Contracts and appointments

Construction contracts are key to a well-managed and financially-sound development. We can help you draft, negotiate and use your contract as the backbone to your successful project.

The construction industry is developing fast. New technological challenges combined with changes to construction law mean that managing risk is trickier than ever.

We can help you to navigate the changing landscape, allocate risk and avoid the all-too-common disputes seen in the industry. This includes contracts with the wider consultant team, parent company guarantees, performance bonds and collateral warranties.

JCT and NEC contracts remain the most common choices of contract but there are a range of options for each project including FIDIC to ICC and MF/1. We are skilled in them all.
 

Our lawyers

Our specialist lawyers have a deep understanding of the construction sector. 

Our experience

We have years of experience advising on construction matters. So, no matter how unusual the issue you have, it is likely we have considered it before. Recent examples of our work include:

  • Preparing appointments and JCT building contracts for Cranfield University. Our work included collateral warranties, third party rights, parent company guarantees and performance bonds.
  • Negotiating an NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract for a government client for a new faculty building. As the project progressed, we supported the client in understanding and enforcing its contractual rights.
  • Drafting, negotiating and completing over 400 construction documents for Trinity College, Cambridge for a joint venture with an international company. This work created a 350,000 sq ft state-of-the-art biohub at Cambridge Science Park.
  • Representing a contractor in negotiations on a development agreement with a developer for the construction of a retail park. We managed and negotiated a JCT Design and Build Contract, consultant appointments, and third party rights.
  • Working with a developer on an urban extension to a market town including 6,500 new homes, three new primary schools and a secondary school. We managed the construction contracts for the whole site, including consultant frameworks, infrastructure contracts and building contracts.

Our clients

We have experience working across a range of key sectors, with our clients including:

  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Education clients
  • Government bodies
  • NHS trusts
  • Specialist sub-contractors

Legal resources you may find useful

Our construction law blog reveals our latest thinking on the big issues and changes in law affecting the construction industry. You may also be interested in our procurement portal, which includes downloadable resources and the latest guidance on state aid and procurement. We also write for professional and industry publications, including Estates Gazette.

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