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REAL ESTATE: CONSTRUCTION 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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Construction in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s large construction practice provides major clients, such as Muse Developments and United Utilities, expertise in a wide range of projects, including national infrastructure schemes as well as local and regional developments and regenerations. The team is well versed in advising on joint ventures and construction partnerships and is also regularly instructed to handle disputes and appeals relating to defects, fire safety matters, and PFI projects. The team is led by James Reynolds, who is highly recommended for his advice on regeneration and residential developments. David Shaw and Mark Broomfield are key contacts for utilities, energy, and transportation work, while Joe Wilkinson, Ally MacKenzie and Graeme Warburton have significant experience in handling contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

James Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

David Shaw; Ally MacKenzie; Joe Wilkinson; Graeme Warburton; Mark Broomfield


‘Good all round knowledge, cover all the bases. Proactive and good on strategy.’

‘Graeme Warburton is very proactive, commercially sensible and a totally safe pair of hands.’

Key clients



Anglian Water

Anglo American

Associated British Foods

Aviva Investors


Bradford Council

British Land

Caddick Group

Calderdale Council


Channel Four

Columbia Threadneedle Investments



Harworth Group

Henry Boot

Hull Eco Park Limited

Kirklees Council

Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

Lend Lease

London Luton Airport Limited


Manchester Airport

Ministry of Defence


National Grid

National Nuclear Laboratory

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


R. N. Wooler

Robertson Construction

SGN (Scotia Gas Networks)



Sheffield Forgemasters


Southern Water

Stadium Group



Tritax Symmetry

UK Parliament

United Utilities

University of Brighton


Wakefield Trinity Rugby Club

Waterside Places

William Hare

York University

Work highlights

  • Acted for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim against Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited and Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington, which has multiple high-value defects worth c£150m.
  • Advised United Utilities (UU) on its £1bn+ Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Project (HARP), comprising c100km of tunnelling spanning Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester and delivering the infrastructure needed to deliver drinking water to 2.5 million people.
  • Advised Muse Developments on its partnership with Bradford Council to deliver One City Square, a sustainable office development in Bradford; its £250m long-term mixed use development at Harrier Park, Hucknall; and phases 4 and 5 of its residential scheme at Northshore (as part of its £300m+ phased development at Stockton-on-Tees).

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s specialist construction practice maintains teams in Sheffield and Leeds that excel at advising on contracts, procurement processes and strategy matters for high-value infrastructure projects and redevelopments. The team works with a wide range of national clients and regularly handles cross-border projects as well as international disputes in relation to project delays and costs. Sheffield-based practice head Ian Doig is highly recommended for his ability to advise on construction and building contracts for major developments, while Leeds partner Ben Peecock regularly assists with the delivery of transportation and logistics projects. Energy specialist Alex Murdie, who practices from Leeds, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ian Doig

Other key lawyers:

Ben Peecock; Alex Murdie

Key clients


Boston Consulting Group

British Airways

Canon Medical Systems



Excel Centre, London

HBB Preston East Limited (JV entity of HBD and Barnfield Construction)

Henry Boot Developments

Hitachi Rail Limited


London International Exhibition Centre plc

National Highways Limited


Odysseus Capital Management


Sheffield University


Tarmac Aggregates Limited

The Trustees of the Victoria Quarter Unit Trust


Work highlights

  • Advised National Highways on the construction documentation relating to the procurement of the £6bn publicly funded tunnel and link road contracts in relation to the Lower Thames Crossing project, the most ambitious road scheme project in the UK since the M25.

Hawkswell Kilvington Limited

Boutique construction firm Hawkswell Kilvington Limited is very well regarded for its ability to handle the full spectrum of construction and engineering mandates. The team offers its clients ‘in-depth knowledge and expertise’ on matters ranging from design and build contracts for major residential developments to disputes in the cladding and fire safety space. The practice, which recently moved out of its old premises in Wakefield, is now led from a new Leeds office by Daniel Silberstein and Rachel Heald. Silberstein, who is an expert on fire safety matters and disputes in the energy sector, leads the practice’s contentious work, for which Thomas Salter and Gary Ashton are also key contacts. Heald leads the non-contentious team and regularly assists contractors with negotiations and appointments.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Silberstein; Rachel Heald

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Salter; David Spires; Gary Ashton; Matthew Leonard


‘The Hawkswell Kilvington team provides a diverse range of qualities, with each member excelling in their relevant field(s). Each team member provides a professional, knowledgeable, and timely approach to all appointments.’

‘The service provided by Gary Ashton remains second to none – Gary’s knowledge, skill set, adaptability and personable nature make him indispensable to our business.’

‘Thomas Salter is a great contact who always makes himself available. He is professional, knowledgeable, but down to earth and talks to us at our level in order to explain etc.’

‘Hawkswell Kilvington is a truly specialist construction firm. The level and depth of knowledge is first rate. At the same time, it does not lose sight of the commercial realities and has a fantastic relationship with its clients, who seem to send a lot of repeat work.’

‘Dan Silberstein is a fantastic partner and head of the firm. He has a gift for identify the (often complicated) legal arguments which could be taken. He also balances his strategic oversight role with still being on top of the detail. Matthew Leonard is a calm, assured litigator, including dealing with difficult opponents. No doubt, he is a partner in waiting.’

‘Excellent team with an all-round attention to detail and a commercial, honest, pragmatic approach. Quickly grasp the instruction and work with the client to implement (and refine as necessary) the strategy.’

‘As a specialist construction firm, Hawkswell Kilvington offers in-depth knowledge and expertise relevant to our sector at a high quality.’

‘Rachel Heald undertakes in-depth contract reviews of facilities and building contracts. Daniel Silberstein offers contentious advice and expertise. Both are very hands-on and have good commercial awareness and knowledge of the industry, which is really valuable to us.’

Key clients

Briggs & Forrester Group Ltd

Electricity North West Ltd

Harron Homes Limited

J&B Hopkins Ltd

John Sisk & Son Ltd

Midgard Limited

Shepherd Construction Ltd

Vinci Construction UK Ltd

VolkerStevin Limited

Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Midgard Ltd on the negotiation of contracts for the construction of two high-value residential developments in Birmingham, one being the world’s only purely octagonal high-rise building and the other being the city’s first skyscraper.
  • Acted for Vinci Construction UK Limited on the negotiation of a JCT Design and Build Contract for the design and construction of a circa £55m luxury retirement village.
  • Advised a national main contractor on numerous fire safety/cladding installation defects on projects brought into focus as a result of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The construction team at Pinsent Masons LLP offers clients, such as BP and the University of Huddersfield, advice on large-scale prestige projects, energy schemes, and new build developments. In addition to advising on contracts, documentation and procurement strategies for some of the most valuable projects across the country, the team is also instructed to handle disputes related to cladding matters, construction defects and compensation claims. The disputes team is led by experienced partner Mark Harris, who has particular expertise in contentious energy work, while the non-contentious team is headed up by Stacey Collins, who has advised on landmark projects in the renewables sector. Contentious expert Simon Plunkett is another key contact, and global head of energy Melanie Grimmitt is also highly recommended. For claims and disputes related to defects, Naomi Stafford is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harris; Stacey Collins

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Grimmitt; Simon Plunkett; Naomi Stafford; John Williams


‘Pinsent Masons provide an excellent service, a great grasp of construction law, and a sound professional approach. Commercially aware, practical and common-sense advice which is client focused.’

‘Mark Harris has solid legal knowledge, a wealth of experience, and a strong strategic approach.’

‘Reputation for excellence, will always be taken seriously by opposition in any matter.’

Key clients

Amey Group

Balfour Beatty Group

Carlton Power Limited

Clarion Housing Group

Cumbria County Council

Drax Group PLC



Flogas Britain Limited (part of DCC PLC)

Forterra PLC

Galliford Try

Greencoat Capital LLP

Hanson Group

Kier Group PLC

Mitie Group PLC

NDA Group



R&F Properties UK

RWE Renewables UK

Renew Holdings

Royal Bam Group

SPL Powerlines UK Limited

Samsung C&T


Tarmac Group

Unilever PLC

University of Huddersfield

University of Sussex

Viridor Energy Limited

Walter Lily & Co

Whitbread Group Plc

Wintershall Dea

Yondr Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Eden Project on the development of its new multi-million-pound project in Morecambe.
  • Advised BP on the Northern Endurance Partnership and Net Zero Teesside Carbon Capture & Storage projects.
  • Advised the University of Huddersfield, a major regional university, on the design and construction contracts for the development of a new Health and Wellbeing Academy, which will be the flagship building at the university’s new Southgate site.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP‘s construction practice covers a ‘huge range of expertise’ and is capable of handling a wide array of residential and commercial development mandates for developers, landowners and contractors. The team frequently advises on negotiations and contracts in relation to build-to-rent schemes and is also very active in the contentious space, regularly handling defect claims, cladding disputes, and litigation related to project delays. Tom Peel, who leads the practice, is an expert in the contentious space who maintains close relations with major contractors and developers. The practice is also bolstered by the expertise of litigation experts Paul Hargreaves and Carly Thorpe, while Jules Harbage handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates in the energy and infrastructure spaces. Martin Scott retired in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tom Peel

Other key lawyers:

Carly Thorpe; Jules Harbage; Paul Hargreaves; Alastair Robertson


‘Very knowledgeable in their field of expertise, which generally means that disputes are avoided as they get the legal side correct at the onset, which leads to fewer problems towards the end of the process.’

‘Excellent, hands-on lawyers, who are enthusiastic, approachable, hard-working, and commercially minded.’

‘Jules Harbage is very enthusiastic and really seems to enjoy getting to grips with the hardest cases; he is also very calm and approachable, Carly Thorpe is diligent, hard-working and a pleasure to work with. Tom Peel is down to earth and extremely sharp. Paul Hargreaves is excellent at client management and gets to the heart of what matters.’

‘The team is excellent. They cover a broad range of clients, so they are able to see all angles of a case. They also have great trial experience (which few solicitors have).’

‘Tom Peel is calm, very intelligent and very analytical. Paul Hargreaves is tenacious and gives his all for clients.’

‘My experience of this team is that they are fast, diligent, and really good at getting things done without having to be chased. We have had some great help from them on a very tricky project, and they have stuck to the task, showing great dynamism to help us solve the problems encountered.’

‘Carly Thorpe is very knowledgeable and delivers an excellent client focused service.’

‘The Walker Morris construction team are always available to give practical legal advice when called upon. Their key construction staff have a huge range of expertise, which we can readily call on. They are adept at developing strategies for successful outcomes, and can be flexible in their approach to changing situations. I have found their particular strengths to be in the areas of time and cost claims, fire safety and adjudication. They have also always dealt efficiently with non-contentious work.’

Key clients

Asda Stores Limited

Caddick Developments

Kier Construction Limited

MODA Living

Next Holdings Limited

RG Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for MODA Living on a major build-to-rent development with a GDV of £200m on the former Heworth gasworks site in York.

Barton Legal Limited

Barton Legal Limited is a boutique firm that specialises in advising developers and contractors, as well as engineering and manufacturing companies, on large development and alteration projects. The team is also well equipped to act in high-value disputes related to contract breaches, project costs, and delays. Bill Barton, who leads the practice, is renowned as ‘a specialist who knows the sector inside out‘ and has wide-reaching expertise in both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Barton advises on contracts and documentation matters for a large volume of domestic and cross-border projects and is particularly noted for his expertise in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Bill Barton

Other key lawyers:

Harry Simpson


‘Very personable and approachable on all aspects. Fast turnaround on decisions is also a key attribute.’

‘Knowledge and experience of similar situations and the legal points governing these aspects. Bill Barton is outstanding in general, and he is growing a strong team around him, examples being Harry Simpson.’

‘Bill Barton is a specialist who knows the sector inside out!’

‘Bill Barton has built an excellent team, is pushing to innovate and collaborate. We have worked with Barton Legal on a range of projects and during the Covid pandemic witnessed their ability to adapt to new circumstances.’

‘We were interested in their capabilities relating to construction contracts (and specifically FIDIC contracts). We found their knowledge and understanding of the industry to be very good and insightful. What impressed us also was their attention to detail as well as their preference to find solutions rather than litigation as the way forward.’

‘Firstly, the legal advice is great. Secondly, you can’t get much more diverse than Barton Legal. Thirdly, you get more attention from Barton Legal than any other law firm I know.’

‘Bill Barton was focused and straightforward to deal with, providing exactly what was needed quickly and efficiently. Harry Simpson was patient and thorough with the contractor who did not have a full understanding of what was required to complete the contract.’

‘Bill Barton is a highly experienced individual who has a very different focus on his clients than others. The service provided is always personal and will always react to the client’s needs whatever the challenge. He is always focused on commercial outcomes. He always promotes dialogue with the other party, whatever the challenge, and will lead this dialogue where needed. Training support is provided to enable us to avoid challenges, and this up-front approach is of great benefit to our teams and clients.’

Key clients

ABM Precast Solutions Ltd

Brenntag UK Limited

Bush (Engineering Services) Ltd

Harepath SW19 Ltd

Stepnell Limited

WCO Properties Ltd

WW Medical Facilities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised WW Medical Facilities on the construction documents for a new £12m private hospital.
  • Advised ABM Precast Solutions Ltd on its £5.6m claim against Matière SAS in respect of alleged breaches of contract relating to HS2.
  • Advised Bush Engineering Ltd on its contract negotiations with Essar Oil.


The ‘well-qualified and dedicated’ Sheffield-based team at CMS stands out for its advice on contentious matters, with practice co-head Fraser Askham regularly acting for contractors and developers in fire safety, defect and contract disputes. Working with companies in the energy and healthcare sectors as well as a number of public sector clients, the team is frequently called on to handle developments and infrastructure projects. In this space, non-contentious expert Helen Johnson, who co-leads the practice and advises on major contracting and transaction matters, is highly recommended. Of Counsel Jenny Whipps, whose expertise lies in dispute resolution, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Fraser Askham; Helen Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis; Chris Henshaw; Jenny Whipps


‘Good, user-friendly team with a wide range of specific skills.’

‘A large, inclusive team that collaborated well with each other and the wider team.’

‘Well-qualified and dedicated personnel who work well together. Excellent use is made of IT systems for both meetings and distributing documents.’

Key clients

Ambassador Theatre Group

Amey Community

Amey LG

BUG AluTechnic

Crown Commercial Services

Galliford Try

Ground Control Limited

Henry Boot Group

International Hotel Properties



NG Bailey Group


Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

The Department for Education

The MEH Alliance

University of Sheffield

Wates Group

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs excels at handling cross-border construction mandates arising out of the Middle East, with public and private sector clients in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates frequently instructing the Leeds practice to advise on high-value energy projects as well as shipping and logistics facilities. James Duckworth, who specialises in procurement, risk management, and contracting matters, frequently collaborates with colleagues in Dubai and Riyadh to lead on the team’s Middle East work. He co-leads the practice with Zakir Mulla, a key contact for UK-based infrastructure projects and mixed-use developments, who enjoys close relationships with clients such as Muse and Capital and Centric.

Practice head(s):

James Duckworth; Zakir Mulla

Key clients

Brookfield Group

Capital and Centric

DP World

Dubai Municipality

EESL Energy


Federal Government of the UAE

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP

Muse Developments Limited

National Centre for Privatisation (Saudi Arabia)

Nebras Power

Price Waterhouse Coopers Dubai

Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON)

Saudi Ministry for Environment, Water and Agriculture

Taqat Development Co

Work highlights

  • Acted for DP World on the development of a prestigious port and warehousing facility at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Acted for Taqat Development Co on the development of two major plants for the supply of materials for electric batteries in Saudi Arabia.
  • Acted for Muse Developments Limited on the development of the mixed-use leisure-led Forge Island scheme at Rotherham, involving a cinema, hotel and five restaurants.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s construction team works for a diverse array of clients including contractors, local councils and healthcare providers to deliver residential and logistics developments as well as important education, health and transportation infrastructure projects. The Leeds-based team, which is led by Sarah Wilson, is particularly well versed in handling contentious mandates, and Wilson regularly acts in adjudications in relation to accounts disputes, subcontractor claims and defects. Also on the contentious side, Judith Hopper has a strong track record in acting in PFI disputes. Non-contentious specialist Niamh Batterton, who regularly works with housing associations, is recommended for her work on joint venture developments.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Judith Hopper; Niamh Batterton; Adrian Webb


‘Bevan Brittan have a good team of specialists with excellent knowledge of insurance PFI issues and strong connections with clients. Their team is responsive and very good at working in a collaborative manner.’

‘The individuals such as Adrian Webb and Judith Hopper are clearly on top of their subject and well respected within the PFI sector. They are easy to work with and always provide constructive advice when appropriate.’

‘Bevan Brittan have an excellent record of advising in construction matters, particularly to the public sector. The BB team work closely and collaboratively with clients and clients feel they are part of the BB team and not on the periphery. We are working with BB on several matters and are a preferred practice’

‘Judith Hopper is an exceptional partner. Very down to earth and able to vary communication delivery to interact with any party at the appropriate level. Judith is excellent at finding a solution to complex issues, even when stakeholders on the same side have differing views and agendas.’

‘They are direct, clear, efficient and pragmatic. Their knowledge, combined with a desire to explain clearly, without patronising or assuming anything, is great. They strike a good balance.’

‘Niamh Batterton is direct and clear; she offers leadership, clarity and listens to our needs.’

‘BB’s construction practice has depth of experience and is well resourced.’

‘Superb knowledge, very available, personable and reliable. Sound knowledge and depth in practice to deliver at short notice.’

Key clients

Children’s Ark Partnership Ltd

Elecnor Group

Hall Construction Services Limited

London Borough of Havering

Oxfordshire County Council

Principle Care Homes

Siemens Healthineers AG

University of York

York Minster

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP stands out for its ability to handle a large volume of disputes, with clients in the energy, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in particular instructing the team to handle claims related to damages, defects, contract breaches and accounts. The team is also active on non-contentious procurement work, assisting clients such as Travelodge and Glenbrook with a number of developments. Practice head Rachael Yates is a key contact for energy and utilities clients seeking advice in disputes, and Dominic Canning is recommended for his advice on contracting matters.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Yates

Other key lawyers:

Marie Mulligan; Dominic Canning; Hannah Ley


‘Very much on top of all the details. Very familiar with procedural aspects of litigation, arbitration and adjudication. Excellent on the technical detail.’

‘A very, very solid offering. They should be the first port of call for anyone in the area (or further afield).’

‘We have been working closely with Freeths LLP for a few years now. Freeths have been reviewing all our non-contentious construction legal work during this period. We find Freeths to be diligent, helpful, forthcoming and proactive.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Equans Fabricom UK Limited


Huber Car Park Systems

Travelodge Hotel Limited

Travis Perkins

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equans Fabricom UK Limited in a dispute with MW High Tech Projects UK Limited regarding the Energy Works Hull EfW project.
  • Advised Travelodge Hotels Limited on securing £19.4m of funding from RTP Global Real Estate for the construction of a new 113-bedroom hotel in Chiswick.
  • Acted for Glenbrook on three high-value and high-profile build to rent developments with a total value exceeding £100m.


The Hull-based construction practice at Gosschalks maintains close relationships with a large roster of contractors, which instruct the team to deal with disputes related to valuations, damages and defects relating to cross-border energy and transportation projects. Practice head Matthew Fletcher is highly experienced in handling contentious matters, often representing clients in adjudications and court disputes. William Buckenham is a key contact for disputes that relate to offshore drilling and rail matters, while Abigail Milner leads on much of the team’s non-contentious work, frequently advising on contracting and risk management matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

William Buckenham; Abigail Milner


‘A niche firm and one to turn to, particularly for adjudications.’

‘Will Buckenham will leave no stone unturned.’

‘A really efficient team that works great under pressure. I’ve done some adjudication work with this team, and they produce quality work on timetable.’

Key clients

AMS No-Dig Ltd

Arnold White Estates Ltd

C R Reynolds Ltd

C Spencer Ltd

Colt Construction Limited

Ei Group Plc

Geo Houlton & Sons Ltd

Horncastle Group Plc

Ideal Boilers Ltd

KCOM Group

Kingspan Group Plc

Vascroft Contractors Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised C Spencer Limited on a tripartite contractual arrangement between Network Rail and a real estate developer in connection with the £26.5m development of the White Rose Railway Station in Leeds.
  • Advised AMS No-Dig Limited on a cross-border dispute involving the Viking Link in both pursuing and enforcing against a Cypriot company for circa £2.2m.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP maintains a very active non-contentious offering, capable of advising developers, energy suppliers, and property holding companies on major development and infrastructure projects. The team handles procurement and appointment matters and also advises on building contracts and forward funding matters in relation to high-value property acquisitions and disposals. Practice head Rick Atha works with a wide range of property developers and investors and regularly advises institutional clients such as Packaged Living and Moorfield on construction contracting matters. Christine Burrows, who frequently advises on projects in the later living sector, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rick Atha

Other key lawyers:

Christine Burrows; Stephanie Kosaka; Faith McLaughlin


‘Responsive and easy to work with. Reliable and safe pair of hands.’

‘Christine Burrows is straight talking, always has your back, and is very knowledgeable. Very responsive and clear with her advice.’

‘We worked opposite Rick Atha and Faith McLaughlin on a project. They both showed great teamwork and knowledge and overall provided an excellent service for their client.’

‘Rick Atha is very knowledgeable about construction law and pushes that extra mile for his clients. He refuses to back down when under pressure to ensure that he gets the best outcome for his clients. He also has a friendly manner which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

ASD Limited (t/a Kloeckner Metals)

Able 8 Limited


Cinnamon Care Capital Limited

EA Gibson Shipbrokers Limited

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Extra MSA Group Limited

Feather Foot Holdings Limited

Frasers Group

Geocubed Limited

Geocubed Limited

Gilltown Limited

Harworth Estates Investments

Highwood Residential Limited

IKEA Property Services Limited

Kirklees College Limited

LX Pantos UK Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Moorfield Group Limited

National Trust

OC&C Services Limited

Packaged Living/Fiera Real Estate

Park Lane Properties

Peugeot Motor Group

Prime (UK) Developments Limited

Property Alliance Group Limited

Roomzzz (Edinburgh) Limited

Tanglewood Care Services Limited/Origin Care

The Other House Propco 2 Limited/The Portfolio Club

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (t/a Natwest Limited)

Torwood Care Limited

Travel Sector Property Limited


WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

White & Case LLP

Yorkshire Wildlife Park/Wild Life Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on a joint venture between Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital for a ca. £200m project to redevelop the Renaissance Area of Deansgate, Manchester.
  • Acted for Moorfield Group on the disposal of three assets, including two encompassing student accommodations and one encompassing build to rent apartments, in separate corporate sales, with a combined value of ca. £170m.
  • Advised M3 Capital Partners on the corporate sale of Extra MSA Group, which involved ten Motorway Services Areas.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The construction team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is active on a large volume of mandates for clients in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors, advising on contracts and procurement strategies for high-value infrastructure projects and industrial developments. The team is active on a number of cross-border matters, working with international businesses to deliver large renewable energy schemes. The practice is led by construction and engineering specialist Vicky McCombe, who handles contracting and procurement matters, and is bolstered by the expertise of non-contentious specialist Sarah Wales-Canning.

Practice head(s):

Vicky McCombe

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Wales-Canning; Simon Wyatt

Key clients

City of York Council

Department for Education

Doncaster Borough Council

Envision AESC

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Hitachi Zosen AG

Huntsman Polyurethanes

Iona Capital


Leeds City Council

Liverpool Hope University

NHS Property Services

Newcastle City Council

Northumbrian Water Limited

Opera North

Places for People

Provident Financial Plc/Vanquis Bank Limited

SABIC Petrochemicals

SENER Engineering Group

SeAH Wind Limited

South Tees Development Corporation

Sterling Pharma

Teesside International Airport

Three Rivers District Council

Town Centre Securities plc


Windel Energy Limited

Wykeland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Envision AESC on the construction contracts relating to the design, construction and completion of a groundbreaking 119GWh-capacity gigafactory.
  • Advised SeAH Wind on a deal to supply turbine foundations to developer Orsted for Hornsea 3.
  • Advised NHS Property Services on the acquisition by Queen Mary University of London of a major stake in the redevelopment of its site at Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel into a state-of-the-art life sciences centre.


Clarion‘s construction practice retains a solid and broad workload that encompasses contentious and non-contentious work and caters to clients in the energy, education and healthcare sectors, among others. The team is particularly well versed in fire safety and cladding issues and regularly advises on risk management in relation to residential and commercial developments, as well as handling disputes in relation to fire safety defects. Practice head Phil Morrison, who primarily assists with procurement and building contracts, is very experienced in advising on fire regulations, while Siobhan Dexter is a key contact for energy projects and TCC disputes.

Practice head(s):

Phil Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Siobhan Dexter; Humera Rashid


The construction practice at Kennedys is instructed by a number of developers and joint venture partnerships to provide due diligence advice and assist with contracting and documentation in relation to developments and acquisitions. Manchester partner Amanda Hanmore leads the practice, while Helen Birchall, who is based in Sheffield, frequently collaborates with lawyers across the country to advise on due diligence matters as well as adjudications.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Hanmore

Other key lawyers:

Helen Birchall


‘Great team. Helen Birchall is brilliant.’

Key clients

Airport City Limited Partnership

Allies & Morrison

Bolton County Council

Cringle Corporation

Enerveo Limited

Geraghty Taylor Architects

Henry Boot Construction Limited

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Hutchison Kivotos Architects Limited

MDesign London Limited

MJP Architects

Mascot Management Limited

Niall McLaughlin Architects

Paul Hastings LLP

Reynolds Associates

Schindler Limited

Sheffield United Football Club

Sheppard Piling

Studio Partington Architects

Suez Water Technologies and Solutions

The Ambassador Theatre Group

William Hare Limited

Zumtobel Group

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney‘s construction team advises on construction documentation, appointments and procurement processes for a roster of developers, contractors and investors engaged in commercial and residential projects. Practice head Andrew Hurst, who is based in Bradford, is a specialist for non-contentious work and handles contracts for a number of logistics sites and prime residential developments. Leeds-based consultant Richard Stockdale is a key contact for contentious work and advises on a number of multi-party contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Richard Stockdale

Key clients

Aspen Hotels Limited

Bramall Properties


Fenwood Estates Limited

HD 1 Living Limited

Hickton Quality Control Ltd

MAC Construction


Oak Trust


YPP/Century Construction Limited

Zarafa Group