UK

The South

Construction


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

Construction - The South

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

What the team is known for Nationally recognised team with distinct transactional and dispute practices. Works closely with real estate colleagues on a range of matters, including project work, for banking, developer and contractor clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very reactive to our business needs." 

Work highlights Assisted developer Inchcape Estates with the drafting and negotiation of documentation relating to the design and build of various car showrooms across the country.

Acted for Metro Bank on various aspects of a branch roll-out programme, including self-build and refurbishment elements and general building contracts.

Notable practitioners

John Russell is a key contact.

Significant clients Barclays Bank, JB Leadbitter, Coopers Fire, David Lloyd Leisure, Clarendon Properties.

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

What the team is known for Strong national team with a market-leading South Coast practice. Instructed on development projects in the region and across the country. Typically acts for developers and institutional investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team puts a lot of thought into everything, and is very proactive, switched-on and keen. They always put the advice into context."

Notable practitioners  

Ben Willis is a senior associate with a great deal of experience of running transactional matters. Clients said: "He gets us some really good advice within the right timescale. He is informal and down to earth, which suits us, and he's very good at explaining what the legal jargon means. "

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

What the team is known for A leader in the South with a range of household-name clients. Offers contentious and non-contentious expertise with a significant international practice.

Work highlights Advised Caring Homes Healthcare on a professional negligence construction claim involving technical aspects of engineering, architecture and surveying.

Notable practitioners 

Stephen Rockhill is particularly praised for his "commercial attitude" which comes from his background as a qualified engineer. He has experience in high-value procurement and contractual construction matters. One client comments: "The breadth of his knowledge has been impressive."

Head of department David Savage is dual-qualified as a solicitor and barrister. Clients praise his "very practical drafting" of contracts and other construction documents. He has particular expertise in both contentious and transactional matters involving the Middle East. 

Significant clients Eton College, 3S Architects, Tilfen Land, Sportsdirect.com Retail.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Key player in the Southern market with strong contentious and non-contentious offerings. Acts for a range of public and private sector clients, including property portfolio companies and affordable housing organisations.

Work highlights Acted for Japanese property fund Kato Kagaku on matters relating to the refurbishment of Bush House, in London.

Advised Slough Borough Council in the ongoing regeneration of Slough, including on the building of The Curve building.

Notable practitioners

Bill Mackie is a key contact.

Significant clients Crossrail, University of Kent, M&G Real Estate, Goodenough College, South East Water.

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded local team with a client roster including national organisations and public bodies. Advises on a range of matters such as procurement and documents for developments, refurbishments and maintenance cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The billing process is very easy, the rates are great and they're the most user-friendly firm we have ever used."

Work highlights Advised Aviva on all construction documents for various projects.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Royle heads the construction team and is a specialist in non-contentious matters. "His speed of response is second to none and the quality of his advice is perfect," stated one client.

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

What the team is known for Acts on a range of construction matters for individuals, contractors and subcontractors. Has expertise in building and design defects, as well as payment disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Francis Wallace is a specialist in commercial disputes, including construction adjudications, arbitrations and High Court trials.

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

What the team is known for Specialist construction and engineering firm with a solid client base of national contractors and subcontractors across several sectors, including transport, energy and commercial property. Also increasingly advising employers and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advice is always well thought out and concisely presented. Their knowledge of us and our business sector is first-rate."

Work highlights Advised architects on a low-energy, high-end residential development, including complex listed building elements.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Gold leads on a number of engineering and construction disputes for the team. His experience also covers ADR techniques as well as negotiating and drafting contracts. 

Sources praise Peter Sheridan for his thoroughness and attention to detail. His work covers both contentious and non-contentious matters and he has expertise in construction arbitrations and adjudications.

Significant clients BAM Nuttall, Kier, Amey, Mouchel, Brookfield Multiplex.

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

What the team is known for Strong regional presence with a reputation for construction work in infrastructure and transport matters. Also has experience in energy construction matters, including waste-to-energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Responsiveness is the biggest thing. They are always there when needed."

"I could not have asked for any better help." 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Matthew Needham-Laing has extensive experience of construction documentation. Clients say he "leads from the front. He's always available when I need him and always contactable."

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

What the team is known for Covers dispute resolution as well as non-contentious procurement work, drawing instructions from contractors and consultants. Noted for its work in the education sector. Also active on high-value residential projects.

Work highlights Advised Prater on roofing contract documents in relation to the major remodelling of London Bridge Station.

Acted for contractor John Paul Construction on the redevelopment of the Westbourne House office building in London.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Mark Clinton is known as "one of the go-to" construction lawyers in the South. He leads on a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Significant clients South Essex College, Lindner Group, Lambeth College, Jackson Rowe Group, Emerson Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 consultant
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Well-known team with a broad client base. Assists on contentious and non-contentious contract work in the education, banking and property sectors. Continues to attract instructions from private individuals and on professional negligence construction cases.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are client-focused and down to earth." 

"They handle the pressure of a situation and the technical and legal aspects well."

Notable practitioners  

Chris Whittington is a consultant with extensive experience of advising contractors, subcontractors and employers on contentious and non-contentious cases. Clients say: "He's client-focused, hard-working and he delivers a quality outcome. He describes things in a straightforward manner and gets his point across succinctly and coherently."

Chris Kirby-Turner has a strong dispute resolution practice, including ADR processes. His work includes matters with a professional negligence and insurance angle, as well as cases for high net worth individuals. He receives market recognition for being "extremely organised, hard-working and very good at keeping spirits up."

Significant clients Britannia Refined Metals, Sevenoaks School Foundation, Stonegrove Refrigeration Services, Handelsbanken.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Michael Janney of Brachers LLP is a specialist in construction disputes. Clients particularly praise his negotiation style, saying: "He keeps a very level head and is assertive without being aggressive, and he has a very good knowledge of his subject."

David Brown of Gullands focuses mainly on contentious construction, acting for contractors, subcontractors and professionals. Clients describe him as "very meticulous" and particularly note his "amazing" negotiation skills. 

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

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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