Shakespeare Martineau

Construction Department

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What the team is known for Advises on both contentious and non-contentious construction issues, with particular strength in residential development and student accommodation schemes. Handles the negotiation and drafting of construction documents as well as providing strategic procurement advice and acting in complex disputes. Also advises on large projects concerning educational institutions and office developments.

Strengths A source says: "They're really easy to work with, they offer good value for money, and the team is responsive, proactive and friendly."

"The team is cost-effective, very flexible and will build a relationship with you rather than just provide a service," one client reports.

Work highlights Advised Code Students on its multimillion-pound development of more than 1,100 student accommodation units in Coventry.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's construction practice
Alex Smith
advises clients in relation to construction projects in the student accommodation, office and logistics sectors, among others. He assists with a broad range of non-contentious matters, including contracts, professional appointments and funding.
"Everything we get from Alex is spot on - he is quick and efficient."

Kate Onions
provides advice on a wide range of construction disputes relating to contractual, payment and defect issues. She represents developers, contractors and local authorities, among other clients.
"Kate knows the construction industry and the law and is always really up to date with the issues. She's also tactically brilliant and comes up with utterly fantastic ideas on a case." "She is really knowledgeable and easy to work with."