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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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    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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    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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    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
    20 May 2019
    UK Con­struc­tion 2019 – What next? Glas­gow 2019
    Who put that hole there? Wheth­er land­lords have a stat­utory duty to...
    The Court of Ap­peal has provided cla­ri­fic­a­tion as to wheth­er the De­fect­ive Premises Act 1972 (the “Act”) con­fers an ob­lig­a­tion on land­lords to carry out routine in­spec­tions of ten­an­ted prop­er­ties. Sum­mary The Court held that there is no gen­er­al stat­utory duty.
    16 April 2019
    Per­spect­ives on Con­struc­tion
    Does re­lief from for­feit­ure count as “suc­cess” at tri­al?
    Does the grant of re­lief from for­feit­ure count as "suc­cess" at tri­al and there­fore en­title a ten­ant of a long res­id­en­tial lease to set aside an or­der for pos­ses­sion un­der CPR 39. 3(5)? The Court of Ap­peal sug­ges­ted that it does in their (ob­iter) com­ments in.
    18 March 2019
    How to sign an Eng­lish Law Deed
    CMA launches in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the lease­hold hous­ing mar­ket
    The Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­ket Au­thor­ity (CMA) has launched an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to breach of con­sumer pro­tec­tion laws in re­spect of the lease­hold hous­ing mar­ket. The in­vest­ig­a­tion, which was launched on 11 June 2019, is in line with the Gov­ern­ment’s ini­ti­at­ive to.
    18 January 2019
    UK Con­struc­tion 2019 – What next?
    Scot­tish In­fra­struc­ture - What's Next?
    Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has pre­vi­ously stated that an­nu­al in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture in Scot­land will be 1. 56 bil­lion high­er in 2025/25, than the £5. 2 bil­lion be­ing in­ves­ted in 2019/20. Tasked with ex­amin­ing the op­tions for de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture, Scot­tish.
    15 January 2019
    Key leg­al is­sues for con­struc­tion con­tract­ors in 2019
    TCC ap­plies NEC ad­ju­dic­a­tion time-bar
    A re­cent de­cision of the TCC ap­pears to be the first case to ap­ply an NEC time-bar which re­quires dis­putes to be no­ti­fied with­in one month for non-Con­struc­tion Act con­tracts. The prac­tic­al ef­fect of the de­cision is that in most cases where the time bar ap­plies,.
    19 November 2018
    CMS adds fur­ther bench strength to ICE dis­putes arm
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”): anti-avoid­ance rule may ap­ply in ab­sence...
    A re­cent Eng­lish court de­cision sug­gests that the SDLT gen­er­al anti-avoid­ance rule (Sec­tion 75A Fin­ance Act 2003) may be of wider ap­plic­a­tion than pre­vi­ously thought, and sig­ni­fic­antly wider than in­dic­ated in HM Rev­en­ue & Cus­toms’ own pub­lished guid­ance.