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 hospitality, 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 2021, where he is described as “particularly well organised, reliable, knowledgeable and always willing to analyse issues in detail” and “very honest and open on the best way forward – he deals with technical issues very efficiently and handles negotiations extremely well.”

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  • Acting as construction law adviser to a firm of well-known architects on a global portfolio of construction projects, including projects in China, Japan, Russia and India in addition to the UK.
  • Acting for a developer on the construction aspects of an acquisition and subsequent redevelopment of an existing building into a new 145 key "Moxy" branded hotel in central Manchester.
  • Acting on the construction aspects of a £76m redevelopment of a 500k sq. ft. site in the City of London involving the extension and conversion of an existing office building to create a new hotel plus the construction of 87 new homes and a public space.
  • Acting for a UK contractor in a termination of contract claim against a well-known housing association on a project for the construction of a £10m mixed use development scheme.
  • Acting for a funder in relation to a £12m facility for the conversion of a former office building in south London into 41 residential apartments under permitted development rights.


  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