Our team has the breadth of technical expertise, deep industry knowledge and acute commercial insight required to address the issues, challenges and opportunities arising in construction projects of all scopes and sizes.

We provide advice on the full range of construction related matters to a diverse range of clients, including developers, contractors, sub-contractors, purchasers, tenants and investors providing development or real estate finance.

We bring a commercial, pragmatic and cost-effective approach to all we do enabling us to deliver, prompt and effective solutions in what are often time-sensitive situations, at a cost that truly adds value.

What we do:

The areas covered by our construction practice include:

Representative Construction Work

Examples of our construction work include:

Non-Contentious Construction Services:

  • Advised a national development company in relation to the design, construction and completion of new, modern student accommodations at a number of prestigious universities across the country with a total construction cost of £50-£60m.
  • Advised on a multi-phase residential/commercial development in the centre of London, including providing initial guidance as to procurement route and structure.
  • Advised a number of high net worth individuals in relation to the construction/refurbishment of multi-million pound residential properties in St Johns Wood, Knightsbridge and Kensington.

Contentious Construction Services:

  • Advised a large German contractor in connection with the defence of a substantial claim relating to alleged roofing defects in the distribution warehouse of a national supermarket chain, and then played a key role in the successful settlement discussions.
  • Advised the developer of 4 luxury townhouses in Hampstead (sold for £26m) on claims against contractors for defects in swimming pool membranes and other key issues, including soft and hard landscaping.
  • Advised an international construction company in relation to claims arising out of a North African hospitality development it was involved in.
  • Advised a high net worth individual on a successful claim for damages against a national property developer resulting from repudiatory breach of contract, defective works and liquidated damages.

Contact our team:

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Robert Tunningley

Senior Associate Construction
Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2370


Robert is a non-contentious construction lawyer regularly acting for employers, developers, contractors, funders and consultants.

Robert has advised clients on numerous construction contracts, drafting and negotiating bespoke amendments to industry standard forms, and advising on all associated documentation such as appointments, collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees.

Robert has acted on a number of high profile developments including the development of new office headquarters, high-end residential conversions, student accommodation, private rented sector (PRS) schemes and mixed-use redevelopment projects. Robert also has experience in advising on engineering projects both in the UK and internationally.

Representative Experience

Robert’s recent experience at his previous firm includes:

· acting for a Middle Eastern investor in relation to the redevelopment of a listed building in the West End into luxury residential apartments;

· advising the owner and developer in relation to a fit-out, structural works and subsequent letting of a Grade II* listed office building in the City of London;

· providing ongoing advice to a developer on a number of its joint ventures throughout the UK (including the development of industrial units and student accommodation) and providing advice in relation to development funding and subsequent sales;

· advising an international bank on its relocation and pre-let of its new office headquarters in the City of London; and

· acting for various funders in relation to the development finance of a number office developments, PRS and student accommodation schemes across the UK.

Career History

Linklaters LLP –  Associate / Managing Associate

Clyde & Co LLP – Associate