The Construction & Engineering industry is a market measured in the trillions of US dollars each decade.
However, challenges and opportunities to the industry are being brought about by technological advances, new contractors entering new markets, the need to adjust to new working practices in light of Covid-19, as well as issues closer to home such as the implementation of new building safety regulations, the underlying skills shortage in the labour market and Brexit.
Both suppliers and purchasers of construction services need to understand these challenges and opportunities, the potential impacts they have on their businesses and the projects on which they are working and will be working on in the future.
We understand these challenges and opportunities and are able to provide you with a personable, highly responsive specialist service, suited to the needs and requirements of your specific business and projects.
If your business has been or will be impacted by these challenges or wish to discuss the opportunities brought about by these issues, please do get in touch or read more about our team and insights below.
We provide the full range construction services required for projects (procurement, transactional, project advisory services and disputes advice). As well as additional services for businesses operating in the construction industry (including real estate, planning, employment issues, health and safety, corporate transactions, financing, technology, corporate restructuring and insolvency) enabling us to support you across large and small-scale projects, both in the UK and internationally.
We represent both suppliers and purchasers, including employers, major contractors, specialists and leading engineering consultancies. Our team includes dual qualified barristers and solicitors, engineers, and accredited mediators and adjudicators, enabling you to access the full range of our skills and expertise, all in one team.
Whether you are supplying or purchasing construction services, our collective aim is always the same: to ensure projects come in on time, on budget and to specification. Clearly defined risk allocation risk management mechanisms within contracts together with the right procurement choices, play an important part in ensuring we help you achieve your project objectives.
We can assist you across the full spectrum of legal issues that need careful consideration and coordination. These include advising on:
- procurement options and best practice
- national and international procurement compliance and challenges
- construction & engineering contract documentation, including amendments to all types of national and international standard form contracts
- consultant appointments
- collateral warranties, novations, and use of third party rights
- financial security documentation (such as bonds, guarantees and letters of credit)
- building regulations
Advisory & Dispute Resolution
Projects never proceed risk free. Risks such as delays, unforeseen additional costs, defects, the solvency of contracting parties and health and safety matters can arise and can result in significant impacts on the success of a project, damage to business relationships and disruption of your ordinary business activities.
Should those risks materialise, our team can work with you to provide project advisory services which can mitigate the risk of matters proceeding to a formal dispute.
If matters cannot be resolved through dialogue and agreement, we will work with you to ensure disputes are resolved in a way that suits your needs. Whether that is through dispute avoidance measures (such as mediation), litigation, adjudication, arbitration (national and international), expert determination or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
As part of our overall dispute resolution strategy we can utilise tools such as our Discovery on Demand product that allows the cost effective and efficient assessment of your case, which are often very document heavy. We will also discuss with you the various options for funding the dispute and through our litigation funding product Feesible we are able to identify and suggest a variety of funding models to ensure that the dispute is funded in the most appropriate way.
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.
LIDW21: A view from London and India
Watch the discussion on the challenges of the possible rise in disputes in the construction and infrastructure sector in India.
Construction Post Pandemic: 'Great Expectations' or 'Bleak House'?
Watch the discussion on construction post pandemic for the UK and internationally.
Building Safety and the “Golden Thread”
What you should be doing now
Mock Conference with Counsel
An authentic insight into common challenges facing developer clients.
“Subject to Contract” does not amount to an agreement
What does the recent Aqua Leisure International Limited v Benchmark Leisure Limited mean and what practical tips can be taken?
Christopher Busaileh writes for Building on the issues of including liquidated damages clauses in subcontracts
There are a number of specific issues that need to be considered for a main contractor looking to include LADs clauses in subcontracts.
Disputes under more than one contract
Jurisdictional issues to remember if considering adjudication
James Worthington writes for Construction News on the way in which the courts will handle leaseholder claims relating to defective cladding
Defective cladding: how will the courts handle leaseholder claims?
Rupa Lakha quoted by Legal Week on the liberalisation of the Indian legal market
The proposed trade deal could be “the proper catalyst for liberalisation”.
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.
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.
Case Study: One Blackfriars Limited
An informative and positive judgment for administrators selling high-value property in distressed and complex scenarios.
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.
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?
The UK’s post-Brexit rules for skilled workers – Key implications for the construction industry
As a result of the new Points Based Immigration System , UK companies in the construction sector will not be able to sponsor labourers.
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.