to talk to and has no problem talking through situations and potential solutions to help find the suitable remedies with good advice always available.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and professional. Very approachable and easily accessible team.’

‘Graeme Bradley and Stephen Evans are accomplished, experienced, communicative and easy to deal with. Safe advice given and successful outcomes achieved with their assistance and guidance on a number of issues.’

‘Excellent knowledge of PFI infrastructure disputes and commercial awareness of Contractual levers and drivers.’

‘Robert Norris shows excellent skills in understanding – and trying find to solutions to – complex issues quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

ABB Limited

Areaworks Group Limited (NAO Group)

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

Cheyne Capital

Circular Resources (UK) Limited


Dalata Hotels

Department of Health

Envirogen Group

Envirogen Water Technologies Limited

Feldon Valley (Guernsey) Limited

Fluence Energy LLC

Fresenius Kabi

Frontier Power

Green Arrow Capital

HBV Villages

Imperial College

Inception Holdings SARL

Johnson & Johnson Finance Limited

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Limited

Jury’s Hotels

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Mercia Power

Midas Construction Limited

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Pannonia Ethanol ZRT


Quartzelec Limited

RTS Technology Solutions Limited (t/a Vanti)

Selfridges Retail Limited

Severn Power Limited


Sutton Bridge Power Generati

Work highlights

  • 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.
  • Acting for Blackpool Borough Council in a long standing, technically complex, multi-party High Court matter.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has a broad caseload which encompasses involvement in long-term maintenance contacts, cladding and fire safety issues, NEC and industry standard contracts, disputes and the full array of new-build project matters. Andrew Lancaster is particularly well-connected in the public, social housing and care sectors while Andrew Millross is a standout due to his experience in PPP, PFI and multi-party regeneration projects; the pair jointly lead the practice alongside energy law expert, Richard Brooks.

Practice head(s):

Richard Brooks; Andrew Lancaster; Andrew Millross


‘Andrew Millross is one of the foremost experts on PCR2015 in the country. He has advised us in some particularly complex procurement matters and his key attribute is the unerring ability to give opinion which maximises commerciality within the constraints of the regulations.’

‘The team provide a responsive and pragmatic service, asking relevant and sometimes quite challenging questions in order to shape their advice, inform our expectations and help us achieve our objectives.’

‘The team come across as genuinely interested in what we are trying to achieve, and contact us proactively about news, legislative change and new initiatives they think may be of interest to us. They have a strong social value and wellbeing ethos.’

‘Anthony Collins understand our business and this makes getting the appropriate advice simpler. ’

‘Andrew Millross is quite possibly the best solicitor I have ever worked with. I do not often ask for urgent advice, but Andrew is always obliging.’

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group

Cheltenham Borough Council

Ecology Building Society

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority

Welwyn Hatfield District Council

Thirteen Housing Group Limited

Cartrefi Conwy cyf

Sports and Leisure Management Limited (“SLM”)

M3/Rand Associates

Tamworth Borough Council, as subcontractors to Rand Associates Consultancy Services Ltd (“Rand”)

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Work highlights

  • Finalised the procurement work of Clarion’s 20-year planned maintenance contracts, using an PPC 2000 form of contract that was significantly amended and updated and have been finalising the contracts with Engie, United Living and Wates who were the successful tenderers.
  • Advising Cheltenham Borough Council on the relationship with Workshop Cheltenham Limited to enable delivery of a new flagship business and culture centre.
  • Advised Ecology Building Society on amendments to the JCT Design and Build 2016 contract as well as form of consultant appointment and related collateral warranties for a development of 24 new build dwellings, working alongside our property and finance colleagues on related due diligence.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘unflappable, knowledgeable and tenaciousMartin Cannon is Browne Jacobson LLP’s main point of contact in Birmingham. He leads the practice, leveraging a track record in adjudication work, claims on behalf of major contractors and substantial PFI disputes in the health, education and local government fields. The wider team also advises regional and national contracts of main contract negotiation for high-value schemes, supports end-users on large developments and acts on private loan funding for mixed-use and single-use development projects.

Practice head(s):

Tim Claremont; Martin Cannon; Michael Sadler

Other key lawyers:

Emma Wake; Gavin Hoccom


‘What stands out is the strength in depth, particularly the quality of the senior associates. They are real construction experts and dedicated to their work. The quality of the service is on a par with the best-known construction specialist firms, at a fraction of the price.’

‘Emma Wake was a standout when I worked with her on a hugely complex engineering dispute.’

‘Very client and results focused.’

‘Knowledge, availability, easy to communicate and get on with.’

‘Great knowledge of contractor clients. Approachable, tenacious and committed.’

‘Martin Cannon is unflappable, knowledgeable and balanced but tenacious.’

Key clients

BAM Construction Limited

Blackpool Borough Council

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

London Borough of Enfield

NMCN Plc (formerly North Midland Construction)

Performances Birmingham Limited (Birmingham Symphony Hall)

University College Birmingham

Homes England

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

Mace Group

J Coffey

Work highlights

  • Defending BAM Construction Limited in relation to a £9m claim for defects in mixed use development on the South Coast, involving concerns raised following the Grenfell Tower disaster.
  • Acted for longstanding client NMCN in connection with a dispute with Cyden Homes concerning who should bear responsibility for the delays to the works, with the dispute being heard in the Court of Appeal.
  • Acted for Oxford University Hospitals in connection with three multimillion-pound PFI projects in relation to the refurbishment and development of hospitals at Oxford. This involved defect claims, potential termination, market testing disputes and service failure disputes.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s Birmingham office is home to the firm’s UK construction head, Stephen Malley; his focus lies in the non-contentious space where he primarily oversees hotel and leisure, residential and logistics projects. The other key name locally is legal director Victoria Ball who demonstrates prowess in construction contracts, professional appointments, lease, ancillary bond and development agreements, as well as guarantees and warrantees. The practice is fully integrated with the firm’s global construction team which is spread across APAC, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Malley

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Ball


‘An extremely proactive and innovative team whom you can rely on for complex and time sensitive transactions where complex issues need to be dealt with at pace. Able to provide advice on the fly is crucial for a firm like ours and this DLA team manages this.’

‘The team’s understanding of client needs and then finding and shaping appropriate solutions is excellent, as is their ability to respond quickly and efficiently to urgent client requests.’

‘Stephen Malley is always available and well briefed on the relevant issues – his ability to understand the appropriate solution for individual circumstances is very much valued.’

Key clients

Far East Consortium

UPS Limited

Edyn Group (Brookfield)

Summix Capital

Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

World Wheel Company

This is Gravity

Eelam Properties

Summix Capital

Blackswan Cordia

MBU Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising on a £500m multi-phase, mixed-use development for international developer Far East Consortium in Canary Wharf.
  • Advising Eelam Properties on a £1bn proposed redevelopment of their Kings Cross site, Belgrove House.
  • Advising World Wheel Company on the construction elements of their Giants on the Quayside development, a £100m leisure development including a 140-metre giant observation wheel.

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP is active on a range of litigation and adjudications, placing particular emphasis on methods of settlement, and is also active on a range of PFI, infrastructure and energy from waste projects. The practice, which is led from London by Dan Preston, recently advised Morgan Sindall on its successful tender for the University of Birmingham’s £1bn, 10-year capital estates framework. Lead Birmingham partner Helen Andrews recently left to join Bevan Brittan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Key clients

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Prologis (formerly Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited)

Robert Bosch Limited

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and Morgan Sindall plc

British Museum

The Royal College of Physicians

System Logistics SPA

Dominvs Group

Kennedy Wilson

West One Development Loans

VolkerWessels Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

AstraZeneca plc

Hammerson plc

Imperial College

Rocket Properties

M Group (including Morrisons)



Interserve Construction

McDermott Marine Construction Limited

Contracta (UK)

Winch Energy

Bouygues UK


United Living

McLaren Construction

Stoke City Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for VolkerFitzpatrick in defence of claims valued at £7m brought by Blackpool Borough Council arising from defects in a new tram stabling and maintenance depot in Blackpool.  The team also acted downstream on the contribution and third party claims dealt with in the same set of proceedings.
  • Acted as lead real estate and construction firm for $1bn industrials and logistics fund joint venture, associated reorganisation, and financing with Wells Fargo.

Freeths LLP

At Freeths LLP, practice head Perveen Akhter is the key contact for non-contentious work, directing particular emphasis towards projects in the energy and renewables fields. The contentious offering is helmed by the ‘very knowledgeableAlex Johnson who demonstrates a capacity for cross-border disputes and international arbitration pertaining to major oil and gas, infrastructure and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Perveen Akhter

Other key lawyers:

Alex Johnson


‘Alex Johnson is very accessible and always open and transparent in his dealings. He is very knowledgeable in his subject matters.’

‘During the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings were not possible and still we were able to work remotely and efficiently. Freeths has nominated a single point of contact who then calls upon other colleagues depending on the expertise required to deal with the specific issue in hand.’

‘They provide straightforward and clear advice on which decisions can then be discussed and taken. Alex Johnson has been great in dealing promptly with the questions and issues put to him.’

Key clients




PCE Limited

Greswolde Construction Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank Limited

Hive Energy (UK)

Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited

London Luton Airport

Porcelanosa (South East) Limited

Catalyst Capital

Engie Fabricom

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hive Energy UK in connection with a significant value high profile solar park development.
  • Acting for the Liverpool Combined Authority in an ambitious digital regeneration project to create a new full fibre backhaul network comprising over 220km of ultra-fast broadband across all six districts comprising the Liverpool City Region.
  • Acting for Catalyst Capital in relation to developing a 49.9MW transmission-connected battery storage, private wire and EV charging hub project as part of a joint venture with Downing LLP (an infrastructure investor and asset manager with over £1bn of asset under management).

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc’s practice is fronted by Paul Davies who has expertise in all forms of construction-related disputes and standard industry documentation with primary expertise in the housebuilding sector; he is supported by Amira Khan who leads on payment, variation claim, extension of time, professional negligence and loss and expense proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davies

Other key lawyers:

Amira Khan

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys counts the infrastructure, education and health sectors as its foremost fields of activity, though the firm has noted an uptick in the renewables and energy-to-waste industries of late. The team is formed of construction lawyers, charted quantity surveyors and construction professionals and is led by Keith Blizzard, a disputes expert who notably serves as an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. Other key names include the ‘very responsive’ litigator Andrew James, education and utilities specialist, Daniel Barchet, as well as Lucinda Baker whose non-contentious focus sees her engaged development finance, tender documents and professional appointments, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Keith Blizzard

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Barchet; Lucinda Baker; Andrew James


‘The lawyers are always very helpful and provide clear and concise advice.’

‘Andrew James is recommended for his leadership, as is Lucinda Baker for her clear and concise advice.’

‘The people at HCR are very dedicated and available at short notice and outside normal hours.’

‘Very responsive; particularly Andrew James who I have worked with many times. Very good breadth of services for a provincial firm.’

‘We just find HCR to be very user friendly and respond promptly to our sometimes unrealistic requests’

‘We have dealt with numerous people at HCR and have found them all to be very through and answer the questions we ask.’

Key clients

University of Gloucestershire

Lloyds Bank

Speller Metcalfe


Barnwood Group

Royal National College for the Blind

Apex Contractors Limited

Gloucestershire College

LJH Paving Limited

Hatchbury Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised property development company Hatchbury Limited on construction support for acquisition, design and build of a mixed-use property development: residential dwellings and ground floor offices together with all of the property, planning and corporate input and resolving funding requirements involved in high-end real estate development projects.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles major construction projects from inception through to to competition; the group is adept on both the contentious and non-contentious fronts and places principal emphasis on risk management and ADR. Ruth Phillips is especially knowledgeable of building contracts, performance bonds, parent company guarantees and consultants’ appointments; she leads the practice which is mainly active on real estate development, education, healthcare, utilities, housing, energy and infrastructure projects and includes Kate Onions, extremely well-regarded for contentious matters such as payment, claims for variations, extension of time and defect disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Kate Onions; Ian Griffiths; Laura Taylor


‘Encouraging diversity (skills and experience) to obtain an all-around view to solving complex problems for the benefit of the client; this has led to reduced costs.’

‘The team made themselves available to us at very short notice. In addition to providing us sound legal advice in a short period of time, Kate Onions and the team did not shy away from giving a commercial rather than purely legal view of what actions we should take.’

‘Kate Onions’s advice was refreshing; she went beyond simply setting out the purely legal options available to us and also also offered her own comprehensive commercial view of the steps we should take.’

‘The team are very approachable and are willing to go the extra mile to try to resolve problems.’

‘They are extremely helpful and always find time to try and resolve problems.’

‘The individuals we dealt with were very approachable and happy to explain in detail any queries we had. They were to the point with straight answers and very good detailed advice.’

‘Ruth Phillips provides clear and concise communication with an ability to explain complex issues with clarity. Her practical experience in construction is a massive help in negotiating on our behalf.’

Key clients

Solihull College and University Centre

Kendrick Homes

Maber Associates

BLB Advisory Limited

Avingtrans Plc

Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion

Trustees of the Jabbs Foundation

Grain LNG

National Grid Energy Transmission Limited

National Grid Electricity System Operator Limited

Plasma Processing UK Limited

The Trustees of the Wellington Pension Fund

Al Rayan Bank Plc

Birmingham Diocesan Trustees

Bishop Grosseteste University

Citizen Housing Group Limited

Cornovii Developments Limited

Wiltshire College

Cottsway Housing Association Limited

Staffordshire University

Max Barney Developments Limited

PSG Global Limited

Walsall Housing Group

Lloyds Bank

Roehampton University

Whitworth Brothers

Bromford Housing Group

Hayley Sharpe Design Limited

Wycombe District Council

Winvic Construction Limited

Wilson Bowden

Pick Everard

Jessops Construction Limited


Dana Spicer (Europe) Limited

Crown International Limited

Wagner UK Limited

Honeycomb Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Wiltshire College and University Centre on its major redevelopment programme and have provided and continue to provide trouble shooting in relation to construction disputes as they arise.
  • Supporting Max Barney, a successful London based developer, which continues to instruct the team on a mixture of contentious issues and also in relation to its portfolio of new developments spanning multiple sectors.
  • Advising National Grid Electricity Transmission on the main contract and project sub contracts on the Bicker Fen converter station which covers a footprint of 4 to 5 hectares and is part of the 1400 megawatt Viking Link interconnector that will enable the direct sharing of electricity between Britain and Denmark.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is ‘very knowledgeable of construction litigation’ and is noted for its ‘wealth of experience in’ a range of matters, especially fire safety and supply chain claims. The team is also highly rated for its support all stages of mixed-use, residential, education, infrastructure and large regeneration projects with distinguished proficiency in national housebuilder-led schemes and asset management programs. Mark Robinson, who fronts the non-contentious offering, also holds experience in sporting, leisure and healthcare projects and primarily supports on procurement structures and project documentation. The ‘excellentPaul Scott recently joined from Gateley Plc to take up the reigns of the construction disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robinson; Paul Scott


‘A great proactive team with a solid structure.’

‘Paul Scott is an excellent construction lawyer – he tells you how it is and gets on with it.’

‘Very knowledgeable construction litigation team with a wealth of experience across the industry from contract award to completion. Invaluable advice given on contract disputes and enforcement procedures from a client and contractor perspective.’

‘A very personal experience given from the lead and also we coordinated and communicated to the wider team on all aspects of the case.’

Key clients

Countryside Properties

Vistry Group

Colmore Tang Construction

BluMarble Properties

Urban Growth Company

UVEE Group

Historic England

Prosperity Investments and Developments Limited

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Platform Housing Group Limited

Shropshire Rural Housing Association Limited

Trebor Developments LLP (Deeside Regeneration Limited)

Work highlights

  • Advising the management companies of a series of Midlands based high rise residential apartment developments on facade fire safety issues and claims.
  • Advising the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust in connection with the design and construction of a new multi-storey car park facility at its Northwick Park site, to be operated by APCOA, which forms part of and is critical to the wider Northwick Park redevelopment being undertaken by the London Borough of Brent (and other public sector partners).
  • Acting for Prosperity JQ Rise Limited as developer of a new 24 storey / 226 apartment residential tower block development in central Birmingham.

Wright Hassall LLP

Acclaimed for its ‘clear, concise and succinct advice’, Wright Hassall LLP is active on a diverse array of construction projects and disputes of late including urban regeneration, transport, infrastructure, public sector, education and specialist technology schemes. Practice head Michael Hiscock, cited as ‘an excellent leader’, also enjoys a track record in sporting stadia and national heritage matters while Philip Harris is an ‘excellent contentious adviser’ who has recently been active of process plant and product line claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hiscock

Other key lawyers:

Philip Harris; Paul Slinger


‘As a team Wright Hassall excel. Philip Harris offers clear, strategic advice.’

‘From the outset, Paul Slinger grasped the concept of the particular circumstances and dilemmas we faced as a leasehold management company and demonstrated an understanding of the crux of those issues, almost as if he was standing in our shoes as the client, which in itself is quite a remarkable thing to achieve.

‘The whole team were extremely diligent and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Philip Harris stands out as a strategic thinker, always carefully considering the consequences of not only the next move, but three or four moves beyond the next move. That strategic approach is a huge bonus when the stakes are high, with the potential ramifications for not adopting the correct strategy so significant.’

‘Paul Slinger was always responsive, calm, competent and extremely approachable. Paul proved to be very capable and got to the key issues really quickly, Paul demonstrated a huge knowledge of JCT contracts and the adjudication process’

‘Philip Harris is an excellent contentious adviser with clear and concise advice.

‘Michael Hiscock is an excellent leader.’

‘Michael Hiscock is always available and responds quickly. Has supported us in resolving contract issues with clients where necessary. Also provides support to our group general counsel.’

Key clients

Buckingham Group

Ashe Construction Group



MCS Group

Coventry Cathedral

Speller Metcalfe



AC Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Advised Buckingham Group on contract terms for critical capacity upgrade and infrastructure alterations for Network Rail Hope Valley Capacity project.
  • Advised Buckingham Group on the building contract and associated agreements for the new Brentford FC Community Stadium.
  • Advised Forkers on a complex NEC3 contract for civil engineering works on the HS2 phase 1 Midlands section.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Peter McHugh is the key name for construction disputes in Clarke Willmott LLP's Birmingham office; he is a chartered arbitrator and accredited mediator with more than three decades of experience. The firm works with housing associations, contractors and developers on a range of contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter McHugh

Key clients

GreenSquare Group

Abri (formerly Yarlington)

Aster Group

B Price Limited

Treforest Property Company Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Treforest Property Company Limited in two adjudications regarding a complex £4.95m final account, and subsequent contested Part 8 enforcement hearing.
  • Advising two property developers in the defence of a smash and grab adjudication with resulting up Part 8 proceedings and subsequent true value adjudication.
  • Advising a housing association in relation to contractual mechanism and claims arising under contracts with a value of £6.5m following the insolvency of the main contractor.

Higgs LLP

The team at Higgs LLP in Brierley Hill handles a range of day-to-day construction matters for national and regional clients. Rachael Hobbis  has led the team since joining the firm in 2018; she advises on construction procurement matters, contracts and consultant agreements, working alongside disputes specialist associate Adam Thompson.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Hobbis

Other key lawyers:

Adam Thompson


‘Passion for excellence is foremost from Higgs. ‘

‘Associate Adam Thompson is resilient in delivering exceptional results from complex contentious disputes. Adam goes the extra mile in any analysis.’

Key clients

Inland Homes PLC

London & Cambridge Properties

Travis Perkins

Beeswift Limited

Etac Limited

Allpack Limited

Native Antigen Company Limited / LGC Group

RTS Construction Group

Edmond Shipway LLP

The Old Station Nursery Limited / La Maison Bleue

Work highlights

  • Advising on the headquarters relocation for Beeswift Limited to a 120,000 sq ft part new build/part refurbished flag ship development in Birmingham.
  • Advising Inland Homes PLC on its construction procurement contracts with its professional consultants and supply chain.