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Herbert Smith Freehills

Construction

4 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Standout practice with an impressive client base of major corporations and developers. Frequently sought out to advise on energy, transport and property development matters, including some of the largest projects in the UK. Also equipped to handle major projects around the world, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Offers notable expertise in contentious matters, with key lawyers frequently representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Strengths

"The team is welcoming to work with and adds considerable value with their tactical thinking," one impressed client remarks.

Another reveals: "The team has the ability to leverage experience across multiple sectors both domestically and internationally to provide pragmatic, flexible and workable solutions to challenges we face."

Work highlights

Assisted Hammerson Brent Cross and Aberdeen Standard Investments with procurement strategy and contract negotiation for the redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Notable practitioners

David Nitek is frequently instructed by employers and contractors to act in construction disputes arising from major infrastructure developments.  His practice focuses on providing representation in arbitration proceedings relating to both domestic and international energy and transport projects, with a particular focus on the Middle East.
"He is a tactically astute and technically excellent lawyer." "He is good on the details as well as at providing high-level strategic advice."

James Doe is the head of the firm's UK construction and disputes practice and is respected for his considerable experience in disputes arising in Asia and the Middle East. He specialises in mediations and arbitrations involving oil and gas, power and transport developments.
"He is very precise and provides effective advice on important issues." "He is proactive and provides good solutions that can be implemented in practice."

Nicholas Downing possesses a wealth of expertise in handling non-contentious construction work, including procurement strategy and negotiating various construction contracts. He frequently assists clients with commercial, residential and mixed-use developments, as well as significant energy and transport infrastructure projects.

Tim Healey focuses on representing developers, sponsors and investors on a range of non-contentious matters. He is particularly well versed in advising on energy and infrastructure projects both at home and abroad.
"I am impressed with Tim's technical ability, industry knowledge, pragmatism and the reassuring calmness and confidence with which he delivers advice. Of particular note is Tim's breadth of experience across the whole construction and engineering sector, which he is able to leverage to provide innovative and flexible solutions to challenges."

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

London (Firms)

Construction: Non-contentious


Nicholas Downing
Band 1
Tim Healey
Band 3
UK-wide

Construction: International Arbitration


David Nitek
Band 3
James Doe
Band 3