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Freeths LLP

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Guy Berwick

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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Construction and dispute management.


Partner & National Head of Dispute Management

Guy has a wide-ranging experience of disputes arising out of all aspects of the built environment. He has time-served experience of managing closure of final accounts, defects and professional negligence claims, but with many years’ experience in wider commercial disputes including the demands of acting (and winning for clients) in emergency and injunctive applications.

Guy prides himself on his ability to deliver the result that any client deserves quicker, cheaper and better than others in the market. His team remains the only construction group to publish its track record in adjudication work.

His personal performance is: “Played 108, lost 9.” Clients who have benefited from his team’s approach include businesses within the construction, retail, logistics, materials, food and manufacturing sectors.

Over 25 years’ specialist industry and sector experience have given Guy a highly developed understanding of ‘what should go where, why and when’ in relation to any construction or infrastructure project. This allows him, when any dispute or problem occurs, to get quickly to the heart of what has gone wrong, why and who is/should/could be accountable.

Guy is recognised as an “Elite Leading Lawyer” in Construction by The Legal 500.


Qualified 1982.


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Lancaster Royal Grammar School; Nottingham University (1979 LLB (Hons) 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (1996 LLM Advanced Litigation (with distinction)).


Football and Blackburn Rovers.

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

Phenomenal in every respect’, Freeths LLP has ‘a strong and respected presence in the East Midlands’, fielding a ‘close-knit team’ that impresses with its ‘outstanding depth of knowledge’. The group is ‘very well-regarded in insolvency matters’, but also excels in instructions pertaining to breach of contract, professional negligence and breach of trust, as well as complex tax schemes and commercial fraud in a domestic or cross-jurisdictional context. The practice is led by Graham Greenfield, who has ‘vast depth of experience and knowledge’, Jonathan Jefferies and the ‘outstandingGuy Berwick, and includes ‘conscientious’ associate Jade Flint, who ‘is a safe pair of hands’. Greenfield and Flint represented two defendants in connection with proceedings brought by Towergate Financial concerning the sale of shares to the claimant. Other mandates included acting for Bio Dynamic in potential claims against Veolia Environmental in relation to the delivery of incorrectly categorized waste to one of Bio Dynamic’s anaerobic digestion plants, causing the plant to be closed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, leading to substantial loss of profit. The Administrators of Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services, The Way Ahead Group and Bell & Chennells are additional clients.

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East Midlands: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Guy Berwick - Freeths LLP

Within: Construction

Freeths LLP’s ‘commercially minded’ team acts for a largely national client base. Newly minted practice head Chris Holwell took over the role from Guy Berwick, who is now national head of dispute management. Amy Morley is another key practitioner. The team advised ALDI on the construction of its network of supermarkets and the corresponding regional distribution centres, involving both new-builds and extensions. It also acted for Scape Group on the review of the legal terms of the National Construction Framework Contract and the Regional Construction Framework, involving NEC3 and NEC4-related advice. Tarmac, Gleeds and Novartis Pharmaceuticals are also clients.

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