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David Metzger

David Metzger

Partner, Global Head of Construction

Partner, Global Head of Construction
David Metzger

David Metzger is the head of our International Construction Group. He specialises in the construction and related aspects of major UK and international projects.

David has particular experience in connection with energy and transport and social infrastructure projects and is a recognised leader in the field in the leading legal directories. He is joint head of our nuclear energy sector group and part of the leadership teams for our renewable energy and infrastructure/PPP offerings.

David advises sponsors, lenders and contractors on:

  • Numerous offshore wind farms (including Walney Extension, Galloper, Hornsea One, Gwynt-y-Môr and Sheringham Shoal in the UK and St. Nazaire, Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Provence Grand Large (floating) in France) and on gas, coal, hydro, wind and solar power projects in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, India, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, UK, Poland and Spain
  • Path-finding transport, healthcare and defence PPP projects including originating several of the now standard modern-day features in project documentation to enable the ‘bankability’ of these schemes (examples include Çanakkale 1915 Bridge, Gebze-Izmir Motorway, Third Bosphorous Bridge, New Tyne Tunnel and over 25 Major acute Hospital PPPs including Barts Hospital, St Helens, Central Notts, Walsgrave, Etlik, Mersin and Bilkent Health Campuses and Royal Karolinska)
  • New nuclear power projects including Hinckley Point C in the UK for EDF SA, Horizon in the UK, Akkuyu in Turkey and further projects in Eastern Europe
  • The procurement and construction of new city/community and major urban regeneration projects internationally as well as major sports stadia projects (including 2012 Olympic Main Stadium, Wembley Stadium, World Cup stadia projects)
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Career and qualifications

  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA Law) 1989
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1992
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1995
  • Partner since 1999

Professional bodies

  • The City of London Law Society Construction Committee

Awards and citations

  • Non-contentious department leader David Metzger often acts on sophisticated infrastructure, property development and energy projects. One source praises his "impressive legal mind," while another says: "He is really helpful. He's a good leading hand and always available."  
    Chambers 2017: Construction
  • Head of practice David Metzger 'combines intellectual mastery of his subject with commercial acumen'
    Legal 500 2016: Construction
  • Non-contentious group co-head David Metzger "combines a top legal intellect with an ability to translate his expertise in a practical and commercial manner" according to sources.
    Chambers 2016: Construction
  • David Metzger is "practical and sharp-minded
    Legal 500 2015: Construction
  • David Metzger "provides excellent, insightful advice which is also commercial and practical," assert clients.
    Chambers 2015: Construction
  • David Metzger who "combines strong intellect with commercial and workable outcomes"
    Legal 500 2014: Construction
  • Sources say David Metzger is "exceedingly good at hugely difficult and complex projects". He concentrates on non-contentious work for major domestic and international projects.
    Chambers, UK, 2014
  • The "very impressive" David Metzger has an excellent reputation for his work on transactional construction work. He is advising on the development of a new generation of nuclear power facilities in the UK.
    Chambers, UK, 2013
  • David Metzger, who has "impressive legal intellect ".
    Legal 500, UK, 2013
  • David Metzger is appreciated by clients for his "creative, pragmatic mindset ". He has recently been active advising clients on the development of nuclear facilities. 
    Chambers, UK, 2012
  • David Metzger "combines intellect and commercial pragmatism to an optimal degree". 
    Legal 500, UK, 2012
  • David Metzger is "excellent ". 
    Legal 500, UK, 2011
  • "David Metzger earns praise for his technical expertise and in-depth industry knowledge; clients value his "integrity and trustworthiness." "
    Chambers, UK, 2011