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Stephenson Harwood

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Ron Nobbs

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.


A construction and engineering law expert, Ron is highly rated by his clients and in legal directories. Recognised for giving practical yet innovative legal and strategic advice, Ron is totally committed and absolutely tenacious in pursuing his clients' objectives.

Ron has over 26 years' experience working for UK and international clients on construction and engineering projects around the world. From roads, railways, tunnels, bridges, airports and ports to stadiums, factories, hotels, offices, retail, housing, power stations, process plants, waste facilities, oil rigs and FPSO's, Ron has worked on some of the world's largest projects and used all of the principal forms of contract including JCT, NEC, FIDIC, ICE, IChemE, GC/works as well as numerous bespoke forms.

Ron has acted as legal advisor on projects covering all major forms of procurement including EPC, EPIC, DBFO, PPP and partnering. He also has extensive real time project pre-dispute and dispute management expertise including mediation, adjudication, arbitration (under ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules amongst others) and litigation. 

Ron also advised the winning contractor in the leading decision of Walter Lilly v DMW Developments and Giles Mackay. Graham Corless, a former Director says "Ron provided innovative legal and strategic advice and worked tirelessly with our team for 3.5 years to achieve the best outcome for us".

Ron also regularly lectures on construction and engineering law issues to UK and international audiences. 

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Stephenson Harwood 's specialist power offering covers the development, financing, disposal and acquisition of projects. Notable clients in the solar space include Lightsource while E.ON and Drax feature among the firm's key with regards to biomass and coal to co-firing conversion schemes. Corporate partner Andrew McLean co-heads the firm's consumer and energy practices. Other notable contacts include Graeme Barton , Rebecca Carter , Jonathan Cripps and Ron Nobbs who specialises in construction and engineering issues - both advisory and contentious - with regards to the full gamut of projects.

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Stephenson Harwood's disputes team is led by Ron Nobbs (who is 'a fantastic strategist with outstanding commercial acumen') and Paul Thwaite ('a very calm and determined litigator'). Recent work includes acting for ENGIE in relation to a £6.6m dispute with Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd relating to alleged defects in the design and construction of the major refurbishment of the government building at 100 Parliament Street; and advising Multiplex following the high-profile insolvency of one of its subcontractors, the Dunne Group. Graeme Barton heads the transactional team, specialising in the energy, hotels and leisure and education sectors. Rebecca Carter is also recommended for her experience in infrastructure projects as well as outsourcing and strategic service delivery projects. In the past year the team have notably continued to attract a number of new rail instructions, acting for Abellio, Northern Rail, Arriva and CAF. Other highlights include advising Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group on all aspects of the £50m restoration and renovation of its flagship Knightsbridge hotel.

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London: Transport


Within: Rail

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘experienced’ department is active across franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure mandates and is noted for its experience in high-profile rail projects. The team continues to advise Abellio East Anglia Franchise on the implementation of its franchise agreement commitments and related strategic issues; is advising CAF on the manufacture and supply of rolling stock to the Caledonian Sleeper Franchise, the Northern Rail franchise, the TransPennine Express franchise and the West Midlands franchise; and advises TfL and Rail for London (Infrastructure) on a range of matters relating to Crossrail. The team also advised Lloyds Bank and RBS on the sale of a fleet of passenger train rolling stock to Beacon Rail Leasing. Trenitalia c2c, Corelink Rail Infrastructure and Arriva UK Trains are also clients. Global head of rail Graeme McLellan is noted for his asset finance expertise, and the ‘exceptionalTammy Samuel is experienced in franchising and concessions work. Other key figures include Suzanne Tarplee, who is active across franchising, rolling stock and rail regulation; asset finance specialist Lisa Marks; projects partner Graeme Barton; senior associate Darren Fodey; and disputes partners Paul Thwaite and Ron Nobbs.

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