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Construction


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Construction - South West

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Exeter

What the team is known for At the forefront of the Exeter market. Noted for its work in the utilities and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Very clear in the technical advice and very good at negotiation."

Client service: "We have had a very good success rate with them."

What's new? New instructions from Handelsbanken, Totus Engineering and Cormac Solutions.

Notable practitioners  

John Birch is praised by clients for being "extremely knowledgeable." He is involved in several multimillion-pound claims.

Mark Manning is a key partner at the practice. He previously practised construction law in Australia and is leading a number of significant non-contentious matters.

Stephen Homer is noted for his ability "to convert legal documents into simple terms." Stephen is described as being "very calm and professional" by clients and is the head of the department at the firm.

Sarah Ziff is active on contentious and non-contentious matters. She regularly assists with some of the practice's leading mandates.

Significant clients Exeter City Council, South West Water, Mansell Construction, Sutton Harbour Holdings.

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Recognised for its public sector work. Offers a range of contentious and non-contentious services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm is efficient and technically adept."

What's new? New clients include Cheshire East Council and Gloucestershire County Council.

Work highlights Advised Viridor Waste Management on contractual matters related to the construction of a £200 million waste-to-energy plant.

Instructed by Bristol City Council to advise on the expansion and refurbishment of several schools.

Notable practitioners  

Louise Robling is praised by clients for being "amiable, reliable and very committed." She was promoted to partner in 2012 and heads the contentious offering at the practice.

Significant clients University of Bristol, Covanta Energy, Costain, Plymouth City Council.

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Plymouth

What the team is known for A team with an outstanding reputation, it's noted for its focus on energy and renewables.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A very positive impression of the team in terms of approachability, professionalism and all-round service."

Work highlights Advised Ageas on contracts and guarantees for a number of developments.

Notable practitioners 

David Skelton is praised by a client for "going above and beyond" and being "very knowledgeable in construction issues." He leads on a number of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Senior associate Michelle Essen is involved in several of the practice's non-contentious matters.

Significant clients Royal Mail, HSBC, CLC Group, Coopervision Manufacturing.

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Bristol

What the team is known for The practice is noted for its work in the transport, renewables and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We always achieve the desired results from BPE, whether that be a successful outcome to a dispute or simply excellent and practical advice."

What's new? New instructions from Holiday Inn Express, Speller Metcalfe and Renishaw.

Work highlights Successfully acted on behalf of Mears on a £650,000 scaffolding dispute.

Advised Horiba UK on a contract in relation to the construction of a vehicle test facility.  

Notable practitioners 

Jon Close is a key individual.

Significant clients Britannia Construction, CF Roberts, Hill International, NatWest.

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Bristol

What the team is known for Market leader in Bristol. Noted for its focus on the transport, education and renewable sectors.

What's new? New clients include Neales Waste Management and Vattenfall Wind Power.

Appointed to the University of Exeter panel.

Work highlights Advised Helius Energy on the procurement of several biomass power stations.

Advised Bristol Airport on framework agreements in relation to its £150 million expansion.

Notable practitioners  

Will Gard is a key partner specialising in dispute resolution and non-contentious energy projects. He is also a chartered civil engineer.

Marcus Harling heads the department and has over 20 years of construction law experience. Marcus is well respected by his peers and his clients include Devon County Council and Herman Miller.

Significant clients GLA, The Crown Estate, HSBC, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Well-rounded practice, known for its infrastructure, renewable energy and housing focus.

What's new? New clients include ASRA Group, Midas Construction and Aster Housing Group.  

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council in a dispute which included issues related to defects and extensions of time arising from a design and build schools contract.

Advised Velocita Energy Developments in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts in relation to a wind farm in Wales.

Notable practitioners 

Peter O'Brien is a key partner involved in significant non-contentious matters at the practice. His clients include J D Leadbitter & Co.

Robin Gupta has over 30 years experience of the construction industry and is also a chartered engineer.

Significant clients Fred Olsen Renewables, Morgan Sindall, Trane UK, EG Carter.

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Highly regarded team for professional indemnity matters. Has a range of public and private sector clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very capable, commercial and proactive."

What's new? New clients include Lend Lease, Royal Mail and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Work highlights Advised Bristol Water on tender process and subsequent negotiation of the successful tender in relation to the planning of a new reservoir.

Advised Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on building contracts in connection with re-cladding works on a 13-storey building.  

Notable practitioners  

Benjamin Thornycroft is praised by a client for "supporting our requirements, whatever the demands." He is the head of the department and is leading on key transactional matters.

Significant clients Aviva, M&W High Tech Projects, Catlin Insurance, AmTrust Europe.

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Exeter

What the team is known for Noted for its work with clients across the supply chain, the practice offers a number of contentious and non-contentious services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Practical advice: "The team provides good practical and commercial advice." 

Work highlights Advised Solar Power Generation on various construction contracts relating to the refinancing of several solar parks.

Acted for Viridor Waste Management on a dispute with a contractor arising out of the construction of a waste plant.

Notable practitioners 

Chris Hoar is praised by clients for being "approachable, pragmatic and very diligent." Chris heads the department and leads on a key contentious and non-contentious matters.

Catherine Davis is described by clients as having a "great approach with clients." She is a key associate in non-contentious issues.

Jim Gorrod is lauded by clients for being a "fountain of knowledge and able to deliver advice relative to cost concerns." He is a key individual involved in contentious work.

Significant clients VINCI Construction, Kawasaki Precision Machinery, Plymouth University Technical College, Mount Wise.

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Exeter

What the team is known for A key player in the Exeter market, the practice is recognised for its work in the healthcare and education sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm is well experienced and provides a professional and high-quality service in all respects."

Practical advice: "Timely advice, authoritative and practical."

What's new? New clients include the University of Exeter, Barratt Homes and Plymouth College of Art & Design.

Work highlights Advised Dawnus Construction on several contentious matters including a dispute arising out of the Plymouth East End Transport Scheme.

Acted on behalf of Westminster Kingsway College on the early termination of a facilities agreement with its existing provider.

Notable practitioners  

Gerald Offen is praised by clients for being "extremely personable and accommodating." Gerald is the head of the department and is noted by one client for having "robust technical knowledge of his own specific field."

Michael Bonning specialises in dispute resolution and gains praise from clients for having the ability to "assess issues quickly and provide advice that brings clarity and simplicity to the matter."

Significant clients VINCI Park Services, Aberystwyth University, Met Office, Camden Council.

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for At the forefront of the Bristol market. Renowned for its work in the student accommodation, energy and utilities sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A very modern, client-facing and pragmatic firm." 

Notable practitioners 

Jonathan Brooks leads the dispute team at the practice. His specialist sectors include energy and utilities.

Michael Waring is an associate who was previously a chartered civil engineer. He specialises in contentious matters and acts for a number of well-known developers and contractors.

Philip Davies heads the department at the firm. Philip specialises in procurement matters and has a substantial list of clients across the supply chain.

Significant clients MITIE Group, Barratt Developments, Amey, MIDAS Group, Persimmon.

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- Ranked office locations: Bristol

What the team is known for The construction practice is known for its work with clients in the energy, leisure and healthcare sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Responsive and attentive to the details." 

What's new? New clients include NatWest, Clydesdale Bank and CMR Leisure.

Work highlights Advised Future Heritage on matters arising out of the £60 million refurbishment of Somerset Place in Bath.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Livingston is a key partner involved in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Steve McCombe is the head of the department. Steve has over 20 years of experience in the field and specialises on contentious matters.

Significant clients Bristol Water, Bourne Construction Engineering, Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, DS Smith.

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Impressive practice known for its work in the renewables and housing sectors.  

What's new? Lawrence Bruce has joined the practice from Fasken Martineau, strengthening the firm's non-contentious offering.

Work highlights Advised Wates Construction on project strategy, construction contracts and subcontracts in relation to a number of energy-efficient projects.

Notable practitioners 

Neel Mehta is a specialist in commercial construction law. He acts for a range of clients on contentious and non-contentious issues.

Simon Goss is the head of the department and is a well-regarded lawyer in the market.

Tom Wrzesien was promoted to partner in May 2013. A disputes specialist, he regularly assists with some of the team's highest profile contentious matters.

Significant clients Interserve, Kier Construction, Savills, Skanska, Swan Housing Association.

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Bristol

What the team is known for Offers a range of contentious and non-contentious services. Noted for its healthcare and education focus.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The depth of knowledge is fantastic and the presentation is first-class."

Responsiveness: "The team has been quick to respond and is friendly and efficient." 

Work highlights Advised Airbus on a range of agreements arising out of the construction of a multimillion-pound facility in Bristol.

Advised Bath Spa University on procurement strategies in relation to a significant redevelopment on its main campus.

Notable practitioners 

Huw Morgan is the head of the department at the practice. His clients include the Museum of London Archaeology and iQ property. Huw is described by clients as "very proactive."

Jason Prosser is noted by clients as being "highly professional and approachable." He is leading a number of key contentious and non-contentious matters.

Significant clients Dawnus Construction, Education Funding Agency, Lloyds TSB, Warings Contractors.

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for A highly regarded practice. Known for its focus in the retail, housing and education sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team has been hugely supportive at all times."

Technical ability: "The practice is clear, responsive and knowledgeable."

What's new? Louise Garcia has been promoted to head of department.

Notable practitioners 

Graham Street is a key partner in the practice. His clients include Modcell and That Bournemouth Company.

Significant clients Lorne Stewart, Kier Construction, Geoffrey Osborne, Rotary North West.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Louise Garcia of Keystone Law is noted by clients for "cutting to the chase" and "negotiating well." She leads on several significant contentious and non-contentious instructions. She joined the practice from Withy King LLP.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.