Barry Hembling is a Partner in the Real Estate Group.

A construction expert, he has substantial in-house and private practice experience of acting for clients on domestic and international construction projects in the hotels and leisure, infrastructure, energy, sports and themed entertainment sectors among others.

Barry has an established record of offering contentious and non-contentious legal support throughout a project’s lifecycle from initial contract advice and negotiations to advice on live projects and dispute avoidance.

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. He also acts for lenders on the construction aspects of financing transactions.

Barry has advised on many high profile and iconic projects including the Aquatics Centre for 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 has been a panel judge for the Constructing Excellence Awards and invited to speak at industry conferences in both the UK and abroad, including Oxford University and Chatham House.

He has been recommended as a construction expert by the legal directories for many years, most recently in Legal 500 UK 2019.

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  • Acting for a firm of well-known architects on a global portfolio of construction projects
  • Providing construction advice to FTSE250 company concerning the construction of a new sports stadium
  • Acting on the construction aspects of a £76m redevelopment of a 500k sq. ft. site in the City of London to create a new hotel, 87 new homes and public space.
  • Acting for a developer on the approx. £50m redevelopment of a 1980s office building in the City of London.
  • Acting for a developer on a 6.9 acre mixed-use scheme including new homes, 200 key hotel, retail and leisure facilities, and public realm improvements.


  1. 1993-1996 Anglia Law School, Law
  2. 1989-1993 King’s College, University of London:Masters of Arts (MA), Associate of King’s College, London

Memberships and Associations

  1. • Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association
  2. • Society of Construction Law
  3. • Solicitors Regulation Authority