Robert Muckle gains Balfour Beatty as new client

Newcastle firm Robert Muckle has picked up Balfour Beatty Construction (BBC) as a new client following the move of former MacRoberts projects partner Neil Wilson to Tyneside last year.

Wilson began work on the financing of NHS Argyll & Clyde’s £13.5m private finance initiative health project, for a new health and social services facility in Lochgilphead in Argyll last year. BBC in-house lawyer Veronica Gallagher stuck by Wilson during his move south until the project’s close in January. Gallagher told The Lawyer that she saw no reason not to continue using the Newcastle firm.

“This was a very protracted deal for a number of reasons,” said Gallagher, “but Neil’s very patient and pragmatic. I’d be happy to use the firm again.”

Construction should begin in July 2004. It involves the provision of a community hospital comprising primary care, community health and social services all under one roof.