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We’re proud to be one of the largest full service construction and engineering teams in the sector, operating in London and across the UK.

Commercially astute and always aware of wider issues, we have a track record for delivering practical solutions to complex problems. 

We advise on major capital projects from inception to completion and beyond through the operational lifecycle of an asset, including front-end contract strategy, project documentation, regulatory matters, risk management, claims against construction professionals and all forms of dispute resolution (including litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, adjudications, arbitrations - both domestic and international- mediation and expert determination) with a wide breadth of knowledge across the firm’s core, specialist sectors.

Our clients include contractors, government bodies, developers, investors, employers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and contract administrators as well as their insurers.

Where necessary, we build bespoke teams bringing in colleagues from other areas including environmental law, corporate, property, procurement, planning and tax. This means a seamless service for our clients, from planning to completion.

But most importantly, we want you to feel you’ve got the right people for the job, standing alongside you – asking the right questions and getting you the right answers. We want to make it easier for your business to run smoothly and that means working hard to act as your strategic ally, providing excellent advice and innovative solutions.

"They are very responsive to tight time demands while always looking for a better, smarter way to put very innovative, collaborative contracts in place."

"They are very efficient and consistent in the standard of work and the timeliness of their deliveries."

"They have impressive commercial awareness."

"They are client-focused, approachable, efficient and responsive." 

Chambers 2017

''This construction team has a strong focus on energy work, including various wind farms and a ground-breaking and much-reported wave hub project. According to sources, the firm is "very efficient, knowledgeable and highly competent."

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What we do

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Dispute resolution - our work involves acting for contractors, employers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and contract administrators as well as their insurers. The disputes we advise on arise out of a broad range of construction and engineering projects, including Litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, Adjudications, Arbitrations (both domestic and international), Mediation and Expert determination
  • Transactional - the team provides specialist transactional construction advice to the real estate, development, investment and engineering and infrastructure sectors. We advise government bodies, developers, contractors, local authorities, investors funders and insurers on major capital projects from inception to completion and beyond, through the operational lifecycle of an asset. We work extensively with the public sector, real estate, chemical, oil and gas and energy and waste sectors
  • Health and Safety - we also act for all sectors of the construction industry in relation to investigations and prosecutions by the Health & Safety Executive and provide advice concerning all regulatory issues affecting the construction industry. Find out more about our health and safety practice.

Sector expertise

We have expertise across a range of sectors including:

Examples of work

Contentious

  • In February 2015 we successfully defended a structural engineer (Beltec) in a five day trial at the Technology and Construction Court (Mr E Goldswain and Miss J Hale v (1) Beltec Limited (trading as BCS Consulting) (2) AIMS Plumbing and Building Services Limited [2015] EWHC 556 (TCC). We acted for both the structural engineer and their professional indemnity Insurers (a key client of the firm).
  • We acted for SABIC in successfully recovering damages of approximately £13m from Punj Lloyd Limited (“PLL”) following a five week trial in the TCC before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith (Sabic UK Petrochemicals Ltd v Punj Lloyd Ltd [2013] EWHC 2916 (TCC)).  The claim arose following the termination of the contract of  PLL’s subsidiary, Simon Carves Limited, during the construction of the world’s largest polyethylene plant. PLL sought to appeal certain parts of the Judgment.  However, following a hearing in July 2014, the Court of Appeal dismissed PLL’s appeal in October 2014. The matter was important to SABIC as having obtained Judgment, PLL were seeking to frustrate the enforcement of it.  The dismissal of the appeal allows SABIC to recover the damages which have been awarded to it or pursue enforcement of the Judgment, if necessary.


Non-contentious

  • We have been advising the Education Funding Agency (the “EFA”), an executive agency of the Department for Education (“DfE”) in its various capacities since 2006., advising on the creation of the National Contractors Framework, the Free Schools and Priority Schools Building programmes and , most recently setting up the Regional Framework. The Regional Framework is capable of delivering single, stand-alone construction projects and the works consist predominantly of remodelling and refurbishment, with a small element of new build. Schemes procured under the Regional Framework have a value of between £200,000 to £12 million. This example demonstrates our ability to develop and maintain successful long term relationships with major clients and our ability to provide project management as well as legal skills to clients.
  • In January 2013, we were engaged by Teesside University (a longstanding client) to draft, negotiate and settle the terms of an architect and lead consultant’s appointment for the Teaching/Conference centre Building project.  We were then instructed to work as part of the University’s client team (including Quantity Surveyors, CDM Co-ordinators and Project Managers) to develop an Invitation to Tender package that included a suite of JCT based construction documents. We then provided support to the University team during the OJEU tender process. Following selection of a preferred bidder, we advised the University on the use of a Pre-Construction Services Agreement and provided support during the Pre-Construction Services phase. We subsequently settled the terms of the JCT design build contract with the successful contractor, completed the novation of the architect and lead consultant and ensured that the performance security were in place at contract award. Our early engagement allowed us to bring added value to the project in terms of advising on procurement issues, the most efficient way of structuring the two stage design build procurement, as well as specialist input into the construction documentation.