DEPARTMENT PROFILE

K&L Gates

Construction

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

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What the team is known for

Multi-talented practice with strength in both contentious and transactional work and acting for clients on both the supplier and purchaser sides of the market. Particularly adept at advising on transport infrastructure and upstream oil and gas projects, as well as manufacturing and mixed-use schemes. Supplements its domestic offering with considerable international capabilities, particularly when handling construction projects in Africa and the Middle East. Offers extensive experience acting for developers in connection with rail construction and improvement projects.

Strengths

"The team handles any dispute given to them with the utmost care and dedication, regardless of value or jurisdiction," one client remarks.

Another says: "The team is very attentive to their clients and they really looks after their interests."

Work highlights

Advised Nuveen Real Estate on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, a mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of £850 million.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Greene is a non-contentious construction specialist with a strong reputation for his expertise in domestic development projects. He regularly assists developers with the preparation of construction and procurement contracts for significant office and mixed-use schemes.
"He provides practical and commercially sound advice and is prepared to listen and then tailor his advice to suit the project."

Matthew Smith is noted for the considerable breadth of his construction practice, which encompasses both contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to domestic and international projects, including those in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He is particularly adept at representing clients in delay and defect claims arising out of energy and transport infrastructure developments, and possesses further experience assisting with contract negotiation and risk allocation matters.
"Matthew makes an enormous effort to understand all the details of the work, including very complex technical issues, to ensure that his advice covers all aspects of a matter. He is an excellent disputes lawyer and thinks outside the box to arrive at the best strategy." "He’s very experienced and so knows a great deal about the industry. He is a great pleasure to work with and he manages challenging cases very effectively."

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London (Firms)

Construction: Contentious


Matthew E Smith
Band 3

Construction: Non-contentious


Kevin Greene
Band 5
Matthew E Smith
Band 4