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Tom Manley


Tom Manley is a lawyer specialising in non-contentious construction matters. Tom has experience in a broad range of sectors including energy and infrastructure, retail and distribution, student accommodation and corporate occupier and advises on all aspects of transactions including drafting and negotiating project-specific documentation and advising on legal issues arising during the construction phase.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Acting for an employer in relation to a major electricity interconnector project between England and France, including drafting contract documentation for all contract lots based on the FIDIC suite with significant bespoke amendments.
  • Advising the world’s largest online retailer in relation to a number of major distribution and sortation centres in its UK network. Tom has also advised on and negotiated the construction documentation for fit-out of the distribution centres to the client’s specification, and for ancillary works.
  • Advising a key UK property investment company in relation to the acquisition and management of its property portfolio, including numerous retail and office developments throughout the UK.
  • Acting for a leading international media and entertainment company on the construction aspects relating to its 10-year lease of a major studio complex in the UK.
  • Advising a funder JV entity on the acquisition, funding and development of a portfolio of student accommodation properties, including the preparation of lender construction reports on the suite of construction documents for each asset, advising on the construction aspects of the finance documents, as well as assisting with the preparation of development finance agreements and ancillary construction documents.
  • Acting for a European EPC contractor in relation to its contract bid for the construction of an offshore substation for a major wind farm project in the US, including negotiation of the FIDIC contract.
  • English
  • University of York, Economics and Politics (BA Hons), 1st Class Honours, 2014
  • University of Sheffield, Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction, 2015
  • University of Sheffield, Legal Practice Course, Distinction, 2016


  • Construction Law Journal – Guide to Practical Completion
  • Construction Law Journal – Construction Industry Scheme and VAT Reverse Charge
  • Construction Law Journal – Guide to Defects

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Society of Construction Law