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Expert legal services and support for the construction sector.

The construction sector covers a vast range of projects, and there are multiple interdependent facets to each of those projects. From inner-city regeneration schemes to complex interior fit-outs, to barn renovations and even the creation of new neighbourhoods and mixed-use developments – they’re all underway somewhere in the UK right now.

Success demands a command of the relevant legal processes and documentation 

Of course, a construction project needs a capable and experienced project team and a sound supply chain. But its smooth progress – from winning contracts to handover – relies on the quality of the documentation governing the works.

That’s where our expert legal team can help.

Highly respected and recommended for construction

Chambers and Partners ranks us as “Established regional firm with a robust construction team handling transactional matters and disputes for local and national clients.” 

Meanwhile, Legal 500 describes our Construction team as having a “Great balance between legal knowledge and practical application to real world issues” and that our team “punches above its weight and has a depth and breadth of experience with big projects that are both local and further afield – it certainly doesn’t limit its practice to the South West.”

Reassurance through proven expertise in the legal aspects of construction projects 

Our Construction team has a detailed understanding of the industry. Our lawyers lecture regularly on construction law, consult extensively, and are members of Constructing Excellence, The Society of Construction Law and the Adjudication Society.

Constructive insight and experience

The team works closely with our Real Estate, Development and Corporate teams, advising clients such as funders, property developers, contractors, sub-contractors and business owners on the terms of contracts, development agreements and warranties for construction projects. This helps us provide contextually practical and pragmatic advice, including the best ways to structure the contractual arrangements.

Practical expert help with the legal side of construction 

Whether you need solutions to an existing issue, or guidance in avoiding problems further down the line, we have the experience and capabilities to help.

Preparing watertight paperwork 

Our Construction Law team can provide specialist support in drafting, reviewing and negotiating project documentation such as:

  • bespoke contract amendments
  • JCT, NEC and other forms of construction contract
  • collateral warranties
  • terms and conditions
  • letters of appointment
  • framework agreements
  • EPC and O+M contracts

Our construction legal expertise at work

Our experience includes:

  • drafting the construction documentation for a new town being built in Cornwall
  • advising on the documentation required for a new retail superstore in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
  • acting for a Housing Association drafting an entire suite of contracts, appointments and collateral warranties in relation to the contractor, sub-contractors, engineers, architects and land quality assessors for the construction of their new office in Exeter
  • drafting the construction documentation for a large town centre redevelopment in Bideford
  • advising a creative sub-contractor and drafting contracts for a high-profile themed London shopping centre fit-out
  • advising architects on numerous appointment documents related to residential and commercial developments across the UK.

If your construction project has encountered unforeseen challenges and you need advice about a dispute you can find more information here.

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