Barry Hembling helps clients carry out successful construction projects.
He has over 20 years’ in-house and private practice experience of acting for clients in the construction, infrastructure, rail, development, real estate, insurance, sports, public attractions, themed entertainment, leisure and hotel sectors.
Barry offers legal support, both contentious and non-contentious, throughout a project’s lifecycle from initial contract advice and negotiations, advice on live projects and dispute avoidance. Barry also acts as a construction lawyer for a variety of lenders on the construction aspects of development finance transactions in the UK market.
Regarded as a strong practitioner and incisive adviser by impressed sources, he has a reputation for commercial acumen, building long-term global client relationships and offering cost effective commercial solutions that minimise risks and facilitate project teams meet their completion dates and budgets.
Where disputes are unavoidable, he is experienced in prosecuting and defending all types of construction claims and provides transparent and cost effective funding solutions. Barry is particularly experienced in complex High Court litigation and has acted as a construction lawyer on a wide range of construction disputes up to £37.6m with 13 reported judgments.
Barry often works on global construction projects and has substantial experience of projects in Australia (15), Austria, China (9), Denmark (3), France, Germany (12), India, Italy (10), Japan (5), Korea (3), Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore (3), Thailand (4), Turkey (5), UAE (3) and USA (3) in addition those in the UK. Barry has advised on many high profile and iconic projects in London and globally including the Aquatics Centre at the 2012 Olympics, the City of London Lloyd’s Building and some of the world’s best-known public attractions such as the London Eye and the Sydney Tower.
Earlier in his career, Barry was a construction lawyer at the FTSE250 Alfred McAlpine plc where he advised all group companies on building law matters including contract placement, dispute avoidance and risk management. He is a published legal writer and regularly contributes to industry publications including Building and Construction News on the latest construction law developments and trends. He presents at industry conferences in both the UK and abroad, including Oxford University and Chatham House.