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.

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Brexit impact—public procurement: The UK public procurement regime derives from EU public procurement laws, and is therefore impacted by the UK’s...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at Employer’s Requirements (also referred to as ERs) within a building contract. It explains what Employer’s Requirements are...
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9th Nov
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What is a letter of intent?Letters of intent are used in construction and engineering projects to allow the employer to mobilise a contractor before...
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9th Nov
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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...
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9th Nov
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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...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note examines some of the key areas where the NEC3 and NEC4 standard form construction contracts take a different approach to the JCT...
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9th Nov
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A collateral warranty is a contract which is collateral to, or sits alongside, the underlying or primary contract (ie the construction contract or...
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9th Nov
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What is sectional completion?Where the construction contract splits the works into sections or parts, usually to be started at different times, there...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note looks at the SBCC (Scottish Building Contract Committee) standard forms of contract and the key differences between them and the...
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Produced in partnership with MacRoberts LLP 12th Jan
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This Practice Note considers ‘pay when paid’ clauses and ‘pay when certified’ clauses in construction contracts, and the relevant provisions of the...
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Produced in partnership with Womble Bond Dickinson 12th Jan
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This Practice Note provides an overview of what interim payments are, how the right to be paid (usually by monthly or stage/milestone payments) arises...
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9th Nov
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Produced in association with 4 Pump CourtPrinciples of natural justiceIf an adjudicator breaches the rules of natural justice during the adjudication...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note examines the extent to which contractors, sub-contractors and consultants have a duty to warn their employer of inadequacies that...
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9th Nov
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Scott Schedules are often very useful in construction disputes. They help to identify the key issues between the parties, and to set out for the judge...
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Produced in partnership with James Bowling of 4 Pump Court 12th Jan
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If a party is said to have ‘design liability’, it means that it bears legal responsibility for all or part of the design of a construction/engineering...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note identifies the key parties involved in most construction projects (including the employer, the contractor, the professional team of...
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What is estoppel?The basic concept of an estoppel is that where a person (A) has caused another (B) to act on the basis of a particular state of...
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This Practice Note considers the availability and use of declarations under CPR 8 in relation to adjudication proceedings. It looks at the various...
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Produced in partnership with 4 Pump Court 16th Apr
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OverviewOperation and maintenance (O&M) of renewable energy projects is a critical component of an effective and successful project. Although capital...
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Produced in partnership with Jonathan Brufal and Robert Currall of Gowling WLG 16th Apr
Precedents
ContentsThis Agreement is made on [date]Parties1[Insert name of Employer] (Company Registration No. [insert number]) whose registered office is at...
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Precedents
ContentsThis Agreement is made on [date]Parties1[Insert name of Employer] (Company Registration No. [insert number]) whose registered office is at...
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This Agreement is made on the [insert date] day of [insert month and year]Parties1[Insert Employer name] (Company Registration No. [insert number]...
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The ACE Professional Services Agreement (PSA) is a standard form consultant appointment published by the ACE (Association for Consultancy and...
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16th Apr
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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...
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16th Apr
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Procurement structureAs shown in the Development procurement structure—chart the relationship between the third parties with an interest in a...
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16th Apr
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The Party Wall etc Act 1996 (PWA 1996) imposes rights and obligations on property owners who wish to:•work on existing party walls or...
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16th Apr
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This Practice Note identifies the main torts (bar negligence and nuisance, which are covered elsewhere in our related content) and their key...
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Produced in partnership with Kate Temple-Mabe and Adam Weitzman QC of 7BR 16th Apr
Precedents
This DIRECT Agreement is made on [insert date] day of [insert month] 20[insert year]Parties1[Insert name] (Company Number [insert number]) whose...
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This Practice Note examines the nature of performance bonds, why they are required and where they fit into the suite of documentation commonly...
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Produced in partnership with Kennedys 16th Apr
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The concept of a retention from interim payments is commonplace in commercial construction contracts, particularly standard form ones.What is...
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16th Apr
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This document contains quick links to precedent schedules of amendments to various JCT 2016 standard form construction contracts. For our full...
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16th Apr
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This Practice Note deals with the procedure for assessing and valuing variations once it has been established that a variation has arisen. It focuses...
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IntroductionThis Practice Note considers the disclosure pilot scheme which applies across the Business and Property Courts as of 1 January 2019. The...
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16th Apr
Q&As
International contractsA contract may be considered international if the parties are based, or hold significant assets, in different jurisdictions, or...
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16th Apr
Q&As
This Q&A refers to a generic supply of goods agreement, in relation to which no specific industry or sector regulations apply.We are not aware of any...
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