With modest growth predicted for the Construction sector this year and improved growth to follow, our Construction Group, led by Simon Hunter, is also growing and now comprises six dedicated construction lawyers handling clients' non-contentious and contentious construction work.

We act for purchasers and suppliers alike, including owners, occupiers, developers and investors, as well as contractors, subcontractors and consultants.  Much of our work relates to domestic projects, but we also have experience of international projects and act for numerous inward investors.

The team is expert both in drafting construction and related documents and resolving construction disputes. Our expertise covers drafting and advising on all relevant documents: building contracts and professional appointments; letters of intent; collateral warranties and third party rights schedules; performance bonds and guarantees; security documentation; insurance policies (including inherent defects insurance); intellectual property rights licences; sale, purchase and letting contracts for recently constructed/refurbished premises.  We also regularly advise on the construction aspects of corporate, real estate and finance transactions.

When it comes to disputes, our focus is on giving early, clear and cost-effective advice and we aim to help our clients to resolve them as painlessly as possible.  We have an excellent track record of representing clients in various forums, particularly adjudication, arbitration and litigation, but also expert determination, mediation and other forms of ADR.

Our contentious expertise includes pursuing and defending claims and counterclaims under (and for breach of) building and engineering contracts, consultants' appointments, collateral warranties and other documents relating to interim payments, final accounts, retention, loss and expense, extensions of time, completion and other certificates, defects and professional negligence.  Across the Firm, contentious work accounts for more than half of our business, and we are rightly known for an assertive but not aggressive approach.  Not all of our disputes end up in court and we favour the alternatives; we are experienced negotiators, mediators and arbitrators. However, where litigation is unavoidable, we push our clients’ cases with vigour and commercialism in equal measure.

Why we are different

Our team includes members with a practical background gained in the industry and many have been involved in some of the leading decisions in the field of construction law over the last 20 years. They have also been involved in drafting the new CIOB Complex Projects Contract standard form. This practical insight, combined with our experience of working with entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and institutional clients, means that our approach is commercial, focused on getting the best outcome for our clients, whatever their construction needs.

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