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Thrings LLP

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Steve McCombe

Work 0117 930 9545
Thrings LLP

Work Department

Commercial property.


Partner and solicitor-advocate with more than 28 years’ experience of resolving construction and engineering disputes, acting for employers, consultants, contractors, specialist sub-contractors, suppliers, funders, insolvency practitioners and insurers. The disputes have involved buildings, sewage and water treatment works, gas mains, pipelines, oil refineries, off-shore oil terminals, tunnels, bridges, and military airbases, using negotiations, litigation, adjudication, arbitration and mediation. He is also a Specialist Practice Consultant to the RIBA.


School teacher in Bath before switching to law; trained Thrings & Long; qualified 1989; Laytons; Morgan Bruce; Addleshaw Booth; Burges Salmon; and partner Thrings 2007.


Law Society, Society of Construction Law and Adjudication Society.


Stamford School; University of Hull (BA Joint Hons 2(1) Geography and History); University of Leeds (Postgraduate Certificate in Education); Bristol Polytechnic (Common Professional Examination and Law Society’s Solicitors’ Finals) and College of Law (Higher Rights (Civil)).


Music, photography, railway history and reading crime novels.

South West: Real estate


Within: Construction

Thrings LLP advises a wide range of clients on both commercial and residential development projects. It acts for developer clients of all sizes, which also notably includes larger overseas clients, such as Chait Investment Corporation. Its team’s sector expertise spans healthcare, retail, leisure, transport and energy. Also notable is that it has had an increase in mandates in the infrastructure sector, particularly in relation to contentious matters. Practice head Steve McCombe has vast experience of construction and engineering disputes. In 2018, Eric Livingston departed the firm to become a legal director at BYLOR Joint Venture. In another development, Natalia Sokolov made partner.

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