Construction enquiries: We are offering a free 30-minute initial discussion for all new non-business enquiries. Please contact Jan Grimshaw.
Advising clients from leading national housebuilders to individuals
We advise a wide variety of clients from leading national and regional housebuilders, through to commercial developers and individuals across a wide range of construction projects from schools, commercial and retail and remediation projects to individual homes.
We advise on all aspects of construction from negotiation of the building contract and appointments to the resolution of issues during and after construction.
In our dispute resolution work, we focus on establishing and narrowing the issues with a view to bringing disputes to a rapid and economic conclusion. Professional and approachable, we make sure the client’s priorities for the case are our priorities.
Procurement typically includes
Taking in to account relevant agreements such Section 106 Agreements, Agreements for Lease and funding agreements, preparing:
Development Agreements or Project Agreements often with Local Authorities.
Section 38 Agreements, Section 104 Agreements
Bespoke amendments to JCT or NEC forms of building contracts (including contractor, contractor’s professional team and sub-contractor warranties, Contractor’s parent company guarantee/performance bond and professional consultant appointments including novations and warranties).
Primary and secondary schools, some with community facilities
We welcome enquiries about all types of projects, including domestic.
Construction disputes are often complex and high value and therefore expensive. We recognise that they are an unwelcome drain on clients’ time and resources and risk affecting commercial relationships, reputations and solvency.
We focus on establishing and narrowing the issues with a view to bringing disputes to a rapid and costs effective end. However, not all disputes can be settled without resort to proceedings and for most commercial construction contracts adjudication is available as well as litigation/arbitration and mediation. Whatever process we recommend to our clients or they are subjected to by opponents, we work to give clients a strong hand in advancing their cases and taking steps to protect their costs position.
Novations of contract on insolvency of party
Insolvency risks serious prejudice to projects. We have provided a suite of novation documents and warranties following the insolvency of a main contractor and welcome enquiries for novation documentation.
We advise on fire and cladding issues, whether you are a developer, owner or leaseholder. We recognise that these issues are of the utmost importance to all affected and aim to give pragmatic and cost conscious advice.
Our free half hour interview applies to all enquiries about fire and cladding issues, whether you are a private individual or a business.
As at 12th March we note that the RICS has published guidance for use of EWS1 forms with a view to limiting their use to buildings at risk. This guidance may be found at https://www.rics.org/globalassets/rics-website/media/upholding-professional-standards/sector-standards/valuation/valuation-of-properties-in-multi-storey-multi-occupancy-residential-buildings-with-cladding.pdf
We have a number of articles about fire and cladding issues on our website
Giving fire safety a lift – 14 Feb 2022
Cladding Update – 17 January 2022
Construction Building Safety News
Grenfell Tower – steps in the right direction
Grenfell- planning for fire protection