Construction Law Solicitors

Construction Law Solicitors

In the face of lengthy and voluminous documentation with inter-relating provisions, guarantees, indemnities and warranties, we understand that you need effective and experienced legal representation to help you deliver your projects on time (or, when necessary, pursue or defend any claims arising).

Large-scale construction projects bring together many partners (often operating to demanding timescales) with a number of legal challenges and considerations in the way of their critical path.

Working alongside you and taking time to understand your commercial objectives and priorities, our experienced solicitors can help ease administrative burden and provide you with the clear, practical advice you need to ensure that your project runs smoothly and to schedule.

For times when projects haven’t gone to plan, look to our team to help you identify, pursue or defend any disputed or litigated claim or action and guide you through alternative options and achieve your desired outcome.

Get in touch with our friendly team of advisors on enquiries@andrewjackson.co.uk for help and advice on any aspect of law in relation to the Construction sector and how it may affect you and your business.

Or call your preferred office today to speak to a member of the team.

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  • The advice received has always been prompt, clear and helpful in resolving the matters at hand. The team demonstrate a thorough understanding of the legal aspects of building contracts and related issues.

    Hicalife Developments Limited

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Chris Waterhouse
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Fiona Phillips
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News & Events

News

‘Smash and grab’ adjudications and recovery of costs

Two recent cases have considered a number of issues in relation to 'smash and grab' adjudications and the recovery of costs in construction contracts, so it's important to consider their implications if you're involved in the construction industry. Martin Collingwood, the firm’s head of construction law, has …

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How will reverse charge VAT affect my business?

How will reverse charge VAT affect my business?

In just three months' time, HMRC will change the way it collects VAT from construction organisations, so businesses operating in the sector should start preparing for the changes now as reverse charge VAT is introduced. From 1 October, the government's new reverse charge taxation system will come into force …

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Construction Contracts: Build UK sets out recommendation on terms

Construction Contracts: Build UK sets out recommendation on terms

Build UK, a leading representative organisation for the construction industry, has published a non-binding recommendation on contract terms, which seeks to form a new common ground between clients and the supply chain in the construction sector. It aims to promote collaboration, encourage a fairer allocation of risk through the …

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How will reverse charge VAT affect my business?

How will reverse charge VAT affect my business?

In less than six months' time, HMRC will change the way it collects VAT from construction organisations, so businesses operating in the sector would be wise to prepare for the changes now. From 1 October, the government's new reverse charge taxation system will come into force as part of …

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What happens when the liquidated damages end?

What happens when the liquidated damages end?

The question of whether liquidated damages can be claimed after termination is relevant in the current climate, where contracts are often terminated following contractor insolvency, among other things. Recently I commented upon the case of GPP Big Field LLP v Solar EPC Solutions which concerned the recovery of liquidated damages …

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Contract law update: Do liquidated damages clauses amount to unenforceable penalties?

Contract law update: Do liquidated damages clauses amount to unenforceable penalties?

Case background In GPP Big Field LLP & Another –v- Solar EPC Solutions SL, GPP engaged a contractor, Prosolia UK, on five separate EPC contracts for solar power generation plants in the UK. Each contract allowed for liquidated damages in the event of the contractor's failure to achieve the …

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Court of Appeal confirms the death of knell of smash and grab adjudications

Court of Appeal confirms the death of knell of smash and grab adjudications

Earlier this year, I reported on the significant judgment of Grove Developments Limited v. S&T (UK) Limited where Mr Justice Coulson had left a significant legacy in the Technology & Construction Court (TCC) before his elevation to the Court of Appeal.  His judgment confirmed that a party does …

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Contract Law: varying the law of variations

Contract Law: varying the law of variations

The recent case of Rock Advertising v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited [2018] confirmed that a contract containing a no oral modification (NOM) clause cannot be amended orally. It also raised the question of how contracts are varied and what is the variation, says Martin Collingwood At its most basic …

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Rock solid: No oral variation clauses

Rock solid: No oral variation clauses

In the recent case of Rock Advertising Ltd v. MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited [2018],the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment and concluded that a contract containing a no oral modification (NOM) clause, which states it may only be amended in writing, cannot be amended orally. In …

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IR35 update: recent rulings highlight complex rules governing contractors

Earlier this year, the decision in Christa Ackroyd Media Ltd vs HMRC was published. It was notable not only for being the first in a long line of cases which HMRC is reportedly bringing against former BBC presenters, but also because it was the first "IR35" case that HMRC had …

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Construction Contracts: Issues and trends

Construction Contracts: Issues and trends

2016 and 2017 have seen developments concerning two of the UK’s major forms of construction contracts. Our head of construction, Martin Collingwood, considers the implications for industry. Amendments to the JCT suite of contracts The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) began to publish an updated suite of contract documents in …

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Pre-Action Construction Dispute Mechanism Revised

Pre-Action Construction Dispute Mechanism Revised

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes (the "Protocol") made its appearance some 16 years ago and has now been revised following a wide consultation. The Protocol applies to all construction and engineering disputes (including professional negligence claims) although there are some exceptions to its applicability. The key …

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