Thrings strengthens construction team with new partner

By Nick Batten on 16 October, 2018

Leading commercial law firm, Thrings has enhanced its construction law offering with the appointment of Michael Chilton as partner.

An experienced construction law specialist and former quantity surveyor, Michael joins Thrings from EMW Law LLP, where he was a partner and head of construction. Prior to this, he held positions at Nabarro, Trowers & Hamlins and Linklaters.

During his 20-year legal career, Michael has advised on a range of construction projects, including city office developments, mixed-use and retail schemes, infrastructure projects, housing schemes, student accommodation, out-of-town retail parks, railways, power projects and football stadia.

His main area of expertise is in ‘non-contentious construction law,’ while he also advises on disputes and dispute avoidance. Clients include developers, banks, pension funds, housing associations, corporate occupiers, local authorities, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.

Michael will advise clients on “all aspects” relating to construction contracts, including procurement routes, building contracts, consultant appointments, bonds, warranties and guarantees. He will also advise on the construction aspects of property development documentation.

Michael said: “I am very pleased to be joining Thrings, and working with the construction and commercial property teams across the firm to develop the construction offering for existing clients and expand its client base.

“Despite the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit which pervades at present, there are still significant opportunities in the property sector. With the construction team now based in both the South West and London, Thrings is ideally placed to offer advice and assistance on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters to clients in this region, London and the Home Counties.”

Michael becomes the third partner in the firm’s construction team, joining Steve McCombe and Natalia Sokolov.

Warren Reid, head of commercial property at Thrings, said: “On behalf of everyone at Thrings, I would like to welcome Michael to the firm. His knowledge and skill at advising clients on transactional matters, as well as those relating to disputes and dispute avoidance, will undoubtedly add strength and depth to Thrings’ construction offering.”

The news follows Thrings’ recent round of appointments earlier this year.

Pictured above: Michael Chilton