Real Estate | Construction
We deal with all aspects of construction law, from project commencement through to completion. We provide a full-life service for all of our clients and are there to support throughout the process.
This encompasses advising:
- on the original set-up of projects (whether engineering, commercial or residential), including on professional appointments, bonds, warranties and construction contracts
- on funding issues in relation to the relevant project
- on finalising the construction aspects of development agreements and related documentation
- throughout the design and construction phases
- on all matters relating to completion, disposal and settlement of accounts
We have significant development finance experience, having advised many institutional lenders on the construction aspects of development projects, as well as forward funders and also borrowers funding significant and high-value commercial and residential schemes.
In addition, we have experience of dealing with contracts (and associated documents) for high-value, complex construction and engineering projects in the energy and power sector, including in renewable energy.
Our clients come from all sectors of the construction industry, and include developers, funders, contractors, consultants and specialist sub-contractors.
Members of the team have a wide range of industry experience and have also worked in-house and so have an understanding and appreciation of the commercial realities facing any organisation undertaking a construction, engineering or development project.
We are familiar (and work regularly) with the standard forms of contract (JCT, NEC, FIDIC, MF1, RIBA, PPC) and also have experience of drafting, negotiating and, where necessary, resolving disputes over bespoke or one-off contracts.
+ Part of your team
Working with you in long-term relationships, we understand that clients have a diverse range of in-house construction expertise and experience. Depending on the demands of the situation, we will lead from the front or advise discreetly from the background. Whatever our role, we work as part of your team to ensure that the decisions you make are based on technical excellence and are relevant to the needs of your business.
+ Notable work
- Residential Scheme, South East London (approx. build value £135m)
Acting on behalf of a residential developer on the placing of building contracts and professional appointments relating to a 650-residential-unit riverside scheme with associated infrastructure and commercial elements. Particular features included extensive remediation works and river-wall strengthening. Also acted on institutional refinancing of scheme and securing of development finance for construction of scheme.
- Framework Agreement for construction of six datacentres
Advising an international telecommunications and data company on the tender and finalisation of a framework agreement and the resulting project contracts in respect of a programme for the design and construction of a number of data centres and associated infrastructure for a major UK utility, involving a total construction spend in excess of £100 million over a four-to six-year period.
We advise on all aspects of dispute resolution, including mediation, adjudication, arbitration and court proceedings in the specialist Technology and Construction Court, and those matters include professional negligence, loss and expense claims, delay and disruption, bond claims, defects and final account claims as well as issues arising out of contract determination and insolvency. We also have experience in dealing with disputes in the energy, power and renewable energy sectors.
- Residential Scheme, Surrey
Defended a national house-builder client from claims made by a landowner for specific performance of a development agreement relating to a 447-unit scheme in Surrey. The claim alleged loss and damage to the value of approximately £20m arising from delay to the progress of the scheme. Matter settled on the eve of trial and part of the settlement involved renegotiating the terms of the development agreement so that the parties could move forward with the scheme as a whole.