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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    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    “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.
    (Not) ready, (un)able and (un)will­ing to com­plete 
    The re­cent High Court case of Cantt Pak Lim­ited v Pak South­ern China Prop­erty In­vest­ment Lim­ited con­firms that, at least on the facts of that case, a seller’s sub­sequent re­pu­di­at­ory breach of con­tract will not in­val­id­ate a no­tice to com­plete which has been.
    De­liv­er­ing the prom­ises for lease­hold re­form
    On 15 Oc­to­ber 2018, the Min­istry of Hous­ing, Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment launched a con­sulta­tion pa­per, Im­ple­ment­ing re­forms to the lease­hold sys­tem in Eng­land as a part of the Gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing le­gis­lat­ive re­forms to tackle prob­lems in the lease­hold.
    Own­er of de­vel­op­ment land ob­tains in­junc­tion to pro­tect against risk...
    The Court has gran­ted a fi­nal in­junc­tion on a quia timet basis (which trans­lates as “he fears”) against spe­cif­ic cat­egor­ies of “per­sons un­known” (Vastint Leeds BV v Per­sons un­known). The in­junc­tion will as­sist a de­veloper landown­er in pro­tect­ing its site.
    FCA con­sults on il­li­quid open-ended re­tail funds
    Today, the FCA has launched a con­sulta­tion pa­per (CP 18/27) on open-ended re­tail funds in­vest­ing in il­li­quid as­sets.   After the Brexit vote in 2016, there were sig­ni­fic­ant in­vestor out­flows from open-ended real es­tate funds res­ult­ing in a num­ber of fund sus­pen­sions.
    No Con­fid­ence in Coun­cil’s Hous­ing Sup­ply: En­cour­age­ment for De­velopers...
    The Plan­ning In­spect­or­ate has al­lowed an ap­peal against the de­cision of Mid Suf­folk Dis­trict Coun­cil (the “Coun­cil”) to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for 49 new dwell­ings in Wool­pit, Suf­folk. The de­cision is a sig­ni­fic­ant one as it is the first to con­sider the.
    Changes in car­bon taxes and car­bon re­port­ing. What’s next? 
    The CRC En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Scheme (Re­voc­a­tion and Sav­ings) Or­der 2018 came in­to force on 1 Oc­to­ber 2018, ab­ol­ish­ing the CRC En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Scheme (“CRC”) from the end of the 2018-19 com­pli­ance year.