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Our experienced team of construction solicitors specialise in providing a comprehensive service of contentious, construction phase advisory and transactional construction and engineering advice, with particular focus on real estate and infrastructure projects, development, property and corporate acquisitions and finance.
We have expertise acting for both domestic and international clients (developers, contractors, high net worth individuals, investors, lenders and real estate funds) on a variety of development projects (high-end residential, commercial, mixed use schemes, infrastructure, leisure, student accommodation, health, education, defence and science).
We have an excellent understanding of the real estate and construction industries and a breadth of experience of working with contractors, consultants, developers, investors and financiers. Combined, this enables us to see the bigger picture and both pre-empt legal and commercial issues that you may face and help you successfully avoid, mitigate and resolve any disputes that may arise.
Our loyalty to providing you with the best possible result helps us gain insight and an in-depth understanding of your business and goals, and how the risk profile and your requirements may change throughout the duration of a project.
Whilst we can get involved at any stage of a development or whenever a dispute arises, in our experience our clients benefit from involving us as early as possible to work alongside them and members of the construction team. Early involvement enables us to get a good understanding of your goals, build a relationship with you and the professional team and draft documentation that is both truly bespoke to your needs and reflects its commercial realities.
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We also work closely with our:
Real Estate team to provide support in the negotiation of documents such as agreements for lease, development management agreements or sale contracts with a development element;
Banking team to support the construction aspects of development finance deals; and
Corporate and Commercial team in providing support in particular in relation to acquisitions of entities that own projects which have either been recently constructed or are currently in the construction phase.
We also have experience in providing dispute avoidance and mitigation advice, and resolving disputes through adjudication, mediation, commercial negotiation and litigation in the Technology and Construction Court for developers, contractors and consultants with support from our very experienced Disputes Resolution team.
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The UK is currently facing a housing crisis. Looking at London in particular, the property market has not been able to support the exponential growth of residents in the capital.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Building Safety Fund
Last month, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Building Societies Association (BSA) and UK Finance agreed a new industry-wide valuation process for buildings more than six storeys high.
The value of the UK’s data economy is over £70 billion and this is only set to increase. Digital Realty’s “The Data Economy Report 2018” estimates that there is a further £50 billion of untapped potential in this part of the UK economy.
In construction, “underpinning” is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing structure in order to provide stability in cases where the original foundation is not strong enough. In respect of building safety, the Hackitt Report seeks to change the ethos of the industry by strengthening the existing foundations and introducing new ideas to build upon them.
In my previous blog, I concluded my review of how the roles and responsibilities of the key CDM duty holders may be applied to Higher Risk Residential Buildings (“HRRBs”). In this blog, I will explore the Hackitt Report’s recommendation for the introduction of a ‘golden thread’ of quality building information and what that means for Principal Designers and Principal Contractors.
In my previous blog I provided an overview of the history of health and safety legislation, and analysed the Hackitt report’s recommendation that the CDM Regulations should be extended to HRRBs. I concluded by looking at how the proposals may impact clients (as defined by the CDM Regulations). I continue the theme in this blog by reviewing the potential implications on the other CDM duty holders – Designers, Contractors, Principal Designers and Principal Contractors.
Our blog series began with a review of Dame Judith Hackitt’s report and our examination of whether an outright ban on combustible materials is required. In this blog we analyse the primary purpose of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (‘CDM Regulations’), how the CDM Regulations apply to key persons in a construction project and how the Report suggests the construction industry apply the regulations to higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs).
Delay is a major issue on construction projects. To combat this, most construction contracts will specify a particular date by which the works must be completed. If the contractor fails to meet this deadline, it will usually have to pay a pre-agreed level of damages for the period of delay. This is unless the contractor can show that it has a claim for an extension of time which will push back the date for completion.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government commissioned a report to make recommendations on the future regulatory system covering high rise and complex buildings. In her final report (‘Building a Safer Future, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report’), published in May 2018, Dame Hackitt called for major reform and a change of culture, making clear that the current system is not fit for purpose.
A substantial rebuild or simply papering over the cracks- What does the Hackitt Report mean for the construction industry? - A blog series
The recent judgment of Redbourn Group Ltd v Fairgate Developments Ltd  EWHC 658 highlights the importance, for a developer appointing a consultant to carry out services on a construction project, of ensuring the appointment terms are clear on: (a) circumstances entitling the developer to terminate the Consultant’s employment and (b) any amounts payable by the developer to the consultant on such termination.
Today marks the end of the government consultation on the practice of cash retentions under construction contracts.
We’ve all heard what Theresa May had to say on 17 January 2016. The UK Government is preparing the country for a hard Brexit and the decision of the Supreme Court in the Gina Miller case earlier this week is unlikely to be more than a small hiccup in the process.
With the 23 June referendum fast approaching, we have taken a look at some of the hot topics that may have an influence on the construction industry.
The recent decision of Mr Justice Akenhead in Henia and Beck Interiors ( EWHC 2433 (TCC)), provides some helpful guidance regarding the validity of Interim Applications for Payment and Pay Less Notices
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