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Construction and Engineering

We offer a comprehensive range of legal services to assist with all aspects of your construction and engineering matters: drafting building contracts, providing project advice and, if necessary, resolving disputes.

We have extensive experience in advising and representing utility companies, local authorities, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and construction professionals within various sectors and our areas of expertise include:

  • Payment disputes
  • Defective works
  • Delay and disruption claims
  • Extension of time claims
  • Breach of contract
  • ┬áMisrepresentation
  • Suspension and termination
  • Employer and contractor insolvency

Document drafting

Construction projects are often plagued with difficulties and those in the industry will be all too familiar with the challenges that can arise. Our aim is to help clients achieve their commercial objectives by drafting contract documents which address those challenges and appropriately allocate potential risk. Having carefully drafted contract documents provides certainty for you and your business and reduces the likelihood of costly disputes.

Dispute avoidance

Disputes of any complexity are a distraction to your business, potentially costly and introduce an unwelcome element of uncertainty. With the right advice and support at an early stage, disputes can often be avoided. Our in-depth knowledge of the construction industry allows us to provide practical guidance and to formulate strategies which promote the objectives of your business.

Dispute resolution

While our aim is to help clients avoid disputes, should a dispute arise, we will use our expertise to fight your case and resolve the matter swiftly and effectively.

We are experienced in representing clients through the court and also in the various forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, expert determination, early neutral evaluation, adjudication and arbitration.

Mediation

Mediation is increasingly becoming a contractual requirement for the resolution of construction disputes. The courts are strongly encouraging of mediation and failure to engage in the mediation process can therefore result in cost sanctions should the matter proceed to litigation. Our construction team is experienced with the various forms of mediation and will adopt creative and practical solutions to help you leverage the process to negotiate an acceptable settlement agreement.

Adjudication

Whilst adjudication is intended to be a quick and cost-effective alternative dispute resolution mechanism for the construction industry, it has plenty of traps for the unwary. If you require assistance in commencing and progressing an adjudication, or have been served with a Referral Notice and wish to defend the claim advanced, our specialist construction lawyers are well equipped to represent your commercial interests and navigate the complex procedural requirements.

Training

We provide a broad range of training seminars covering standard form building contracts (including JCT, NEC and FIDIC) and legislation affecting the construction industry. We also provide seminars which address the issues commonly faced by those in the construction industry, such as non-payment and claims for extension of time.

Our construction team also offers bespoke training packages which aim to inform delegates operating under a particular contract of the procedures that need to be adhered to in order to ensure a project is as profitable as possible.

Kate Chalkey

Construction and Engineering Solicitor – Senior Associate
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01244 405518

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