Overview

We have one of the largest construction and engineering teams in the country, with over 30 specialist construction lawyers. Our team includes chartered surveyors, engineers, architects and a practicing adjudicator and arbitrator, which means our advice is based on significant practical experience and commercial insight.

We work with clients at every level of the development and delivery of complex infrastructure, construction and engineering projects. We also advise on all forms of construction dispute resolution. Our projects cross many specialist sectors including energy and utilities, transport and real estate.

We act for some of the largest construction clients from the public and private sectors, including developers, funders, investors, contractors and consultants. Key clients include Costain, Highways England, Affinity Water, Crown Commercial Service, Transport for London, AEG, Serco/Abellio, National Trust and HSBC.

Our practice spans the UK with lawyers qualified in England and Wales and Scotland. We also advise on international projects including in Europe, Africa and Asia.

We are ranked Band 1 (National Leaders) for Construction in Chambers UK 2020.

Our construction law expertise includes:

  • Construction contracts and professional appointments - drafting, negotiating and advising on all standard and bespoke forms of contract
  • Funding strategies – including PPP, private finance and project finance
  • Procurement strategies and regulated procurement
  • Health and safety, and
  • Disputes / troubleshooting - 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 a contractor on the construction of a £4.2 billion tunnel project.

Advising a major energy company on the preparation and negotiation of FIDIC based construction contracts for its £25 billion nuclear new build project.

Advice relating to a new build section of the M25, including tunnelling and runway extension works associated with the Heathrow Expansion Project.

Advising a renewable energy company on FIDIC based EPC and O&M contracts in relation to numerous battery and solar projects.

Advising a major European engineering company on its contracts for various € multi-billion international mining and equipment supply and installation projects.

Advising on procurement and delivery contracts on numerous central London developments, including a JV on a complex £700 million mixed use scheme.

Construction Dispute Resolution

Providing a JV with troubleshooting and dispute resolution advice in respect of a £4 billion infrastructure project.

Acting for a renewable energy investor in relation to a contract termination and advising on the negotiation of a settlement agreement.

Strategic troubleshooting advice to an international investor on the design and construction of its new £300 million headquarters.

Representing a contractor in adjudications and an arbitration in relation to its NEC3 based construction contracts for a highways project.

Advice on disputes arising out of a nuclear fission research project.

Advising a developer on disputes arising on a luxury hotel project including the refurbishment and restoration of Grade 2 listed buildings.

Meet the team
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Transport and Regeneration
  • Modern Methods of Construction
Lloyd James

Lloyd James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy, Power and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure
Richard Adams

Richard Adams Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Disputes
  • Infrastructure
James Horton

James Horton Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy, Power and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure
Jessica Evans

Jessica Evans Director

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Construction Disputes 
  • PFI/PPP Projects
Kelly Loft

Kelly Loft Director

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

Maria Greener Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Real Estate Development
  • Retail
Matthew-Crossley

Matthew Crossley Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Real Estate Development
  • Modern Methods of Construction

What others say...

The ‘amazing’ construction and engineering team at Burges Salmon LLP excels in handling critical national infrastructure projects across multiple sectors, including renewables and energy storage, and transport.

Legal 500, 2020

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