Civil and social global infrastructure is a market measured in trillions of U.S. dollars each decade.
The challenges of delivering major projects vary enormously around the world, but behind them all stands the need for experienced commercial lawyers who are able to advise procedurally on procurement and financing, and then draft and negotiate complex but clear commercially astute contracts that help manage the multitude of risks inherent in such substantial undertakings. Charles Russell Speechlys has a notable reputation in the construction and infrastructure sectors – both in the UK and internationally – with lawyers that specialise in, and work exclusively within, these sectors.
Time, money, people
The construction industry faces perennial challenges. There is already a skills shortage in the sector, and Brexit has the potential to make it worse. For contractors and sub-contractors, major projects take a long time to come to the table and a long time to receive approval. You need the support of a law firm that understands your pressures and works rapidly and efficiently, taking time out of the process rather than building it in. We work responsively to keep off your critical path.
Why work with us?
Our experience in these sectors is broad and deep. Our way of working is collaborative, and ultimately construction is all about collaborative endeavour. Our clients range from international governments and Fortune 500 engineering firms through to major contractors, specialist sub-contractors and consultants. We support our clients across a range of markets including energy, infrastructure, building/construction and process engineering. For each market we field experts who understand the specific issues that affect these projects across a range of jurisdictions, including throughout the MENA region where we have a number of offices. Many projects will proceed on bespoke documentation, but we also work with – and provide training on - all the international model forms including all FIDIC, NEC3 and IChemE contracts.
At any stage of a project, be it structuring or bidding, asset acquisition or disposal, dispute avoidance or resolution, our lawyers will help you to drive your project forward and keep it on track.
Meet the team
The Future of Property Careers
Join to our panel discussion and Q&A with industry leaders on the range of opportunities within the property and construction sector.
Progress in Building and Fire Safety
Can a restrictive covenant become obsolete?
Rachel Warren quoted by Construction Law on the increasing pressure on the HSE over Covid deaths
The Health & Safety Executive is likely to face increasing pressure to take enforcement action where employees have died from Covid.
Team Leaders Announced: Construction Products Review
Client alert: Construction under competition law spotlight
We outline the three investigations which have either recently concluded or are ongoing together with what this means for businesses.
Keeping Up With Construction: Handover at Practical Completion - Practical Pointers
Practical tips for the handover of a successful project.
Steven Carey writes for Building on whether a company can provide expert services in claims for and against the same party
A recent appeal case looked at whether a company can provide expert services in claims for and against the same party.
InvestAfrica: Checking in or Checking out? Financing Africa’s Hotels in 2021
The discussion examined the strategies investors and financial institutions can implement to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
Infra.law - Spring 2021
Click here to read the latest edition of our construction and infrastructure publication, Infra.Law.
Assignment, novation and construction contracts - What is your objective?
What are the terms of the contract under which the sub-contractor carries out the works for the employer?
Adjudication enforcement and exclusive jurisdiction clauses post-Brexit
Does an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of a foreign court preclude an English court from enforcing an adjudicator’s decision?
What does the Brexit Deal mean for the Construction Industry? Still some serious snagging issues
As the UK leaves the European Union, what does it mean for the Construction Industry?
Andrew Keeley writes for Building on the consequences of a liquidated damages clause being unenforceable
Parties often agree to predetermine the level of damages that an employer is entitled to claim in the event of late completion.
VAT Reverse Charge for Construction: Now, never, later?
Grand designs – Who should take the design risk in an MMC project?
MMC have been touted as a way to tackle costs and inefficiencies within construction, but who takes responsibility for the design ?
David Savage quoted by Construction Law on the confusion over construction contract liabilities arising from Covid-19
An increase in construction disputes relating to time and cost impacts of Covid-19 related project impacts has been seen.
Is UK construction missing out on Research & Development tax credits?
Keeping Up With Construction: Pre-procurement - Practical Pointers
Successful procurement is more than the choice of the construction contract.