Barry Hembling

Barry Hembling

Helping clients carry out successful construction projects.
  • Construction Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • England
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Barry Hembling is a legal directories recommended construction lawyer with over 20 years in-house and private practice experience of acting for clients on domestic and international construction projects in the infrastructure, energy, development, insurance, sports, themed entertainment and hotel sectors among others. He has an established record of offering contentious and non-contentious legal support throughout a project’s lifecycle from initial contract advice and negotiations, advice on live projects and dispute avoidance. Regarded as a strong practitioner and incisive adviser by impressed sources, he has a reputation for commercial acumen, building long-term global client relationships and offering cost effective commercial solutions that minimise risks and help project teams meet their completion dates and budgets. Barry is experienced in prosecuting and defending all types of construction claims, particularly complex, high value construction disputes which include 13 reported judgments. He often acts for clients on global projects and has substantial experience of projects in Australia (16), Austria, China (11), Cyprus, Denmark (3), Estonia, France, Germany (13), India (2), Italy (10), Japan (5), Korea (3), Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore (4), Thailand (4), Turkey (5), UAE (3) and USA (3) in addition those in the UK. Barry has advised on many high profile and iconic projects including the Aquatics Centre at the London 2012 Olympics, the City of London Lloyd’s Building and some of the world’s best-known public attractions such as the London Eye and the Sydney Tower. He is a panel judge for the Constructing Excellence Awards and often speaks at industry conferences in both the UK and abroad, including Oxford University and Chatham House. He has been recommended as a construction lawyer by the legal directories for many years, most recently in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500.

Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
England
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
- Current
Partner
Fladgate LLP
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Senior Associate
Fenwick Elliott LLP
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Legal Adviser
Alfred McAlpine plc
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Associate
Rosling King LLP
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Education
Anglia Law School
other (1996)
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King's College, London
M.A. (1993)
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Professional Associations
Technology and Construction Solicitors' Association
Member
- Current
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Society of Construction Law
Member
- Current
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Solicitors Regulation Authority # 30536
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Putting the right policy in place
Estates Gazette
Fund for safe cladding risks creating uncertainty
The Times
Cladding Liability Update
Building Magazine
Buildings regulatory framework not fit for purpose
Construction Law Magazine
When projects change: 6 critical points to consider
Construction News
Don't let construction industry mark its own homework
The Times
Artificial intelligence: 5 legal issues for construction
Construction News
Rail projects: 3 mistakes your team must avoid
Construction News
Health and Safety doesn't happen by accident
AM2 Attractions Magazine
Combustible cladding risks that developers and landlords must consider
Property Investor News
Liability issues after Grenfell
Construction Index
Grenfell Tower: assessing potential liability for buildings with flammable cladding
Claims Magazine
Grenfell Tower Fire: the costs will only escalate
Property Week
JCT contract updates in three easy steps
Construction Index
Interpreting contractual obligations: A test that's fit for purpose
Construction News
Pitfalls on hotel projects
Hotel Owner
Payment in Construction Contracts: How to get paid
Society of Construction Law
The chellenges of being paid
Civil Engineering Surveyor
Collateral warranties: getting the best support!
Footfall
Is it time for an international JCT contract?
Joint Contracts Tribunal
How not to build a hotel: 3 common causes of cost overruns
Construction News
Speaking Engagements
Taking Over Under Different Jurisdictions of Law - A Comparative Approach, Construction Law Conference, University of Cambridge
KNect365
An overview of practical completion issues including a comparison between common and civil law jurisdictions.
Construction's future is all about collaboration, Architects' Journal Summit, London
Architects' Journal Magazine
Why building regulatory reform will require project teams to work more closely together.
Future Cities: The Chinese Dream, 6th Annual CBBC China Business Conference, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
China Britain Business Council
An overview as to why cities are the future and why future cities will be smart.
Key legal issues that MUST be considered when developing and operating new hotels, Hotel Finance, Investment and Development in the UK and Continental Europe, London
Henry Stewart
A presentation considering the importance of operational and management frameworks when planning new hotel projects.
Funding the Belt and Road: The challenges of attracting private investment, The Belt and Road: China’s flagship initiative and its implications for the global economy, London
The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House
An overview of the opportunities for private investment models on the world's largest construction project.
The UK approach to the Belt Road Initiative, Belt Road Initiative International Summit, Oxford University, England
Oxford University
The presentation of a paper on the UK's approach to the Belt Road Initiative, the world's largest construction project.
Payment in construction contracts: how to get paid, Construction Law Update, Kent, England
Society of Construction Law
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 Appold Street
London EC2A 2HB
United Kingdom