Construction and engineering projects are often regarded as complex, involving a tangled web of advisors and contracts, and with a potential pitfall around every corner.
Whether our client is procuring or supplying, we aim to simplify the process and navigate the pitfalls.
Our specialist construction lawyers work with you to provide pragmatic advice from advising on the procurement strategy, drafting and negotiating contracts with appropriate risk allocation, to being on call to provide clear advice on issues during and after construction. Our advice will help you avoid problems but if they do arise, we will seek to minimize their impact and help you resolve them, if necessary by bringing or defending claims.
We have a track record of assisting clients to a successful conclusion on regeneration schemes and mixed use developments, new build and refurbishment projects, fitting out of new premises, long term repairs and maintenance contracts and complex engineering projects.
We can help you with:
- contracts (whether industry standard such as JCT, NEC, TPC, FIDIC, etc or bespoke forms): procurement strategies, drafting and negotiation, key risk reviews and contract audits
- construction contract disputes: adjudication, arbitration, mediation and resolution through the courts
- public procurement: choice of procedure, drafting or reviewing tender documents, advice during the procurement and defending or bringing challenges
Fail to cooperate at your peril! Court finds that contracting party’s conduct was a repudiatory breach of an implied duty to cooperate04 June 2019
In a recent case, the court implied a duty to cooperate where close collaboration between the parties was required to perform the contract. The Court also found that one party’s failure to cooperate was a repudiatory breach that the counterparty could rely on in treating the contract as terminated.
Payment issues for Construction Professional Practices21 May 2019
Can I claim additional fees if the construction costs increase? What if the project takes a lot longer than I thought? My fees are overdue – can I suspend my services?
Court of Appeal sets high bar for parties defending fraudulent misrepresentation claims and dismisses attempt to broaden transferred loss principle21 May 2019
The Court of Appeal has confirmed the presumption of inducement in cases of fraudulent misrepresentation will be “very difficult” to rebut and rejected a Claimant’s attempt to recover the loss of its subcontracting sister company via the “transferred loss” principle.
The new visa route for recognised or emerging leaders in architecture: what does this mean for the architectural sector?13 December 2018
The Government has announced a new immigration category for overseas recognised or emerging leaders in architecture that has the potential to ease access to jobs in the UK. With Brexit looming on the horizon, this news will provide some much needed reassurance that the UK’s Architecture sector will still be able to attract the best global talent over the coming years. However the new measures are limited in their scope and are unlikely to plug the gap that will be left once freedom of movement for EU workers comes to an end.
Clare Reddy comments for Property Week: Industry welcomes Lords report calling for overhaul to unlock potential for offsite manufacturing03 August 2018
Clare Reddy comments in an article for Property Week, which discusses offsite manufacturing and the need for clients, designers and contractors to collaborate if the innovative construction technique is to take off in UK.
Construction Law Update – Fighting back against “Smash and Grab” Adjudications21 May 2018
The case of Grove Developments Ltd v S&T (UK) Ltd (February 2018) is worthy of note, not least because it potentially provides employers with a quick means of reclaiming the loss suffered, following a “smash and grab” adjudication by starting its own adjudication on the true value.
Come and meet our team at MIPIM 2018!13 March 2018
Clare Reddy and Anthony Van Hoffen will be in Cannes from Tuesday 13 March until Thursday 15 March and look forward to seeing those of you attending there! If you or one of your colleagues would like to arrange a meeting, please do get in touch.