Construction

Construction

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.

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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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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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Articles

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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