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

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

What the team is known for A standout practice in the market, with noted strength in the banking and social housing sector. 

Work highlights Acted for Metro Bank on the redevelopment of a branch in Staines.

Advised the Mary Rose Trust on the construction of its new museum in Portsmouth.

Notable practitioners 

Julian Dobson is a key partner at the practice, and specialises in contentious matters.

Significant clients Bloor Homes, David Lloyd Leisure, Barclays Bank, St Anthony's College (Oxford).

Basic facts about the department

-3 partners
-15 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Southampton

What the team is known for A powerhouse in the field. Acts for a wide range of clients, including developers, contractors and insurers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The performance is exemplary – the team always make themselves available to facilitate projects at short notice."

Work highlights Instructed by Rockspring UK Value Fund on the redevelopment of Blaydon town centre.

Advised Intermediate Media on the fit out and pre-let of its new headquarters in London.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Ben Willis is praised by clients for having "the ability to quickly grasp the matter at hand." He is leading several key transactional matters.

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers 
- Ranked office locations: Guildford

What the team is known for A standout practice in the Guilford area. Offers a range of contentious and non-contentious services in the regional, national and international markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team provides practical and sensible advice." 

Work highlights Acted for Caring Homes Group on the negotiation of building contracts on several new care home developments.

Notable practitioners 

Clients note that Stephen Rockhill is "practical and proactive." He is a key partner at the practice and is involved in key contentious matters.

David Savage is the head of the construction department. His specialisms include dispute resolution.

Significant clients Tiffen Land, Teva UK, Guilford Borough Council, Eton College.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Represents a range of high-profile clients in construction issues arising out of property portfolios. Has considerable strength in the housing and residential sector, and strong links with education institutions. 

What's new? New clients include Mott MacDonald and the Cumnor House School Trust.

Work highlights Advising Goodenough College on the tender process and procurement matters relating to the refurbishment of its London House building.

Advised Liberty Property Trust on development agreements, leases and contracts for its 800-acre multi-use site in Kings Hill, Kent.

Notable practitioners 

Bill Mackie is a key contact.

Significant clients Crossrail, Prudential Property Investment Managers, Wates Construction, Town & Country Housing.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Crawley

What the team is known for This compact team advises a range of private and public sector clients on non-contentious construction matters.

Work highlights Advised Aviva on a range of construction matters arising out of its property portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Royle leads the department and is the principal partner on several significant non-contentious matters. 

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 associates
- Ranked office locations: Brighton 

What the team is known for A front runner in the Brighton market, notably strong on the contentious side. Advises contractors, subcontractors and employers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client Service: "The recommendations they offer are sensible and they understand the commercial side of problems." 

Notable practitioners 

Francis Wallace is praised by clients for being "very detailed and methodical." He is a highly regarded dispute resolution specialist involved in key arbitrations and litigation.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Crawley 

What the team is known for A highly regarded specialist construction and engineering firm that stands out for its complex, contentious expertise. Known for its work in the transport, energy and utilities sectors.  

Notable practitioners 

Jonathan Gold is a key partner in the team and leads on a number of significant disputes.

Peter Sheridan heads the practice and leads on several high-value contentious and non-contentious matters.

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

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Guildford 

What the team is known for A standout name in the market, noted for its infrastructure, transport and procurement work. Advises a range of contractors and employers from the public and private sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team provides good advice and is responsive." 

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Needham-Laing is praised by clients as being "very personable and highly experienced." He heads up the department and is involved in key transactional and dispute resolution matters.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Crawley 

What the team is known for Has a significant reputation for work in the education sector, and is particularly strong advising contractors and consultants. Growing presence on contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "The knowledge in relation to construction contracts is excellent."

What's new? Secured new instructions from Cross Construction, Apex Contractors and Christ's Hospital Foundation.

Work highlights Advised Worthing College on public procurement and construction matters relating to a new campus development. 

Acted for Sun Land Developments on a high-value dispute arising out of a residential development.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Clinton heads the construction offering at the practice and leads on several transactional and dispute matters.

Significant clients South Essex College, A&F Pilbeam, Jackson Rowe, Emerson, NatWest. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Ranked office locations: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for A broad, active team advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Has a growing presence in the education sector, and a significant contractor focus. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: "The team has high-calibre people that are specialists in different spheres." 

Work highlights Advised Stonegrove Refrigeration on construction aspects relating to the installation of a refrigeration system.  

Notable practitioners  

Chris Whittington is praised by clients for having "fantastic attention to detail and excellent knowledge of contract law." He has over 25 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Chris Kirby-Turner is "straightforward and practical," according to industry sources. He is a key associate, leading on a number of disputes.

Significant clients Britannia Refined Metals, Sevenoaks School Foundation, Photonic Science.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

David Brown of Gullands is a highly regarded contentious construction specialist. He regularly advises clients on a range of construction matters. 

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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