Infrastructure in Yorkshire And The Humber


The construction team at CMS focuses on the development, regeneration, energy, renewables, healthcare, education and waste sectors and has notable expertise in finance-related work and infrastructure disputes. The 'exceptionally bright' Fraser Askham heads up the department and is a key contact for contentious work, while Lukas Rootman focuses on environmental work and Chris Bowes handles planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Fraser Askham

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Rootman; Chris Bowes


CMS provides an exceptional service in terms of legal analysis, prompt and efficient work and managing of highly complex disputes, whilst at the same time doing everything possible to assist the client in reaching a sensible compromise‘.

Based in Sheffield, the team has a unique local strength and appeal, which it combines with a real national outlook and reach‘.

Fraser Askham is an exceptionally bright lawyer with a very good client manner. Despite working in difficult conditions, he provides a fantastic result for the clients. He is upbeat and positive without being remotely arrogant‘.

Fraser Askham is valued especially for his commercial acumen and pragmatic, sensible approach‘.

Key clients

University of Sheffield

Amey LG

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Crown Commercial Services (Wider Public Sector)

Galliford Try

NG Bailey Group


Wates Group

BUG AluTechnic

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Amey Community

Education and Skills Funding Agency (The Department for Education)



Work highlights

  • Representing Lendlease in a complex dispute in the Technology and Construction Court against Balfour Beatty relating to defects arising from the design and construction of a PFI hospital.
  • Advising the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Education on their high-value band and regional framework agreements for the Priority Schools Building Programme 2.
  • Assisting The Mayfield Partnership with converting a brownfield site which includes the former Mayfield railway station into a new urban neighbourhood and riverside public park.
  • Acting for Viridor Laing on the Greater Manchester waste PFI project.
  • Advising Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on the procurement of a development management organisation for the Glass Works Retail and Leisure Development.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP's cross-departmental team handles the full spectrum of infrastructure work, including projects, finance, litigation, regulatory matters, competition issues, tax, planning and construction. The practice, which operates on a local, national and international level, counts local authorities, infrastructure funders and major corporates as clients. Ian Doig focuses on construction work, while Robert Smith handles transport-related work. Leeds managing partner Allison Page is an expert in highways and street lighting projects, Natasha Luther-Jones leads the energy group, and Andrew Batterton heads up the development and infrastructure planning teams.

Practice head(s):

Robert Smith; Allison Page; Natasha Luther-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Ian Doig; Andrew Batterton

Key clients

Highways England

Department for Transport

Tyne & Wear PTE (Nexus)

Gazprom Energoholding

Hitachi Rail Europe,

Birmingham City Council


Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG) also known as BTMU

Falck Renewables

Henry Boot Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Element Power on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics to Statkraft.
  • Assisted Highways England with its strategic change programme for the M25 DBFO project including operational issues.
  • Acting for the Department for Transport on the operational elements of the £1.4bn Thameslink rolling stock project.
  • Advising Highways England on the Lower Thames crossing project.
  • Assisting Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) with the project financing for the construction and operation of a wind farm in the UK for a German developer.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The infrastructure group at Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds office handles matters from a broad range of sectors, including healthcare, energy and construction, as well as the public sector. Kate Orviss leads the firm's global healthcare projects team and handles major projects, financings and social infrastructure matters; John Bruce specialises in energy and infrastructure projects with notable expertise in energy-from-waste issues; and Stacey Collins handles construction and engineering-related mandates.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a notable reputation in the PFI secondary market, with the infrastructure team benefiting from the strength of the firm's national energy and transport departments, which are both led out of Leeds. The group handles matters across the renewables, utilities, rail, airport, electric vehicle and ports sectors. Richard Goodfellow heads up the national infrastructure, projects and energy group and is experienced in PPP matters, Paul Dight has expertise in projects and regulatory mandates, and Paul Hirst handles transport work, particularly in the rail sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Paul Dight; Paul Hirst

Key clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail


InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Peel Media

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Muse Developments

Stockton Borough Council

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Transport on a multi-year mandate on a new rail franchise, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services.
  • Assisted Scotia Gas Networks with the £250m Gas to the West project, including the construction of a transmission network, which will deliver gas to homes in the West of Northern Ireland.
  • Acting for Hitachi Rail Europe on its bid to Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive for the Metrofutures fleet replacement programme.
  • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on its plans to expand the airport including improvement works to the existing terminal and  the development of a new second terminal.
  • Acting for Transport for Greater Manchester on the procurement to extend, improve and operate the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Greater Manchester.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs handles national and international infrastructure projects, with particular expertise in the energy space. James Duckworth, who splits his time between Leeds and Dubai, specialises in the procurement of infrastructure projects in the energy, waste, transport and healthcare sectors; Richard Glover and David Hardy focus on planning matters, and Matthew Mulqueen handles international renewable energy project developments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Glover; James Duckworth

Other key lawyers:

David Hardy; Matthew Mulqueen

Key clients

City Authority of GCC Government

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

EDF Energy

Chania Green Generation Company Limited

Selenkei Investment Limited

Cedate Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Ernst & Young Dubai

Egdon Resources UK Limited

Statuslist Limited

Energy Systems Catapult

Innogy Renewables Limited

SP Manweb plc

Lincolnshire County Council

Alkane Energy

GreenPower (International) Limited

Energiekontor (UK) Limited

The Energy Networks Association

Regional Land Holding

Dubai Municipality

Frontier Investment Management

Africa Renewable Energy Limited

NKT Cables

Work highlights

  • Advising a city authority of a GCC government on an energy-from-waste project.
  • Assisting MHI Vestas Offshore Wind with the negotiation and drafting of a contract for the supply and installation of wind turbines to the Moray East offshore wind farm.
  • Advising Ernst & Young Dubai on the PPP procurement of a series of university hospitals.
  • Acting for Chania Green Generation Company Limited on the development and financing of the Chania onshore wind farm in Kenya.
  • Assisting the city authority of a GCC government with a PPP procured waste project.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP fields practitioners from multiple departments to handle matters in the rail, highways, energy, waste, utilities, education, leisure and telecoms sectors. Clients include local authorities, utility companies, power companies, developers, constructors, technology providers and funders. David Kilduff jointly leads the group with energy-from-waste project specialist Ben SheppardGwendoline Davies focuses on contentious work, Jules Harbage handles construction matters and Judith Pike specialises in funding energy sector work.

Practice head(s):

David Kilduff; Ben Sheppard

Key clients

Wakefield Council

Hull City Council

Barnsley Council

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

MVV Environment

Iona Capital

Earth Capital Limited

Barn Energy

Oil & Pipeline Agency

Yorkshire Water

Work highlights

  • Assisted MVV Environment with its tender for the NESS Energy project, an energy-from-waste and combined heat and power project being procured by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council.
  • Acting for Wakefield Council on a new £20m flagship leisure and wellbeing hub.
  • Assisting Winchester City Council with the arrangements for the management of a new leisure centre.
  • Advising British Steel on Associated British Ports’ takeover of its Immingham bulk terminal.