Neel is a highly experienced solicitor who advises on complex construction and engineering, infrastructure, and energy and waste projects. His clients include a broad spectrum of users of the construction and energy sector, including housing developers, housing associations, main contractors, utilities, local authorities, consultants, high-street banks and financial institutions.
Neel has an excellent working knowledge of all major forms of construction contracts including JCT, NEC, FIDIC, ICHEM, ICC, ACA, and MF/1. He has prepared a number of bespoke contracts to be used on major energy projects and complex housing projects.
Neel advises clients on all aspects of procurement legislation, and preparation and delivery of tender documentation for construction and long-term facilities contracts.
- Facilities management
- Energy and waste projects
- Infrastructure, bridges and tunnels
- Property, planning and environment
- Commercial and mixed-use developments
- Public sector, health and education
- PFI, PPP, BOT and concession
- Transport, rail and airports
- Power plants
- Energy and renewable energy including solar power plants
- Nuclear power
- Insurance and reinsurance
- Data centres
- Power grid and networks
- Waste, water and process engineering
- Commercial and retail
- Sports stadiums, leisure and theme parks
- Delay, variations and money claims
- Defects and dilapidations
- Standard-form contracts including JCT, NEC, PPC, FIDIC, ICE, EPC
- Supply of goods and services
- Professional negligence
- Design and structure liability
- Land and property
- Party Wall Act
- Development agreements
- Sections 106, 278 and related agreements
- Finance, bonds and guarantees
- Acted for a major solar park EPC contractor in the UK in relation to a claim for performance guarantees by the client (level of damages £15 million).
- Acted for a major developer on a number of solar and wind acquisition projects in the UK (portfolio value in excess of £500 million), to include preparing and negotiating all EPC, supply contracts and subcontracts with the relevant provider.
- Acted for Swindon Borough Council in relation to development, design, and construction of solar parks in the South West, to include dealing with all aspects of the project documentation.
- Acted for Parabel UK in relation to hydrogen and solar projects in the UK and Germany.
- Acted for a medium-size solar developer in relation to the acquisition of a number of solar projects across England in excess of 60MW.
- Acted for a major solar park operator in the acquisition of solar sites in the UK, to include carrying out due diligence on the construction documentation.
- Acted for a developer in relation to EV charging sites across England and Scotland.
- Acted for a purchaser of a biomass facility of 50MW, to include carrying out the due diligence on all construction, operation, and maintenance contracts.
- Acted for Wates Construction Limited on major long-term (15 years) services contracts for providing housing services for local authorities in the Midlands, London, and North West (total value of such contracts not less than £800 million), to include negotiating and successfully completing the main contracts and all major subcontracts.
- Acted for Willmott Dixon Construction on complex laboratory projects (total value £100 million).
- Acted for a housing association in relation to COVID19 claims by various contractors.
- Acted for United Living in relation to a number of construction projects in the UK, to include negotiation and preparation of construction contracts with employers and subcontractors.
- Acted for Sweet Construction in the South West on a high-profile housing project in the South West.
- Acted for United Living in relation to a major housing regeneration project in the South West, to include negotiation of the building contract and preparation of the subcontracts associated with the main contract works.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Recognised in The Legal 500 2020 for Construction
Recognised in The Legal 500 2020 for Projects, Energy and Natural Resources
Recognised in Chambers UK 2020 for Construction
Neel qualified as a solicitor in 2004. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2020, he worked at the following firms: