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.

They are very efficient and very professional, and I've been very pleased with the support provided. The team is very strong.
Chambers UK, 2015

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 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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    21 June 2018
    CMS ad­vises AXA In­vest­ment Man­agers - Real As­sets on...
    Di­ary dates: emis­sions char­ging on Lon­don’s roads
    Those in­volved with road trans­port (goods, util­it­ies, con­struc­tion and ser­vices, or per­son­al travel) in Lon­don will be in­ter­ested in forth­com­ing dates for emis­sions char­ging. The first ap­plic­able date is in roughly 6 months’ time, from 8th April 2019.
    14 June 2018
    An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments...
    An in­ter­na­tion­al per­spect­ive
    Court of Ap­peal con­firms de­mise of “smash and grab” ad­ju­dic­a­tion
    A Court of Ap­peal de­cision yes­ter­day has up­held a TCC de­cision earli­er this year which opened the door for so called “true value” ad­ju­dic­a­tions to counter the ef­fect of “smash and grab” de­cisions based on the ab­sence of pay­ment or pay less no­tices.
    Victoria Peckett
    19 December 2017
    CMS guide to the FID­IC 2017 suite
    Tele­coms Code: op­er­at­ors have a right to un­der­take pre­lim­in­ary sur­veys
    Sum­mary In the first sub­stant­ive re­fer­ral to Up­per Tribunal on the New Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code: The need for an op­er­at­or to enter onto pro­spect­ive sites to un­der­take pre­lim­in­ary sur­vey­ing works is a Code right un­der para­graph 3(a) or 3(d) of Para­graph.
    1 August 2017
    A closer look at the changes in the ECC
    In­creased fo­cus on con­struc­tion sec­tor to tackle la­bour ex­ploit­a­tion
    In 2015 the Mod­ern Slavery Act in­tro­duced the ob­lig­a­tion on cer­tain large busi­nesses to pub­lish an an­nu­al mod­ern slavery and hu­man traf­fick­ing state­ment. The aim of the state­ment was to en­cour­age busi­nesses to tackle any is­sues of forced la­bour and hu­man traf­fick­ing.
    5 June 2017
    An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law Dis­putes
    An in­ter­na­tion­al per­spect­ive
    Cap­it­al al­low­ances and Budget 2018
    In his Budget speech on 29 Oc­to­ber the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer, Philip Ham­mond, an­nounced sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the UK’s cap­it­al al­low­ance re­gime.   Briefly, these changes were: The in­tro­duc­tion of a new Struc­tures and Build­ings Al­low­ance giv­ing tax.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    “Let’s just crack on …” – the dangers of work­ing (and con­tinu­ing to...
    A re­cent Court of Ap­peal de­cision has over­turned a TCC judg­ment in which a con­sult­ant was held not to have the be­ne­fit of any lim­it­a­tion on its li­ab­il­ity due to a fail­ure to agree fi­nal terms and con­di­tions whilst work­ing un­der a let­ter of in­tent.