March 11, 2019 @ 13:51 by Richard Dawson
The specialist construction & engineering team at law firm Sintons is forecasting further growth after a successful past year, underpinned by new key client wins and strategic appointments to the team.
From its Newcastle base, the specialist team handles matters nationally and internationally, and has built a reputation as one of the leaders in its field in the North of England.
The team counts an array of major names as clients, including Greggs, The Auckland Project, Meldrum Construction, Tolent Construction, Thompsons of Prudhoe and Northumbrian Water, for whom Sintons is advising upon the design, build and operate contract of a new wastewater treatment plant in Gibraltar.
It has also been appointed to regionally-significant projects, including acting for main contractor Tolent in the redevelopment of the Vaux site in Sunderland, and advising The Auckland Project in its transformation of Bishop Auckland, including the restoration and refurbishment of the Auckland Castle and the construction of a Spanish Gallery and Auckland Tower.
The team – which also has a strong relationship with Jerram Falkus Construction, a long-established construction company based in central London, with whom it works on an array of projects in the South East – has kept pace with its growing workload through new appointments, with further hires planned for the near future.
Associate Matthew Pexton has moved to Sintons from a London law firm, in what has been hailed as a “highly significant” move for the team. Newly-qualified solicitor Andrew Noble, who studied Civil Engineering prior to converting to law, has spent many months developing his career under the guidance of department head Alex Rayner and has now become a permanent member of the team.
Alex Rayner, partner and head of construction & engineering at Sintons, said: “Sintons has always had a strong reputation for its depth and breadth of expertise in Real Estate work but we have seen increasingly strong levels of growth in the firm’s Construction & Engineering offering over the past few years, and particularly in the last 12 months. We now act for an array of major clients on projects nationally and internationally and are proud to have become trusted advisors to some of the biggest names in North East business.
“Our new client wins and continuing instructions on major projects has meant we have had to add to our team, and we plan to recruit further in the coming months as our workload continues to grow.
“The appointment of Matt has been a highly significant move for us – construction lawyers of his experience and level of expertise are hard to find, and we are delighted he has relocated from London to join us. Having trained in our department, Andrew is already well known and highly regarded by many of our clients and his Civil Engineering knowledge gives the team a further dimension.
“This is an exciting time for the Construction & Engineering team as we continue to look for new opportunities, as well as continuing to provide our existing clients with the expert advice they have come to expect from us.”
Mark Quigley, managing partner of Sintons, added: “Alex and the team have done a fantastic job of growing the Construction & Engineering department into one of the most highly-rated in the North. The progress they have made has been outstanding, and supports the wider development of Sintons as a firm.”