Our projects and infrastructure team brings together corporate, construction and finance lawyers with particular expertise and experience in the sector to advise on the full spectrum of works and services contracts, on a transactional, advisory or contentious basis.
We are able to advise on early stage issues, including procurement, public procurement, competition law and State Aid matters.
In addition, members of our project team have been involved in waste management and alternative energy projects, both onshore and offshore.
We also advise on health and safety issues and defend health and safety prosecutions.
Our clients include UK and international contractors and secondary and primary-market investors in a range of sectors, including transport, hospitals, schools, defence, social housing, facilities management, utilities and waste management.
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Advises on engineering, building and development projects, alongside disputes. “They compare very favourably against other firms in regard to value for money and level of service”.
‘Response times and value-for-money are very good’ at Fladgate LLP. David Weare assisted Hitachi Zosen Inova with an EPC contract to deliver an energy-from-waste facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In other non-contentious highlights, practice head Alan Woolston and senior associate Chris Farrell, who are ‘commercially astute, technically excellent lawyers’, advised Go-Ahead Group on a range of construction works as well as professional appointments related to the infrastructure for various well-known Go-Ahead brands, including Southeastern trains and Brighton & Hove buses. Hebbard and Weare were also active in contentious matters, where work included representing contractors on various energy-from-waste project disputes, and acting for John Laing Investments on potential claims relating to the design and upgrade of Aylesbury Park railway station. International construction specialist Barry Hembling is another key contact.
Well-regarded practice with a purchaser-side focus. Advises on high-value transactional and contentious matters and often deals with leisure, infrastructure, energy and property development matters.
“The team provides a quality service and understands the importance of timely advice, pragmatic solutions and cost certainty.” “With Fladgate we can rest assured that each area of legal and contractual exposure has been methodically reasoned with appropriate advice and implementation.” Advised Merlin Entertainments on its ongoing expansion work and portfolio of construction projects across the globe, worth hundreds of millions of pounds in total. Acted for the University of London on its estate-wide energy-efficient lighting upgrade scheme using a two-stage approach to the tender for the project.
Alan Woolston engages in both contentious and non-contentious work, with particular specialisms in PFI/PPP schemes and offshore energy projects. One client is “impressed with his focused attention to detail and ability to understand every potential trajectory of decisions that he has considered and created a strategy around.”
Alan Erwin has a broad non-contentious practice that sees him advise on commercial developments and renewables projects. He has experience advising on domestic construction projects and overseas matters.
Gillian Birkby advises clients from across the construction market on non-contentious matters including procurement, contracts and appointments. One client says: “She provides insightful and cutting-edge advice with fantastic support.”
Fladgate LLP’s ‘cerebral and dedicated’ practice includes ‘incisive adviser’ Barry Hembling, who has been busy on behalf of Merlin Entertainments, advising on a portfolio of leisure-related construction projects globally. The team also has expertise in renewable energy and is acting for BTS Biogas on the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant in south Yorkshire. Gillian Birkby and Alan Woolston head the practice and handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious work.
Fladgate LLP has been advising on several mature PFI projects in the healthcare and education sectors. Recent highlights include advising a US medical equipment company on a PPP-type project to upgrade and run oncology facilities at a central London hospital.
Clients appreciate the depth of knowledge on offer at this London-based firm. It is particularly well regarded for its work on PFI/PPP schemes. The team recently advised on the negotiation of contracts relating to the redevelopment of the former Clapham Leisure Centre.
This firm is particularly noted for its expertise in PFI projects, especially relating to the health and education sectors. Gillian Birkby heads the construction team and has been leading the team’s work in the waste-to-energy sector. Alan Erwin has impressed clients with his efficient approach.