Phil Morrison has been appointed as head of Clarion’s new construction team; he is the fourth partner to join the firm’s fast-growing property practice.

With over 25 years’ experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, Morrison joins from Shulmans where he was head of construction for the last five years.  Dual qualified in English and Scottish Law, he has a strong track record advising large private and public-sector bodies and all parties involved in the construction industry.

Morrison’s expertise includes providing commercial advice concerning procurement, development agreements, building contracts, such as JCT, FIDIC, and PFI contracts, sub-contracts, professional team appointments and collateral warranties.  He will work closely with colleagues in commercial property and with the banking and finance team on development finance projects. 

Morrison is experienced in advising clients in complex contentious matters, often across a number of jurisdictions, and represents parties in mediation, adjudication, arbitration and the Technology and Construction Courts.  He regularly provides training on construction related topics.

Martin Grange, partner and head of property at Clarion, said: 'With the commercial property market in Yorkshire continuing to be very active, we are launching a new construction arm to extend our support to clients in this specialist area of law. One of Clarion’s key strengths is the way in which our specialist teams are able to draw on expertise from one another, and with Phil’s in-depth knowledge of construction law, we are confident that he will make a valuable contribution.'

Morrison added: 'My aim is to provide clients with an excellent service that is in tune with their business and its needs. My approach is a great fit with the Clarion ethos – I try to add value to the client’s projects by becoming one of their team, working closely with them to help them achieve their goals.

'Working in a commercial services firm like Clarion will give me exposure to a wide range of business clients who expect and will receive quality advice.'

Clarion’s 16-strong property team provides a full range of property expertise from development, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to retail, leisure and secured lending.