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Addleshaw Goddard  ‘can be relied on for fast, accurate and solid advice due to its ability to fully understands its clients’ thanks to ‘a great level of knowledge and experience paired with a team of individuals who are genuinely nice to work with’. The team handles complex national projects with notable expertise in the transport, engineering, energy and nuclear sectors advising on developments, disputes and regeneration matters. Key practitioners include energy and infrastructure expert David Shaw, practice head James Reynolds, and the dispute-focused Joe Wilkinson, John Emerton and legal director Ally MacKenzie. In a recent highlight, Shaw advised Stanstead Airport on its transformation programme including a new arrivals building, an extension to the existing departures building and various infrastructure works; he also acted for SSE on its procurement of a combined-cycle gas turbine. Other work includes Reynolds assisting the House of Commons with its £160 Northern Estate programme which involves the conservation of several historic buildings in Westminster, acting on the construction of a new stadium for Castleford Tigers, and handling multiple regeneration schemes nationally for Muse Developments including schemes in Leeds, Manchester and South Shields.


Barton Legal Limited

We are a specialist construction and engineering, and commercial property firm based in Leeds. We are recognised as experts in energy projects such as wind, solar, biomass and large complex construction and engineering projects.

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Under the leadership of ‘subject matter expert’ Ian Doig, DLA Piper UK LLP provides ‘perceptive and technically sound advice’ from ‘a team of responsive and well-resourced lawyers who have a commercial focus and an added ability to draw upon global expertise through the firm’s international network’. Doig focuses on non-contentious construction mandates; he recently advised Merseytravel on the construction of new depot facilities on the Merseyrail network, assisted British Airways with the construction of a new facility at Heathrow Airport for express shipments and pharmaceuticals, and acted for Gazprom Energoholding on the construction and commissioning of a power plant and pipeline for the supply of LNG in Serbia. Legal director Ben Peecock is also noted for his ‘clear, decisive and practical advice’; he led advice to Falck Renewables on the construction elements of two wind farms in Sweden comprising 31 wind turbines, and handled Henry Boot Development’s construction of a manufacturing park in the North East. Cadent Gas, Highways England, Yorkshire Water, Sellafield and Unilever are also clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘market-leading’ department ‘cannot be faulted in any way’ and is praised for its ‘excellent industry knowledge, effective approach and seamless connection with its clients’. The practice is also recognised for its ‘extensive experience in the energy sector’ through the ‘absolutely brilliant’ Stacey Collins, oil and gas infrastructure specialist Mark Harris and Melanie Grimmitt, whose ‘intellectual strength and enthusiasm marks her out for exceptional advice on complex projects’. Recent mandates for the practice include Collins advising Drax Group on multiple open-cycle gas turbine development projects, John Williams assisting Samsung C&T with a contract relating to the design, procurement and construction of a $600m combined-cycle power plant in Turkey, and Grimmit acting for Eggborough Power on issues relating to a combined-cycle gas turbine project. Clients also praise Simon Plunkett, who is the key name for disputes and advisory work; he defended Cyden Homes in a high-profile case relating to the allocation of responsibility for concurrent delay, while Harris represented Walter Lilly & Co in High Court proceedings relating to the responsibility for delays regarding a residential development in Kensington and Chelsea.

The ‘excellent’ Zakir Mulla !Leeds leads the department at Squire Patton Boggs and is highly active in the energy, utilities, development and infrastructure sectors; he recently advised Muse Developments on the construction of an office building for Conwy County Borough Council. The practice also has notable experience in international mandates; James Duckworth !Leeds divides his time between Leeds and Dubai, and Matthew Mulqueen !Leeds is based in the firm’s Leeds and Texas offices. Duckworth focuses on major development and infrastructure projects; recent mandates include acting for a developer on an urban mixed-use development in a GCC capital city, and advising a GCC government on the structuring and financing of an extension to a metro network. Mulqueen’s recent work encompasses acting for GSC Holdings on the development of a solar development in Cameroon, and advising Radiant Energy on the development of two solar projects in Kenya. Other clients include Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund, Brookfield Group, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Rotherham Council.

‘A highly respected team in the industry with a reputation to match’, Walker Morris LLP’s ‘first-rate, top-notch and outstanding practice is in a league of its own’. Department head Martin Scott, who has ‘excellent commercial nous’, focuses on construction litigation; Tom Peel is ‘trusted as a safe pair of hands’ and advises on contentious and non-contentious mandates, Jules Harbage specialises in energy and engineering work, director Joanne McNamara handles student accommodation projects, and senior associate Carly Thorpe ‘has an exceptional ability to analyse the options available and find a way through difficult negotiations’. Starbucks and Drax Power Station are clients; Harbage advised the latter on the construction, installation and commissioning of a cold reheat pressure reduction system. Other highlights include Harbage assisting the Homes and Communities Agency with two residential developments in Kent, and Scott representing 99 owners of 160 apartments in litigation relating to a failed residential development in Bradford.

CMS’s ‘commercially oriented’ team is ‘one of the best in Sheffield’ for infrastructure and construction development projects and regenerations particularly in the renewable and waste sectors. In a recent highlight, ‘brilliant professional’ Martin McKervey advised Sheffield City Council on the first phase of the development of the Sheffield Retail Quarter including the construction of a mixed-use office and retail building. McKervey jointly leads the department with Fraser Askham, who is the key name for construction disputes; Askham recently defended Daventry District Council in a multi-party High Court proceeding pertaining to a waste management and recycling services agreement and payment issues. Amey Communities, New Era Development, Henry Boot, the London Borough of Wandsworth and Manchester Airports Group are also clients. Senior associate Jenny Whipps is also a name to note.

Jo Hatton-Jones heads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s practice, which also counts principal associate Chris Vickers  and associate Matthew Shotton , who handles delay and final account disputes, as key practitioners. Hatton-Jones is highly regarded for her experience in the process, utilities and energy sectors; the team also advises on retail issues, developments, education sector work, procurements and construction disputes.

Gordons LLP excels in the property development scheme space with recent work including advising BASF on the development of a new chemical production facility and assisting Hermes Parcelnet with the acquisition and development of a new distribution hub in Hemel Hempstead. Practice head Richard Piper  led on those matters and also represented Bradford Academy Trust in a defects claim relating to the construction of the academy. Piper also has experience in process engineering projects, property finance work, public procurement issues and retail and renewable sector mandates. Anjon Mallik  is recommended for construction disputes and acts for contractors, sub-contractors and developers.

Boutique construction firm Hawkswell Kilvington Limited fields ‘a top-notch team of individuals who are prompt and decisive in their guidance and are responsive to clients’ needs no matter the situation’. Department head Daniel Silberstein has ‘an abundance of assets to draw upon including his tenacity, experience, attention to detail and industry knowledge’, recently promoted partner Thomas Salter ‘consistently demonstrates the upmost of professional standards and composure in the face of difficult circumstances’, and founding partners Jonathan Hawkswell and David Kilvington are ‘doyens of the field’. Highlights included representing Suez Recycling and Recovery in a dispute against its contractor in delay and disruption claims, assisting Saint-Grobain Construction Products with the construction of two new grinding mills, and acting for Electricity North West on the manufacture and installation of high voltage switchgear, transformers and cabling at Manchester Airport.

DAC Beachcroft LLP ‘delivers its advice with a proactive and commercial approach that is both professional and personable’ under the ‘exceptional leadership’ of Andrew Marsh. Marsh focuses on construction disputes and regularly represents architects, engineers and design and build contractors. Senior associate Christine Burrows is the key name for non-contentious mandates; she recently advised Property Alliance Group on the construction of a new vehicle maintenance workshop and assisted it with two residential and mixed-use developments in Manchester, acted for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on the construction elements of its purchase of the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, and handles all construction issues relating to Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough for Invesco Real Estate. Senior associate Laura Clayburn is also a name to note.

DWF’s department, which is ‘excellent in all aspects’ is led by Andrew Symms, who ‘consistently provides sound and thoughtful advice that the client can always rely on’. The team recently advised on the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine project in Kent for ScottishPower; it also assisted Caddick with the redevelopment of Headingly Stadium, represented Doosan Power Systems in a dispute relating to the conversion of a coal-fired power station to biomass, and acted for Wrenbridge on its involvement in the development of sports and leisure facilities in the new York Community Stadium. Clients also single out recently promoted partner Christian Hellmund, who focuses on the energy and renewables sectors, and director Shaun Hill, who handles non-contentious matters for retail sector clients.

Keys names in Irwin Mitchell’s Yorkshire-based practice include consultant Steven Bate , who focuses on construction disputes; associate Zoe Williams , who handles payment, defect and professional negligence litigation; and consultant Mike Plews , who is recognised for his work on offshore wind farm and biomass power station matters. Key sectors for the group include the process engineering, finance, public and education sectors with notable expertise in retirement living and student accommodation mandates.

Highlights for Kennedys’ ‘exceptionally strong team, which understands the industry deeply and provides effective commercial advice’ include advising Airport City Limited Partnership on the redevelopment of Manchester Airport, acting for Metrojet on the design and construction of a new aircraft hangar facility at Clark International Airport in the Philippines, and assisting Fortress One with the redevelopment of eight mixed-use developments in London and the surrounding area. The practice has built on its contentious expertise expanding its transactional work for a variety of clients including Wasps Holdings, Scarborough Group and William Hare. Sarah Maylor heads the department and is ‘a go-to practitioner’ for many clients and is supported by non-contentious-focused senior associate Helen Johnson.

Boutique construction firm Barton Legal Limited 'has a growing reputation in the region' with firm founder Bill Barton praised for his 'enthusiasm and commitment to his clients'. The firm is noted for its contractual expertise, with recent mandates including advising Systagenix Wound Management in Skipton on the contract for an extension to its medical facility, assisting ABM Precast Solutions with its involvement in the joint venture to supply pre-cast concrete sections for HS2 and acting for a private developer on a small development in Leeds.

At Gosschalks, Matthew Fletcher, who ‘combines a friendly approach with clear and professional advice’ leads the practice and is recognised for his litigation expertise particularly regarding statutory electricity wayleave matters; he recently represented SOG in a pylon wayleave compensation claim in the Upper Tribunal. Other key individuals include James Phinn, who specialises in wind turbine supply agreements; William Buckenham, who focuses on the rail industry; and solicitor and energy sector specialist Abigail Milner. The group also has substantial expertise in the renewable energy and rail infrastructure sectors and regularly acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors, developers, insurers and funders.

Rollits LLP’s expertise encompasses advising housing associations and assisting with industrial developments. Recent highlights include advising Reckitt Benckiser on the redevelopment of its research and development facility in Hull; Yorkshire Housing, Leeds Federated Housing Association and the University of Hull are also clients. David Myers  leads the group and is noted for his planning and development expertise; Caroline Hardcastle  handles contentious mandates.

With ‘a growing construction practice that has the potential to be a key player in the market’, Schofield Sweeney’s department is led by the ‘highly reputable’ Gary Ashton, who joined from Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, and also fields Richard Stockdale and solicitor Annie Hui-Gillen, who is ‘a brilliant junior lawyer who is thorough, hardworking and can easily handle complex issues’. The practice has substantial experience in construction disputes including engineering litigation and professional indemnity claims. Clients include Shearings Group, White Peak Construction, Oranmore Environmental Services, Templeborough Biomass Power Plant and Santander.

At Shulmans LLP, Sarah Wilson  heads the construction team which has advised HBS Southern Group on the construction of a solar photovoltaic system, representing Chiorino in litigation relating to defects and movement in a warehouse building, and assisting a lender with a loan facility to a residential housebuilder. BHC, Kavanagh Roofing and Powerfirm Access Solutions are also clients. Phil Morrison has left the firm to join Clarion.

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