Engineering and construction

This "large and impressive" team of more than 30 experts is ranked as a National Leader in Chambers UK 2014. Combining quality and skill to provide a first-class service, clients praise "the team's background knowledge, speed of reaction, and accuracy of opinion and advice" (Chambers UK 2014). 

Technical excellence is a given, but with backgrounds in the construction industry, including former chartered surveyors, the team also boasts a commercial approach. Recognised for being "extremely commercially focused and a good down-to-earth individual" (Chambers UK 2013) Michael O'Shea represents a number of major national contractors, enjoying strong relationships with some of the industry's most significant players.

Acting for developers, employers, funds, end users and contractors on a wide range of projects, the team offers help at every stage of the development process, from project conception and choice of procurement, through to the tender process and letting of the construction documentation.

Noted for having "a proven track record in big value deals" and an ability to talk to clients "in simplified terms about a complex area of law" (Chambers UK 2013), Richard Green leads a team of dedicated non-contentious experts recognised for its commerciality and understanding of the market-place.

In the unfortunate event of a dispute, contentious construction expert Simon Baylis and the "exceptionally good" Ashley Pigott are fast, responsible and flexible in their approach to providing legal advice on project issues. The team's Construction Projects service also offers tailored advice over the lifecycle of specific high-risk construction projects.

When speed is of the essence, the team operates a 'hot line' telephone service to provide clients with direct access to legal advice from team members who are familiar with their projects.

Through involvement with bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Society of Construction Law and the Technology and Construction Solicitors' Association, and contributions to leading professional publications, the team are thought leaders on the latest issues.

Clients include AMEC, Black & Veatch, Vodafone, E.ON, Royal London Asset Management, Goodman, Shepherd Construction, Waitrose/John Lewis, London Borough of Croydon, British Airways, Cadbury plc, Development Securities, Miller, ProLogis Developments, St. Modwen Developments, Wates and Morgan Sindall, Jacobs and May Gurney.

For more on engineering and construction, contact Michael O'Shea (michael_o'shea@wragge.com).