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The Construction team advises at every stage of the construction life cycle, from feasibility planning and design, throughout the procurement of the building project, resolving problems when they arise, to successful completion. The team plays a proactive role in any project team – responding to the client’s needs and driving the project forward.
They are experienced across the real estate industry sector spectrum in advising on project procurement strategy and implementation; risk allocation and insurance; tender agreements; joint venture arrangements; framework agreements; pre construction and before construction engineering contracts for commercial developments, infrastructure and engineering projects; consultant appointments; development agreements; project management agreements; payment and performance security and third party rights; operation, maintenance and supply contracts.
Employer entitled to challenge the ‘true value’ of interim application
Employer entitled to challenge the ‘true value’ of interim application to overcome “smash and grab” adjudication Grove v S&T. Grove Developments Ltd v S&T (UK) Limited  EWHC 123 (TCC)… Read more →
Are you sure you’re insured?
Project insurance may secure a project, but contractors at any level should look to their contracts before relying on such policies. Haberdashers’ Aske Federation Trust v Lakehouse Contracts  EWHC… Read more →
Obtaining planning permission and conservation area consent – employer’s implied obligations?
Clin v Walter Lilly & Co Ltd  EWCA Civ 490 In a recent case, the Court of Appeal implied a term into a building contract to the effect that… Read more →
Reasonable skill and care or fitness for purpose? The devil is in the detail.
Introduction The extent to which a design and build contractor should be held responsible for a construction project achieving (or failing to achieve) a particular performance output is an issue… Read more →
Smash and Grab Adjudications – Is there hope for Payors?
“Smash and grab” adjudications may get you some short term cash but beware of the payor’s right to seek a proper valuation of the works and recover overpayments in subsequent… Read more →
Assignment by way of security – beware of giving away more than you bargained for
Background Assignment by way of security is a concept that comes up on many construction projects; typically as a condition of providing finance a funder will require an assignment by… Read more →
Is a pay less notice really necessary to contend payment following termination of a contract?
Is a pay less notice really necessary to contend payment following termination of a contract? Yes says the Court of Appeal In Adam Architecture Ltd v Halsbury Homes Ltd … Read more →
Awash with supply?
What business consumers need to know about changes to the water supply market. What is happening? From 1 April 2017, business consumers have been able to choose their water supplier… Read more →
Brexit impacts – lifecycle of a property development Brexit is going to impact on our laws. It is too early to know what the impacts will be but it is… Read more →
Tomorrow’s City, Today’s Challenge
What’s it all about? The World Health Organisation predicted that by 2030 over 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. What will that mean for the built environment… Read more →
Consequential loss – a new approach?
The recent Commercial Court case of Star Polaris v HHIC-Phil has emphasised the risks of excluding liability for “consequential loss” under a contract. The case has cast doubt over the… Read more →
Construction Project Insurance – Cover and Current Issues Seminar
For our upcoming construction seminar we are pleased to welcome: Paul Reed QC, Head of Chambers at Hardwicke Chambers and author of Construction All Risks Insurance Patrick Harrington FCII FCILA… Read more →
JCT subcontracts: Court of Appeal calls time on extensions of time
A TCC case involving Carillion concerning the issue of delayed work and entitlement to an extension of time has potentially significant implications for contractors. The Court of Appeal in Carillion Construction… Read more →
The firm has a very good and professional approach and is responsive to all our requirements.
— Chambers UK, 2021
'Clients appreciate the team for its "very detailed understanding of the realities of working in the construction sector for both SMEs and large contractors" as well as its "really practical and helpful advice".
— Chambers UK, 2020
'The team has a commercial and pragmatic approach.'
— Legal 500, 2020
"They are commercial but pragmatic and to the point, but they still comprehensively go through strategy."
— Chambers UK, 2018
"Every lawyer there has a good depth of knowledge. They're very friendly and easy to deal with."
— Chambers UK, 2018