Construction and projects

Our construction team advise clients in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of construction projects and disputes.


Summary

With offices in London and Cardiff, we have one of the leading construction teams in the UK with a top ranking in the legal directories.

We have a proven track record of successfully advising clients involved in projects and disputes in the construction, engineering and energy sectors. Our team has extensive experience of advising clients in a wide range of projects from housing, commercial and retail to infrastructure, transport and renewable energy. We also carry out due diligence work for funders involved in development or project finance.

Reliable legal support is essential to ensure that your business is protected and that your project is delivered on budget and time. Often this is a team effort and involves us working closely with you and your consultants. Having the legal knowledge to advise on what needs to be reflected in the project documents from the outset is key. Prevention is always better and cheaper than cure.

When disputes arise, we use our knowledge and experience to help you resolve them in the quickest and most cost effective way, whatever their type and size. Whether this is through advising in the background, negotiation, adjudication or litigation, we ensure that your business is placed in the strongest possible position to achieve the best result.

Last but not least, we have an approach to our work which we know our clients appreciate. Having the knowledge is one thing but applying it in a commercial and practical way is what we believe we do best.

We advise on:

  • Project documentation and industry forms
  • Dispute resolution including adjudication, arbitration, court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution
  • Planning and Procurement
  • Frameworks
  • Insurance
  • Due diligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Health and safety

We act for:

  • Central and local government
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Funders
  • Insurance and brokers
  • Housing Associations
  • Universities
  • Consultants
  • House builders
  • Utilities

Experience

Projects and Contract Advice:

  • Advising a wide number of clients on procurement and construction issues including advice on the appropriate forms for procurement procedure (OJEU and non-OJEU) development agreements, advance work agreements, remediation contracts, demolition contracts, preconstruction services, two stage tendering, building contracts, consultant appointments, warranties and bonds.
  • Acting on behalf of a PPP Consortium in connection with a £225 million development involving housing, a primary school, community facilities and major infrastructure works. Advising on the Consortium agreement and all ancillary construction documentation.
  • Advising a consortium of three national house builders on a multi-million pound waterfront regeneration project. Advising on the joint venture agreement and all ancillary construction documentation.
  • Advising a number of RSL’s and public sector bodies on the procurement of framework agreements including a recent multi-million pound contractor framework using bespoke and industry standard forms.
  • Advising public sector bodies on plant and reactive maintenance services contracts, whether single or multiple supplier, using bespoke and industry standard forms.
  • Advising a number of public sector and developer clients on mixed use development projects including residential, office, commercial, retail and healthcare (GP practices/pharmacies/extra care homes).
  • Advising numerous clients in relation to renewable projects including solar, wind, biomass and anaerobic digestion.
  • Advising several local authorities in relation to the construction of multi-million pound school projects, one involving two-stage tendering.
  • Advising national government in relation to the construction of a bio-sciences facility.
  • Undertaking due diligence on behalf of banks and funders in relation to development funding.
  • Advising public sector bodies in relation to ECO agreements totalling four million pounds.
  • Advising numerous public sector bodies in relation to obligations including fair payment, KPI’s, community benefits, project bank accounts, BIM and blacklisting.

Dispute Resolution:

  • Advising an education body on a dispute with its contractor relating to delay and defective works following the construction of a £3.2million education facility. The construction contract was the ACA Standard Form of Contract for Project Partnering (PPC2000).
  • Advising a public sector client on a multi-million pound, multi-party action in relation to damage caused by demolition works undertaken by a contractor in a national road building scheme.
  • Advising a public sector client in connection with a multi-million pound claim arising from defective workmanship at a flagship building in Swansea.
  • Advising a housing association in relation to a claim on a performance bond following the insolvency of its contractor on a large residential housing project.
  • Advising a UK national contractor on a £3million final account dispute in relation to the construction of a new hospital. The claim involved issues relating to extensions of time, liquidated damages, disruption and loss and expense.
  • Advising a UK national contractor in a £2million dispute over defective works in relation to a lorry park in South Wales.
  • Advising a UK national contractor on a professional negligence claim relating the design and construction of a multi-million pound university building.
  • Advising a UK national contractor on a multi-million pound dispute with its subcontractor. The key issues in dispute were extensions of time and the deduction of delay damages.

Energy and renewables:

  • Advising clients including funders, developers and contractors involved in renewables energy projects such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass and anaerobic digestion.
  • Advising major UK developers on several wind farm developments.
  • Advising a UK bank on due diligence in relation to numerous wind farm developments.

Testimonials

“They are first-class.”

“They dig out the pertinent points, strip out all the nonsense and emotion and give us some good advice.”

Ioan Prydderch leads the department and is thought by one client to be “a tireless talent who has the company’s interests at heart.” He advises clients on both a transactional and contentious basis across multiple sectors, with a particular emphasis on public sector work.

Chambers UK 2017

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