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South West

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
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Market leader in Exeter. Active in contentious and non-contentious matters with particular strength in cases for main contractors, utility and energy companies, waste contractors and local authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They can throw resources at a case if necessary, because they have the team."

"They managed our case with a high level of efficiency and a lot of depth."

Work highlights Advised Cornwall County Council on a framework agreement for property maintenance across the council's portfolio.

Assisted Gleeson Regeneration with the interpretation of contractual provisions and on-site issues arising from the Grove Village Regeneration PFI contract.

Notable practitioners 

Stephen Homer is head of department and a practising adjudicator. He leads on a number of dispute matters and clients praise his "very comprehensive and thorough advice with no stone left unturned."

Mark Manning is described as "proactive" and a "can-do person." Clients praise his ability to "digest and comprehend complex contractual issues quickly." He has extensive contract experience.

John Birch is another important asset to the team. His wealth of experience is recognised in the market. 

Significant clients Exeter City Council, Devon County Council, Sutton Harbour Holdings, Sanctuary Housing South West, Midas Retail.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Focuses on construction and engineering matters for the public sector. Central and local government bodies feature in its client list and the team provides contentious and non-contentious services.

Work highlights Appointed by Bristol City Council to advise on a city-wide school expansion plan.

Advised Places for People on a residential development scheme in Ruskin Square, Croydon valued at £45 million.

Notable practitioners  

Louise Robling heads the construction team in Bristol and is a contentious construction specialist with a "logical" approach. She has recent experience of disputes surrounding hospital PFI projects.

Significant clients Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Sovereign Housing, Costain, Plymouth City Council, Herefordshire Council.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Plymouth

What the team is known for At the forefront of the Plymouth market with a reputation that attracts a national client base. Strength in a wide range of sectors including energy, insurance and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The advice we get is always very good and it is an approachable firm."

Work highlights Advised REG Windpower in relation to time and money claims arising out of the Orchard End Wind Farm project.

Acted for new client Midas Construction on JCT and NEC contract issues and tenders.

Notable practitioners  

David Skelton has a "first-rate reputation" in the market. He has both contractual expertise and dispute resolution skills. Clients say: "His general overall knowledge of construction law is very broad and he gives a very unbiased view. He's also very clear."

Significant clients Royal Mail Group, CLC Group, Ageas UK.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Recent experience includes procurement, contract and litigation advice. Noted strength in the renewables, healthcare and leisure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their flexibility is of huge value." 

Work highlights Provided procurement advice to Horiba UK in relation to a new vehicle emissions testing facility in West Sussex.

Advised electrical subcontractor ILEC on a range of construction matters including terms and conditions and disputes.

Notable practitioners

Jon Close is a key contact.

Significant clients Mears, Technology Strategy Board, Pure Gym, Speller Metcalfe, Britannia Construction.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for A market-leading South West practice. Attracts high-value and complex instructions from a range of clients and demonstrates particular strength in the renewable and nuclear energy market, as well as in waste management, development and transport projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have always been very clear, responded in a timely way and understood our needs."

"They are very good to getting to know and understand our business and our objectives."

Work highlights Assisted Helius Energy with procurement matters and contract negotiations for several biomass power stations, including the £300 million Avonmouth scheme.

Advised the Greater London Authority on the selection of a development partner for the regeneration of the Royal Albert Dock site.

Notable practitioners  

Steven James has a quantity surveying background and a wealth of experience in the nuclear construction field. One source comments: "He is charming and confident and I witnessed him in some very difficult negotiations which he handled well."

William Gard heads the contentious construction practice. Clients say he has a "tremendous range of experience and always gives practical advice." He has particular strength in energy and infrastructure matters.

Head of department Marcus Harling has a top reputation in the construction law market. His recent work covers complex transport and development matters.

Significant clients Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Costain, The Crown Estate, Meygen, HSBC.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 consultant
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Noted strength in the energy and renewables sectors. Acts for a range of contractor, employer and manufacturer clients.  

Work highlights Represented biogas plant contractor EnviTec Biogas in a High Court dispute.

Advised a pension fund on the £40 million development of a care home in Berkshire, including contract drafting and negotiation.

Notable practitioners 

Peter O'Brien is well liked in the local market. He heads the firm's contentious construction offering and is also qualified as a quantity surveyor.

Significant clients Bouygues, MW High Tech Projects UK, Lorne Stewart, Yorkshire Energy Partnership, The Guinness Partnership.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Well known for construction-related professional negligence matters, as well as work in the health sector. Also has recent experience of utilities and waste-to-energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an excellent pool of resources in different specialisms."

"They are an integral part of our team. They are placing risk where it can be best managed and interpreting the risks into a contract."

Work highlights Advised MW High Tech Projects on the engineering, procurement and construction contract for a £70 million waste-to-energy project.

Acted for Bristol Water after a framework contractor working on network maintenance went into administration.

Notable practitioners  

Benjamin Thornycroft is head of department and a contractual and procurement specialist. He acts for a range of public and private sector clients. One client states: "He is able to overcome problems, offer solutions and deliver results whilst at the same time being a very pleasant person to work with."

Ben Thomas specialises in non-contentious construction advice, including waste-to-energy projects. He is described as "exceptionally diligent."

Significant clients Aviva Insurance, Catlin Insurance, Deeley Freed Estates, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Mail.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners (1 Exeter, 1 Bristol)
- 4 other qualified lawyers (1 Exeter, 2 Bristol, 1 Taunton)
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Brings extensive experience of contentious and non-contentious construction cases to the Exeter market. Exhibits strength in a number of sectors, including renewables.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They carry out the work effectively and commercially." 

Work highlights Advised British Solar Renewables on negotiating and drafting the construction elements of six solar park projects, each exceeding 5 MW.

Acted for the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on a £27 million development of a medical research facility in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Hoar is able to draw on a wealth of experience of procurement, contract and contentious matters. He is head of department and comes recommended by peers.

Associate Jim Gorrod is a "very proactive and responsive" contentious specialist, according to sources. He has a full knowledge of ADR processes.

Significant clients British Solar Renewables, Magna Housing Association, Viridor Waste Management, Mount Wise (Devon), Chilworth Construction Management.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Known for its particular strength in contentious cases. Continues to stand out in the public sector, but also has an enviable private client list.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have shown themselves to be very quick to take action and very effective."

"They are very consistent and responsive. Their service generally has been very good."

Work highlights Advised London Metropolitan University on procurement and professional appointment matters in relation to refurbishment projects.

Provided disputes advice to Westminster Kingsway College regarding a contract for facilities management services. 

Notable practitioners  

Gerald Offen heads the department. His focus is on contentious construction and he also sits as a deputy district judge. Sources say: "He has a calm analysis and a huge amount of experience; he knows the legal and practical issues."

Michael Bonning is known in the market as a top associate in the contentious construction field. He has experience of a range of disputes, including arbitrations and adjudications.

Significant clients University of Exeter, Cavanna Group, Chulmleigh Academy Trust, Dawnus Construction, Dyer & Butler.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for A leading team in Bristol which remains strong in student accommodation and draws instructions from a range of energy and utilities clients. Often advises on cases with an international element.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a tightly knit unit. Their pragmatic advice is very good and it is also timely."

Work highlights Advised Development Securities on all construction procurement aspects of three developments collectively valued at £80 million.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Brooks specialises in litigation for a range of clients including employers, contractors and subcontractors. Clients say: "He's very amiable and never afraid to crack a joke, but ultimately he has a mean knowledge of the construction industry."

Philip Davies is the head of the construction team. He is known for his strength in procurement matters in construction and engineering cases. His skills as a chartered quantity surveyor are invaluable to the team.

Andrew Ash is an associate director with expertise in contentious matters. "He is very good and passionate about his client and the work," reports one source; "he really gets behind the client on an issue." 

Significant clients Mitie Group, Barratt Developments, Capita Group, Wales & West Utilities, Amey.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Active in a number of areas of the construction market, such as leisure, healthcare, development and engineering. Regularly instructed on both contentious and non-contentious mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are multi-skilled. They have a breadth of expertise and they know our business."

"They were very understanding and upfront about what they were charging."

Work highlights Advised on drafting and negotiating a suite of construction documents for Fusion Students for the conversion of Froomsgate House in Bristol into a 438-bed student accommodation building.

Acted on contract and appointment aspects of Greene King's redevelopment of a former leisure centre in Hemel Hempstead.  

Notable practitioners  

Eric Livingston acts on a range of non-contentious matters, but also has experience of dispute resolution. One client stated: "We had the fortune to have him advising and guiding us. From a knowledge and response point of view he is outstanding."

Steve McCombe is a solicitor advocate focusing on construction disputes. He heads the team and his experience is well recognised in the market.

Significant clients Bristol Water, DS Smith, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, AFL Services Europe.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Active Bristol team working on disputes and non-contentious construction matters for purchasers and suppliers. Renowned for work in the energy, housing and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are proactive, respond and carry out tasks as promised, to time and within the agreed fee."

"Their overall level of service is very good. The team has a good depth of knowledge covering all the areas of expertise we require."

Work highlights Advised Miller Construction on the framework agreements, building contracts and consultant appointments for schools and hospitals.

Acted for Triodos Renewables on various contractual aspects of wind farm projects across the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Disputes partner Tom Wrzesien has TCC, adjudication and arbitration experience and his "sensible and clued-up" approach is recognised in the market.

Simon Goss combines both contract negotiation and dispute resolution in his practice. He covers a host of areas, including regeneration, infrastructure, residential and wind energy matters. Sources particularly praise his "excellent communication."

Neel Mehta regularly advises on commercial construction matters including procurement. He has a strong reputation in renewable energy cases.

Significant clients Wates Construction, Swan Housing Association, Integral, Interserve, Kier, Environment Agency.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Growing reputation in the South West market for contentious and transactional matters. Carries out significant work for clients in several areas, including education, healthcare, insurance and contracting.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have always been very pleased with their input and how they are able to very clearly explain some very difficult legal issues."

"They are very approachable and easy to deal with. You always get one of the principals dealing directly with you."

Work highlights Advised on Bath Spa University's procurement strategy and documentation for the £70 million redevelopment of its main campus.

Acted for Lloyds Bank on a number of GP surgery developments, including approving construction documentation.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department and mediator Huw Morgan has a mixed practice of contractual and disputes advice. He is known for the breadth of his industry knowledge and commended for being "very proactive at clearing up discrepancies and avoiding problems."

Jason Prosser is also very experienced in disputes and transactional work. He has led on a number of key projects for the team. His "approachable and amiable" style is applauded by sources.

Significant clients Bouygues, Airbus Operations, Education Funding Agency, Bath & North East Somerset Council, VOSA.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Well-regarded Bath construction practice. The client roster covers all parts of the supply chain and its work in the education sector is particularly well known.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are thorough and approachable. They give solid, sound advice and work through options."

Work highlights Acted for Mansell Construction Services on aspects of the development of a mixed-use project at Cheswick Village Centre in Bristol.

Notable practitioners  

Graham Street has a mainly non-contentious practice. Peers regard him as "tough but sensible." Clients say: "He explains things in a clear, straightforward fashion, and he's very friendly."

Significant clients Lorne Stewart, Geoffrey Osborne, Kier, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Bath Rugby.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Louise Garcia of Keystone Law has extensive experience of contentious and non-contentious matters. She advises on construction contracting and procurement, contractor and subcontractor insolvency matters and dispute resolution.

Alan Tate of Trowers & Hamlins LLP is a transactional construction specialist. He specialises in housing sector matters. Clients say he has "a nice approachable manner and demeanour." 

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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