Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is pleased to announce today the hiring of new Partner Barry Hembling, expanding its Real Estate practice in London. Prior to joining the firm, Barry was a Partner at Fladgate in London.
Barry has a strong reputation as a contentious and non-contentious construction expert, with both substantial in-house and private practice experience, including at FTSE250 company Alfred McAlpine Plc. He advises a broad client base on domestic and international projects spanning a range of sectors including real estate, energy and infrastructure, hotel and leisure as well as on the construction aspects of funding transactions. Recommended as a leader in his field most recently by legal directory Legal 500 UK 2019, Barry has acted on many high-profile projects, including the City of London Lloyd’s Building, the London Eye, the Sydney Tower and the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre.
Partner and Global Real Estate Sector Head Felicity Jones said: “I’m delighted to welcome Barry to the team. His wide-ranging construction experience will be a key addition to our dynamic Real Estate and Energy & Infrastructure sectors and enables us to broaden our client offering in these areas. That he can advise on both contentious and non-contentious matters enhances our ability to provide our clients with first rate advice across service lines and through all stages of projects”.
Barry added: “WFW distinguishes itself with a strong sector focus, particularly in core real estate, the hotel and leisure sector and construction. This, together with its strong international standing, makes it an ideal platform for me and represents an opportunity to expand the service I can offer to my clients. I look forward to contributing to the growth of the firm’s global Real Estate team”.