Overview

Our specialist construction lawyers work with clients at every level of the development and delivery of complex infrastructure, construction and engineering projects. We also advise on disputes under all forms of construction dispute resolution.

Our team includes chartered surveyors and engineers which means our advice is based on significant practical experience and commercial insight.

Much of our work has an international element and members of the team play an important role in the firm's international work, including international arbitration.

Our projects and disputes cross many specialist sectors including energy (nuclear, renewables, energy from waste), utilities, transport, real estate, defence and education. We advise both public and private sector clients, including developers, occupiers, contractors, consultants, funders and investors.

We act for some of the largest construction clients including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, London Underground, Babcock, The Crown Estate, Costain, Greater London Authority, The National Trust, Highways England, Wessex Water and RBS.

Areas of focus

Our construction law expertise includes the following:

  • Public and private sector clients - advising on the procurement and funding of construction works and services.
  • Suppliers – advising contractors, consultants, specialist subcontractors and suppliers on the supply of materials, equipment, construction works and services.
  • Funders and investors - advising on investment in construction projects, including project finance.
  • Procurement and funding strategies – including PPP and PFI.
  • Health and safety.
  • Regulated procurement.
  • Construction contracts and professional appointments - drafting, negotiating and advising on all standard and bespoke forms of contract.
  • Security documents and warranties.
  • Disputes - advising on large scale disputes arising out of complex projects using a broad range of methods of dispute resolution including adjudication, arbitration, litigation, expert determination, conciliation and mediation.
Experience

Construction Procurement

Advising London Underground on the procurement of the extension to the Metropolitan Line.

Advising Greater London Authority on a £1.6 billion project to transform Royal Albert Dock into London's next business district.

Advising Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the largest nuclear decommissioning contract in the world.

Advising The Crown Estate on the procurement of its St James’s Market project, a £400 million redevelopment of three sites in London to deliver nearly 28,000m2 of mixed use accommodation – the largest single project that The Crown Estate has ever undertaken.

Advising a consortium contractor on the construction of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

Construction Dispute Resolution

Acting for a national contractor in an ongoing series of adjudications relating to a complex waste to energy PFI scheme. Advising on multiple disputes including the provision and payment of utilities, contractual interpretation, insolvency, delay and defects.

Acting for a train operating company in a series of adjudications relating to constructions works to stations, including issues relating to payment notices and regimes.

Acting for a contractor in a dispute concerning the construction of a berthing facility in South America.

Acting for a contractor in a payment dispute under a LOGIC contract and BIMCO charter party agreement relating to a tidal energy project.

Advising the owner of a long leasehold in a hotel and residential high-rise building in relation to defects in the curtain walling, taking into account insolvency and health and safety related issues.

Meet the team
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Procurement
  • Infrastructure
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Contracts
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and Engineering
Maria Greener

Maria Greener Legal Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Real Estate Development
  • Education
Kelly Loft

Kelly Loft Legal Director

  • Construction and Engineering

What others say...

A powerhouse in construction.
Legal 500 2016