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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

David Savage

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit, energy and natural resources, private wealth, real estate and construction, sport; construction, engineering and projects, litigation and dispute resolution.


David is head of construction, engineering and projects at Charles Russell Speechlys. He advises employers, contractors and consultants on a wide range of building and civil engineering matters, both domestically and internationally. David has wide experience of working on the various forms of standard conditions such as JCT, ICE, NEC, MF/1, IChemE and FIDIC, as well as numerous bespoke forms of construction contract. He advises on the full scope of construction issues, ranging from procurement/contract strategies through to dispute avoidance/resolution. In his international work, David is particularly focused on the Middle East region, working closely with Charles Russell Speechlys’ Manama and Doha offices, to which he is a regular visitor. He has delivered training on FIDIC contracts in both the UK and the MENA region. He also advises the firm’s private clients on high-value residential construction projects.


Before practising as a solicitor, David worked in the oil and gas industry and then the construction Bar in London. He has had articles and commentary published in ‚ÄėBuilding and Construction News‚Äô and is an editor of ‚ÄėPartnering and Collaborative Working‚Äô (published by Informa Professional) and a contributing author of ‚ÄėE-commerce: A Guide to the Law of Electronic Business‚Äô (published by Butterworths).

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Chris Putt has a strong track record in domestic and international corporate finance transactions; he jointly heads the power outfit with David Berry who specialises in corporate and commercial mandates such as joint ventures, outsourcing and long-term commercial relationships. The Energy Technologies Institute instructed the group to oversee the funding, design, build, testing and commercialisation of a waste gasification plant in partnership with a co-funding technology provider, and Berry acted for Bellway Homes in its negotiation of an ESA with Engie to operate a district heating system for a residence connected to the biomass-fuelled combined heating and power plant. Kevin Forsyth renewed the entire operation and maintenance agreements for the next ten years on behalf of the owning consortium and operator of a major offshore wind farm. Other notable partners  include Tim Ball and construction expert David Savage .

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has established a strong track record representing claimants in actions against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and construction professionals. David Savage and Stephen Burns are the key figures the firm's Guildford office; Burns focuses on the financial services sector, while Savage has a particular focus on professional negligence claims against construction professionals. Senior associate Andrew Keeley also acts in professional negligence claims against architects, surveyors and engineers, among other construction professionals. Clients include Cancer Research UK, Royal National Institute of Blind People, and Zenium Technology Partners.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

David Savage - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Construction

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's construction practice provides a service that is 'nothing short of excellent; the lawyers are entirely knowledgeable and prompt in all of their dealings, and produce work of great quality'. Its clients span a range of industry sectors, including healthcare, where it acts for clients such as Caring Homes Group; transport, where it regularly handles cross-border mandates; energy, where it acts for the Energy Technologies Institute; and education, among other areas. In an illustration of its multi-jurisdictional workload, practice head David Savage is acting for the Bahrain government's Ministry of Transport & Telecommunications on the procurement strategy for a $1bn redevelopment of Bahrain airport. Other recent highlights include advising Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre on the design and construction of a replacement slipway to mitigate the effects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel works; and assisting Caring Homes Group with ongoing advice on the client's care home portfolio, including its recent acquisition of a 60-bed care home in Surrey. Senior associate Andrew Keeley is 'superb; his breadth of knowledge, calm under pressure, ability to crystallise the nub of disputes and communication skills puts clients at ease'. Also recommended are Kate Knox, who specialises in non-contentious construction and engineering law, and Fiona Thomson, whose expertise covers retail, office, hotel and residential accommodation developments.

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