Construction (Real Estate)

Construction

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

Our Construction Group acts for a variety of clients ranging from high net worth private clients to major developers; property investors, banks and occupiers through to contractors, sub-contractors and consultants. We specialise in complex, high-profile developments, in particular acting for high-end developers.

We have assembled a team with practical industry background. Many have been involved in some of the leading decisions in the field of construction law over the last 25 years. We understand our clients’ mindset too, be they entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals or institutional clients. It adds up to an approach that is explicitly commercial and focused on delivering the best outcome, whatever any client’s construction needs.

We are also equipped to deal with our clients' non-contentious and contentious construction law requirements and work with our property, finance, planning, corporate and real estate taxation teams to provide a complete service in both areas.

Our services include: drafting and negotiating all relevant construction project documentation, including building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, development agreements, and agreements for lease and forward funding agreements; advising on construction aspects of corporate, real estate and finance transactions; pursuing and defending claims and counterclaims arising from construction projects in litigation, arbitration and adjudication; and mediation, early neutral evaluation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Sustainability is now a key consideration in all construction projects. This is why alongside Savills and Argent, we are partnering with Property Week and UKGBC on an industry-wide Climate Crisis Challenge to raise awareness of industry-specific sustainability issues and to look at technological solutions and behavioural change. Our aim is an industry-wide adoption of the World GBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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