Construction & Engineering

United Kingdom

Whether you are an employer/owner, contractor, funder/investor or you are buying an interest in a project that is under construction or has recently been completed, you need documents that reflect your risk profile, protect your interests and promote collaborative working and optimum project delivery.

Drafting those agreements and implementing the rights and obligations that flow from them becomes key to avoiding, managing and resolving disputes successfully.

Understanding where, how and why problems arise enables us to devise winning strategies to protect our clients and to craft agreements that facilitate project delivery. Preventing and managing disputes is given top priority. We advise on the full range of domestic and international disputes procedures.

One of the first firms to recognise construction law as a specialist area and create a dedicated team, our global practice focuses on understanding each client’s business and delivering advice in this context.

Through close relationships with our clients and the sectors in which they operate, we help deliver construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy projects. We advise on every aspect from inception and procurement through funding and building to commissioning and operation.

Working closely with colleagues specialising in real estate development and project finance, insurance, tax, procurement law, planning, energy and environmental law, our full service Construction Team has a market-leading track record of advising on a diverse range of transactions and disputes concerning some of the largest, most complex and high profile projects in the world.

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"It is difficult to identify a better firm at the moment than' CMS, which is 'incredibly capable and also very well resourced."

Legal 500, 2018

"It is a confident and user-friendly team which roundly produces top-quality, commercial advice in tune with the business timescales we are working to."

Chambers, 2018

‘above all, strong lawyers with a first-class nose for the correct answer to a case’.

Legal 500, 2017

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    Development Work

    Whether your development is commercial, residential, mixed use or of a regeneration nature, we are involved in some of the most significant projects across the world. We act for the full range of clients including owners, developers, funders, institutional investors, forward funding purchasers and tenants as well as the full array of construction industry players.

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    Energy & Mining

    Whether you are in the public sector, a utility, energy company, investor or contractor, we act for participants worldwide across the energy industries and mining sector.

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    Facilities Management

    In managing their assets, businesses face an uphill battle as they weigh the growing demand for a high quality built environment (with the requisite services) against cost and operational flexibility.

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    Infrastructure assets require special attention. Key to their operational success is the design, performance specification, completion and commissioning of each part. Understanding how engineering projects are structured and work is valued, measured, executed and delivered becomes critical.

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    Shona Frame
    18 January 2019
    UK Con­struc­tion 2019 – What next?
    27 Feb 19
    Con­struc­tion Fo­cus (Glas­gow)
    Elec­tri­city stor­age: con­sent­ing clar­ity
    The plan­ning sys­tem’s treat­ment of elec­tri­city stor­age and co-loc­a­tion is com­plex, in part be­cause the frame­work was de­vised without stor­age tech­no­lo­gies in mind. Whilst stor­age tech­no­lo­gies may be stan­dalone or co-loc­ated with oth­er forms of gen­er­a­tion, the.
    19 November 2018
    CMS adds fur­ther bench strength to ICE dis­putes arm
    06 Mar 19
    Con­struc­tion Fo­cus (Ed­in­burgh)
    TCC ad­opts more flex­ible ap­proach to de­term­in­ing prac­tic­al com­ple­tion
    A re­cent TCC de­cision has set out a flex­ible ap­proach to de­term­in­ing when a con­struc­tion pro­ject can be con­sidered to have reached prac­tic­al com­ple­tion. The court’s de­cision means that ma­ter­i­al or sub­stan­tial de­fects need not ne­ces­sar­ily pre­vent prac­tic­al com­ple­tion.
    21 June 2018
    CMS ad­vises AXA In­vest­ment Man­agers - Real As­sets on...
    IFRS 16 and its im­pact on real es­tate leases
    Sum­mary From 1 Janu­ary 2019 new “In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Re­port­ing Stand­ard (IFRS) 16 Leases” makes sig­ni­fic­ant changes to lease ac­count­ing for af­fected ten­ants who are now re­quired to re­port lease li­ab­il­it­ies on their bal­ance sheets.
    14 June 2018
    An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments...
    An in­ter­na­tion­al per­spect­ive
    Build first, ask later? At your per­il!
    The Court of Ap­peal has is­sued a sharp warn­ing against de­velopers build­ing know­ingly in breach of re­strict­ive cov­en­ants, then ap­ply­ing to modi­fy or re­lease those cov­en­ants. A re­cent de­cision has made clear that a ret­ro­spect­ive ap­plic­a­tion will gen­er­ally be.
    19 December 2017
    CMS guide to the FID­IC 2017 suite
    Brexit: A cause for frus­tra­tion (of leases)?
    The prop­erty world con­tin­ues to deal with the im­pact of Brexit. In a re­cent twist, the European Medi­cines Agency (EMA) is fa­cing a battle with its land­lord about the fu­ture of its oc­cu­pa­tion of its Lon­don HQ.