Construction Law

In construction, knowing the law is only part of the challenge. It’s also important to see things from a commercial perspective and understand the connection between the agreements you’re advising on and what happens on the ground – knowing when to push a point or let it go and enabling you to give your clients advice that they can work with. From design to build and beyond.

LexisPSL Construction understands and reflects the way construction lawyers work in practice. Our clear, concise practice notes, written by our in-house lawyers and external authors, give you a no-nonsense, practical insight, in just a few pages, to help you to understand difficult or unfamiliar areas of construction law. Plus, you can follow direct links to relevant legislation, case law and commentary including the consolidated Construction Act (and other key acts), Construction Law Reports, Construction Law (journal) and Emdens Construction Law.

You’ll also find up-to-date and accurate precedents, flowcharts that help you understand the whole process, checklists to make sure you don’t miss a step and news updates that help you to stay on top of the latest developments in construction law and in the industry.

Construction guidance:

While tort claims are not as common in construction projects as breach of contract claims, they do still arise and it is not uncommon for a claimant to advance a claim in...

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This Practice Note explains what liquidated and ascertained damages (LADs/LDs) are and their purpose in a building contract. It considers the difference between...

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Produced in association with 4 Pump Court This Practice Note considers the provisions of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (HGCRA 1996)...

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This document contains quick links to searchable PDF copies of the key FIDIC standard form contracts, including the 2017 editions and 1999 editions of the Red Book,...

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The Construction case tracker is a list of key judgments from 2019 considered relevant to construction lawyers, with cases listed in reverse chronological order. For...

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The nature of construction projects, the contracts agreed and the law surrounding them, means that claims are commonly made by one or more parties. This Practice Note...

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It is common in construction projects for defects to manifest or appear in the works. Most construction contracts require the contractor to return to site to rectify...

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Introduction to delay and disruption A construction contract will, ordinarily, specify the date by which the works are to be completed (the 'completion date'). However,...

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This Practice Note looks at some of the key considerations that may need to be taken into account when a party to a construction contract is formulating the quantum...

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A contractor or consultants’ standard of care in relation to design is a common source of disagreement between the parties to a construction project. In most cases the...

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What is meant by design liability? If a party is said to have ‘design liability’, it means that they bear legal responsibility for all or part of the design of a...

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This Practice Note provides an overview as to how the contract price is calculated in JCT contracts and how it may be adjusted. It also provides guidance on the process...

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A variation (sometimes referred to as a change) is an alteration to the scope of work originally specified in the contract, whether by way of an addition, omission, or...

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Practical completion marks the end of the construction period of a project, when the works are 'finished' and the employer can occupy and/or use them. Practical...

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It is a general principle of contract law that only a person who is a party to a contract can bring a claim under that contract. This is known as the doctrine of privity...

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This Practice Note considers the meaning and relevance of concurrent delay on construction projects, contractual terms dealing with concurrent delay and the contractor’s...

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