See which of our regular columnists featured in this year’s list of the great and the good in the UK legal trade

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Several of Building’s legal columnists and bloggers were mentioned in the construction section of this year’s Legal 500 listing.

Rupert Choat’s departure from CMS to join Atkin Chambers in March was noted in CMS’s entry. It noted that the construction disputes team that Rupert left behind, and had led for a number of years, was “very strong” and “underpinned by ‘excellent’ energy”

Other mentions of Building’s regular columnists in the construction section of the list included:

“The ‘excellent’ Simon Tolson heads Fenwick Elliott LLP’s ‘first-class’, ‘always accessible’ team. It advises on a range of domestic and international infrastructure projects, with notable expertise in highrise developments, and also has a ‘fantastic’ contentious practice.”

“Jones Day’s construction department ‘continues to go from strength to strength’, and has ‘vast sector expertise’, fielding ‘first-class lawyers with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the industry and the ability to apply sound legal reasoning’. […] Team head Hamish Lal is ‘a thinker and a strategist’, and ‘his analysis and work ethic are second to none’.”

“Macfarlanes LLP is appreciated for its ‘prompt service and excellent attention to detail’, and delivers ‘excellent client service’. The‘exceptionally experienced’ Ann Minogue and ‘brilliant’ Doug Wass head the team.”

“Led by Steven Carey, Speechly Bircham LLP’s ‘very professional’ department covers UK real estate and international engineering matters.”

“Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘an excellent service’ to clients, covering matters ranging from finance and disputes to major project restructuring and infrastructure work, and is particularly noted for its expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. The ‘expert’ Laurence Cobb heads the team.”

“The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP advised AmeyCespa on its £200m waste PPP deal with Milton Keynes Council, and is also acting for the Berkeley Group on a number of projects. […] Stephanie Canham is national department head.”

“Olswang LLP is particularly noted for its leisure and retail expertise. […] Team head Francis Ho is recommended.”


The Legal 500’s listings are based upon qualitative research which involves the publisher Legalease’s researchers speaking to thousands of commercial law firm clients across different industry sectors, as well as consulting other law firms and information from confidential client and transaction lists. It is published annually.

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