Firms To Watch: Construction

Helmed by Heidi Brennan, Lodders Solicitors LLP  works with a number of privately held businesses on the full gamut of developments, most notably in the housing and infrastructure sectors.

Construction in West Midlands

Gowling WLG

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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited (now part of Alstom)

The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Castlepoint LP

Transport for London

Sheffield City Council

Trinity House

I.M Properties Plc

St. Modwen Properties Plc

Bericote Properties

Work highlights

  • 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.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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. 

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

National Grid Group

RTE (Reseau de Transport d’Electricite)

RWE Renewables and RWE Generation

Hammerson plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

Severn Trent Water Group


Taylor Wimpey


Birmingham Airport

Segro plc

Next plc

Work highlights

    Mills & Reeve LLP

    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.

    Practice head(s):

    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.’

    Key clients

    Velindre University NHS Trust

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

    Brevan Howard Asset Management Services Limited

    Gymshark Limited


    Ministry of Defence

    Twycross Zoo

    The University of Birmingham

    Holmes O’Malley Sexton/BHSL

    The Law Society

    Work highlights

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      Nigel Blundell

      Other key lawyers:

      Jonathan Vickers


      ‘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.’

      Key clients

      UK Central Services

      Northumberland County Council

      204 GPS Limited

      Moxon Street Luxembourg SARL

      Volkerrail Story Contracting Joint Venture

      Coventry City Council

      Work highlights

      • 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

      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 outstandingIan 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.

      Practice head(s):

      Patrick Garner

      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.’


      Key clients

      St Modwen Properties Limited including St Modwen Homes Limited

      McKay Securities PLC

      Newlands Developments

      PM Group

      Tilia Homes Limited

      Harworth Plc

      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

      Work highlights

      • 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.

      Squire Patton Boggs

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      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.’

      Key clients

      ABB Limited

      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

      Cheyne Capital

      Circular Resources (UK) Limited


      Dalata Hotels

      Department of Health

      Envirogen Group

      Feldon Valley (Guernsey) Limited

      Fincher Utilities

      Fluence Energy LLC

      Frontier Power

      Green Arrow Capital

      HBV Villages

      Imperial College

      Johnson & Johnson

      Jury’s Hotels

      Kentucky Fried Chicken

      Mercia Power

      Midas Construction Limited

      Morrisons (Supermarkets)s

      Pannonia Ethanol ZRT

      Quartzelec Limited

      RTS Technology Solutions Limited (t/a Vanti)

      Selfridges Retail Limited

      Smiths Industries

      Taylor Lane

      The University of Law

      Triton Energy


      Wyre Borough Council

      Natural History Museum


      TPS civil engineering

      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 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

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      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.’


      Key clients

      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

      Lewisham Homes

      Red Kite Community Housing Limited

      Sports and Leisure Management Limited

      Work highlights

      • 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).

      Browne Jacobson LLP

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      Martin Cannon

      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.’


      Key clients

      BAM Construction Limited

      Blackpool Borough Council

      Wolverhampton City Council

      University of Hertfordshire

      Cardiff Council

      Mace Group

      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

      Wintech Limited

      Homes England

      Dudley Hospitals NHS Trust

      London Borough of Croydon

      Thurrock Council

      London Borough of Tower Hamlets

      Kent County Council

      North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust

      University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

      Work highlights

      • 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

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen Malley

      Other key lawyers:

      Victoria Ball

      Key clients

      Far East Consortium

      UPS Limited

      Edyn Group (Brookfield)/Convento de Santa Joana Investimentos Imobilarios Unipessoal

      Summix Capital

      Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

      Hadley Property Group

      This is Gravity

      Eelam Properties (Precis Holdings)

      MBU Capital

      Seven Capital

      Ecoworld / Ballymore JV


      Maslow Capital

      Regal London

      Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

      USF Nominees Limited

      Work highlights

      • 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.

      Freeths LLP

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      Perveen Akhter

      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.’

      Key clients




      Landmark Power Holdings

      PCE Limited

      Greswolde Construction Limited

      Lloyds Bank

      Clydesdale Bank

      Hive Energy

      Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Limited

      London Luton Airport

      Porcelanosa (South East) Limited

      Porcelanosa (South Yorkshire) Limited

      Catalyst Capital

      Engie Fabricom

      Cambridge Power Limited

      Work highlights

      • 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.

      Harrison Clark Rickerbys

      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.

      Practice head(s):

      Keith Blizzard

      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.’

      Key clients

      University of Gloucestershire

      Lloyds Bank

      Speller Metcalfe


      Barnwood Group


      Gloucestershire College

      Work highlights

        Shakespeare Martineau LLP

        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. 

        Practice head(s):

        Ruth Phillips

        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’

        Key clients

        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

        Farmfoods Limited

        KBC Developments LLP

        Maber Associates

        Max Barney Developments Limited

        Rainier Developments (Tenby Street) Limited

        Staffordshire University

        Walsall Housing Group

        Wilson Bowden

        Winvic Construction Limited

        Hull College

        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

        Rotherwood Developments

        PSG Global Limited

        Whitworth Bros Limited

        Wagner Group Limited

        Liverpool John Moores University

        Habib Bank Zurich PLC

        FRP Advisory

        DWJ Harkin Limited

        Buckinghamshire Council

        Jessops Construction Limited

        Nottingham University

        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

        Work highlights

        • 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

        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.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Robinson; Paul Scott

        Other key lawyers:

        Olivia Jenkins

        Key clients

        Wolverhampton City Council

        Countryside Properties

        Vistry Group

        J Equity

        Historic England

        MCS Group

        Trebor Developments LLP

        Prosperity Investments and Developments Group

        UK – Central (Solihull) Limited

        Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

        Graven Hill Village Development Company Limited

        Work highlights

        • 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

        Bevan Brittan LLP‘s Birmingham-based practice saw key expansion in 2021 with the recruitment of ‘excellent construction lawyerHelen 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.

        Practice head(s):

        Helen Andrews

        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.’

        Key clients

        Intex Projects Limited

        Westcore Europe

        Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

        City of London

        Department for Education

        National Places

        NHS Property Services Limited

        Work highlights

        • 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.

        Clarke Willmott LLP

        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.

        Practice head(s):

        Peter McHugh

        Other key lawyers:

        Mark Scotney


        ‘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.’

        Key clients

        Abri (formerly Yarlington)

        B Price Limited

        Treforest Property Company Limited

        Stonewater (housing association)

        Work highlights

        • 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.

        Higgs LLP

        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 Hobbisgoes above and beyond‘ when advising on major developments, regeneration schemes, and breach-of-contract claims.

        Practice head(s):

        Cherry Elliott

        Other key lawyers:

        Rachael Hobbis


        ‘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.’

        Key clients

        Inland Homes PLC

        Edmond Shipway LLP

        RTS Construction Group

        Miric Engineering (Holdings) Limited (part of Brennan Industries Inc)

        ETAC Limited

        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

        Work highlights

        • 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-outPhilip Harris is a seasoned commercial arbitrator and mediator who regularly handles high-value contract claims. Associate Sandra Piaskowska is also noted. 

        Practice head(s):

        Michael Hiscock

        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.’

        Key clients


        Buckingham Group Contracting Limited

        Sherriff’s Gate Limited

        Holland & Barrett

        Wesleyan Assurance

        Coventry Building Society

        Coventry Cathedral

        West Midland Safari Park

        Drayton Manor Resort

        Lincoln Science Park

        Work highlights