Firms in the Spotlight Construction
Construction in Yorkshire And The Humber
Addleshaw Goddard's construction team handles the full range of projects, advising on high-profile residential, commercial and infrastructure developments for major corporates, developers and public sector bodies. Recent work includes nationally significant road, rail, airport, and energy projects, as well as notable mandates within Leeds. James Reynolds heads up the non-contentious construction department, advising on a number of national redevelopment schemes, with Joe Wilkinson handling construction and engineering disputes. David Shaw takes the lead on energy, transport and utility projects, with John Emerton acting in the related disputes. Director Ally MacKenzie also specialises in construction and engineering disputes with a particular focus on the energy and utilities sectors.
‘Their experience and knowledge of the Real Estate market in the locality and nationally made the selection of AG a straightforward decision. The understanding of our requirements and time they spent on the transaction also demonstrated the quality of their efforts.‘
‘Ian Smith, Niamh Batterton: Both are detailed, professional, experienced and a pleasure to work with us and have represented us.‘
London Luton Airport
The Co-operative Group
Leeds Beckett University
University of Brighton
West Yorkshire + Transport Fund
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust
National Nuclear Laboratory
Scotia Gas Networks
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Acting for Channel Four on the construction and the property aspects of its move to the Majestic Building in the centre of Leeds.
- Advising FTSE 100 United Utilities on its £750m Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Project.
- Defending eight BP entities and RockRose in an ongoing complex and high-value High Court claim.
Ian Doig and David Moss jointly lead the team at DLA Piper, which assists with regional, national and international infrastructure projects; recent cross-border work included issues in Malta and across Eastern Europe and Russia. The group has handled real estate developments for residential and commercial developers as well as further education and healthcare clients, alongside infrastructure projects for clients including Highways England; Leeds-based Ben Peecock is a specialist in this field. While the firm has a global platform, its has a notable presence in Yorkshire, enabling it to lead major projects from both its Sheffield and Leeds offices.
Other key lawyers:
‘Impressive team which is well led. Good level of resource, hardworking and knowledgeable and accessible.‘
- Advising Henry Boot Developments as development partner to Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council, on the development of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland.
- Advising Highways England on the upgrade of the A66.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP's practice encompasses construction advisory work, disputes, financing mandates, and projects, acting for high-profile regional, national, and international clients in key sectors. The firm's platform allows the Leeds-based team to act on cross-jurisdictional projects. Joint practice heads Simon Plunkett and Melanie Grimmitt lead the construction advisory and disputes, and projects teams respectively, while Mark Harris works on major international energy infrastructure projects. Stacey Collins handles transactional work, and John Williams focuses on disputes and risk management issues in the transport and energy sectors. Senior associate Naomi Stafford specialises in contentious work, and senior associate Lucy O’Dwyer has notable capabilities in distressed construction and engineering projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a very broad knowledge and are able to bring in specialists as and when required.‘
‘Breadth of knowledge, ability to work to very tight deadlines, very personable and approachable people, helpful and friendly whilst being professional at all times.‘
RWE Renewables UK
University of Huddersfield
University of Leeds
University of Sheffield
Amey Group No
Walter Lily & Co
Balfour Beatty Group
Kier Infrastructure and Overseas
Royal Bam Group
Longzhu Oilfield Services Pte
- Advised Drax on the various contracts for its Damhead Creek 2 Project, a new 1.8 GW combined–cycle gas turbine power plant.
- Acted for Walter Lilly & Co in appeal proceedings relating to a dispute regarding which party bears liability for project delays arising from planning delays where the contract is silent on where that risk should lie.
- Advised the University of Huddersfield on a number of multi-million pound construction projects, including its £30m new-build Barbara Hepworth building.
Squire Patton Boggs focuses on the the energy and utility sectors, development projects and public sector infrastructure issues, with a range of national and international mandates from major clients, aided by the firm's global reach. A particular strength of the practice is its work with governmental bodies and corporates on PFI and PPP-funded projects. Practice head Zakir Mulla focuses on construction, engineering, and infrastructure projects, James Duckworth specialises in developments and infrastructure procurement work in the energy sector, and Matthew Mulqueen handles renewable energy projects, particularly offshore wind matters, on an international basis.
‘The team at Squire Patton Boggs under Matthew Mulqueen is unique due to the long term business relationship we have with Matthew. Matthew has supported us for several years and has a unique commercial understanding of our business.’
‘Matthew has a depth of experience in the offshore wind industry, which, in my experience, very few advisers can match. This, along with his excellent technical knowledge and commercially informed approach, makes Matthew a go to member of our project deal teams.‘
Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund
Price Waterhouse Coopers Dubai
Black Cat Engineering and Construction
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Frontier Investment Management, Denmark
Chania Green Generation Company
Global Wind Services US
Selenkei Investment Limited and Cedate
Capital and Centric
- Advising a GCC government on a review of the current PPP legislative and regulatory framework, the development of a PPP strategy and policy, and the preparation of PPP legislative, operational and regulatory guidelines, as well as the identification of opportunities for PPP projects.
- Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on its involvement in the 800MW Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Farm, Massachusetts – the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the US.
- Advising FORE on a major commercial development at Mount Street in the centre of Manchester.
Walker Morris LLP
Walker Morris LLP advises developers, corporates and local authorities on a diverse range of projects including student housing, healthcare and education projects, and residential and commercial developments. The team provides partner-led advice on contentious and non-contentious matters. Litigator Martin Scott heads up the 'first-class' team and acts in professional negligence and defective premises cases, while Tom Peel acts for developers and corporates in high-value contentious proceedings and advises on building developments. Jules Harbage is noted for his energy infrastructure and engineering expertise, and director Carly Thorpe specialises in drafting standard and bespoke documents and representing clients in enforcement proceedings.
‘The team comprises a first class group of lawyers at all levels of seniority. They are all also a really nice bunch of people.‘
‘Paul Hargreaves is relentless. Martin Scott’s commercial acumen is second to none. Tom Peel is calm authority personified. Carly Thorpe is always so cheerful and positive.‘
‘The team is full of down-to-earth and incredibly hard working individuals. That makes them so well-suited to running group litigation with individuals – often with competing interests – against large corporate entities. The team is extremely well resourced and full of construction and insurance experience from top to bottom. Often, the team operates on the side of the angels and due to recent big cases are all experienced in big TCC disputes. On top of this, the team works with numerous big contractors and has a wealth of knowledge about construction.‘
‘Paul Hargreaves is exceptional. He is a tenacious litigator. Martin Scott is a smooth operator with considerable skill in running multi-party high stakes litigation involving construction and insurance issues. He has incredible experience of running successful class action litigation against defendants who are able to run deep-pockets defences.‘
Drax Power Limited
Barnsley Metropolitan Council
Leeds Arts University
- Successfully acting in the Court of Appeal for various leaseholders of a residential development in Manchester.
- Advising Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on the redevelopment of Barnsley Town Centre.
- Advising ENGIE Regeneration on the £200m development for University of Leicester.
Fraser Askham leads the team at CMS, which acts on an array of national and international construction projects in the transport and energy infrastructure field for developers, investors and constructors. Senior associate Jenny Whipps works on litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from construction issues.
Other key lawyers:
Jo Hatton-Jones leads the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which acts on contentious and transactional construction matters. The group advises national clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors alongside retailers, property developers, and education providers, and also has notable expertise in work for international clients. Process sector matters are handled by practice head Jo Hatton-Jones, who has engineering qualifications, and Simon Chamberlain and new hire Sarah Maylor handle built environment work on the transactional side. Maylor, who arrived from Kennedys in early 2020, also works on construction disputes in tandem with Gregory Buckley.
Network Rail Infrastructure
Legal & General
Severn Trent Water
University of Leeds
JD Williams & Company
- Advising Arco and The Fruit Market on the continued construction of a flagship redevelopment project in Hull.
- Advising a leading global real estate operating company based in Singapore on its first expansion into the UK private rented sector market, with a development in Monkbridge, Leeds.
- Advising Morrisons on the development of retail pods in the car parks of its stores across the UK.
Boutique construction firm Hawkswell Kilvington Limited is active on a number of local, national, and international mandates from its Wakefield base. The extensive and experienced team handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with co-founder David Kilvington leading on non-contentious work. The practice is otherwise led by key disputes contact Daniel Silberstein, Thomas Salter, who also handles contentious work, and legal director Rachel Heald, who focuses on the negotiation of building contracts and construction documents for developers. The team has been strengthened by the arrivals of David Spires, former head of construction at Watson Burton LLP, and Gary Ashton from Schofield Sweeney. Jonathan Hawkswell has retired.
‘They are a niche firm offering city standard advice targeting construction matters.‘
‘With the team specialising in construction they have real specialist knowledge. Rachel Heald has a really good grasp of our own internal control procedures so she can get straight to the point with issues that are showstoppers for us or those which can be negotiated, knowing how far our negotiations can go to get the deal closed.‘
‘Whilst they have a team if needed working in the background for you I’ve always had a focal person to call and that gives you confidence that they are dealing with an issue rather than feeling you are getting passed about between team members.‘
‘Straight talking, prompt and considered options put to you so our business can make swift well educated decisions about a topic and maintain progress to close issues out effectively.’
‘They are always available and make time for our queries in a friendly and professional manner. They always make us feel like an important client and offer a timely service with excellent explanations etc. It compares extremely well with other firms that I have used.‘
‘Gary Ashton is a very experienced partner – he is plain-speaking, which goes down well with clients, and is well-known in the region.‘
John Sisk and Son
Briggs & Forrester Group
Boultbee Brooks Real Estate
Willmott Dixon Construction
Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure
- Advised Hallam Land Management on an infrastructure scheme in Coventry, which will eventually provide 3,000 new homes.
- Advised VolkerStevin on a construction services project at the Ministry of Defences National Base on the Clyde in Scotland.
- Assisted Midgard with a substantial development in Reading, which will provide accommodation for residential and commercial users spread across numerous blocks.
Construction specialist Bill Barton heads up Barton Legal Limited, which receives referrals from several national law firms on a range of mandates, encompassing contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering work. The team works closely with its legal and industry clients, which include renewable energy companies and several international corporates, in line with the firm's role as a go-to referee for construction matters.
‘Barton Legal is a niche construction practice and Bill Barton is our first go to external consultant for those jobs where we need specialised construction advice. Bill is very responsive, always available, highly committed and professional; great with clients and technically highly skilled. His expertise covers a wide range of non contentious and contentious scenarios and having experience as a litigator means he brings added value and experience to the service he offers us.‘
‘Specialist boutique in construction law – Bill Barton has a wealth of experience.‘
‘Fast and efficient advice, keen to make sure that they meet client deadlines, detailed advice and re-drafting service with explanation as to why the changes they recommend should be pursued.‘
‘Bill Barton is down to earth, pragmatic and advises complex issues in plain English.’
- Representing a party in a complex four-way construction dispute.
- Advising Multiwal UK on the negotiation of a specialist sub-contract with Laing O’Rourke for soundproof walls.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Andrew Marsh leads the practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which specialises in contentious construction design matters, acting for architects, engineers, manufacturers, and insurers in high-value claims. Matters are national and international in nature, often involving public authorities and containing cross-border elements; the group also regularly handles major projects in the nuclear and healthcare sectors.
‘I come into contact with the team as a mediator helping them and their insurer clients to resolve claims by mediation. There is in depth expertise at this firm for dealing with such matters and they are especially adept at maximising the opportunities available at mediation.’
‘Andrew Marsh is one of the best mediation advocates I have come across in my 20 years experience as a mediator.’
DWF advises on national and international construction projects across a number of sectors, with a particular focus on energy. The firm acts for developers, public sector bodies and corporates. Andrew Symms leads the national practice.
Rachael Yates and Joseph Hale head up the Leeds-based team at Freeths LLP, which supports developers and utilities providers on the contentious and non-contentious elements of projects, including complex disputes, transactional issues and procurement matters. Yates takes the lead on disputes, acting for employers, contractors and individuals within the construction industry; Hale also works on contentious matters, representing developers in disputes with competitors. Both are also active in procurement work. Managing associate Marie Mulligan joined from Slaughter and May in late 2019.
‘Excellent regional construction department with great strength in depth, detailed industry understanding, and many talented and committed lawyers.‘
‘Two stand out individuals with whom I have worked over several years and also recently:Joseph Hale (partner): Brings a huge amount of experience, extensive industry knowledge, and very strong commercial understanding. Extremely committed and determined to get the best result for the client. Dominic Canning: Very talented and knowledgeable solicitor. Has a real attention to detail and excellent technical understanding.‘
Mott MacDonald Bentley
Vital Energi Utilities
Engie Fabricom UK
Mayfair Developments and Properties
G F Tomlinson and Sons
- Representing Fabricom in various disputes regarding the final account deductions from its applications for payment regarding works at Surrey ECO Park (an Energy from Waste scheme).
- Acting for Fabricom in various disputes regarding a subcontract for works at Energy Works Hull.
- Advising Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council on works to redevelop three town centre sites.
Richard Piper leads the team at Gordons LLP, which combines the firm's expertise in commercial and residential developments with advice on civil engineering and infrastructure projects. The practice also has an established dispute resolution capability through the experience of Anjon Mallik.
Gosschalks provides contentious and non-contentious support to its client base, which includes major regional construction companies, utilities providers, and rail infrastructure companies. The group handles key mandates across North and East Yorkshire and on a national basis, and represents clients in high-value disputes, including a recent case before the Court of Appeal. Practice head Matthew Fletcher has particular expertise in electricity wayleave issues, and has contributed to case law on the subject.
Arnold White Estates
C R Reynolds
Geo Houlton and Sons
Beaumont Morgan Developments
- Represented C Spencer in the Court of Appeal in a multi-million pound claim under a hybrid contract in relation to works at a waste to power plant.
- Acting for Beaumont Morgan Developments in a £3.8m professional negligence claim for loss, expense and delay against a structural engineer.
- Advised Kingstown Works on a £300m outsourcing and maintenance arrangement covering over 24,000 city-wide properties over the next eight years.
Irwin Mitchell advises on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to its sector focuses, which span the commercial property, education, student accommodation, and retirement housing industries. Contentious matters are a growing source of work for the practice. The team, which is led in Yorkshire by consultant Mike Plews, works on projects within the region and nationally, as part of a nationally coordinated construction practice headed up by Mark Clinton.
Henry Davidson Developments
Select Property Group
NatWest Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland
N G Bailey
Sheffield Hallam University
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kennedys has enhanced its non-contentious construction work, advising existing and new clients on infrastructure, development and regeneration projects regionally and nationally, co-operating with other offices of the firm. The growth expands on the firm's existing strength in contentious matters, encompassing representation in litigation, arbitration, and adjudication proceedings relating to contract and payment disputes. Helen Johnson leads the practice following the departure of Sarah Maylor to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; she is supported by newly-promoted senior associate Helen Birchall.
Other key lawyers:
‘An amazing team involved in the best work.‘
‘Helen Birchall – a real star; partner in the making. Puts everything into each case. Helen Johnson leads the team superbly – confident, tactically astute and industrious.‘
‘I worked closely with Helen Birchell who gave exceptional help and advice within a very tight time frame. Her knowledge and experience was obvious and this, together with her personality made a time consuming and, for me, a tedious task much easier. I would recommend her and the practice highly.‘
‘Kennedys provide a highly personalised, multi-disciplinary service; committing senior, experienced resources throughout. They are willing to share in the risk/reward associated with complex projects and benefit from significant repeat business.‘
‘Helen Johnson and her team have provided cerebral insight and support on complicated real estate, construction and corporate governance matters pertaining to an extremely complicated quasi public/private partnership. Their legal acumen, pragmatism, commercialism and tenacity are second to none; wrapped up in an approachable and affable manner which makes working with them an enjoyable experience.‘
Airport City Limited Partnership
The Ambassador Theatre Group
Bolton County Council
Cruden Property Services
Geraghty Taylor Architects
Niall McLaughlin Architects
Z G Lighting (UK)
- Continuous advice to Airport City Limited Partnership on a range of real estate and construction matters.
- Providing legal and strategic advice to Ambassador Theatre Group on its various developments throughout the UK.
- Advising Bolton Borough Council on the purchase of Crompton Place Shopping Centre in central Bolton from a Santander investment fund.
Knights plc has expanded its national construction practice through its merger with Shulmans LLP. The Leeds-based team advises on issues across the construction process for a range of clients, including developers, housebuilders, infrastructure and energy clients, and corporates. Practice head Sarah Wilson is an authority on NEC frameworks and construction contracts, and further advises clients on disputes, transactional work, and construction insolvencies. Associate Maria Fert focuses on residential and commercial developments, including contracts, team appointments and financing elements.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are extremely proactive in their approach to commercial/contractual matters within the civil engineering/construction sector and have a good team with a breadth of knowledge and experience to help out when needed.‘
‘Sarah and her team have been excellent in supporting initiatives and events in the last year, they offer informative events and help our members get valuable CPD and training to help their careers grow.’
‘Offers professional and, where required, concise advice. Always seems to be one step ahead of our needs in terms of production of information / documents. I note some other firms tend to over complicate things. Importantly the team are always contactable to discuss matters, which is fantastic.‘
‘Well informed and trusted advice. Willingness to help.‘
‘The construction team are used to setting up and handling all that is required on construction matters related to property developments. They have both the expertise in setting up and negotiating the complex legal arrangements and the capacity to handle the more routine aspects, such as chasing up third parties for collateral warranty execution/letters of reliance. I find that lots of firms can do the front end (the interesting complex legal arrangements) well but that most lose interest in the more routine matters. Work is all undertaken on a fixed fee scale so there is always clarity of billing.‘
‘Sarah Wilson is extremely knowledgeable in her field, practical, pragmatic and concise.‘
‘Empathy, attention to detail and commercially astute.‘
Opus Land North
- Advising Opus Land North on a mixed-use commercial development.
- Advised a civil engineering contractor on a £500,000 claim brought by a sub-contractor against the client.
- Advised a civil engineering client on a matter complicated by sub-contractors subsequently becoming involved and brought a statutory adjudication, pursuant to a letter of intent, in relation to a contractor’s final account dispute for £700,000 for prolongation costs and additional works.
Schofield Sweeney has a strong focus on contentious construction work, including acting in adjudications and damages claims for developers and building contractors. It is also growing its non-contentious practice, which has handled work for major national retailers and developers including site acquisitions and pre-build logistic issues. Richard Stockdale is a dedicated construction litigator.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are knowledgeable, approachable and customer focused.‘
‘Small team, but that can be a big plus for clients rather than dealing with a different associate each time.‘
‘Straightforward and pragmatic approach.‘
Fredshaw & Co.
New Build Guru
- Successfully acted on behalf of Britcon (UK) in a professional negligence claim against national engineering consultant, WYG Engineering.
- Advised Games Workshop on reaching an agreement with Segro Logistics Park to develop a new warehouse distribution facility at the new East Midlands Gateway logistics hub.
- Appointed by New Build Guru to its panel of trusted solicitors, which offers owners of defective new-build UK homes representation and advice in bringing claims and class actions against housebuilders.
Shoosmiths LLP specialises in non-contentious construction work, advising developers, retailers and investors on projects in the mobility, retail, student accommodation and care home sectors; the group has a particular specialism in forward funding issues and other complex real estate financing structures. The team acts for regional and national clients, often collaborating with other offices and with the growing real estate team in Leeds. Practice head Rick Atha assists developers with all elements of complex projects, and is supported by senior associate Christine Burrows.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very approachable, can translate legal speak into normal language. Very good at defending client interests. Knowledgeable, trustworthy.‘
‘Very responsive. We have to rely on their knowledge and expertise both pre- and post-contract.‘
‘Clearly knowledgeable and responsive, which is key when dealing with complex legal issues that may be the only thing preventing a project getting started.‘
‘Rick Atha – responsive, quick, personable.‘
Extra MSA Group
Cinnamon Care Capital
Peugeot Motor Company
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Mount Group Student Natex
Roomzzz / Park Lane Properties
Ingka Centre Services AB
Coutts & Co
Royal Bank of Scotland
British Car Auctions
- Advising Palmer Capital on the construction and development funding documents for a £72M forward funding PRS investment scheme.
- Advising Ingka (Ikea) on the recent purchase of the Kings Mall Shopping Centre in Hammersmith.
- Acting for Cinnamon Care Capital on the development of a portfolio of luxury care homes.
Judith Hopper leads the practice at Bevan Brittan LLP, which specialises in contentious construction work. The team represents corporates and public sector clients, with a particular focus on high-value PFI-related work in line with Hopper's expertise. The practice also works closely with the firm's social housing team on the contentious elements of housebuilding projects.
- Acting for an international logistics company in claims for payment relating to the installation of a complex mechanical plant.
- Acting for a local council in various disputes arising from a PFI highways contract worth £730m.
- Representing a local council in an insurance dispute regarding a PPP waste contract.
Phil Morrison heads up the team at Clarion, which handles complex contentious and non-contentious mandates for developers, public bodies, commercial clients and housebuilders. Recent mandates include commercial advice concerning procurements, development agreements and building contracts. Particularly notable is the firm's work in the healthcare sector, which includes large scale and sector-crucial projects.
‘Clarion offers a very competent team of specialists in construction law. but in comparison with their peers has a smaller hands-on team which avoids unnecessary delays and routine matters are dealt with by senior individuals meaning should an issue arise later they have an in depth knowledge of the project.‘
‘Phil Morrison has worked as an integral part of our team for many years. His direct approach and understanding of real business issues often yields a simple robust solution. Working with us through the life of a construction contract from its inception places us in the best possible position to deal with any contractual issues which can arise from time to time in the construction industry.‘