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7 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Prominent adviser to major clients on non-contentious and contentious matters, including international arbitrations, in the UK, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Particularly noted for its energy, infrastructure and real estate offerings. Possesses specialist expertise in the resolution of disputes relating to PFI projects, with a particular focus on those involving hospitals and waste-to-energy facilities.

Strengths

"CMS has wealth of industry experience and is highly regarded by the international contractors," one client remarks, adding: "They are responsive and have a deep understanding of commercial issues."

Another client says: "The firm's knowledge and understanding of international arbitration and construction disputes in the Middle East make them the obvious choice for such matters."

Work highlights

Assisted ISG Engineering Services with pre-construction services agreements and framework appointments in relation to the construction of the UK’s first battery gigaplant at Blyth Power Station.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Bell is highly regarded for his contentious construction work, including the representation of clients in international arbitrations relating to disputes arising from large infrastructure projects. He also offers substantial experience acting for employers and contractors in domestic PFI disputes. As managing director of the firm's Asia and Middle East teams, he is well placed to advise on disputes involving those jurisdictions.
"Adrian is meticulous and has an excellent grasp of strategy. He is an excellent lawyer and a calming influence for in-house teams." "He is excellent on strategy and really focuses on the commercial realities at the heart of the matter."

Alistair McGrigor routinely represents prominent investors and developers in relation to the construction aspects of high-profile projects in the UK, particularly mixed-use developments. He provides advice throughout the life-cycle of construction projects, including procurement and contract negotiation.

Matthew Taylor is a construction disputes specialist with particular expertise in claims concerning time extensions and additional expenses. He advises developers, owners and contractors on disputes relating to commercial, residential and mixed-use developments, as well as energy infrastructure.
"He is strong on legal knowledge, good at strategy and understands the industry."

Robbie Leckie regularly represents clients involved in contentious matters relating to domestic energy and infrastructure projects. He also advises on disputes arising from PFI projects, particularly healthcare and waste-to-energy developments.

Steven Williams has a wealth of experience advising both purchaser and supplier-side clients on construction disputes. He regularly assists with both arbitrations and litigation proceedings concerning social infrastructure and energy sector projects.
"He is effective at extricating his clients from legal problems through use of his commercial acumen."

Victoria Peckett is co-head of the non-contentious construction team at the firm and frequently assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts. She offers extensive experience advising both supplier and purchaser-side clients on transactions involving energy and transport infrastructure projects.

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London (Firms)

Construction: Contentious


Adrian J Bell
Band 2
Matthew Taylor
Band 6
Robbie Leckie
Up and Coming
Steven Williams
Band 2

Construction: Non-contentious


Alistair McGrigor
Band 4
Victoria Peckett
Band 1

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