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Alistair McGrigor


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Alistair is a Partner in the Construction and Engineering team, specialising in non-contentious construction matters.

Alistair has extensive experience in advising clients on all major forms of construction procurement including traditional contracting, design and build, construction management, and PFI projects, both in the UK and internationally. Chambers and Partners 2016 described Alistair as "very diligent and focused on what he does, very knowledgeable and very calm”.

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has a burgeoning reputation as a “good, commercially-minded lawyer.”

Chambers, 2019

"Routinely represents prominent developers in relation to the construction aspects of high-profile development projects in the UK. He is especially adept at advising on construction procurement."

Legal 500, 2020

The "exemplary" Alistair McGrigor stands out to clients for his "level of expertise and commercial nous."

Chambers, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Google - acting for Google in relation to their purchase and development of their new UK headquarters building at Kings Cross Central, London.
  • Greenland Holdings – acting for this major Chinese developer on its first two projects in the UK, both residential schemes – Ram Quarter in Wandsworth and London Spire in Docklands
  • Great Portland Estates – various central London office and mixed use schemes, including the office/residential Rathbone Square development.
  • BNP Paribas – acting on the development of the new BNP Paribas UK headquarters building at Kings Cross Central, London.
  • Urbanest - acting on the procurement and construction aspects of various central London student accommodation projects.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of Society of Construction Law
  • Committee member of City of London Law Society Construction Law Committee
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  • 1996 – MA in Classics, Downing College, Cambridge University
  • 1998 – PGDL and LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • 2004 – MSc in Construction Law, Kings College London
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