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Birketts LLP

Construction

5 ranked lawyersBand 1East AngliaUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Well-regarded department with impressive depth and coverage across the whole region. Represents a broad client base of developers, funders and suppliers, and advises on construction projects in the local area, as well as nationwide. Also experienced representing contractors and subcontractors in disputes, with particular strength in adjudications.

Strengths

"They're superb, well-renowned construction specialists - the way they handled the case was exceptional from start to finish," reports an interviewee, adding: "I’m glad they were on my side."

"Their client care and understanding of the brief is very good, as is the way they take a pragmatic and flexible approach to answering queries. The manner in which they support the client in negotiations is also very strong," comments a source.

Work highlights

Acted for Big Sky Developments in relation to the construction documents for the £85 million development of 350 new homes in Cringleford.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Rush is well regarded in the market for his vast experience representing clients such as contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes. He is also well equipped to handle a range of non-contentious matters.

Josh Ripman is a senior associate at the firm and regularly represents clients in arbitrations and mediations relating to construction issues.
"He clearly distils from the beginning what the position is and what is required - what the strategy is. He's not afraid to give it to you straight, he’ll tell you your weaknesses and what route to go down. His mediation skills are exceptional and he really deals with pressure in an impressive way."

Rory Abel is a senior associate who focuses his practice on construction matters. He is regularly sought out by clients from the real estate sector.

Ruth Sunaway frequently acts for contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes. She is adept at representing clients in adjudications and mediation.
"She has great knowledge of the construction industry and of contracts. She's able to disseminate a large amount of information very quickly, and gives commercial and pragmatic advice."

Stefan Harris-Wright has a respected construction practice and regularly advises on a range of transactional matters. He has experience acting for developers on residential property developments and renewable energy projects.
"He's very knowledgeable and he's commercial - he comes up with suggestions and solutions to difficult situations."

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Overview

Our Construction and Engineering Team is one of the largest in the UK outside of London. The team deals with all aspects of law impacting on the construction industry. 

We act for a wide range of public and private sector clients, including professionals, contractors, developers, sub-contractors, owner occupiers and financial institutions.

Our main focus is in the resolution of disputes, but we also have a breadth of experience in the drafting of contracts and the due diligence associated with the funding of commercial developments.

We regularly run training sessions and seminars on a wide range of topics affecting those businesses in the industry or working with the industry.

Construction Department

Birketts LLP

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Department location

141-145 Princes Street

Ipswich

Suffolk

UK

IP1 1QJ

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East Anglia

Construction


Andrew Rush
Band 1
Josh Ripman
Associates to watch
Rory Abel
Associates to watch
Ruth Sunaway
Band 2
Stefan Harris-Wright
Band 2