Construction & Engineering
Whatever the nature of the construction project, whether you are a developer or sponsor, contractor or subcontractor, funder or professional consultant, you need specialist legal expertise from lawyers who have many years’ experience of the relevant sector and are able to work collaboratively with you to support your objectives, improve returns and mitigate risks.
Our Construction and Engineering team consists of lawyers that have many years’ experience working for both City law firms and within the legal teams of large plc and privately-owned companies operating in the construction & engineering and associated sectors. We work collaboratively across practice areas and sectors to bring relevant specialist expertise to bear on each project.
We have significant experience advising on projects in both the UK and internationally in the retail, education, energy, leisure, aviation, hotel and hospitality, health, housing, environmental (including waste and recycling), housing maintenance, facilities management, asset management, highways and commercial office sectors.
When matters become contentious, we are able to assemble the right team to handle the matter efficiently and cost-effectively, bringing together our senior lawyers, our in-house industry expertise and junior support, as required.
Our lawyers have handled hundreds of claims in the construction & engineering sector over the last 25 years, ranging from minor disputes worth only a few thousand pounds to claims worth many millions. We are experienced in handling a significant variety of disputes in court, arbitration (domestic and international), Dispute Adjudication Boards (DAB) (FIDIC and bespoke), and adjudication. We also encourage Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) such as mediation, early case assessment, expert determination and all forms of ADR when appropriate. Our aim is to deal with all disputes as timely and cost effectively as possible.
We are also able to provide advice and assistance regarding tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in the construction and engineering sector including advising on company policies and supply chain compliance, due diligence, risk mapping, auditing and training.
- construction and engineering contracts both bespoke and the standard form suites including JCT, NEC, ACA (PPP/TPC/SPC), GCWorks, FIDIC, RIBA, RICS, IChemE, and NHF Form
- all types of procurement and contracting models including new build, refurbishment, fit-out, standard contracting, design and build, management contracting, PFI, PPP and LIFT
- project security and auxiliary documentation including parent company guarantees, bonds, escrow arrangements, collateral warranties, PCSAs and novation agreements
- development agreements and agreements for lease
- specialist sector contracting, including: housing maintenance contracts (reactive repairs and planned works); facilities management (soft and hard services); environmental contracts (waste management and recycling, grounds maintenance); energy efficiency and services (EWI, IWI, PV panels, renewables, Green Deal)
- construction technology including data, technology and IPR considerations and consequences of increased digitalization of construction projects
- disputes including adjudication, arbitration, mediation, litigation and other forms of ADR
- insurance including project insurance requirements, disputes and professional negligence claims
- project due diligence including risk reviews and risk management
- developers, funders, project sponsors and employers
- contractors and suppliers of all tiers
- consultants and providers of specialist services
- public sector bodies including local authorities, NHS Trusts, police and fire authorities, local education authorities
- further and higher education providers
- registered providers, housing associations and not-for-profit organisations
- tech and digital suppliers to the industry
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