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Construction & Engineering

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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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"A 'fantastic group' and 'a team in which everyone is playing to their own excellent strengths'."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"Great strength in depth."

Legal 500, 2020

"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

"The lawyers at CMS appreciate the need to contextualise their advice. We want to be told what the answer is, and CMS avoids sitting on the fence."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

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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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    14 Nov 19
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    Sum­mary The Up­per Tribunal does not have jur­is­dic­tion un­der Part 4 of the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code to im­pose Code rights over land in fa­vour of an op­er­at­or, which already oc­cu­pies that land un­der...
    12 August 2019
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    13 Nov 19
    OECD pro­pos­als set to rad­ic­ally change in­ter­na­tion­al tax frame­work
    The OECD has re­cently is­sued two con­sulta­tion doc­u­ments seek­ing com­ments on its pro­pos­als for tack­ling the tax chal­lenges arising from the di­git­al eco­nomy. The first of these pro­pos­als (“Pil­lar One”),...
    31 July 2019
    An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments...
    12 Nov 19
    The TCC opens the door (slightly) for ad­ju­dic­a­tion pro­ceed­ings by...
    A re­cent TCC de­cision has provided fur­ther guid­ance on a li­quid­at­or’s op­tions when seek­ing pay­ments owed to in­solv­ent com­pan­ies through ad­ju­dic­a­tion and the in­ter­play with the In­solv­ency Rules. The...
    20 May 2019
    UK Con­struc­tion 2019 – What next? Glas­gow May 2019
    07 Nov 19
    Ju­di­cial Re­view – Char­it­able Rates Re­lief
    The Court of Ses­sion has over­turned the de­cision by Ab­er­deen City Coun­cil (“ACC”) to re­fuse char­it­able busi­ness rates re­lief and re­af­firmed that, for the pur­pose of de­term­in­ing wheth­er prop­erty is...
    16 April 2019
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    06 Nov 19
    Whose right is it any­way? ‘Free­dom to con­tract’ means grant of a lease...
    In Bella Italia Res­taur­ants Ltd v Stane Park Ltd and oth­ers [2019] EWHC 2747 (Ch), Bella tried to ter­min­ate an agree­ment to lease re­lat­ing to prop­erty in Col­chester (the “agree­ment”) ori­gin­ally made...
    18 March 2019
    How to sign an Eng­lish Law Deed
    04 Nov 19
    In­tro­du­cing the FID­IC Em­er­ald Book
    Earli­er this year FID­IC re­leased its new “Em­er­ald Book” – Con­di­tions of Con­tract for Un­der­ground Works. This ad­di­tion to the FID­IC suite seeks to fill a gap amongst stand­ard forms as a spe­cial­ist...